I thought I would drop in this Friday night for a quick post. I am happy to link up with Amanda at The Teaching Thief for Fiction Friday.
You can read my post from Wednesday to see the 6 books I read over the last week and a half. In case you haven't heard, I am switching from grades 4-5 to grades 7-8. So I am trying to get through a lot of books this summer as I choose my novel studies for next year. I also want to be able to recommend books to my students. I absolutely love young adult and teen fiction, so I am excited about the switch. I ordered a ton of books on Amazon over the last week.
A couple of books I just started that are in my queue to read this week both happen to take place during World War II. I didn't necessarily plan it that way, but both books sounded so interesting. So many of the books read around 8th and 9th grade surrounding WWII are specifically from a Jewish point of view (such as Diary of a Young Girl and Night) that I was interested in finding some additional books that look at some other aspects of the war. (Although, I have not yet read The Book Thief or Sarah's Key yet. They both look really good, and I hoping to read those this summer as well.)
Code Talker is the story of the Native American marines who fought against Japan in WWII.
They used the Navajo language as a way of coding messages. The book is written by Joseph Bruchac. Bruchac is a wonderful writer and he has written almost every juvenile book on the Native Americans worth reading. There was the movie "Wind-talkers" several years ago about the same group of marines, which I believe is also an adult book. I was excited to see there is a young adult book about the topic as well. I think this book would open itself to such interesting discussions about points of view on historical events.
Code Name Verity is a book that showed up on my Amazon recommended list.
It just sounded too interesting to pass up on. Historical fiction always has and probably always will be my favorite genre. A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Two girls are caught and only can survive. The surviver is given the choice between revealing her mission or facing execution. I haven't started this book just yet, but it sounds like a page-turner. I hope it lives up to its description. I will let you know.
What are you reading this week?