If this is your first visit to my blog, welcome! Today is Monday, and I regularly participate in a weekly #IMWAYR meme. Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give Kathryn’s (at Book Date) “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” meme a kidlit focus, reviewing books in children’s literature (picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, or anything in the world of kidlit). If you enjoy this type of reading, join us every Monday to share what you’ve been reading!
This week I’m only sharing two middle grade books I enjoyed. However, my college library just sent me home with three boxes full of new books to work on over the holidays, so I can’t wait to dig in later this week. I know many from our community are taking the next two weeks off, but I plan to be back next week for the final Monday of 2021. Hope to see you again then!
How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity’s Greatest Adventure by John Rocco – It took me around two solid weeks to read this book, but that’s not because it wasn’t interesting. Quite the opposite! It was so full of information that I had to read it in bite sized pieces. I often stayed up WAY past my bedtime, bent over the pages, taking in all the details. The illustrations are truly wonderful and I love how Rocco set aside multiple pages throughout each chapter to highlight individuals who might otherwise go unknown. I cannot get over the amount of research that went into the making of this book. I’ll admit, before reading this, I only had the tiniest bit of understanding of all that went into our first trip to the moon. However, there was a tedious balance of temperatures, volumes, weights, propellants, oxygen, safe exhaust options, trajectories, pressure waves, etc. Each section is complete with science experiments to do at home to better understand the dilemmas faced while attempting to get humans to the moon and back. Multiple trials and errors were discussed and many sections were written as Problem —> Solution. I’m so impressed that I’ve already bought a copy for our home for Christmas. I cannot wait to share this with my family!
Under the Broken Sky by Mariko Nagai – I knew nothing about Manchuria or why so many Japanese people were living there in 1945, during WWII. But this historical fiction novel, written in poetic form, was extremely informative and kept me thoroughly engaged. It’s an extremely fast read about a twelve-year-old girl named Natsu and her younger sister as they become refugees attempting to get to safety, in Japan. It’s beautifully written, yet also very open about the horrors these refugees experienced. DO NOT forget the back matter where the author provides even more details to help fill in the gaps (and potentially answer the question about what happened to one of the characters).
This week I’m working on my last two books from my #MustReadin2021 list: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and Who Wrote the Bible? by Richard Elliott Friedman. I also plan to start on these new boxes of picture books. They have more on the way, so I need to get to work!