It has been a while since I participated in this weekly meme at Teach mentor Texts and I’ve decided for 2016 to start participating more frequently. It also means I am committed to reading more PB to Ya this year as well.
The first book I’ve read this month in this age grouping is:
An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo
This is an unusual tale from World War II and one that was inspired by two true events. It gives the reader a compelling story of survival, friendship and even hope.
I enjoyed this tale within a tale and the glimpse of life in Dresden before and after the terrible bombings that devastated the city. The elephant Marlene provides an interesting twist on the escape and survival of Lizzie, her brother, mother and Peter, the Canadian navigator.
A very enjoyable read, especially for ages 9 -12.