Jen and Kellee from Teach Mentor Texts started a weekly meme about what people are reading and reviewing in children’s and young adult literature. It’s a great way to see what others are reading.
Recent Reading Adventures
Middle Grade Fiction
The Cloak Society by Jeramey Kraatz – Alex Knight has always known he was meant to be a villain. He was raised in Cloak’s headquarters after all. Yet when he makes the ‘mistake’ of saving the life of one of the heroic Junior Rangers, he finds himself wondering what Cloak is really about. I enjoyed this read and can’t wait to share it with students after break.
May B. by Caroline Rose Starr – May’s voice made this a powerful historical fiction read. May’s troubles are told in verse as she is taken from her home to work in a soddy for a man and his troubled city wife. Events lead to May trying to survive on her own in a place where no one will be looking for her until nearly Christmas.
The Encyclopedia of Me by Karen Rivers – This is a contemporary realistic account of Isadora’s life. While grounded over the summer, Isadora decides to write an encyclopedia of her life. Changing friendships, first real crushes, mistakes in the name of adventure and her life with an older autistic brother all take their turn in this irreverent, heartfelt guide. References to other entries makes this read more interactive.
The Demigod Diaries by Rick (and Haley) Riordan – I liked the short stories in this volume, from what happens on Percy and Annabeth’s one month anniversary to Leo nearly blowing up a good chunk of Camp Half Blood. I enjoyed Luke Castellan’s diary excerpt more than I expected. What I found the most intriguing though was the short story Haley Riordan wrote about a demigod that had served Kronos.
Wrinkle in Time adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson – I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of this adaptation. I learned things I didn’t realize before on reading the original many times over. I liked how Meg’s feistiness carried over. Did everything look the way I imagined it to ever since my first read in fifth grade? No, but that never happens with movies either. Also, Calvin O’Keefe rocks.
Upcoming Reading Adventures:
My to read stacks are everywhere and at risk of falling over. One of the books I want to read over break is Grace Lin’s Starry River of the Sky.