I am excited to be a part of the conversation at #IMWAYR! Thank you to Sheila, Jen and Kellee
for inspiring and hosting this meme.
I've been taking a little blogging hiatus, but I've been busy reading and reviewing. Last weekend the Maine Student Book Award committee met and finalized the MSBA list. It is exceptionally difficult (way more so than I realized) to create a balanced list that will appeal to a wide variety of readers. I love many of the titles on this year's list and I'm looking forward to sharing and discussing them with my students.
Now, it's on to books with a 2014 copyright! I've been treating myself to a few adult books, but also trying to get a jump on next year's MSBA possibilities. So, this is what I've been reading:
|For grades 7+|
Threatened, Elliot Schrefer’s follow up to Endangered, does not disappoint. Set in Gabon, Luc is indentured to Prof., a mysterious man who says he wants to be Africa’s own “janegoodall.” Together they venture deep into the jungle to observe and study chimps. Luc’s painful loneliness after losing his family, his bravery and fear and his growing friendship with Prof. are all beautifully rendered. The setting is extraordinary and feels like a character all of its own and the chimps are fascinating. I loved this book.
|For grades 3-6|
|For grades 5-8|
My adult reading was pretty heavy hitting this past week - both Susan Minot's Thirty Girls and Alex Myers' Revolutionary are memorable for their contrasting darkness and light.