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:
Pax by Sara Pannypacker is the beautiful story of the impact of war on man and animals. In an unnamed time and place, Peter’s father is going off to lay electric lines for the war effort. Because 12 year-old Peter will be staying with his grandfather, the boy’s father makes him release into the wild his pet fox, Pax, whom he raised after finding him abandoned as a kit. Peter is unable to bear this separation and fears that Pax will not be able to take care of himself, so he secretly heads out on foot, embarking on a hundreds-of-miles long journey to rescue Pax. In alternating chapters, readers live Peter’s journey, including his stay with veteran-turned-hermit Vola, and Pax’s encounters with other foxes, predators, and prey. Readers will become fully invested in the fate of these two friends and will find lots of food-for-thought along the way. Highly recommended for all middle grade readers, this book would also make a great, albeit tear-inducing, read-aloud.
Another beautiful and heart-felt book, Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton is a historical fiction novel-in-verse about 12-year-old Mimi Oliver, a half-black, half-Japanese girl who is struggling to adjust to her new home in Vermont and dreaming of being an astronaut. Set against the backdrop of the Apollo 11 moon-landing mission, this book poignantly explores the challenges Mimi faces not only because she is biracial, but also because she is a girl interested in science and engineering. Mimi’s fierce pursuit of her dreams makes her story an admirable and inspiring one for young readers.
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