Archives | Podcast RSS | Podcast iTunes Now that we’re back on track after I was out of town for a weekend, here’s Feature Shelf #36. Dead Ends by Erin Jade Lange http://bit.ly/ejl-dead-ends Period 8 by Chris Crutcher http://bit.ly/cc-period8 The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson http://bit.ly/lha-memory Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse … More Feature Shelf #36: The Edgy Books Edition
Angry Management by Chris Crutcher Paperback, 256 pages HL730L Angry Management is three stand-alone novellas tied together by a volunteer anger management type group. Have you ever wondered what happened to some of the characters in Crutcher’s previous novels after you turned the final page? Angry Management brings some of those characters together in different situations. … More Review: Angry Management
Period 8 by Chris Crutcher Hardcover, 320 pages HL660L I knew going in that this was going to be a mystery/thriller, but I wasn’t expecting to be as engaged as I was. “Duh, it’s Chris Crutcher,” right? This is the first thriller I’ve read by Crutcher, and I very much enjoyed it. It was fast-paced … More Review: Period 8
February was a pretty good month for me. I attribute all of the YA reading to small class sizes and daily full class SSR. I enjoy the opportunity to model enjoying reading for my students who may have never had that experience. So without further ado, the books I read in February.
At Cutter High School, the jocks reign, and there’s a zero tolerance policy against wearing a letter jacket if you’re not an athlete. TJ Jones is resolved to take the rag-tag group of misfits making up the newly-formed swim team, find them a place to belong, and get them lettered. Evernote file with more information … More Athletic Lettering and Swimmers
Book talk now uploaded for Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes. You can view it, and my commentary, here.
Paperback, 224 pages 920L I read Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes in the car on the drive from Nashville to Indianapolis with my grandparents and mother. I’ve heard a number of good things about Chris Crutcher, through I had only read Deadline (which is also fantastic). Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes was added to my … More Book Preview: Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
Deadline by Chris Crutcher Paperback, 320 pages 880L What would you do if you found out you only had a year left to live? Ben Wolf decides to quit cross country and try out for football, even though he’s slight, born to be a runner, and dying. There are some books you pick up, start … More Book Preview: Deadline