Happy Halloween! 🎃👻 What creepy Books are you reading today? I’m still reading Before The Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray and LOVING it! This third installment of the Diviners series is intense and much creepier than the other two. While the characters have remained the same people, their growth in this book is significant! While it’s definitely NOT a short creepy story, it’s not for the faint of heart!
Long way down by Jason Reynolds
Ended my day by reading Jason Reynolds‘ LONG WAY DOWN.
OMG YOU GUYS IT IS AMAZING! I read it in one sitting, literally could not put it down! Not only was it long listed for the National Book Award but it is going to spark some amazing conversations that I can’t wait to hear about!
Long Way Down is about Will, who’s brother was shot and killed and Will can only think of one thing: vengeance. But as he rides the elevator down to avenge his brother, people from his past appear to him to share their stories with him in hopes of influencing his decision. It is written in Free verse poems that are beautifully haunting and set the pacing and tone of the novel beautifully. Reynolds is an artist who uses words instead of paint.
Something I had heard about from Dr. Teri Lesesne and Dr. Karin Perry are "30 second booktalks." When I visit classrooms to give booktalks, I have 10-15 minutes to booktalk two or three books, but in the library, students don't want to listen to me talk about a book for that amount of time. Here is my attempt at some super fast booktalks!