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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was a New York Times Best Seller, It made the 2012 Teens' Top Ten list from the American Library Association and it was recommended to me by students and parents.  I didn’t like it very much.  It was fantasy combined with historical fiction and I didn’t understand why.  I did like the peculiar characters and their specialties but it didn’t interest me enough to keep the story going. It was bizarre. 

Every Day

every day.jpeg Every Day by David Leviathan is an interesting book.  Each day the character wakes up in a different body.  His conscience is the same but he can access the memories of the person he inhabits.  He has never known any other existence. Does he have a responsibility to the new body or just to himself?  His experiences are quite diverse, he can be a girl one day and a boy the next.  He can be in a healthy or unhealthy body.  Some of the material is quite mature.  Is this book appropriate for middle school?  What do you think?

Keeping the Castle

KeepingtheCastle.jpg This book was light and humorous. It tells the plight of a young girl having to marry a wealthy man, to save her family. It gives a good picture of what life was like for women a hundred years ago. It is a good reminder of how far women have come. My life style, a single woman, owning my own home would be illegal then and still is in some parts of the world. Fun, and worth reading.