I will always write back is the true story of Caitlin, a girl living in Pennsylvania, and the pen pal she writes to when she is in the seventh grade, Martin a studious boy living in abject poverty in Zimbabwe. Although most of her friends stop their correspondence, something clicks between Caitlin and Martin and they keep writing years beyond the initial pen pal project. She initially has no knowledge of his living conditions, and the story is told in an honest way that informs without making the reader feel sorry for Martin. It is a story that illustrates how important school is to many children, and what they will endure in order to be able to attend. I highly recommend this as a read aloud for reluctant readers in grade seven or eight who have lost their appreciation for education. It is extremely thought provoking and is sure to lead to many interesting discussions.
Middle School former Teacher Librarian - then MYP math and science. Update... VERY recently retired! Still adjusting that I'm not just on summer vacation!!!
Just didn't enjoy it as much as Shadow and Bone. I just felt like the author was really trying a bit too hard to draw this story out. I was able to put it down several times and I couldn't put Shadow and Bone down so there's the differen...
The Grisha triology is a fantasy series that I really enjoyed. I reread the last book because I thought I wasn't remembering something. I'm a bit confused because I've started King of Scars and Nikolai isn't as I remembered. Don't want...
by Tahereh Mafi
I’m not usually someone who enjoys a story that is predominantly about the attraction between two people BUT I did like this one. The setting is one year after 9/11 and 16 year old Shirin, an American born Muslim whose family moves freq...
I love a good mystery, and although I correctly guessed the murderer in the first chapter, I still thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns.