While thinking about my midterm grade I realized that I hadn’t really been dedicating enough time to really doing a lot of reading, so I decided to fix that and managed to finish three different books this week. I thought they were all so good that I just had to share them with you.
The first one I finished was “All’s Faire in Middle School” by Victoria Jamieson. Jamieson is also the author of “Roller Girl,” which I haven’t read, but is definitely on my list after finishing this book. The book is about Imogene who has been home schooled much of her life, but has decided to go to public school. The kicker is she decided to start in middle school (which to me seems like a poor idea, but whatever). Also, Imogene’s family works at a Renaissance Fair, and this is Imogene’s first year working as well. She starts out as a squire, and she absolutely loves it. However, through a strange set of events she ends up being a sort of bully at her new school. This opens up several doors for learning lessons and self-discovery. I loved this book because I could relate to it on so many levels. I was taken back to my own middle school days, and I discovered that this story still hit me as a senior in college. The message is just as strong now as it would have been then. This is definitely a book that I want to include in my classroom, and I highly recommend that you do too.
The second one was “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern. I’ve been reading this book for awhile now, and it took me forever to get into it. I finally forced myself to sit down and let myself get drawn in, I then finished it in two hours. While the book has a slow start by the end of it you are wishing that it would just keep going. It is told from multiple perspectives as well as from different time periods, so you really have to stay on your toes. It isn’t so bad, however, that it detracts from the story. I’d try to describe the plot line to you, but it’s one of those books that you really just have to discover it for yourself. Seriously, you need to read this book.
Finally, we have “The Saturday Boy” by David Flemming. This book is definitely a lower level reading book, but that in no way detracts from the story. The book follows Derek, a fifth grader whose father is deployed and flies Apache helicopters. Derek is still navigating the idea of growing up, what it means to be almost a middle schooler, and most importantly having an absentee father. The book also deals with issues of bullying. When I picked up this book I wasn’t sure what I was going to get, but I will tell you that I laughed and cried while reading it. I think this book was an interesting read, but there were also some plot holes that I wasn’t really sure about. Overall though I enjoyed reading it, and if any of you would like to borrow it let me know.