Teach Mentor Texts started a weekly meme about what people are reading and reviewing in children’s and young adult literature.
Last Week’s Reading Adventures
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham – Theo Boone is an addict, an addict to the court room to be exact. This aspiring lawyer is from a family of lawyers. While only thirteen, his classmates seek him out for legal advice. He is caught up in the biggest courthouse event in Strattenburg in a long time – the trial of Pete Duffy, who is accused of murdering his wife. The legal scenarios were well described and it was interesting to meet the different characters working at the courthouse. The end of the book felt more like an ending of an episode than the end of a book (and not in a cliffhanger way). I can see why some of my students really enjoy the series. It is a battle of the books title at my school this year.
The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima. I read this book as an ARC through Netgalley. This is a companion novel to The Warrior Heir, The Wizard Heir and The Dragon Heir. This book explores what happened to children who survived the Thorn Hill Massacre, which twisted their magical talents in unexpected ways. It is the story of Jonah, whose touch can kill, and Emma, who has spent much of her life immersed in music with her grandfather. When he suddenly dies, Emma is startled to learn her father is alive. The musical element of this book is strong and the end leaves you itching for the next book. Action and darkness are both found in this read.
This Week’s Reading Adventures
Jump Into the Sky by Shelley Pearsall – At the end of last week I started this title, another one of our Battle of the Books reads. Set during World War II, this is the story of Levi Battle. It seems like people have been leaving Levi all his life. His mother returned to singing, his Granny died, and his father is constantly on the move with his unit. Now his Aunt Odella has sent Levi to join his father on base after caring for him for the better of three years. Having lived in Chicago all his life, Levi’s journey to North Carolina is eye-opening. I’m curious to see where the book goes from here.