And here's my book pile update:
The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet* - Loved it! Great father/son story. Great historical story. Great unrequited
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy - a little slow at times, but I ended up really enjoying it. Really great story about a boy standing up for what he believes and knows is right when his new town wants to throw the former slaves off their island so the town can turn to tourism for money.
Tallgrass* - Loved it! Great example of a family raising their kids right. Plus this story has it all: history, farming, WWII, soldiers, internment camps, murder, illness, family tragedy, etc.
Slam - Really liked it. It's the story of a teenage boy who gets his girlfriend pregnant. So, lots of swearing, but actually pretty mild on the sex other than of course that it's happening.
The Wednesday Wars - Loved it! A 7th grade boy learns about family and who he is with the coaching of a teacher who he's pretty sure hates him. This is set during the early 70s and the Vietnam War, a period of history with which I discovered I'm not super familiar.
I still have two more in that stack to read. I'll start The Lonely Hearts Club tonight or tomorrow, and then on to Hemingway. Maybe I should read so much teen fiction before jumping on to Hemingway. : |
*Interesting side note, I didn't know either of these books were about Japanese Internment camps during WWII until I started reading them and then read them almost right in a row.