Category: Loss, Heartbreak, and Coming of Age

[Monday Reading] Sonja Wimmer’s Fantastical Picturebook Art in “Cyparissus” and “The Gardener’s Surprise”

Myra here. It’s Monday, What are You Reading is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers (new host of Monday reading: Kathryn T at Book Date). Since two of our friends, Linda from Teacher Dance and Tara from A Teaching Life have been joining this meme for quite awhile now, we thought of joining this ...

Unraveling Family Secrets and a Fearless Outpouring of Heart in Jandy Nelson’s “I’ll Give You The Sun”

Myra here. To be perfectly honest, this particular YA novel is not really what one would call a ‘mystery’ themed book. However, my Monday reading did look at family secrets, twists and mysteries in YA and middle grade novels, so do indulge me as I share my thoughts about this heart-wrenching title by Jandy Nelson. ...

[Saturday Reads] Loss, Longing, and Letting Go in “The Forever Flowers” by Michael J. Rosen and Sonja Danowski

Myra here. Every Saturday we hope to share with you our thoughts on reading and books. We thought that it would be good practice to reflect on our reading lives and our thoughts about reading in general. While on occasion, we would feature a few books in keeping with this, there would be a few ...

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On Raincoat Wings and Letting Go: Jenny Angel by Margaret Wild and Anne Spudvilas

Myra here. This is a book that I bought during the Library Warehouse Sale. I know that any book written by Margaret Wild and Anne Spudvilas I am sure to love and enjoy, and this book did not disappoint. This would have been a perfect book to feature as well for our Loss, Heartbreak, and ...

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Contemporary YA and Coming of Age: Like a perfect cup of Mocha

Iphigene here. For the past three Saturdays we’ve looked at coming of age as an experience of first love and heartbreak, as an experience of loss and death and as reflected in classics. Our reflections took the concept of “Coming of Age” as a marked transition, assuming that the ‘first’ experience is transformative. However, this ...