For a book about anxiety/ depression, this one is keeping me chuckling. I‘m now considering posting “be the syllabus you wish to see in this world” somewhere in my classroom.
This feels like a snapshot of my youth.
This book tells the story of Sophie Scholl and the White Rose, a young activist group who resisted the Nazis in Germany. It‘s told in verse, so it‘s a fairly quick read. I‘m excited that the story is out there. It‘s YA, but might be a little tricky to follow without background knowledge. It also jumps around in the sequence of events. Still though, could be a great introduction to this amazing group.
Jubilee and Ridley meet at a comic con. Her parents own a small indie shop. His run a cooperate chain. He agrees to spy on them to gain his dad‘s approval & spend more time with her. (Think You‘ve Got Mail, but with comics). I figured the bulk of this book was going to build to his identity being revealed. Dugan defy avoids making this the centerpiece of the story. The book about so much more. Issues around anxiety and depression are explored.
This was a great end to this trilogy! Magoon does a wonderful job of laying out some of the ethical dilemmas that come with resisting an authoritarian power- all within a middle grade series. Robyn‘s own story arch can be repetitive at times- always wanting to go off on her own- but I found all the other characters fascinating and fun.
This was my first Baldwin novel. I can see why it‘s a classic. Lots of interesting insights. I have mixed feelings about the way he wrote some of his female characters, though I LOVED Sharon, the protagonist‘s mother. The end is pretty abrupt. I look forward to checking out some literary essays on it.
Another great audio performance by Bahni Turpin!
This one totally lives up to the hype! Jordan has just started at a prep school in a different part of town. He‘s also one of only a few black students. The story spans the school year. It does a great job showcasing micro aggressions in a way that‘s easy for kids to understand.
I went to the Boston Book Festival today. This panel,YA Love and Relationships, was my favorite. Amy Pattee, the moderator, had some great questions around representation/ #WindowsAndMirrors from the writers‘ perspective. Sort of a behind the scenes peak into what considerations go into writing diverse books. The tagged book is from the person speaking here.
ALSO- at another signing, Ibi Zoboi complimented my haircut! It was a great day!
I originally read this back when it was published. I brought my copy into school. While assessing 7th and 8th grade students for reading intervention I show them a table covered in books and ask what appeals to them. This is by far the most popular one. Figured I should re-read it to see if there was anything wildly inappropriate. A few F-bombs, a few surly characters. Nothing worse than what they‘re watching on cable tv or Netflix. (Cont)
I pick this one up for free on Audible a while back. I listen to it in the car with my kiddo. He‘s only three but he was transfixed. It‘s a really fun story about two kids who have to travel through time using a music box to find their uncle. Lots of great musical references.
This was my first Telgemeier book. It did not disappoint! This is a very honest graphic novel memoir that discusses anxiety and therapy along with all the other difficulties of just trying to get by in middle school. I am excited to explore more of her work.
From this issue‘s “Starring” descriptions. I like the juxtaposition of these two. This is my first time reading Squirrel Girl. Loving it so far.
Took me forever to get through this one now that the school year started, but it was well worth savoring. The stories in this span multiple genres- realistic fiction, fantasy, some sci-fi, and lots of magical realism. It was also one of the most diverse books I‘ve read. Not only does it showcase a number of disabilities, but there‘s also a lot of LBGTQ and minority representation.
Heard an interview with the author on Nerdette. It sounded like this would be a good “intro to vegetables” book. Read a bit of it the other night. Seems a bit above me, but I‘m still excited to try. Interview can be found here:
This was a delight! It‘s a fun, light hearted read to kick off the season. Deja and Josiah have worked at the pumpkin patch together for the past 3 autumns. This book takes place on the last shift of their last season. They‘re on a mission to get Josie to talk to his dream girl.
Reading this one while our kiddo played outside/ decompressed from vacation. Happy to see my potted plants survived the week. I like where Lunella‘s character arch is headed. She acknowledges that the “smartest there is” doesn‘t mean she has nothing to learn. I also appreciate her “I don‘t have time for this foolishness” no-nonsense attitude.
I have a physical copy of this book (which is stunning) but I‘d heard such great things about the audio version that I had to try it. So worth it! In this story a magical harmonica travels between children around the time of WWII. The music they perform is woven throughout the recording. Different readers give each section a distinct feel. Great middle grade book for history and music buffs!
At a summer coding program, Dimple is approached by Rishi, who informs her that their parents have arranged for them to be married. This is the last thing she wants. She is furious, but cuts him some slack since she knows she‘s really mad at her parents. Over time she grows fond of him. I don‘t read a lot of romance novels, but this was cute. It was a nice palette cleanser between heavier books.
I listened to this audiobook. I spent the week weeping while doing yard work, folding laundry, driving, etc. Each of these essays is beautifully written and deeply personal. I left this book feeling like I had a better understanding of the fabric of my country.
This was in the final essay of the book. Just beautiful.
This was delightful! Julia is a charming kid who is short for her age. She takes a leadership role as a Munchkin in the local production of The Wizard of Oz. She shares her quirky humor and unique observations with the mentors she meets through the play. I alternated between tearing up and laughing out loud while reading.
I bought the first few books in the series a while back. I‘m just now getting back into them. I am in that weird space where I‘m excited to see that there are so many books that I haven‘t read yet, but also kind of sad that I let myself lapse for this long.
I heard the buzz about this a while back. Glad I finally checked it out. It‘s sort of a YA Latinx Handmaiden‘s Tale-type dystopia with a very familiar boarder wall crisis. (More in comments)
Getting back into this series after a long break. Lunella Lafayette is one of my favorite Marvel characters. I also love Ms Marvel‘s appearance in this one.
This book was... long. Perhaps longer than it needed to be, BUT I still liked it and am looking forward to reading the 3rd book when it comes out.
Goss has an extensive knowledge of early science fiction and noteworthy people of the Victorian era. She weaves both literary characters and historical figures into her book. I found myself frequently checking Wikipedia to see where she was drawing from. She is thorough. It‘s a fun series!
Overall I liked this book, BUT...It‘s 700 pages because it gets bogged down with stuff like this- an entire page that basically says, “Mary woke up, washed her face, and got dressed. Then she went downstairs for breakfast where she noticed some of her companions were wearing pants.”
Every meal, train car, parlor, and teacup is described in GREAT detail in this book.