My New Favorite Book: The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Our search for the next school wide read continues without success. There have been books some teachers on the “committee” loved, some that were good for grades 6 and 7 but not 8, some good for 8 and seven but not for six.  And the science and math department, along with the forces at large,…

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….

Sunday Salon: Ponyboy and Johnny and Dally

Reading is a creative act. This is a controversial idea, one that many people resist strongly, one I resisted when I first learned about it.  But, over the years, I’ve come to appreciate it as an adult reader.  That young readers are creative agents is apparent to me and to probably anyone who has spent…

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

This review may have spoilers. Three lovable misfits spend their senior year together, trying to survive life in small town Tennessee where misfits are not exactly welcome, no matter how lovable they are. The Serpent King is actually a very dark story.  The lead character, though the narrator’s focus will shift between all three, is Dillard…

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

There’s a good chance that I’m just a sucker for romance. Somewhere in the middle of The Sun is Also a Star the lead characters Daniel and Natasha stand facing each other on the streets of New York City.  They lean in, their heads touching.  Daniel’s long hair falls forward forming a curtain around their faces…