This weekend, I started reading One Crazy Summer. I only have a little more to go, so I'm hoping to finish it tonight. I really like the book, and I hope my students will too, but I'm concerned that some may shy away because they don't have enough background knowledge about the turbulent 60's to make sense out of some of the names and events.
But this book has won so many awards I just have to trust that it'll win kids over. It's a tremendously engaging story of three sisters, abandoned by their mother at a young age, who travel to Oakland, CA to spend a month with her. At the beginning of the book, it's pretty apparent that she doesn't really want them there, but slowly the oldest one, Delphine - whose character is so beautifully described - works her way into her mother's presence, and her mother finally opens up to her about why she left their father.
I'm also reading The 5th Wave because a student lent me his copy, saying I just "had to" read it.
And it's okay. I can see why he liked it because he loves anything SciFi and filled with adventure and this certainly is. What I like about it is that the aliens are never really described (at least so far. I know she meets one later on in the novel.) That gives the story an eerie feel to it, like you don't know who's safe and who's not. I need to finish it because I have to decide if it's okay to put on my shelf for sixth graders!
The final book that I'm reading is one that I'm purposely savoring. It's One Thousand Gifts, and it's also one that I'll probably reread once I finish, which is something I almost never do. Ann Voskamp has so many thoughtful questions about her faith that resonate with me. I find myself stopping many, many times, just to chew on what she's written.
So how about you? What are you reading?