One thing you may not know about me is that I am a voracious reader. I am always looking for my next good book, and my stack(s) of to be read are tall. So this is my place to share good books with you. Keep in mind that I teach middle and high school students so there is a lot of variety and age levels represented here. Enjoy!
Me Moth is the story of a young girl and boy whose lives intersect with some very interesting results. Moth and Sani are both searching for what is missing in their lives. Once they find each other, a void is filled. This isn’t a romance, although you could say that it is about love but it is also friendship and family and roots. The story is beautifully written and written in verse so it is a very fast read: one afternoon by the pool or curled up on the couch will do it. And the ending? Let me just say, you won’t see that coming!
Age levels: 13+
I read this book awhile ago, but it has stayed with me. I need to read it for a second time. This contains spoilers so be forewarned as you read ahead.
This is the true story of a young girl’s life as she grows up under the shadow of her father and his controversial beliefs. This book deals with physical and emotional abuse as well as neglect. At times, it can be difficult to read about her tumultuous relationship with her brother, not because it’s graphic, but because nobody does anything about it. She survives and discovers a world that she didn’t know existed outside of their remote cabin in the woods. It’s an unbelievable story, an unforgettable story, and what I love about it as a teacher is that it proves the importance of an education.
Age level: 16+