This year, as we prepared to hit the highway bound for California, I scoured my daughters AP English summer reading list, looking for a YA book worth our time. Many of the titles I wanted to read were not available for download on our online library system, so as we traveled out west listened to music and embraced the silence. My bonus son, Hunter, had recently rediscovered the Harry Potter series, and he was hell-bent on finishing book six before we arrived in Palm Springs. Needless to say, I was disappointed we couldn't find an audiobook to listen to, but I figured we still had over 24 hours in the car on the return trip to Texas.
I launched the Overdrive Media app on my IPhone early Wednesday morning, and one of my holds had magically become available. I quickly downloaded Susan Pfeffer’s book, Life As We Knew It, and by the time we reached Las Vegas, we were all engrossed in the cataclysmic events unfolding in rural Pennsylvania. Apparently, my family and I are fascinated with books about the end of the world, and as Miranda faced dire circumstances, we all rooted for her to survive. We finished the book with about 20 minutes to spare, and as we pulled into the driveway, my bonus daughter, Chandler, commented, “Man! Tenille, why do you always choose series books? Now I have to read the next one!”
|I finished The Dead & The Gone this morning. Waiting on book #3 @ the library!|
As I get ready to return to a 4th grade classroom next year, I’m on the hunt for a powerful middle grade series that appeals to both girls and boys. Suggestions are welcome!