1. Pax by Sara Pennypacker – It reminds me of The Wild Robot because both are like really long picture books. It’s like a fable in an imaginary world. Very nice choice for a novel study in the elementary grades because the characters and plot lend themselves to prediction and analysis.
2. Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff – I am so glad I finished this book! It was really good. Fallon Little is my favorite character. Who cares if someone calls you Scarface or the “Bride of Frankenstein”? You are still yourself. I loved the teacher with the plants too. I’m going to be that teacher in the future, the one with a bunch of plants that need watering in her classroom.
3. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue – I read this for a book club and I’m glad I read this too. The plot kept moving forward and I wanted to find out what happened. In a way I think the Jongas did achieve their dream, even though they returned to Cameroon instead of staying in the U.S. The American dream isn’t what people think it is. People who have achieved that dream can still have it all fall apart in something like the market crash. It’s a relevant book especially now.
4. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green – I loved this book a lot! I think it’s my favorite John Green novel so far. I loved Aza, Davis, and Daisy because they are flawed but good friends to each other. It’s so realistic and I like that a place like Indiana can be very charming if you have the right friends and look for adventure wherever you are. I will cheer for the main characters.
5. A Year in Coal Harbor by Polly Horvath – Polly Horvath is becoming one of my favorite authors. I loved the recipes and I love British Canada as described in her books. It’s just so cozy and not everything goes the way you expect them too, and that is fine because no one is perfect and we just make do with what we have. I wonder if I can narrate my year like Primrose did. It just might be as exciting with all the hardships I go through, ha.