THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2017

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I absolutely loved this short story collection, which begins (chronologically) in Stalin's Soviet Union and ends in the not-too-distant future in outer space. I think it would be great for a high school lit class — each of the stories stands on its own, but together, they create a nuanced, deliberate world. Or just snag it for yourself! :)

 

In this dark, incredibly sad, sometimes funny story, a boy meets a monster who forces him to face the truth about his mother's illness. Kirkus called it "a nuanced tale that draws on elements of classic horror stories to delve into the terrifying terrain of loss."


A recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope Lumley is well-educated enough to teach her new charges Latin, literature, and geography -- but intelligent enough to know that first she must break them of their habit of chasing squirrels and barking at strangers. This weird Gothic series has a Lemony Snicket-esque irreverence but a Victorian charm all its own —if you like this first book as much as I did, you'll definitely want to keep reading.

Ungifted
By Gordon Korman
 

Korman's books are hit-or-miss for me (his book about a homeschooler-turned-public-schooler reads like a Homeschool Stereotypes bingo game), but this one is a solid hit: Donovan is a prankster who — through an administrative mix-up — finds himself enrolled at a school for gifted kids. Though Donovan's no match for his new peers in the GPA department, he brings a spirit of fun and community to the school that everyone really needs. A great middle grades reminder that there are lots of ways of being "smart."