We start back to school the first week of August, so for us, it's back-to-school already. I'm excited about this month's reads to offer a little something for everyone and all interests.
There are three offerings for teachers this month: Romeo and/or Juliet (9th English), Captured (non-fiction for 8th US Social Studies or higher grade on the Vietnam War), and my iambic pentameter favorite Ian Doescher's Star Wars The Force Doth Awaken (perfect for in-class reader's theater, teachers!).
The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary is also written in verse, and shows a stunning command of a wide array of poetic forms, as well as being told in 18 POVs. Martin McLean is an LGBTQ+ representation book, Wink deals with eye cancer in school, and The Boy at the Back of the Class looks at the immigration crisis in England. Can You See Me? is by a neurodiverse author. Sticks and Stones is by one of my favorite authors, Abby Cooper, about a girl whose inner thoughs get written on her skin. And Alan Gratz's Ground Zero is an excellent perspective for the 9-11 anniversary coming up next month, told from both Afghani and US POVs.
Enjoy this month's reads and reviews!