It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 11/13/17

On the blog: If you’re feeling overwhelmed as you set up your schedule for #NCTE17, check out my tips for sorting through sessions. In reading: Terri Libenson’s Invisible Emmie is the story of Emmie, an artistic middle-school girl who’s got a best friend and a big crush she’s scared to reveal and a mom who…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 11/6/17

I’m in kind of a reading slump. Only kind of, because I’m reading some each day and enjoying what I’m reading. I just don’t feel fully committed to anything. Even graphic novels haven’t been working for me: my last two graphic novels have each taken me over a week to read, and as we all know,…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 10/30/17

I wasn’t sure I’d have any takers after I booktalked the graphic novel memoir Spinning in my Methods course. I very much admired Tillie Walden’s evocative art, but it is a long graphic novel (400 pages!) and it’s all a bit sad and unresolved and I wasn’t sure what to say about it. Words from…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 10/23/17

Amina’s Voice is a thoughtful middle-grade novel about a girl finding her voice and figuring out who she is. There is a lot going on here–perhaps too much–but all tied together by Amina’s strong voice as a character. I especially enjoyed the focus on Amina’s Muslim faith and religious identity. Victoria Jamieson’s new middle-grade graphic…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 10/2/17

It took me awhile to get to Georgia Heard’s Heart Maps, because I just wasn’t convinced a whole book about creating heart maps was necessary. I use them frequently in my writing courses, and I thought I knew all there was to know about them. But I should have trusted that Georgia Heard wouldn’t let…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 9/18/17

It can’t be easy to write fiction about 9/11. Plot must always be in danger of taking over, and it’s tricky to write about such an emotionally charged event without being overwrought. It must be even trickier to write about the event as it’s unfolding without allowing hindsight to influence the writing: what event is…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 9/11/17

Judd Winick’s graphic novel series about Hi Lo, the boy robot from outer space, gets better with each volume. There’s plenty of action in Book 3, as Hi Lo and D.J. have to travel through a portal to another dimension to bring Gina back, and plenty of humor, but there are also many surprisingly heartfelt…