These are memes started by Teach Mentor Texts and Book Journey, and I'm excited to participate, along with many other bloggers, in reviewing books I read the previous week. I'll be reviewing picture books through adult books.
It's the end of the school year, and I have a graduating senior, so reading is getting pushed aside. I did finish two wonderful middle grade/young adult books this week, though.
The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the impossible became possible...on Schindler's list by Leon Leyson, with Marilyn J. Harran & Elisabeth B. Leyson; read by Danny Burstein
2013-book, audio-book, fears, global-awareness, history, holocaust, intermediate-kids-book, memoir, war, young-adult-book
2013-book, cancer, character-development, death, divorce-or-separation, empathy, family, friendship, intermediate-kids-book, journey, kindness, leaving-a-legacy, loss, sports, theme, young-adult-book
Greg is a recent Twitter friend, and he sent me his book to circulate around my room to gather student input. I had to read it first, of course, and I am so glad I did. This is a poignant book about thirteen-year-old Dash, a boy who loves running more than anything, and his journey with cancer. A lot is going on in this young adult story. Dash's relationship with his sister, father, grandfather, best friend, school friends, and absent mother are strained. He puts his ambitions of being the best as top priority, and it is difficult for him to see that his mother isn't the only one who has hurt people. When he finds out he has cancer, he must reconcile his competitive nature, find forgiveness, and learn to put love as his top priority instead of winning. I was amazed to see The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane as a catalyst to get Dash to that place. It's one of my all-time favorite children's book, and I loved seeing it play a central role. Another connection I had was the importance of Theodore Roosevelt's speech, "The Man in the Arena." It's my husband's favorite, and we have it framed in our office. It has so many profound messages. I also thought the device of starting each chapter with a definition of dash was clever. Thank you, Greg, for writing and sharing this beautiful story.
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