It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

IMWAYRThe deep cold of a Minnesota winter had me reading Karen Foxlee’s new book Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy. (we are currently at 20 below this morning without wind chill)  With lots of blankets wrapped around me I finished this chilly but marvelous book at the end of last week and wrote about it here. It is a great addition to the current day fairy tale genre.


Before that I was reading about the summer heat of the Mini Kota internment camps in the 1940’s. Mariko Nagai, known for her poetry, has a new book coming out called Dust of Eden that takes us back to World War Two and our treatment of American citizens who were of Japanese decent. This little book, told through the eyes of a young girl, paints a strong picture of the frustrations, fears and loss that many families experienced over three years due to prejudice and fear.

search-1It would be a good book to read along side Susan Marcus Bends the Rules (talked about here).  They both deal with prejudice during the 1940’s but one stays pretty light and the other takes us right into the emotions and fears.  Both are a good introductions into this topic for 4th and 5th graders.

Upcoming Reading:

There is so much on my list to read that I am a bit overwhelmed and not sure where to begin reading. The New Year has brought about lots of great books but I am working to finish reading a few that might be in line for awards later this month.

  • Al Capone Does My Homework  ( MG –the next addition to the series)
  • Winger ( YA – book that deals with Rugby, bullying and super smart kids
  • Picture Me Gone  (YA – a coming of age, father/ daughter book and mystery.    I am into mysteries at the moment – also reading for adults or maybe YA the new soon to be released Alan Bradey book.  It is part of the Flavia de Luce series titled The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches)

About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, care for my Grandson and write. Life is good!
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2 Responses to It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

  1. Myra GB says:

    I’ve been seeing Ophelia and the Marvekous Boy in quite a number of IMWAYR posts this week, and I am definitely intrigued. Have you read Allen Say’s Home for the Brave? It sounds like it would be a good picture book companion to Dust of Eden. So Far from the Sea by Eve Bunting and Chris Soentpiet I think also deal with a similar topic.
    The cold sounds tough, do keep safe!

    • Myra – yes Home for the Brave would be perfect fit for this book. I don’t know Eve Buntings book but will look it up. Always good to have picture books to connect. Thanks.

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