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The Past Week:
Popular was an interesting concept. It's a memoir written about a girl's eighth grade year as she uses a vintage guide for becoming popular - including things about posture and pearls in addition to timeless tidbits about how to make connections with others. I found the overall message positive - that popularity is not just about looks or who you are, but is more about how you treat others and being brave enough to communicate with them. There were some things that put me off a bit though especially about her weight. It was on the sweet side, but it kept me reading.
Blackbird Fly was a middle grade that got my attention because of the Beatles and that the main character is from the Philippines. I had a student in the past from the Philippines. I know she would have loved to see this book in the library. She was the only person in our school from the Philippines just like Apple. It was great to read while listening to the songs that were mentioned in each chapter. The book deals with bullying and changing friendships along with identity.
Candlewick sent Paper Things and I had to read it even though I had others waiting. I'm glad I did. The main character is living with her older brother wherever they can find a place. It takes a while for her to own the word homeless, but that's what they are. It shows how the many complications that she faces as she tries to keep that from her friends and teachers. The story touched my heart.
I enjoyed Izzy Barr Running Star in part because I like to run too. It was also a nice beginning chapter book that had just the right amount of complications.
Hoot Owl was funny. The text in Counting Crows didn't work for me very well, but I loved the illustrations. Mesmerized was prettying fascinating. I liked learning about that bit of history. Chimpanzee Children of Gombe was okay. The photos were wonderful, but the text was not edited well.
Reading Challenge Update
Diversity on the Shelf/Diverse Books - 101/100
Goodreads - 205/520
#MustRead2015 - 29/53
Diversity Reading Challenge - 9/12