12.10 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? AND THE OCEAN WAS OUR SKY, GHOST BOYS

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week


the titles we are currently reading.}



Description from IndieBound

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Monster Callscomes a richly illustrated and lyrical tale, one that asks harrowing questions about power, loyalty, obsession, and the monsters we make of others.

With harpoons strapped to their backs, the proud whales of Bathsheba’s pod live for the hunt, fighting in the ongoing war against the world of men. When they attack a ship bobbing on the surface of the Abyss, they expect to find easy prey. Instead, they find the trail of a myth, a monster, perhaps the devil himself…

As their relentless Captain leads the chase, they embark on a final, vengeful hunt, one that will forever change the worlds of both whales and men.

With the lush, atmospheric art of Rovina Cai woven in throughout, this remarkable work by Patrick Ness turns the familiar tale of Moby Dick upside down and tells a story all its own with epic triumph and devastating fate.
My Thoughts…
I’m a Patrick Ness fan ever since I read the Chaos Walking  trilogy and A Monster Calls. I did some reading about this book and where the idea for it came from. Do you know the famous book by Herman Melville? 
In this book, Captain Ahab is on the hunt for Moby Dick, the huge whale who destroyed his ship… and bit off his leg below the knee. 
This book turns the book around: What if it was the Whale who lost her family and was out to get revenge on the human hunter?
Strange and captivating and thought provoking.
I’ll surely be thinking of this one for a while.


Description from IndieBound

A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.
Only the living can make the world better. Live and make it better.
Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat. As a ghost, he observes the devastation that’s been unleashed on his family and community in the wake of what they see as an unjust and brutal killing.
Soon Jerome meets another ghost: Emmett Till, a boy from a very different time but similar circumstances. Emmett helps Jerome process what has happened, on a journey towards recognizing how historical racism may have led to the events that ended his life. Jerome also meets Sarah, the daughter of the police officer, who grapples with her father’s actions.
Once again Jewell Parker Rhodes deftly weaves historical and socio-political layers into a gripping and poignant story about how children and families face the complexities of today’s world, and how one boy grows to understand American blackness in the aftermath of his own death.
My Thoughts…
Wow— what a flood of emotions came rushing through me at various point of this story. This book was, as they say, “Ripped from the headlines”. There have been too many news stories in the past few years of men and boys of color who have been mistreated at the hands of white police officers. And yes—some are shot and killed.
It’s tragic.
On the first page of this book, Jerome is already shot and dead. That’s not giving anything away. The things he sees and the people he meets as a ghost gives him insights and experiences he wouldn’t otherwise have. I liked that he met up with the daughter of the policeman who shot him. Important lessons there.
It was especially fascinating hearing Emmett Till’s story. Yes— that Emmett. Don’t know what he’s all about?

Who Was Emmett Till?

Emmett Till was born in 1941 in Chicago and grew up in a middle-class black neighborhood. Till was visiting relatives in Money, Mississippi, in 1955 when the fourteen-year-old was accused of whistling at Carolyn Bryant, a white woman who was a cashier at a grocery store. 

Four days later, Bryant’s husband Roy and his half-brother J.W. Milam kidnapped Till, beat him and shot him in the head. The men were tried for murder, but an all-white, male jury acquitted them. 

I recommend this book to all readers. It is fantasy… but it’s also realistic and historical. Quite a combination.



Period 2&3 read 7 books this past week.

Period 5&6 read 17 books this past week.

Period 8&9 read 9 books this past week.






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