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 Book:
You know, I have really enjoyed other works by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, but Terrible Typhoid Mary just didn’t do it for me. I liked her writing style–definitely literary fiction rather than a bland recitation of facts. I also appreciate that extensive research went into writing this book and that the source notes and bibliography are extensive. I guess when it comes down to it, I was expecting to get a lot of new information, especially from the point of view of Mary, herself, but there is so little known about her beliefs and the reasons she kept seeking employment as a cook. And because of that, the story revolves heavily around George Albert Soperand his quest to stop Mary from spreading disease by any means necessary–but the tale winds up being not quite as dramatic as it sounds. Perhaps students will have a different experience if they have little to no knowledge of Mary’s story. I’ll have to ask when someone checks the book out.
Currently Reading/Listening To: