I am loving Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith so much that I may have spent part of the day day dreaming about staying home sick to finish reading it! I am so excited that the main character is a 16 year-old boy who is questioning his sexuality. Not only is this an important reality about the confusion that can come when friendship, romance, hormones and desire collide, but it is dealt with frankly and at times humourously. The story takes a turn into dystopian territory once these plague bugs are released…and I’m not too far past that, but plan to finish this one quickly!
I don’t read many books on autism since I live the life daily with my oldest daughter, but this book was intriguing. It is a very quick read, yet bits of it really got me thinking. While each person on the spectrum is very different this book definitely gave me pause and had me wondering what might be going on in Anna’s head that she simply cannot yet communicate to us.
Since I haven’t had much time to read this Spring Break, Goodbye, Rebel Blue will likely be my last book for this holiday. Despite a pile of other books stolidly awaiting my attention I couldn’t resist a novel that centres around a bucket list! I am a bucket-lister and have always hoped that my friends and family would work together to cross off any remaining items on my list if I were to die before completing it. That’s sort of the premise with Goodbye, Rebel Blue, but there’s some teen angst that wouldn’t be part of my story :-)
IF I STAY opens in theaters AUGUST 22, 2014. #5MonthsAway
Reblog if you’re as excited to see this movie as we are!
YA movie with a book by a cool lady about a cool lady?
… yes you could say I’m excited. ;)
Can’t wait for If I Stay. Such a great book, and I’m sure it’ll be a great movie!
Plenty of time to read a great book by Gayle Forman before the movie comes out. Get on it!
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler was a good choice for Spring Break, but it would make an even better beach read. I like that the characters have some complexities (a combination of relationships, grief, and general teen-ness) and that while there were no major surprises that I still enjoyed following the girls on their ABSE adventure. ***
So far I am enjoying The Beginning of Everything, and since it should be a quick read I hope it will kick start a Spring Break with lots of reading! The narration makes me think of Ned Vizzini, John a Green and, Tim Tharp.
I enjoyed this novel all the way through and would recommend it to fans of the authors mentioned above. It raises questions about identity, popularity and love in a plausible and at times touching way.
Earlier today I received an email from a high school English teacher in Strasburg, Colorado who plans to teach an elective Young Adult literature course. A group of parents created a petition to “cleanse” the book list, claiming that the majority of the books on the curriculum, “are profane, pornographic, violent, criminal, crass, crude, vile, and will result in the irreparable erosion of my students’ moral character.”
Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska have been targeted in particular, and the press attended the most recent school board meeting. The motion has been tabled for the next meeting at 7:00 pm on April 16th at Strasburg High School: 56729 e. Colorado Ave, Strasburg, CO 80136.
Please join me in emailing letters of support of the teacher at Strasburg who has heroically stood by her curriculum and stood alone at School Board meetings defending the books. It’s important to keep your letter as civil as possible, even if this kind of thing turns you into a giant squid of anger.
Letters should be addressed "To the School Board" and emailed to StrasburgYALiteratureCourse@gmail.com. It would also be a great help to attend the next School Board meeting if you live in the area.
I am extremely grateful to those who have come out in support of my books on the various occasions they have been challenged, who understand that I am not out to corrupt teenagers, and who further understand the importance of reading books critically and thoughtfully as a whole, rather than focusing on individual scenes ripped from their context. Thanks for supporting my books, and thanks for being awesome.
Full proposed curriculum below the jump.
You may want to send a quick letter…
Ok M.A. And P.K. I am finally reading the sequel to Eon. Yes, it is good, but it’s going to take a lot of commitment to find time to read 600 pages! I really want to read some other books over Spring Break :-)
I recommend this series if you like strong female leads, solid world building, some romance, some war, some dragons. This will sound really weird but cross Game of Thrones with Divergent and Eldest…. :-)
18 confirmed living books so far. Aiming for 30. Skype available for interested parties outside of the Okanagan!