For the week. It's spring break from the university, so I'll also be catching up on grad school work.
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It's book fair time at my school, so I thought I'd share some of the books I picked up this week. (Note that a few of the titles I did pick up at Barnes & Noble and are not distributed by Scholastic.)
I've read Lubar's Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies and Michael Scott's The Alchemyst, but thought I'd go ahead and include them because they are both second copies.
I saw I Am Number Four last night, so I think that might be next on my list.
The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When a student asked me for a book about teenage pregnancy, this was the first book I thought of. I was disappointed to find out that we didn't have a copy in the library (because I could have sworn that we did). When the second student asked about the same topic, I knew I had to go pick up this title.
First Part Last is written in alternating "Then" and "Now" chapters, and told from the point of view of the father. He is sixteen, discovering that he loves his daughter, and struggling with the role change when he's not done being a child himself.
The story is beautifully told in short enough chapters that it might make an excellent read-aloud.
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