Monday, July 25, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 07/25/16


It's Monday! What are you reading? was started by Sheila at Book Journey and was adapted for children's books from picture books through YA by Jen of Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee of Unleashing Readers. You can visit either site for a round up of blogs sharing their weekly readings and thoughts or search Twitter for #IMWAYR.



Last 2 Weeks' Posts

  • Kid Lit Blog Hop for July. This monthly hop features posts on all aspects of Kid Lit including those by bloggers, authors, and more.

Picture Books



Sawdust Carpets (2005) by Amelia Lau Carling (also available in Spanish). This book shares about the Holy Week tradition of creating temporary carpets out of sawdust on the streets in Antigua, Guatemala. The story is told in semi-autobiographical fashion through the eyes of a young Chinese-Guatemalan girl as she and her family travel to Antigua for the celebrations. An author's note at the beginning and a glossary at the end add additional information about these traditions. A neat addition to any collection of holiday-themed picture books!

Middle Grade



Lunch Money (2005) by Andrew Clements. I received this book as an end-of-year gift from one of my third graders who said that it was her favorite book ever. I have a basket of Andrew Clements books in our classroom library and use Frindle for book club discussions, but this was one I had not yet read. It was ... ok. Main character Greg is obsessed with money, profits, and making more money, but when his entrepreneurial habits get him in trouble at school, he has to get even more creative. There are some of the same social justice / kid-power types of moves as in Frindle, but the characters and situations just didn't grab me in the same way.

Middle School



Drama (2012) by Raina Telgemeier. This realistic-fiction graphic novel focuses on seventh-grader Cassie, and the drama of the title refers both to her interests in theater set design as well as the kinds of drama one expects in middle school - issues with friends and relationships. Drama has made the ALA's 2014 list of the Top 10 Most-Challenged Books in the US because of its inclusion of gay characters and relationships. I am delighted to have a signed copy of this book to add to my classroom library (thank you, #nErDcampMI!).

Adult



The Redemption of Althalus (2000) by David and Leigh Eddings. I somehow missed the Eddings' Belgariad and Mallorean series as a kid but was encouraged to read them a few years back as a kid. They are incredibly entertaining and enjoyable, with impressive world-building. The Redemption of Althalus is a stand-alone novel but shares many of those same traits. The characters and dialogue are engaging and often quite humorous, though I empathize with GoodReads reviews complaints about the length (800 pages) and the seeming inevitability of the action sequences.

Happy Reading!

10 comments:

  1. Drama is a hard book to keep on the shelves - well, anything by Raina is hard to keep on the shelves, her books are just so popular with kids!! I really, really appreciated the gentle discussion of gay characters - everything was done really respectfully and in a way that really understands young people. Wish I had a signed copy!! :)

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    1. Thanks, Jane. I had to bug a LOT of kids to figure out where my copies of Smile and Sisters ended up at the end of last school year, but they eventually all returned home.

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  2. Sawdust Carpets sounds fascinating. I will definitely need to look for it.

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    1. Google pictures of the actual carpets too - they are incredible!

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  3. Thanks for each of these, Katie. Sawdust Carpet sounds fascinating, something new to learn about! I still need to catch up with Raina Telgemeier, and read Drama. I enjoyed the earlier ones a lot.

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    1. Drama is a very sweet story and captures so much about the stressors of middle school.

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  4. Anything by Raina Telgemeier is a hit in our school library! I agree with Linda that Sawdust Carpet sounds fascinating!

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    1. It is! There are some incredible pictures online of the sawdust carpets too.

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  5. Drama is so wonderful. Sawdust Carpets is a new title to me. I will definitely look for it. Andrew Clements is great. I don't think I've read that one though. Thanks!

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    1. I think you will enjoy Sawdust Carpets!

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