Hopefully, all of you are in the midst of a great holiday weekend. I am squeezing in a little time to read amongst some family time and am also happy to link up my reading post with other bloggers at teachmentortexts and unleashingreaders, great sites to get more titles for your to-read lists.
Books I Enjoyed This Week:
I re-read this in anticipation of my district’s Battle of the Books in June. To be honest, I am finding this quite, slower paced book a tough sell with the class I have this year. Once they get going with it, my students find there are wonderful characters to love and dislike here, and the satisfying conclusion with the way things come together in the last third was excellent. When I re-read it, I was even more taken by the way Erin Entrada Kelly wrote the bully, Chet Bullens.
This story had very likable characters, including the title character, whose struggles dealing with anxiety and OCD in her family as well as friendship and relationship issues felt very real. I am glad I added this to my library this year and wish I had picked it up to read sooner. I read this shortly after re-reading OCDaniel, in which a child is dealing with OCD. Kat Greene Come Clean has more of the stereotypical OCD (with obsessions being mostly about cleaning), but in both cases there are title characters that learn about mental health, something all people should be learning more about.
December is a young girl who has spent much of her life in the foster care system, and feels like she will be abandoned and mistreated by whomever is charged with her care. She also believes that she will eventually spread wings and fly away from her situation, because she is really a bird. What she really needs is trust and support, and when she is placed with Eleanor, who volunteers for an animal rescue group and works to help injured animals to the wild, December has a lot of decisions to make as she is treated differently than she ever has before. This is a very emotional story, and there is also a subplot in which December has to deal with bullies and make friends with a girl that has a past of her own. This is a quiet, introspective book that I think would find an audience in my classroom. This book is released next week.
I also re-read this one for our Battle of the Books. I write trivia style questions for all of the books for a school vs. school competition we have in teams (kind of like the competition in Out of My Mind). I have never done so for a graphic novel before. I found it more difficult, especially when I have read all eight books in this series and fond the questions I wanted to ask required information from books further along in the series. However, I am still glad we put a graphic novel in our event, as it has pulled in more readers, and also the hard core readers that love our event sometimes don’t recognize graphic novels as much as what they normally read but are discovering great plots and characters.
I read the second of Eric Walters Rule of Three trilogy and let myself hang on the cliff of that ending for longer than I would have thought, but I am taking some time to see how this exciting plot plays out before passing it to a student who just started book two. I managed to get an ARC of This Place from the publisher, I am reading it slowly as it is on my computer. I can’t seem to get it transferred to my IPAD. It is a series of graphic novels covering history from much more of an Indigenous perspective than we have seen in print. My family continues to enjoy the first in the Endling series.
Thanks for reading my blog this week, I hope everyone has a great end to their holiday weekend and an excellent reading week!
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Kat Greene Comes Clean is a great book. I loved so much about it. I hope Melissa Roske has some future books coming.
Hello, Universe is one of my favorite MG novels. I haven’t come across Kat Greene Comes Clean. Sounds like a good read!
I don’t remember much of Hello Universe anymore, perhaps time for a re-read myself! Thanks for sharing Kat Greene Comes Clean & Extraordinary Birds, Aaron. Both are new to me. I’ve started and stopped the first Rule of Three, but now you’ve made me wonder if I shouldn’t pick it up again! Thanks for all. Hope you had a nice weekend and a great week coming up!
I have kind of abandoned my Netgalley reading this month while I try to write a poem a day, but will be interested to read This Place if I can get a copy. I liked Hello, Universe a lot. I really like books where the characters, especially the bullies, are fully developed.
Extraordinary Birds is in my TBR pile. From your review, I think I need to move it up and read it next. Kat Green was one of my first ARCs I read with #bookexcursion. Melissa is not only a great author but a very generous person. Looking forward to whatever she is working on next! Have a great week!
I have a review copy of Extraordinary Birds, but I haven’t gotten to it yet. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the book. Have a terrific week!
I am so happy to see you enjoyed Extraordinary Birds. It is definitely a favorite of mine! I’m looking forward to sharing it with readers next week.
I am really looking forward to reading This Place. Have fun with the battle preparation.
I really enjoyed reading Amulet previously – and will have to catch up soonest with the rest of the series. 🙂
I enjoyed Roske’s Kat Green Comes Clean and am looking forward to Extraordinary Birds very soon! This Place: 150 Years Retold is a new title to me, so I’ll have to go check out more info and I’ll definitely look forward to your thoughts. Hope you’re having a great reading week, Aaron (and my apologies for making it around to everyone’s #imwayr blogs so late in the week)!