Writers Read-Tools for the Middle
Next week, a Nation will embark on a National Day of Writing on October 20, 2016 which also prepares us for the Write a Novel in a Month starting in November. Writing is the natural reflexive process of sharing our thoughts but also broadening our imaginations. So many authors implore us to read others because while we may live the relaxing nature of reading, writing also provides an outlet to grow and share others.
This month's Must Reads are books that will support our Reading Workshop in October titled "Vote for Your Favorite Series". Thus far many students have nominated the Harry Potter Series or Rick Riordian's mega popular Percy Jackson and Hero's of Olympus. However, a large number of middle schoolers are also in love with Erin Hunter's popularWarriors series which features cats.
In keeping with the tradition of fantasy and realism, I am featuring the Michael Vey series by Richard Paul Evans, which is a great Science Fiction series featuring a character who is struggling with a special power and to reunited with his mother who was kidnapped. I love this series because we see Michael grow up and become a master of critical thinking and strategy. His friends also mirror the types of friends any typical middle to high schooler might make and lose as they grow and change. A great series for those who love the Enders Game series or the Gone series by Michael Grant.
Lastly, Scott Westerfield's writes a number of series that offer something for everyone. Each of the series like Uglies, Zero's , and Leviathan invite a little mystery, science, history, and of course realism with a heavy emphasis on plot. What makes Westerfield a master of the many different types of genres is a genuine emphasis on storytelling and connection to the reader. For example in his series Leviathan, the merging of history (World War I) and the airships known as dirigibles are used to stop the threat of a "monster" via land and sea at bay. The action will keep the reader on the edge of their seat. If you like Brandon Sanderson's Steelheart you will like the Leviathan series. ( I will provide a book chat for Steelheart via YouTube next week)
Stay tuned for video book talks starting next week.
And of course, Keep reading!