“It’s Monday! What are you Reading?” is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It is a chance for book lovers to share their reading accomplishments as well as what is on the proverbial nightstand. She even does a giveaway. Subsequently Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Textsadded an opportunity for those reading kidlit to join the fun. Since I read both I will post to both. Check them out, join the conversations, and discover more great books.
Books marked with an '*' I would put in my classroom library.
Books marked with a '#' would be in an middle or high school library.
See you at Harry's by Jo Knowles
A tale of family, acceptance, and loss, told from the perspective of the middle school sister. (Spoiler alert: one brother is gay and one dies.)
*A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
This will be one of my Read Alouds this year. Some of Grimm’s tales are woven together using Hansel and Gretel throughout. A bit reminiscent of “The Princess Bride” in that the narrator speaks directly to the reader saying they may want to stop reading due to the gruesomeness of the tales.
# Five Flavors of Dumb by Anthony John
A compelling tale (set in Seattle!) of Piper, a high school senior, and her journey through friendship, family, deafness, and managing a rock band.
When We Were On Fire by Addie Zierman
A memoir on growing up in an evangelical church and going to an evangelical college and how it can really mess with one’s idea of ‘church’, faith, and grace – ultimately there is grace.