Middle Grade Fiction
Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban. An incredible historical fiction story of a Japanese-American girl and her family who must live in a camp during the war. The character is one that will stay with me for a very long time and the story is a perfect one for middle grade readers whether they are familiar with this piece of our history or not.
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt is an incredible story of grief and healing. Jules is another character who will stay with me for a very long time. This my be my favorite book by this author! The relationships in the book reminded me a bit of her earlier book, Keeper, which I also loved.
Just My Luck by Cammie McGovern is a quiet story about a family going through challenging times. This was another great character who finds courage in the midst of tragedy.
The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly was my first read of spring break. I read much of it on audio and it is a great audio. This is the story of two sisters from the Philippines whose father has left them with their (not so nice) stepmother. This is an intense read as there is a great deal of sadness but the girls have hope and strength so it is a good read. It is one I think lots of 4th-6th graders will enjoy.
I don't make much time to read adult fiction and I know I need to fit more into my reading life. But I did take some time to read Dietland by Sarai Walker which was highly recommended to me by a friend. This was a good read and one I'm glad I read. I thought the storylines were good and the issues addressed were important ones. It would be great for a book club book as I definitely wanted to talk to someone about it after I finished it!
Overall, a good week of reading!