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 Week's Posts
- Top 5 ... Book review posts of the year. Sharing my most-read book review and roundup posts from this year.
- Top 5 ... Book Club posts of the year. A roundup of my top posts about great books for book clubs and book discussions.
- Top 5 ... book recommendation posts of the year. Sharing the 5 most-viewed book reviews written by my third graders.
- Diverse Books for Children: favorite holidays books. This linkup is running through all of December, and the theme is favorite holiday books.
Paper Wishes (2016) by Lois Sepahban. This historical fiction novel takes place in a Japanese internment camp and was on my TBR pile for our Mock Newbery. The story is told through the eyes of 10-year old Manami, whose initial experiences leaving her home for the internment camp render her mute. She uses her drawings to send her wishes out into the world, hence the title. This story is appropriate for even the younger end of middle grade readers and does a good job of painting a realistic picture of what the internment camps were like, even some of the darker sides (including riots). I also plan to add this one to my Middle Grade and Picture Book pairings post on Japanese Internment.
Wolf Hollow (2016) by Lauren Wolk. Another from my TBR pile for our Mock Newbery. Wolf Hollow has all the classic hallmarks of a Newbery-winning book: a strong, young protagonist, dangerous situations, and evocative settings and language. I just still can't make up my mind whether it worked or not. The book has very strong overtones of To Kill a Mockingbird with a bit of The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate thrown in (or is it just that cover?). I wanted to like it (and I really did at times) but at other times I just felt like I'd read this story before.
Very curious to hear your opinions, happy reading!