Although I love my job, weeks like these affirm for me that it is indeed time to retire.
This book is dark and twisted and I love it! A teacher brought it in for me to read. It's the love story between a tadpole and a caterpillar. They promise each other they will never change, but of course they do. Eventually the caterpillar leaves the tadpole. After it has finished its metamorphosis it comes back to tell the frog how sorry it is. There isn't a happy ending. I laughed and laughed.
I'm utterly charmed by this book. I must get it for our library since I can see so many ways to use this book as a mentor for teaching persuasive writing. I also adore Yasmeen Ismail's colourful illustrations!
When Spencer's books go missing one by one, he sets up a trap to find out who is taking them. He is very surprised to find out who the culprits are, and ends up coming up with a plan to make them all happy. You have to pay attention to the images to realize that whoever is taking Spencer's gift, is leaving him something in return.
The photographs at the beginning and end of this book are a large chunk of why it works for me. Don't get me wrong, Sally Walker's narrative and Jonathan Voss' illustrations flesh the story out and make for compelling reading. For me, it's just these old black and white photographs say, this is real. I got this from our public library and have added a copy to my shopping cart so we have our own copy at school.
In this book a group of teens get contaminated flu shots. As a result, they develop telepathy and can hear each other's thoughts. Mlynowski tells this story from multiple perspectives so we get to understand what this means for different characters. For some of these students it is a good thing, and for others it means disaster. What it means for the reader, is that we get to understand all of them more deeply. This book offers up a bit of romance, a bit of heartbreak, and a lot of angst.
This book is everything everyone has crowed about. It is still sinking in for me since I just finished it late Sunday afternoon, but WOW, that was some listen! Doerr's language is so lyrical and beautiful that if I hadn't been listening to it, I'm sure my book would be marked all over with phrases and sections that left me in awe. I'm planning on reading this with my eyes so I can savour the writing more fully.
CURRENTLY & UP NEXT
Rabbit Ears by Maggie de Vries, the book club book I'm into now, is a challenging story subject matter wise, but so far, well worth the read. I've got a whole mess of books out from the VPL, so I'll probably read The Rule of Three by Eric Walters. That will be two more book club books finished. I'm thinking I might start The Penderwicks in Spring as my next audiobook. but I've also got Jasper Fforde's The Last DragonSlayer waiting for me.
Choices choices choices!