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.
WordPress just informed me that this blog has been going for three years now. I feel like I should have down something splashy for the anniversary, but summer slow-down has set in. We’ve barely gotten moving around here before noon this past week…so HOORAY FOR THREE YEARS OF I PUSH BOOKS!
Last Week’s Books:
Violent Ends by Shaun Michael Hutchinson, and a bunch of other YA authors, was a chilling look at a high school shooting. Each chapter is written by a different author, and readers get seventeen accounts of people affected by the tragedy and their past relationships and/or encoutners with the shooter, Kirby Matheson, who took his own life during the attack. Readers try to piece together a good look at Kirby, never hearing from the troubled teen himself, and that makes for a very haunting and realistic story. Recommended for junior high and high school readers.
There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane is a dystopian novel about Nat, who lives in a Dome after Earth had long ago been spoiled by a terrible outbreak of a zombie-making disease and subsequent Cleansing. Her parents were scientists who died from radiation poisoning while investigating outside the Dome–at least that is the official story. When Nat turns 18, she not only sees two men outside the Dome, but also gets a job much like her parents and uncovers that those in charge of the Dome are not the protectors they seem to be. I like the concept from this first-time author, but I think the book needed a bit better editing. Sometimes things seemed to move too fast and other times too slow, and the love triangle and grandparent characters were a bit clunky for my taste. I am interested in keeping tabs on this author in the future, though. This book counts for my Read Harder Challenge 2016 (category 7–dystopian novel).
The Wild Robot is Peter Brown’s first middle grade novel, and it sure is a winner! One day a cargo ship carrying robots is destroyed by a storm and five crates filled with robots crash against the shores of an island. Only one box is safely swept onto the shore and a group of inquisitive otters activate Roz, the robot inside. Roz is a robot of advanced artificial intelligence and soon starts to learn how to survive on this island filled only with animals. She learns their language, creates relationships with them, and even becomes a mother to an orphaned gosling. In simple yet beautiful prose, Brown’s robot story is really about what it is to be human, as all the best robot stories are. This one is getting mock Newbery buzz on Goodreads, for good reason.
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