Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Mary Poppins by P L Travers

This is an oldie but a goodie.  With the new movie coming out, I wanted to go old school and highlight a classic.

Most people know the story of the Banks family needing a nanny and one literally coming with the wind.  The book is somewhat different from the classic Disney movie, but the character of Mary Poppins is a classic in both renditions.

I highly recommend that people read the old version and see the genius that Travers created.

Well, that was awkward by Rachel Vail

From the Publisher:

Gracie has never felt like this before. One day, she suddenly can't breathe, can't walk,can't anything-and the reason is standing right there in front of her, all tall and weirdly good-looking- A.J. But it turns out A.J. likes not Gracie but Gracie's beautiful best friend, Sienna. Obviously Gracie is happy for Sienna. Super happy! She helps Sienna compose the best texts, responding to A.J.'s surprisingly funny and appealing texts, just as if she were Sienna. Because Gracie is fine. Always! She's had lots of practice being the sidekick, second-best. It's all good. Well, almost all. She's trying. Funny and tender, Well, That Was Awkward goes deep into the heart of middle school, and finds that even with all the heartbreak, there can be explosions of hope and moments of perfect happiness.

This book does such a great job of showing the feelings of self doubt that every middle school student feels.  Also, it is great to read about how these friends negotiate around the frustrations and confusion that accompany first crushes.  Oh, and one thing that was not mentioned in the above summary is that AJ's best friend is also a very good friend to Gracie as well.  So, the confusion compounds.  

I recommend this book to students in middle school so that you know you are not alone.  I recommend this book to those of us no longer in middle school to remind us of how it feels to be in middle school.  Pick it up; read it; it won't be awkward at all.