It’s not quite the end of the month, but here’s my November reads (for kids/teens). A couple of them were mentioned in an earlier post…
(I was looking for boy protagonists this month.)
- Hero Type by Barry Lyga. Teen hero Kross wrestles his inner demons and tries to find answers as to what defines a hero and also the meaning of patriotism. Thought-provoking but lightened by funny pranks. Nice job handling the emotions of a teen boy and portraying a group of friends as well addressing some big issues without weighing down the story.
- Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan. Blake finds himself torn between two girls: his girlfriend and his friend that happens to be a girl. Interesting plot, premise, and weaving in of photography. I especially liked the supporting cast of characters.
- The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson. (See above post link) I knew there had to be a twist/surprise ending to this story–but it wasn’t the one I expected. Can’t explain without giving spoiler!
- Smiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli. (See above post link ) Fun to read a new book by such a master. Tough that the first of his books that I ever read was Maniac Magee. I’m always wanting that experience repeated.
For adults, I absolutely loved Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. These interwoven stories are incredible. They made my heart ache in the best of ways and the language and writing made me want to read them over and over again. So satisfying! This book won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize, but I read it because my sister-in-law passed it on to me.
Hmmm, what to read next?
Sarah Wones Tomp
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