Turtle in Paradise by @jenniholm Enjoyed this one. The characters seemed very real. Good descriptions. Eleven-year-old Turtle is being shipped from New Jersey down to her aunt in FL after her mother takes a job with a lady who doesn’t like kids. In the 1930s, there weren’t many jobs around so it was understandable. Turtle … More Turtle takes us into a past-time paradise
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by @chriscolfer Yes, I understand why my students like this one so much. It’s an adventure story in a world they know. The world of fairy tales. Twins Alex and Conner Bailey are polar opposites. Conner is the class cut up, poor student, and everyone’s friend. Alex is … More The Land of Stories invites the reader into a magical land
Gathering Blue by @LoisLowryWriter You have to think of this as less of a sequel to The Giver, but as an alternate community popping up in the post-apocalyptic world. This could, possibly, be at the same time. Kira is recently orphaned and lame from birth. The community only allows healthy children to live past birth, so … More Gathering Blue is a strong companion to The Giver
Why are schools actively deadening our children’s taste for books? Instead of trying to create or encourage readers, schools pick out the books that are “good” for students. Nevermind that students have to wade through antiquated language to get to the story. Is it that we had to read it so we inflict these classics … More We need a new literature curriculum in schools!