Sunday, December 20, 2015

#SundayStatus: Never Let Me Go and Touching Spirit Bear

Sunday Status is a weekly (ish) post where I let you know what I'm reading and what I'm thinking about it as I go along.

Never Let Me Go 

Kazuo Ishiguro
Vintage Books, 2010
Source: purchased

I am really enjoying the voice of Kathy as I read this.  I am hoping she changes and grows a bit more.  I saw the movie a few years ago, but I barely remember it, although reading the book is bringing back some bits and pieces of it.  Even so, I can't remember what really happens, just snippets of moments come to mind. 

Kathy is a caretaker for friends after they undergo donations.  She chooses when she has the chance so that she cannot with them.  There are many flashbacks and flipping in and out of the present to different parts of her past.  Although it isn't confusing, I'm waiting to feel fully immersed in the story so that hopefully it isn't so noticeable.  

Touching Spirit Bear
Ben Mikaelsen
Scholastic, 2001
Source: my classroom library

This is a re-read for me.  I read this quite awhile ago, although I don't remember when because I never put it into my Goodreads shelf.  I'm preparing myself now to read it aloud to my sixth graders.  I haven't decided yet if it's appropriate to do that for this group of kids because I read it such a long time ago that I need to really delve in and also look for possible inappropriate sections.  

I am already reminded of how great a book this is, with Cole's anger all firey and bursting out of him.  I love the symbolism and how easily it lends itself to discussion of anger and fear and dealing with those emotions.  I have so many directions I can go with this as we read.  My goal is to make connections to Hatchet by Gary Paulsen and our theme of survival that we'll be studying next semester.  Let's see if I can do it!

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