The kids around school have been reading up a storm lately! I don't know what it is, the the amount of fiction that I have been shelving lately, is epic! Here are some of the titles that I have been shelving over, and over, and over again!
Throne of Fire, by Rick Riordan
The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman
A Month of Sundays, by Ruth White
Moon Over Manifest, by Clare Vanderpool
We'll Always Have Summer, by Jenny Han
Every now and again I have to pinch myself. I work in a school where there is an amazing reading culture. Readers advisory is seen as a skill, and our kids pick up on it and book talk back to us all of the time. I can't wait to hear about what they read over the summer!
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Friday, May 18, 2012
Saturday, May 05, 2012
Summer of the Gypsy Moths, by Sara Pennypacker
The thing is, Louise is older and she's not well. Angel and Stella make a gruesome discovery when they come home from school one day, and they have some heavy choices to make. Can they make a go of the summer on their own? Should Angel run? What will happen if folks find out they are living without any adult supervision? And what are they going to tell George - the local who is supposed to help Louise take care of the rentals? Most importantly, what are they going to do with Louise?
The girls decide to make a go of it, and have to figure out a way to get along. Their differences turn out to be a good thing as Stella could use some fire and Angel could use some forethought. Readers see the girls deal with bills, finding food, lying about Louise's whereabouts, and dealing with their own guilt. All of this is wrapped up in Sara Pennypacker's rich prose, describing the Cape, the cottages, the beach, as well as the interconnected nature of life. "I like to imagine the ties between us as strands of spider silk: practically invisible, maybe, but strong as steel. I figure the trick is to spin out enough of them to weave ourselves into a net." (p.1)
Readers will be left wondering what they would do if they were ever in Stella and Angel's predicament. Honestly at first, I was wondering who I would give this book to. It's clearly not for the same audience as Clementine. There are heady issues in Summer of the Gypsy Moths, and at times the bigger ideas are a little scary. Ultimately, however, this is a story of friendship, survival and hope, and thoughtful tweens will be ready for the serious nature of Stella and Angel's situation.
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