Happy National Reading month! I only read YA books this week. I have an adult book that I've been trying to finish for days, but I keep falling asleep. Not the book because it's really great, but I'm so exhausted from work and life in general. When is summer?
One Came Home
This is a Newberry Honor book and an Edgar finalist, both categories that I like to read in. Georgie is a thirteen year old girl in the late 1800s in Wisconsin, at a time when the largest recorded nesting of passenger pigeons descended upon her town (history). Georgie's sister Agatha, unhappy with a grandpa who won't allow her to go to college, leaves town with the pigeoners, but a few days later, the sheriff returns with what he claims is her body. Georgie refuses to believe that Agatha has died and sets on an adventure of her own to prove that Agatha is still alive. Georgie's adventures and strong belief in her sister still being alive definitely drew me in--this was a good one.
The Eleventh Plague
I've wanted to read this one for awhile because I always see my students with it. Stephen Quinn is a kid trying to survive in a dystopian world wiped out by war and disease. Stephen and his dad walk the path along with his grandpa, scavenging items to sell, until Stephen and his dad run in to trouble with slavers. Stephen's dad is in a coma and Stephen comes across a group of men claiming to have a safe space called Settler's Landing. Like most communities in dystopian worlds, Settler's Landing seems too good to be true. I breezed through this one. It's an easy, enjoyable read, in parts unsettling and true.
The Tyrant's Daughter
15 year old Laila comes to America from a nameless Middle Eastern country where she thought her family was royalty, but following the murder of her father, she's learning they were more like dictators. As she struggles to fit in with a new life, she struggles to right old wrongs and distance herself from the pull back to her country, where her mother still insists her younger brother take his rightful place as leader.
This book was incredible. Laila's point-of-view was painful at times and the author's style of not naming Laila's home country was excellent, making it a nameless, faceless but all too real war-torn country where human rights are low on the list. This is one that will stick with me for awhile, especially the end.
What are you reading?