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Books I've Been Reading...
Girl Running: Bobbi Gibb and the Boston Marathon by Annette Bay Pimentel
Bobbi Gibb was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon before women were permitted to do so. This book tells her story. It tells of her passion for running and her determination to run and finish the race. Bobbi Gibb inspired others when she first ran the race, as the book will inspire readers today.
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
Candice, with the help of Brandon, a boy she has recently befriended when her and her mom move to South Carolina, is investigating a decades old mystery. The mystery was one her grandmother had also tried to solve before she died and involves a million dollar treasure. The book alternates between the story of Candice and Brandon in the present day and the story of those tied to the mystery in the 1950s. The story gives insight into the segregation occurring in the 1950s and touches upon the issues of racial discrimination that exist today. In addition, middle grade readers will relate to Caroline and Brandon who are dealing with challenges of growing up. This is a book with an intriguing mystery, an interesting plot, and important themes. I received an advanced reader's copy of this book thanks to the publisher, Scholastic, at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference.