I’ve been in a horrible, horrible book drought. With all the changes going on, I haven’t had time to seek out new titles, and the one I did find, I couldn’t make myself pick up. So, I wasn’t reading. At all.
Thankfully, this past Friday, a teacher friend and I went to Scholastic’s Warehouse Sale. Browsing among all those books, with a clear purpose in my head (finding books that will appeal to my new student population) re-energized me about reading young adult literature. I tried to focus on finding relevant titles to my new population along with beefing up my historical fiction and mystery sections in my classroom library.
I spent over 150 dollars. I got 25 dollars off with my coupon, but still. I came home with a big ‘ole box of new stuff. Once I got home, I didn’t even wait to start reading. So, without further adeiu, here’s what I read over the weekend:
Runaway Twin, Peg Kehret
Sunny finds herself longing to find the twin she was separated from at age 3. So she runs away from her foster home, the first one she’s felt good about in years, and sets off on a cross-country adventure to find her twin. She finds her twin, but the reunion leaves much to be desired in Sunny’s mind. A good, quick read.
Stalker Girl, Rosemary Graham
This title has been on my radar for a bit, but I never picked it up until I saw it at 50% off at the warehouse sale. This book is intense. I sucked me into the character, Carly, right away, but not because I related with her, or because I wanted to be her friend (a measure I often use with characters) but because I wanted to take her by the shoulders and shake some sense into her. The downward spiral she takes is terrifying.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Mark Haddon
I’m still working my way through this one, but It’s been around for a long time and I never got around to reading it. Is that bad of me? I’m enjoying it so far.
The Truth About Truman School, Dori Hillestad Butler
A book about bullying, specifically, cyberbullying. A good, quick read, which points the redundancy of the term cyberbullying. As one character states “Isn’t bullying bullying regardless of the form it takes?”
What are YOU reading?