It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Journey with a children's version at Teach Mentor Texts.
The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith. This was a gripping and very creepy book; a perfect recommendation for teen boys. I loved how it avoided exposition, allowing you to discover the world of Marbury through experience, just like the characters.
Wild Girls by Mary Stewart Atwell. This has been published and marketed as an adult book, despite its focus on teen girls in a boarding school, and I can see why. It walks a rather awkward line between a YA book (teens with supernatural powers terrorizing a town, culminating in a final battle) and adult literary fiction (rather slow and ponderous at times with little idea of where the plot is going). I found the concept and plot interesting in the end, but thought most of the characters were underdeveloped.
Next up was a Wimpy Kid mini-marathon with Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Rodrick Rules and The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney. I've heard a lot about these (obviously), but hadn't gotten around to picking them up. I flew through the first three and was pleasantly surprised by the sharp and precise sense of humor found throughout.
What Came from the Stars by Gary D. Schmidt. I could not be more in love with his writing if I tried, so it doesn't so much matter what he's writing about, however the plots (which intersect while remaining distinct) are extremely compelling and complicated and human. This puts a whole new face on middle grade science fiction. *I am reading an Advance Readers Copy provided by the publisher.*
This week, I'll be finishing What Came from the Stars and starting Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage.
What are you reading?