It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme started by Book Journey. The folks over at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers have given it a children’s/YA spin. I thought it would be a fun way to recap last week’s reading and give a sneak peek of my TBR pile.
Last Week’s Books:
Lisa Graff has written another excellent, heartfelt work of realistic fiction in Lost in the Sun. Starting middle school is rough on a kid, but Trent is haunted by the memory of last February, when he accidentally hit a hockey puck into the chest of Jared Richards–and Jared died. No one knew about Jared’s heart defect until the tragic accident, when it was too late. Trent feels like everyone in town hates him and that no one can forgive him–when it’s really that he hasn’t been able to forgive himself. Trent shields himself from taking a chance and getting hurt by getting in trouble with his new teachers and his divorced-from-mom-and-starting-a-new-family father. When he meets Fallon Little, the strange girl with the scar, he starts to open up a bit but still struggles. Graff creates a great character in Trent, as readers are able to empathize with him while still recognizing and being disappointed that Trent is creating new problems for himself. I like that some of the adult characters are helpful while others let Trent down, because that’s the way it is in real life. Also, in a tale of complex issues and emotions such as this, it was good to see that not everything was fixed or tied up in the end, because that’s the way it is in real life, too. Highly recommended for middle school readers.
The adult novel The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris was told from the trickster’s point of view, from the time when Odin welcomed him to Asgaard to when he caused its downfall. Loki’s voice is filled with snark throughout, but not in quite the same was as the character in recent Marvel films. The chapters function as stand-alone tales of Loki putting one over on one god or another, but they also link together to reveal a pattern of behavior and consequences. Some stories were better than others, and so it dragged in spots. For me, this book was just OK. This book counts for my Suprise Me Challenge 2016.
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