Sunday, May 5, 2019

A few recent reads

Contrary to what it looks like on this blog, I have been reading a lot. I printed out my Goodreads To Read list for my classroom wall, and have been steadily making progress. I am still unmotivated to review except in GIF format, but that's better than nothing. So here are a few thoughts:

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

This one was pretty engrossing. I really did want to know who was lying and it turns out, I was wrong! All my students are reading it and I had to check it out. I liked it, although 7th grade is the lowest age I would want reading it (and wouldn't recommend it to someone that young, but I will talk about it with them when they do anyway!)


Damage Done by Amanda Panitch

Gillian Flynn for 9th graders. Fans of fun trashy novels by Abigail Haas will like this. I knew pretty early on what the twist was, but I don't know if high school students will. So they can join me in making this face: 

Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy

I read this novel-in-verse for our poetry unit and will be recommending it to students next year. Based on the life of the author's family, it is told from the perspective of a young child. The story suffers from the narrator's lack of understanding in some parts, but it enhances it overall. And the end? Here's me:

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