Monday, February 26, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a community of bloggers who link up to share what they are reading.  For more information and to find out what other bloggers are reading check out the host blogs: Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers.

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.


  1. The Parker Inheritance and Vaught's Things to Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry go well together. Same history/mystery connection.

    1. I'll have to check out that other title. Thanks!

  2. I enjoyed Varian Johnson's first book, will note this one, too. I have Girl Running, hope to share it, soon. Thanks, Lisa!

  3. I would love to get my hands on Girl Running. The famous photo of her running her first marathon (with angry men trying to sabotage her race) is still haunting. This took real bravery! Thanks for the share.

  4. I saw Girl Running a while ago, but my library did not have it. Now it does, so thanks for reminding me of the title. I put the The Parker Inheritance on hold too. Thanks for recommendations.

  5. These are both new titles to me and I’m looking forward to checking them out!

  6. I'm looking forward to reading Girl Running. I was a teen at the time and remember how profound it was.

  7. I've had the Parker Inheritance on my list since NCTE! I'll need to get to it this week. I loved Girl Running and am so glad you enjoyed it, too!

  8. Ooh! Loving the look of Girl Running - I hope we have it in our libraries!

  9. The Night Diary is a riveting story of a girl’s journey during the India-Pakistan Partition which I knew nothing about. You feel as though you are right there on the journey with Nisha. It is so beautifully written that I re-read sentences and sections over and over because I loved them so much. One such sentence - “My childhood would always have a line drawn through it, the before and the after.” The Night Diary is the perfect book to teach students about the reality of what refugees’ experience. Our world needs this story.