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:
Guys Read: Funny Business was a re-read for me, as I wanted to refresh myself on some of the stories before booktalking. Some are really funny, and some are mildly amusing–kind of a mixed bag like many short story collections. The panel of contributing authors is stellar, including Jeff Kinney, Christopher Paul Curtis, and Eoin Colfer.
Booked by Kwame Alexander is another thoroughly engaging novel in verse. Nick Hall is a middle school soccer player who is looking forward to a big tournament. Also on his mind is a linguist/author dad who forces him to read from a giant book of words and a crush he has on April, a girl at school and in the dance class his mom forces him to take. When Nick’s parents decide to separate and his mom moves away for a new job, Nick’s world is shattered, and he needs to find a way to deal with it all. This book has a little less sports action than The Crossover, but an excellent librarian character, Mr. Mac, who used to be a rapper and recommends some great current middle grade reads. There’s even an example of book spine poetry 🙂 As you might imagine, I have students lining up to read this book, and they are recommending it to their friends.
Currently Reading/Listening To: