Jen and Kellee at TeachMentorTexts.com host a weekly meme entitled "It's Monday! What are you Reading? From Picture Books to YA" This is a chance for people to share the books that they have been reading throughout the week, especially focused on kid lit and YA lit.
Books Finished this week:
Mini-Lessons for Literature Circles is a practical guide and I will definitely be pulling this one out multiple times this year. This book gave me a few ideas about how to tweak my literature study and a great sample schedule and calendar.
The rest of the books I finished this week were young adult or children's books.
The Dark Frigate was part of the Newbery Challenge. I didn't hate the book but it took a long time to hook me. I would not recommend it to any students unless they were big fans of Treasure Island or similar books.
Houdini: The Handcuff King by James Sturm is a graphic novel about Houdini. It was fun to read the graphic novel and the real biographical information mixed with a sort of glossary at the end that explained some of the historical points in the story.
Pearl by Jo Knowles was another book that I am sure my middle school students will love.
Dragons in the Waters by Madeleine L'Engle: I found this book in my library while browsing. I was excited about the fancy new cover that makes the book seem much more intriguing. I LOVED all of L'Engle's books when I was younger and loved this one on the second read. I need to seek out all of her books with these new covers and stock my class library with her awesomeness...not just the class set of A Wrinkle in Time.
The Scar by Charlotte Moundlic is a book I read about in a post from Teachers Write. This picture book is an excellent example of how profound picture books can really be. The subject of how a child perceives his world after his mom dies is heartbreaking but this would be an excellent mentor text for voice because you can really feel that this is a young person talking.
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia is a wonderful book and would be a great book to recommend for a Civil Rights unit. I can see why it was nominated for so many awards.
Tales From Silver Lands...UGH! This was a hard book to get through. I usually like traditional tales but these were dry and oh-so-boring.
Empty by Suzanne Weyn is a book I will recommend to students. I really wasn't all that thrilled by the writing in the book. The first 50 pages or so read a lot like a Sweet Valley High book or something similar. The subject matter is interesting and it is good food for thought. I can see middle school students being intrigued by this book and going to find out more about oil supplies and renewable energy.
Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes is a great story. I expected it to be more sad than it was and that was a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed reading about Martha and her family trip complete with a tween romance gone wrong. I thought the relationship she had with her grandmother was quite touching.
Books I am Currently Reading:
So What do They Really Know? by Chris Tovani
Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman
La Linea by Ann Jaramillo
What's on the horizon in reading:
I have an entire shelf of books to read...I have forbidden myself to request any more books at the library based on recommendations that I see on Twitter until I read more of my shelf. I don't know which books but I will be getting them from that shelf.