Last week I was approved for a few pre published books from Netgalley so I side tracked my reading of The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp. ( Sorry Kathi A. – I do love what I am reading and have plans to return to finish it and review it this week.) Instead I read a YA book! Odd for me!
YA Book: I jumped into Jo Knowles soon to be released book Living with Jackie Chan. (release date Sept. 10) It was getting a lot of attention on Twitter so I decided to make the leap and read a it before my beloved MG’s books.
I am so glad I did – I am not as well versed on YA books coming from teaching 3rd – 5th grade. I did not realize until the end of this story that this was a response book to Jumping off Swings published in 2011. It is a story that stand on its on but I now want to go back and read Jumping off Swings.
Knowles takes us into the life and thinking of Josh, otherwise known as Samurai Sam. We know he has made a “mistake” and is now living with his uncle. Josh’s fears, concerns and growth are slowly revealed as we move through his last year of high school in a new place with new beginnings.
This book deals with the emotions of teenage pregnancy but from the view point of the father/boy. It is done with care, humor and understanding. We watch as a young man having made a poor choice changes. The community around him also grows and changes as they seeks to support him or understand what has happened. It is well worth the read.
MG Books: This week I am returning to Kathi Appelt’s new book of course.
I am also reading Listening for Lucca by Suzanne La Fleur which was just released this month. La Fleur has set up a mystery, maybe a ghost story – I will let you know next week. I am only about 1/4 of the way into the story and need to stop writing so I can get back to reading. I am intrigued and need to know what is really happening with Lucca and his older sister, Siena.
Pictures Books: Sorry no PB this week.
I am just to wrapped up in these new middle grade and young adult books. I do have two non fiction science books about insect sitting on my desk that I will share next Monday. They will be part of the suggested reading for the new post going up on Garden Learning: Learning in a Wild Garden.