This one was on my to-read list for a full year. A student raved about it during a book talk in June of 2019, but I was too deep into Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series to remember that I wanted to read this one.
I’m glad I did.
This middle grade novel is heartbreaking and eye opening. It follows the POVs of two boys: one boy is white and receiving special education services and the other, an immigrant from India. Outsiders in their class, they are forced together, much to their chagrin.
Lessons are learned. Friendships are assumed, made, and broken. My students enjoyed this book and you may too.
I appreciated that the authors wrote in their own voices to lend authenticity to the boy’s experiences.
The thing that especially broke my heart in the story was how prejudiced and useless the adults at school were. It seemed like they had no empathy training and their students took cues from their behavior. Worst!
Hi! I’m Kelly (Ms. Proulx to some of my social circle) and I read a lot. I often don’t have the patience to sit and watch TV or a movie, but I usually have the patience to read. By day, I am a middle school teacher. By night, I am an avid reader, puzzler, football fan, baker, runner, lifter, and fashionista (not my words.)
Not to brag, but, according to Goodreads, I have read over 3000 books in my life….I know…that is a lot. So, it is no surprise that I get this question: do you have any book recommendations?
My students ask me, their parents ask me, my friends ask me, my family asks me, strangers ask me. If someone finds out you are a reader, suddenly, you become an expert in all things literary. Luckily, I love giving recommendations and have read a little of everything. I do not pretend to be an expert, but a know a lot of books.
To answer your question: Oh, I do. But, first, I need to know: -What is the last book you read? -What is the last book you loved? -What type of books do you normally choose?
I created this blog to help me to answer my favorite question “Do you have any book recommendations?” To keep reviews and links in one place. Check out my posts for my personal favorites for all ages.