Like the students I teach, I’m rereading a lot right now. They are rereading Jack London’s “To Build a Fire” and The Call of the Wild. We hit literary essay writing pretty hard the last few weeks, so, instead of having them write a paper, they are creating an info graphic to compare and contrast the two stories. Core 1 cheered when I told them. They are drawing and cutting and leafing through both stories, looking for their text evidence.
I’m rereading the 2016 William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalists.
It’s only three weeks until I leave for Boston, where the committee will choose the best of these five to win the award. If you haven’t read them yet, take some time over the break (if you get one) and read them because they are all fantastic.
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda written by Becky Albertalli, published by Balzer & Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
- Conviction written by Kelly Loy Gilbert, published by Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group
- The Weight of Feathers written by Anna-Marie McLemore, published by Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press
- The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly written by Stephanie Oakes, published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers
- Because You’ll Never Meet Me written by Leah Thomas, published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books