2.4.19 It’s the day after the Polar Vortex Vacation and the Super Bowl! What are you Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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


the titles we are currently reading.}


Did you LOVE having all that extra time off to read? I hope you took advantage of it and unplugged for a bit.



“Powerful, wrenching.” –JOHN GREEN, #1 New York Timesbestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down

“Raw and gripping.” –JASON REYNOLDS, New York Timesbestselling coauthor of All American Boys

“A must-read!” –ANGIE THOMAS, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning New York Times bestselling debut, a William C. Morris Award Finalist.

Justyce McAllister is a good kid, an honor student, and always there to help a friend—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates.

Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.

“Vivid and powerful.” -Booklist, Starred Review
“A visceral portrait of a young man reckoning with the ugly, persistent violence of social injustice.” -Publishers Weekly


My thoughts…

If you liked Ghost Boys, you can look forward to reading this someday. It pairs up well with The Hate You Give to give a glimpse into the life of what it’s like to grow up a young black man in this society. This was powerful. I particularly appreciated that Justice was able to look at the difficult situations from multiple points of view. He challenged everyone and his or her thinking. He mixed it up with white classmates who were acting racist and prejudiced towards him. He also expressed aggravation with his black acquaintances who gave him a hard time for working hard and getting good grades while they broke the law.

No one was safe from criticism. No one was innocent.

And that’s the way it should be with these challenging issues.

Thanks to Nic Stone (a woman, by the way) for providing more windows to learn about others and their experiences, and also forcing me to confront my thoughts and beliefs.




A National Book Award Finalist!
In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka’s teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett’s family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett’s life. His father is a mystery — Jarrett doesn’t know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents — two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along.

Jarrett goes through his childhood trying to make his non-normal life as normal as possible, finding a way to express himself through drawing even as so little is being said to him about what’s going on. Only as a teenager can Jarrett begin to piece together the truth of his family, reckoning with his mother and tracking down his father.

Hey, Kiddo is a profoundly important memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive.


My thoughts…

You may know Krosoczka from his made-for-kids Lunch Lady graphic novels and Jedi Academy #5-7.



This book is nothing like those. This one is autobiographical and deals with some rough parts of Krosoczka’s youth. It’s amazing how, after so much heartbreak and trauma in his young life, he was able to press on. There were a couple people he could rely on who helped him pull through.

And there was his love of art and cartooning. It may have literally saved him.





Period 2&3 read 6 books this past week.

Period 5&6 read 12 books this past week.

Period 8&9 read 19 books this past week.














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