IMWAYR – March 7, 2016

ItsMondayGraphicAnother month has gone by…can’t believe it is March!  This week I read only 2 books….life got in the way of reading.  I wanted to share them with you anyway!


This week I finished the Pura Belpre winner Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, by Meg Medina.  I did a reading log about this book and my thoughts, so check it out over here.

Overall, I really loved this book.  I was a little bit confused with the blending of Spanish words and phrases.  I did really, really get into the book.  The author does a great job delving into the realities of being a victim of bullying, finding yourself as you go through high school, and discovering your strength.  I really recommend this book for those who have ever struggled to discover who they are (aka all of us!).

 

My second book was a graphic novel for this week’s book club discussion.  American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang, blends the stories of Danny, Jin Wang, and the Monkey King.  It is a colorful and beautifully illustrated graphic novel.

I have to say that my understanding has been enhanced by discussion with my husband.  He knows more about Asian beliefs and sacred stories.  He even helped me out with translating a few of the Chinese characters.  Putting this book into the context has deepened my understanding.  I would put this book in my “Restricted” section right now because I am not sure if all middle schoolers could read this book with an open mind-frame.  However, once I know a student, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.


Well, that’s it for this past week!  Coming up is mid-term break for CSC.  That means more free time to read YA and share with you!

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6 thoughts on “IMWAYR – March 7, 2016

  1. I had mixed feeling when reading “American Born Chinese”. I felt sad that he thought that he had to change to become who he really was. Not a good feeling.

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    1. I really felt like there were so many stereotypes that it was nuts. Yet, I wonder how many of today’s teens would recognize them as offensive. I thin that so many rural Wyoming students wouldn’t even realize that it is an exaggeration to make a literary point.
      It is like I want to have them get as frustrated with the stereotypes as I did. But, is that their experience and world view?

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      1. I am wondering since we live in areas that are not as diverse are more populated cities, is it something that they haven’t been exposed to yet?

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      2. Could be. But the question becomes how do we help students become exposed to diversity?
        The only thing that I can come up with is to fill my classroom library with diversity!

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