It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
Kellee and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts for hosting It's Monday! What Are You Reading? You can check out their blog for some great ideas for new reads. I'm so glad to be back into joining this wonderful group.
Since I have some time on my hands due to a little surgery, my "books read" list has grown quite a bit. At the same time, I've been adding to my "to be read" list. I forgot what it was like to have space in my day to enjoy a good book. :) I've read some phenomenal middle grade books the last two weeks (as well as some books that are just for me).
The Center of Everything by Linda Urban was wonderful! In this story, Ruby Pepperdine deals with the death of her grandma, messing up her friendship with her best friend Lucy, and a budding new friendship with Nero. The story takes place in one day, with flashbacks to fill in the gaps. This touching story does not make light of the worries of students in this age group.
A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff was another great story. Franki Sibberson introduced me to Lisa Graff, and I'm so glad she did. This book is full of quirky characters, my favorite kind, who are all connected together in a giant web of life's experiences.
Hold Fast by Blue Balliett was powerful! The story tells about the harsh realities of homelessness, with a twist of mystery. I talked to a few colleagues about using this book as a read aloud with my fourth graders. Some of the images portrayed in the homeless shelter will be very foreign to my students. However, I think that this book would be perfect to use to talk about empathy, helping others, perseverance, etc. This book is a must read.