Monday, January 21, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 1-21-19

Jen Vincent at Teach Mentor Texts and Kelle and Ricki at Unleashing Readers co-host It's Monday! What Are You Reading? Be sure to stop by and see what others are reading and recommending this week.

It was a slow reading week, but the snow day today helped me finish this one!

The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

I recently posted about how my boys felt that my classroom library lacked "boy books." While I don't believe in boy/girl books, I do feel that a gap exists. This was a book that I had in my TBR pile and moved it to the top so that my boys could read it. I don't think they will be disappointed. 

The Boy Who Dared, based on a true story, is about a how a young boy resists the Nazis by using the power of words. Though in the end, people called him a fool because a 16 year old boy could not change the government. But I think he believed and knew that there is power in words and even more power in the truth. 

That is what I want for my students, and I hope that by reading this book, it will help them to understand Helmuth's story and courage, but to also understand the power they each have in them.

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Happy Reading!


  1. Oooh, The Boy Who Dared sounds good! I love books based on true stories and historical events, even if there's a fictional element to them. And I really enjoyed Blended and The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle -- can't help but adore sweet Mason. Thanks for sharing with #imwayr and I hope you have a wonderful reading week, Leigh Anne!

  2. The Boy Who Dared sounds great. I've been reading quite a few books about the Nazis. I don't know how old you're considering, but I did read another adventure (true) about a boy, titled The Boat Runner, follows a boy from 14 to 18. I have Blended and Mason Butte on my list, whew, so many I want to read! Thanks for sharing The Boy Who Dared!

  3. I loved Mason Buttle and hope your boys do too. Blended is on my list. The Boy Who Dared sounds good so I will have to add it as well.

  4. I don't believe in boy/girl books, but there is still a definitely feel to some collections. I'm glad you found a good one (although I definitely would have loved it as a kid -- I read all the WWII books I could find).