It’s that time of year again: the days are shortening, the weather is cooler, and the leaves are turning scarlet and gold. It’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book, hot drink, and warm blanket. So I’m joining up with hostess Ms. Fuller and other secondary bloggers to share fun fall finds and a fabulous giveaway! Here are two book recommendations that I hope you will find enjoyable.
1. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey: The story takes place in 1920s Alaska where a childless couple chooses to homestead after a recent heartbreak. However, the Alaskan wilderness tests their ability to survive physically and emotionally each day. During the season's first snowfall, they put their troubles aside and build a girl out of snow. The next morning, the snow child is gone—but a girl from the woods suddenly appears. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this mysterious child who lives alone in the Alaskan forest, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place, life is often not as it first seems. Something changes them all…
2. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: This historical fiction novel transports you to the turbulent time of WWII in a small French village. Two sisters face brutal hardships: Vivian’s husband is sent to the Front, her town is controlled by the Nazis, and her friend is persecuted for her Jewish faith while her younger sister Isabelle risks her life for the Resistance. Although the sisters love one another and fight the same enemy, they are separated by experiences, circumstances, and misunderstandings. Will the war tear them apart or make their love for each other stronger?
Can’t wait to read one of these books? Do you want your students to develop the passion you have for reading? Then encourage them to take ownership for their reading and learning with Readers’ Roundtable discussion! This resource provides tools to help you implement book discussions in the style of Socratic Seminar.
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