What I’ve Been Reading

July 16, 2008 at 10:56 am 2 comments

Yikes! Reading has really run away with me lately, thanks to a packed schedule in my children’s literature course. (Aren’t summer classes always like that, though?) I’m hoping to get to my stack of advanced readers soon, starting with Write Out Loud (since I started reading it while I was in Anaheim, and had to put it on hold when I got back), but we’ll just have to see.

Dear Mr. Henshaw – I picked this one for my Newbery winner. Not as good as I remember from when I was younger, but I suppose my tastes were a bit less sophisticated back then. If I recall correctly, Strider is much better.

The Giver – How did I manage to never read this before now? I enjoyed it thoroughly, and was amused to learn that this is one of the books my mom likes to discuss. (She’s a pessimist; I’m an optimist.) It’s a little heavy-handed, but I think this could be a great “gateway book” for younger readers who might need a push into more adult science fiction.

Number the Stars – Another quick re-read. I’d actually read it a second time in college, for a fairy tale course. Always interesting to read something several times in different contexts. This is another that really stands the test of time.

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle – I picked this one because I remembered reading it before, but apparently the part my memory left out was how much I despised it the first time around. (I have a feeling maybe it was required summer reading at one point…?) Needless to say, I didn’t make it all the way through this time.

How I Became an American – I also didn’t quite read this whole one, but I have to say it immediately struck me as more interesting than Avi’s classic. It’s an easy read about German-Americans, an immigrant group that isn’t always well-represented in children’s books.

Your Own, Sylvia – Clearly I didn’t read the subtitle of this one before I requested it, because as we all know, I hate poetry. So I didn’t finish it, but I appreicate the effort. (I was much more interested in the biographical material than the poems, which should tell you something because I also don’t really like biographies.)

Harriet the Spy – Another re-read, although I never read it when I was younger–the first time around was for another college class. Harriet’s totally fantastic, and I now have several tomboy/Fitzhugh readings to add to my ever-expanding list of things I want to read.

The Hidden Staircase – Man, why did I like Nancy Drew so much when I was younger? We even conned my brother into reading them with us. (Granted, I think he mostly enjoyed taking turns reading out loud because he liked to sneak in things he’d made up and see how long it took my mom and me to catch on.)


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  • 1. alden  |  July 17, 2008 at 12:00 am

    in my defense, i was not the only one ‘revising’ the work of ms. keene. nancy drew is so good because it’s so bad. second only to archie in terms of its awesome ‘this is what old people think about young people’ weirdness.

  • 2. linaria  |  July 18, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    The Giver was long one of my favorites but when I read it again recently I was even more impressed with it…I’ve never really liked the whole SOCIALISM IS EVIL morality because it leaves out a lot of subtlety, but on the re-read I though the ambiguity of the ending gives a good antidote to the heavy-handedness.


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