LET’S TALK ABOUT BOOKS:
The Middle Grade and Young Adult genres are exploding in literature! Young readers who have graduated from easy chapter books to novels have so many wonderful books to choose from, but how do we, as parents and educators, know which ones are best for their impressionable minds?
Here are a few wonderful websites for children’s book reviews. Please consider checking them out:
WHAT I’M READING RIGHT NOW:
Flora and Henry were born a few blocks from each other, innocent of the forces that might keep a white boy and an African American girl apart; years later they meet again and their mutual love of music sparks an even more powerful connection. But what Flora and Henry don’t know is that they are pawns in a game played by the eternal adversaries Love and Death, here brilliantly reimagined as two extremely sympathetic and fascinating characters. Can their hearts and their wills overcome not only their earthly circumstances, but forces that have battled throughout history? In the rainy Seattle of the 1920’s, romance blooms among the jazz clubs, the mansions of the wealthy, and the shanty towns of the poor. But what is more powerful: love? Or death?
MY FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME:
I highly recommend THE CAY by Theodore Taylor. It was the only book I read over and over again when I was young.
This award-winning novel remains a powerful classic of prejudice, love, and survival. In 1942, 11-year-old Phillip Enright lives with his parents on the Dutch island of Curaçao, but when the war moves too close for comfort, his mother decides to travel with him back to the safety of Virginia. When their boat is torpedoed, however, Phillip is blinded and finds himself adrift on a life raft with an old black man and a cat. They eventually land on a deserted island. Phillip is suspicious of “the large Negro,” but soon grows to trust—and ultimately love—the patient and generous Timothy. Dedicated to “Dr. King’s Dream,” The Cay has a clear message that friendship is colorblind; it is also a terrific adventure story of a young, newly blind man learning to survive on an uninhabited island.