I was able to get a great deal of reading done last week due to our school's midwinter break so that made me very happy.
Books I finished last week:
The Fellowship for Alien Detection by Kevin Emerson
October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman
Artists and Writers of the Harlem Renaissance by Wendy Hart Beckman
The Harlem Renaissance: An Explosion of African American Culture by Richard Worth
I've been on a huge Harlem Renaissance kick lately. I just love this era of American history.
Babymouse Monster Mash by Jennifer L. and Matthew Holm
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
I will fully confess that I didn't finally decide to read Lunch Lady until I received an ARC of Jarrett's latest book from Walden Pond Press last week called The Platypus Police Squad and in his bio, I read that he has a pug. Well, being a crazy pug owner myself, I can't not read an author's entire body of work once I realize they are a fellow pug lover. :)
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
I'm sorry to announce that I didn't love Code Name Verity with the same fervor as so many others did. I just could not emotionally connect with the characters. I didn't even cry, which was a huge shock to me given the fact that oft dry-eyed readers even admitted to sobbing over this book. I will fully admit I am perplexed over my lack of crying with this one.
The Lonely Moose by John Segal
Bink and Gollie: Two for One by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile
The Great Migration: Journey to the North by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist
Silent Star: The Story of Deaf Major Leaguer William Hoy by Will Wise, illustrated by Adam Gustavson
Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
Wow! This book is fantastic! No wonder it won so many awards! It reads just like a spy novel. If only all nonfiction were this exciting to read. But based on the first sentence of Sheinkin's author bio, you can definitely tell he's not your run-of-the-mill nonfiction writer: "A former textbook writer, Steve Sheinkin has dedicated his life to making up for his previous crimes by crafting gripping narratives of American history." Boom. I'm sold.
The Big Sea by Langston Hughes
Again with the Harlem Renaissance. Langston Hughes is my favorite poet of all time so I wanted to learn more about his life by reading his autobiography. So far I have to say I prefer his poetry to his prose writing, but I'm enjoying learning more about his life nonetheless.
Last week I reviewed:
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis.
Notes from Ghost Town and The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison
Other posts from last week:
Probiotic drinks: I'm here for the flavors, the healthy part is just a bonus
A poem to start a conversation about bullying and self-worth