I am well aware that there are many wonderful and compelling books that one can read, but stay with me on this one. Monster by Walter Dean Myers is truly a masterpiece that has stayed with me for months now. I have to re-read it for a class and am looking forward to learning more about our narrator, Steve Harmon, and his story. Written as a screenplay and starring the narrator, Steve Harmon, the reader is taken through a boy’s time in jail and the court system in NYC. What moved me was the way in which Walter Dean Myers challenges your assumptions of guilt and innocence and leads you to a place without providing you all of the answers.
Jeanne Birdsall; Yearling 2007
Let yourself take a summer vacation with the Penderwick sisters, their father, Hound the dog and everyone they meet along the way. This delightful story is recommended for students 9 and up and I would agree. I look forward to the 2 follow up novels that continue their adventures.
From the cover:
This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel’s sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures.The icy-hearted Mrs. Tifton is not as pleased with the Penderwicks as Jeffrey is, though, and warns the new friends to stay out of trouble. Which, of course, they will—won’t they? One thing’s for sure: it will be a summer the Penderwicks will never forget.Deliciously nostalgic and quaintly witty, this is a story as breezy and carefree as a summer day.