Looking for the Next School Wide Read

Finding a book suitable for grades six, seven and eight is not easy. The difference between a seventh grader and an eighth grader is dramatic, but the difference between a sixth and an eighth grader is stunning. This year we did our first school wide read, Chew on This by Charles Wilson and Eric Schlosser, based on Mr….

A Little History of Literature by John Sutherland

If you’re a reader but not an English major, or just anyone who’d like to fill in the holes in your knowledge of the subject, you could do worse than John Sutherland’s A Little History of Literature.  Divided into 40 short chapters, Mr. Sutherland’s book covers all the greatest hits from Beowulf to Borges and most…

Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter

A young man’s wife dies, killed in an accident, leaving him alone with two very young sons and their grief which takes the form of a giant black crow. Max Porter’s new novel, Grief is the Thing with Feathers is hard to pin down.  I liked it.  I admired it. I found it has much to…

Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall by Wendy Mass

Wendy Mass wrote one of my favorite YA novels, Every Soul a Star.  For some reason, I had it in my head that she also wrote Criss Cross but it turns out that was Lynn Rae Perkins. So, with what I thought were two terrific books under her belt, I was willing to cut some slack with my…