It’s Monday! – What Are You Reading?
It’s Monday! I can’t believe how quickly the weekend flew by. Today I am reading “The Mighty Miss Malone.” I am about one-third of the way into the book and truly enjoying it so far. Deza Malone (the main character) is an extremely bright young girl growing up during the Great Depression. She is fortunate to have a teacher that recognizes her talents and encourages her to keep working hard. I am looking forward to this evening when I can immerse myself into the continuing story.
Over the weekend, I read two other books. The first was called, “Wonder.” This book has now rocketed up to one of my all-time favorites!!!! It is a heartwarming story that discusses the trials and tribulations of a fifth grade boy trying to fit in when entering school for the first time. Due to his extreme facial deformities and health issues, he had been homeschooled up until that point in his life. It is an inspirational story about not only overcoming challenges, but how students can learn acceptance of differences as well as forming authentic friendships. Over the course of my adolescent literature class, one of my hopes was to find books that I can use in my classroom. This is definitely one that I will invest in as it can teach students a great deal about compassion and diversity in the human race.
I also read “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.” My teenage daughter said that she loved this book and picked it for me as my next reading choice on Sunday. Although I did enjoy the overall storyline of the book, it is definitely not one that I would keep in my classroom due to some more mature content in parts. I know for certain that I would have parents upset with me if I were to use it in a group reading setting. It is available in our school library in the high school section though, so if they were interested in checking it out on their own, I do see that it is a book that could also teach students about diversity, acceptance, overcoming challenges, and friendship.