It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Journey with a children's version at Teach Mentor Texts.
Smile by Raina Telgemeier. This would be a great introduction to graphic novels, since the story is easily accessible and familiar to a lot of kids. She does such a good job with characterization and setting that it's easy to see it as a gateway for those who don't know the genre. It's also a given for anyone having trouble with dental work.
Drama, also by Raina Telgemeier. While I liked Smile a lot, I actually preferred this one. Maybe it's my history on stage crew for school musicals, but I think lots of slightly quirky kids will connect easily to Cassie and her friends. There's also a great--but not forced--subtext of discovering yourself and being okay with that being an ongoing process.
Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow for his author event. I have to admit, I had some trouble with this one. The narrative was more natural and interesting-in-its-own-right than Little Brother, which sometimes got a little too much like a computer science course for me, but I found myself disagreeing with the politics and arguments in this one a lot more. By the end, I felt like I could only agree with the protagonists on a few minor points and there had been no attempt to persuade me otherwise.
Poison Princess, the first of the Arcana Chronicles, by Kresley Cole for her author visit. This seems to be another poster child for not judging a book by its cover. There are a lot of unexpected dark elements to the narrative and no bodice ripping at all yet. While it probably won't stick with me for a long time afterward, I'm really enjoying the ride.
This week, I'll be finishing Poison Princess, then starting The Warrior's Heart: Becoming a Man of Compassion and Courage by Eric Greitens for his author visit.
What are you reading?