Monday, December 26, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 12/26/16

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 Week's Posts

  • Mock Newbery Contenders: 2016, part 2: realistic. This second in a series of three posts introduces the realistic books in our school's Mock Newbery, including historical fiction, biography, and contemporary realistic fiction. So many great choices!
  • Mock Newbery Contenders: 2016, part 3: TBR. The third and final post in our Mock Newbery list includes those titles that are still on my To Be Read (TBR) list. I'm hoping to finish several over the rest of winter break.

Young Adult

Before We Were Free (2002) by Julia Alvarez [a Pura Belpré winner]. This historical fiction novel takes place in 1961 and documents the political upheaval of the Dominican Republic before and after the death of their dictator, Trujillo (El Jefe). The story is told through the eyes of a 12-year old girl, Anita, as her extended family is impacted by these events in different ways.

As my students' study of Latin America in Social Studies moves forward towards the present day, our librarian and I are working on putting together a list of books for them to read that provide insights into this time period. This is definitely one I will be adding.

Happy Reading!


  1. I must admit that I know shamefully little about Latin American history, it simply wasn't an area that received a lot of attention when I was a student. I think I would benefit.from this story as much, if not more so, than your students!

  2. I've included Before We Were Free before in my Children's and Adolescent Lit courses (back when I still assigned titles--now it's all free reading). Very good novel!

  3. I enjoyed your Mock Newbery links! Thank you.

  4. I'm interested in your reading list when you have it put together. Would you be willing to share? I'd like to have something like that for our library.

  5. Thank you for sharing this text! I am always looking for good Hispanic authors to read :)
    Also, thank you for your Mock Newbery list--many of them are on my club's list, but some are not, so thank you for sharing!
    Happy reading this week :)


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