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:
Wow, does Ben Mikaelsen write the most obnoxious teenage boys ever?!? I remember how much I hated Cole Matthews in Touching Spirit Bear–so much so that I always remember his name, even though character names are usually tough for me. In Jungle of Bones, we meet Dylan, who is not as cruel as Cole, but is still entitled and annoying and tiresome. After taking a junkyard car for a joyride, Dylan’s mother has had enough, and he will be spending the summer with Uncle Todd, who has planned an expedition to Papua New Guinea to search for a lost WWII bomber, that Dylan’s grandfather served aboard. Of course Dylan is reluctant, will not follow rules, and winds up alone, lost, and afraid in the middle of the jungle. The change in Dylan’s attitude is a little heavy-handed in this book, although some readers will benefit from having that spelled out for them. There are some harrowing as well as gross scenes that will keep reluctant readers glued to the book until its end.
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead was immensely enjoyable to listen to, and it is a great junior high book. So many of my students like to read about high school characters facing high school problems, and I know that while some junior high experiences are similar, younger junior high students might not be facing them quite yet. Bridge, Tab, and Emily are seventh graders who have been friends for ever,and over the course of the year they branch out in separate ways a bit. Emily’s story line about sharing a photograph she shouldn’t and the ensuing consequences is a good cautionary tale that is subtly developed. Bridge’s friendship with Sherm is a great example of junior high almost-romance. The accompanying story of an unnamed high school girl skipping school over friendship drama is compelling and her identity-reveal was surprising. Great realistic fiction that I will be sharing with many students.
Currently Reading/Listening To: