Books I Finished This Week:
The Great and Only Barnum is a fascinating biography of P.T. Barnum. I first heard of the title in a workshop with Jeff Anderson and I definitely agree that this is a great mentor text for informational writing. I learned so much about Barnum's life and the traveling shows that made him famous.
I don't know why it took me so long to get to Crank by Ellen Hopkins. I am so glad I finally picked it up to read it. In many ways, it reminded me of reading Go Ask Alice when I was twelve. I immediately recommended this one to a student who really likes books about tough issues like this. The fact that it is a novel in verse makes it easier to read and perfect for some of my students. I highly recommend this one to grades 8 and up.
Notes From the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick is an amazing novel. I love how the author started with the typical adolescent who is unwilling to recognize he did something terribly wrong. The protagonist ends up doing community service in a nursing home and being assigned to a surly older gentleman. The two find that they have more in common than they might have thought at first and Alex learns some valuable life lessons. I really loved this book. I would highly recommend this one as well.
I really enjoyed A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn. This adult mystery book is set in South Africa in the middle of the years of apartheid. The detective finds himself in a small town and investigating a crime that may have crossed the race lines. The murder investigation becomes political and dangerous. I was enthralled with the story. This author did a great job of keeping the suspense throughout the book and giving me a few twists and turns that were unexpected. I also learned quite a bit about South African society in the 1950s. If you like mystery, this is one to look for. I am excited to hear this author in Key West this week.
I also read a few picture books I had recently ordered on my Kindle. I enjoyed all three of these picture books: Sea Monster's First Day by Kate Messner, Ralph Tells a Story by Abby Hanlon, and Locomotive by Brian Floca. Locomotive is so beautiful!
Books I am Currently Reading:
I am still listening to The Clockwork Prince. I need to get back into working out so I can make progress in my audiobook.
I am really not sure what will be next. I will probably stare at my shelf for a while tonight to see if something pops out at me. I am sure something will.
What are you reading this week? I would love to hear from you in the comments!