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I'm so excited to be able to post before Monday. I seem to have just gotten in the habit lately of just posting on Monday. I really want to post more, but many times unsure of what to post about. I'll go for a stretch and post quite a bit. Right now I think that I'm in a bit of a blogging slump. Any suggestions to get out would be helpful.
On Monday I posted about the great picture books that I read last week. I also managed to read a few chapter books as well. I had been waiting for quite a while to read Hold Fast by Blue Balliett. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I loved all the literary references in this book, especially to Langston Hughes poems. I am a huge fan! Balliett shows how awful homelessness is from a child's point of view. The story did drag for me at some points. This isn't a book for every child, it is one that I will pick and choose who to recommend to read it.
One that I just happened to pick up off the library shelf was Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. The title and cover illustration made me curious about this book. I was not disappointed in this book. Sarah Nelson is a 12-year old who has a lot on her plate. She is a very quirky kid, with a plant for a best friend. Sarah and her dad have moved around a lot during her short life. It gets to be summer vacation and Sarah worries that she have a typical boring summer. But it turns out to be anything but a typical boring summer. I don't see this as being a book for elementary students, but definitely for middle school.
The last chapter book that I had a chance to read was Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I've owned this book for quite a while, but hadn't read it. I'm not usually a big fan of chapter books with animals as main characters. I really loved this book. The characters were just quirky enough to captivate me, but not so quirky that I couldn't relate. The vocabulary might trip up some readers. I can't wait to get this book into my catalog so that I can start recommending it to my students.