This Week’s Reading Adventures
Lawless by Jeffrey Salane – This fast-paced book was just the adventure I needed the morning I read it. M Freeman’s rather secluded homeschooled life comes to a screeching halt after her interview to attend the Lawless School. Uprooted from her home, tutors and mother, M is partnered with the impenetrable Zara. During her first class, her classmates are assigned to lift M’s possessions. This forces her to break into the first school assembly through an airduct. This could be a fun foil to the Gallagher Girls.
The Bully Book by Eric Kahn Gale – Sixth grade goes terribly wrong for Eric. It begins when one of his best friends refuses to speak with him, let alone sit next to him. Three boys in the class have decided to make Eric the Grunt. They manipulate events so Eric looks bad to everyone, students and adults alike. He becomes the scapegoat of the weekly class vocabulary activity, the one without any close friends. It all has something to do with a book, a book that’s been at the school for a long time. This story provides an interesting look at bullying and peer relations, without an ‘everything made right again’ moment. Eric’s first person stories are interspersed with sections from The Book.
Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea – I remembered a student loving this book last year. I picked it up last week while searching for a good all school read aloud. Told from the perspective of 7 different students in Mr. Terupt’s fifth grade class, this book might fit the bill. I loved learning more about the characters and seeing how their year unfolded. A winter accident changes everything, giving all of them something to wrestle with.