Visit Myra, Fats, & Iphigene for marvelous talk about books at Gathering Books, including this Reading Challenge.
Jen and Kellee host this kidlit meme at TEACH.MENTOR.TEXTS. It's terrific to find new books to enjoy & share! It's Monday! What are you Reading? is another meme hosted by Sheila at BOOK JOURNEYS that offers reviews of all kinds of books.
I just finished this book with a group of 10 and 11 year old students. I have taught it numerous times, and continue to find it as one of the best books to hook students on historical fiction. It is a warm, tragic, informative and beautiful story! Although it is 26 years old, the story of the evacuee Willie Beech continues to hold the interest of students. In fact, it hooks them every time! The book relates a story of this young boy who is chosen to live with the man he calls Mr. Tom, who is both grumpy and kind, sometimes at the same time. Willie comes from an abusive mother who, through some reactions of Willie, we begin to understand something is very wrong with her. Willie appears surprised at every kindness shown him and finally realizes that the way the people live in Little Weirwold (Mr. Tom's home) is the way one is supposed to live. Magorian expands the story to include a colorful and likable group of minor characters, both adult and children. Willie learns to make friends and that it is quite wonderful to have a friend. Also, the historical background continues to bring the dramatic . All three parts play large roles in the enjoyment of this book. It's terrific. This book won the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Prize, and The Carnegie Medal.
NEXT: I'm not sure what's next. I'm listening to Grace Lin's Starry River To The Sky, just a pleasure, and with our librarians, we're starting a Newbery book club. We will follow the criteria set by the judges, then carefully identify books that are contenders for the medal. I've always wanted to do this, and we have a roomful of enthusiastic, avid readers.