Happy, Happy Monday! I was very excited for today because I actually started a new job…YAY! I started working at the Children’s Center and am helping 5-year-olds learn as well as watching the after school program. It was so gratifying and fun to be around kids all day and I am excited for the new journey. I will also be starting to substitute teach soon too! Lots of exciting change in my life.
Last #IMWAYR we had a whole class book, The One and Only Ivan, which won a Newbery Award and I read a couple of other books that I discussed. This weeks focus again was Newbery Award winners and honors books. Now I will say, with these books my four hours of reading went by extremely fast but with my last day at my previous job and other life happenings I did not get too much additional reading read. Here is what I did get read…
When You Reach Me written by Rebecca Stead
This book was a truly beautiful but also heartbreaking story about friendship, family and the everyday life for children. The characters of this novel are not trying to save the world, they are just simply trying to save one person and right a wrong doing. They are each unique with their own little quirks and personalities which really adds to the story overall.
Miranda, the main character, is a young girl loving in New York City. She is friends with Sal and has been for as long as she can remember. One day, Sal gets punched in the stomach and ends up shutting Miranda out of his life. This leaves her very confused. Later, she starts getting mysterious notes. Who is sending Miranda notes about events that have not happened yet? The element of suspense is on every page while you try and unravel the story.
This would be a great book for 5th grade and up. Students will enjoy the aspect of solving the mystery in this book. It goes through many complex, real life issues from single-parent struggles to issues with trust to bullying and racism. The concept of death and acceptance is a huge part of this book as well. These are all great topics to teach students.
A Wrinkle In Time written by Madeleine L’Engle
Funny, both my books kind of tied together this week because Miranda’s favorite book is A Wrinkle In Time. I do have a confession to make though…before this course, I have never read this book. There I said it. I have not finished this book yet but am about halfway through it. So far it has been very enjoyable but I will give more of a review next week.
So, what are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments below and maybe even chip in your two cents of what I should read next!