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:
Well, this was a super-engaging science fiction story that I amazed I had not read before, given the author. Partly told in narrative and partly told in court hearings, Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar recounts what happens when some middle graders stumble up on a weird substance in the woods…and the biological material that might be responsible for their ensuing illness. This is another light science fiction like The Fourteenth Goldfish to ease MG readers into the genre. Great full-cast audiobook presentation as well.
Lincoln’s Spymaster: Allan Pinkerton, America’s First Private Eye by Samantha Seiple is the kind of well-researched informational text we love to share with our students. Filled with loads of accompanying photographs, the book introduces readers to Pinkerton’s development of not only detective work as we know it, but the Secret Service as well. I will say that some of the cases started to blend together for me a bit in the middle, but things picked up again when Seiple recounted the Pinkerton Agency’s run-ins with the James-Younger gang. In all, I am pleased to have this book in my collections as a choice for middle grade readers.
Currently Reading/Listening To: