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- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
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What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading Jason Reynold’s middle grade story, As Brave as You. It is about two brothers and their experience visiting their grandparents for a month over the summer.
When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires—literally.
Genie’s summer is full of surprises. The first is that he and his big brother, Ernie, are leaving Brooklyn for the very first time to spend the summer with their grandparents all the way in Virginia—in the COUNTRY! The second surprise comes when Genie figures out that their grandfather is blind. Thunderstruck and—being a curious kid—Genie peppers Grandpop with questions about how he covers it so well (besides wearing way cool Ray-Bans).
How does he match his clothes? Know where to walk? Cook with a gas stove? Pour a glass of sweet tea without spilling it? Genie thinks Grandpop must be the bravest guy he’s ever known, but he starts to notice that his grandfather never leaves the house—as in NEVER. And when he finds the secret room that Grandpop is always disappearing into—a room so full of songbirds and plants that it’s almost as if it’s been pulled inside-out—he begins to wonder if his grandfather is really so brave after all.
Then Ernie lets him down in the bravery department. It’s his fourteenth birthday, and, Grandpop says to become a man, you have to learn how to shoot a gun. Genie thinks that is AWESOME until he realizes Ernie has no interest in learning how to shoot. None. Nada. Dumbfounded by Ernie’s reluctance, Genie is left to wonder—is bravery and becoming a man only about proving something, or is it just as important to own up to what you won’t do?
If you have not read anything by Jason Reynolds, you must start now. He writes beautifully and even my most reluctant reader will read his stories when it is handed to him.
What I recently finished…
- Paris for One and Other Stories by JoJo Moyes – I am a huge fan of her work and these short stories were a fun, quick read.
- The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras – If you know someone who is a junior or senior in HS and either applying for college / or thinking about all that goes into applying for college, this is a story for them. It tackles anxiety, stress, family pressures, and romance all in one!
- Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner – This story represents what I love so much about YA – love, loss, family, friendships, and so much more. It is beautifully written and one that will connect with many. This is moving to the the top of my book-talk list.