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!

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.


    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?


      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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