First, and with much media buzz surrounding it, John Green waited until the New Year to drop his next powerhouse of a book. Lucky me – The Fault in Our Stars was the first thing I read in 2012 and what a treat it was. I wrote all about here. It left me seriously wondering, “What could possibly come out in 2012 that is BETTER than this?” We’ll see…..
I read two fantastic middle grade books about segregation in the same week. Glory Be takes place in the 1960′s, the story centering on the closure of the town’s segregated swimming pool. The Lions of Little Rock takes place in the 1950′s, a year after the incident with the Little Rock Nine. It is a heartwarming story about a friendship between two girls of separate races. In both books, a female Caucasian main character becomes aware of the racial injustices that surround her. Once her eyes are opened, she must speak out. There are some awesome teachable moments in these books.
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis is another very well written historical fiction book for middle graders, which celebrates the perseverance of African Americans during tough times. Set during the Depression, the main character, Deza, goes from being the brightest girl in her class to being homeless in a shantytown when her father loses his job. As an African American, it is that much harder for her father to find work, but this family, and Deza, never lose hope or their admirable spirit. Another wonderful teachable book!
There Is No Dog is like nothing else I have read this year, but boy, was it funny! It was written with the premise,” What if… God was a teenage boy? A spoiled, moody, girl-crazy, teenage boy?” You will have to read the book to find out, but I can tell you this – it’s hilarious!
These are just some of the 2012 books I have read. I know my three fellow Snoops have some others they are itching to add to this list.
What about you? Do you have a book you’d like to add to this list? What’s your favorite read of 2012 so far?