My personal reading has been dictated in the last week or so by the 10+ books I have to finish by June 9th for the school board review committee! Thankfully, I choose some pretty short junior-esque (Grade 4-6) novels this time around so I should be okay. I am always surprised by the quality of books we are given to read, so many end up being classified as "good" or "excellent" and then recommended for purchase in the libraries of my school board.
So far this round I have read:
Sunny Holiday by Coleen Murtagh Paratore- a cute story about a young girl who lives with her mother and her father is in prison. The dreaded "bus-girls" bully her at school but she rises above it, shows her community what she's made of and provides a voice of leadership for young girls, there's also some great bits about creative writing, a community of women supporting each other, and learning from your mistakes
Neil Flambe and the Marco Polo Murders by Kevin Sylvester- I wrote a review about this book here
Nothing But The Truth by Avi- this is a documentary novel according to the cover, it's written in the forms of memos, letters, dialogue transcripts etc about a boy who hums along to the national anthem and is kicked out of class for causing a disturbance, the story line follows what happens as this becomes a national story and the circles around the central idea of whose perspective is the truth!?
Box Out by John Coy- this was another really interesting read, Liam makes the varsity basketball team even though he is only a sophomore and really wants to make a good impression but once he's in the locker room he discovers that the coach consistently leads the team in Christian prayers and encourages them to attend Christian fellowship-style meetings, the catch is that Liam goes to a public high school where not everyone is a Christian, the story follows his decision to follow his beliefs or follow his love of the game
I received a couple books in the mail this week as well that I am looking forward to reading-
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Beastley by Alex Finn
...and for my profession reading-
Reading Ladders by Teri Lesesne.
I must admit, just talking and write about books and reading does wonders to lift me out of my funk!
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