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The Past Week:
Fish in a Tree calls me to be a better teacher - one who sees my students. The main character, Ally, is unforgettable. Lynda Mullaly Hunt has again written a book that stirs emotions and makes me think. Half a World Away was very unique. I'm not sure I've ever read a book with such a troubled adopted child. He has abandonment issues that are not yet resolved and now his parents are adopting another child - this time an infant. Through his eyes, readers see the turmoil this causes. There is some hope present, but this is not a light-hearted book. Also, some of the situations surrounding the adoption had me wondering if they were realistic.
I reviewed One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul and Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton by Don Tate for the Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge. Poet isn't on Goodreads yet since & will be published in the fall.
I shared The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage with my fifth grade classes. They were amazed that such laws existed.
Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony Inspired by Historical Facts was interesting to me, but is definitely for older readers. The two women sit in a room drinking tea and talking about their past exploits so it is not one students would likely read on their own, but could be used by a teacher as a resource.
Hidden Like Anne Frank: 14 True Stories of Survival was not an easy read. What slowly became clear to me was that you had to have money to be hidden. It was wonderful to see how many people were saved, but was also horrifying realizing how many were not.
Strike! The Farm Workers' Fight for Their Rights was a little drier than I had hoped, but was mostly interesting. It got me to thinking about how few children's books exist about migrant families. I did come up with a list though, so I'll have to do a post about that soon.
My favorite of the week was Cuba 15. It's a fun coming-of-age book. There were some serious moments, but it was full of laughter and family love. This one brought a smile to my face many times.
The Coming Week:
I'm listening to Zombie Baseball Beatdown and so far am loving it. I also started an adult book called The Historian. I think it's a vampire book. A friend told me I had to read it. ;)
I'll also be reading a few more ARCs from ALA Midwinter. I hope you have a great week!
Reading Challenges Update:
Diversity on the Shelf/Diverse Books 24/100