You know the on going discussion about reading children’s literature? Well, I agree that books are books and we just need to be reading. We learn from reading widely. That said I realized I have been reading mainly middle grade fiction for some time so it was time to create a bit of balance in my reading life.
I did stay with fiction but spent the week reading adult fiction. It is good to step into the adult world now again to remember where books are going. It is important to experience a more complex plot, characters that are a bit more nuanced and vocabulary that makes you stop and think.
Claire Roth, our lead character, is an artist who pays her bills by making copies of famous artists paintings. This side line leads her into the darker side of the art world of paintings stolen, copied and sold around the world. Claire runs a fine line between what is right and where she has stepped into the darker side.
Sapiro sets this story in Boston and connects the mystery to the missing painting at the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum. (historical fiction so to speak) It is a quick and fun read which could lead to a good book group discussion. If you like mystery books and visual art this is worth looking at for fun.
In the children’s department I am reading Gabriel Finely and the Raven’s Riddle. (August 2014) by George Hagen. It is also a mystery. There is a missing father, ravens that tell riddles, at least the good ones do, and vulravens that live for ever and are seeking power to take over the world.
Gabriel begins to learn the mysteries of his family and his missing father on his 12th birthday. Then with this knowledge he sets off on an adventure to rescue his father.
So far I am excited to see what happens and how Gabriel and a young raven will solve this story. If you are a Harry Potter reader, or liked The Mark of the Dragonfly you might want to take a look at this one as well. Perfect for 4th and 5th grade students who like adventure. (Sorry I hate to place a book as a boy or girl book but… It is a good boy book for sure although I am sure girls would like it as well. I do and I am a girl.)
Happy November Reading!