Penguin Random House Canada sent me the following books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and from the heart. This summer’s been hotter than pearls in a pawn shop and I can’t say I’m sad it’s nearly over. I’m all for fall and cozy sweaters and piles of books to read […]
I’ve spontaneously started a little series on this book lately. I’ve discussed funny MG books and recently released MG books that I love, and today I thought I’d do a ‘classics’ edition. Classic middle grade books, like Roald Dahl’s MATILDA or the HARRY POTTER series, are stories that seem to be beloved by SO many […]
Our 8th grade students began reading Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan last Thursday. This week has been chaotic with homecoming activities but students have been reading on their own and enjoyed the story. It is a captivating story of Habo, an albino boy living in Tanzania with his family who don’t understand why he doesn’t have the dark skin and hair of his brothers and sister. Their father left because of Habo and since then their family has been poor and destitute. The students are able to see the struggles of the family with living and understanding Habo’s differences. They are forced to move from their home and seek charity from Habo’s aunt. They travel by bus and foot to make it to their aunt’s home and when they arrive they are told what Habo’s condition is and that he is not safe there with them and even he jeopardizes their family by living with them. Albinos are considered lucky by the witch doctors and people pay lots of money for the hair, skin, legs, and other body parts. They use them as decor for their home to bring them good luck. So Habo is forced to hide all day in his aunt’s home until the rest of the family earn enough money to move somewhere it is safe. Habo is tired of feeling useless and a burden to his family but he doesn’t know what to do. When is in the back yard during the day with his little cousin a man he met earlier sees hims and is there to take him to a witch doctor who has been paid handsomely for this golden boy.
I am excited to meet with these kids Monday to talk about what they read and continue reading more about this story.
1. Fallen by Lauren Kate
Suspected in the death of her boyfriend, seventeen-year-old Luce is sent to a Savannah, Georgia, reform school where she meets two intriguing boys and learns the truth about the strange shadows that have always haunted her. Continue reading “My Weekend is Booked!”
Whether you’ve been reading YA for the better part of a decade, or you’re new to the type of books that have become our lifeblood, we want to get one thing straight: Classic YA books are always worth your time. There are so many groundbreaking novels that were published before the current wave of YA fantasy and…
Time for another discussion post but this time it will be super short. I’m talking all about my favorite middle-grade books. The Percy Jackson Universe- The books shaped my middle school and teen years. These are the best-written middle grades and to this day I still love them as an adult. I still read all […]
* That aren’t actually Novellas. So, having defined in overly simplistic terms the novella in part 1, and discussed five books which could, sort of in a general kind of way, be considered to be novellas in part 2, this post blurs the line even further by looking at 5 short novels that all fall […]
Hey guys!! Today I wanted to make a post about books I recommend to middle grade readers. I’ve been a nanny for several kids over the last 5 years and I always try to encourage them to read! Middle grade (ages 10-12) is when I really fell in love with reading. These are books I […]
Alex is a self-sufficient boy living with his depressed mother. He takes care of himself and his mother but he has big plans and he will be gone for a few days. Alex is obsessed with his dog, Carl Sagan, and outer space. Alex and his dog take a trip to New Mexico to meet his online friends to launch his golden iPod into space. From there Alex is on a crazy voyage with people he doesn’t know and he lost his beloved dog along the way. Alex is full of life and optimism but he soon discovers secrets of his family he never knew.