I feel like I may be letting some of my primary friends down this week, because my reading life was consumed by higher level chapter books. I promise to pay attention to picture books next week! I read three chapter books, but I am only going to write about one in this post, because it was so far and away the most compelling book I have read since Counting By 7's.
I have Tara Smith to thank for the amazing recommendation of Laurie Halse Anderson's The Impossible Knife of Memory and I spent more time than I really had reading this book over the weekend. I loved Hayley, the main character who narrates with honesty, reflection, and humor and I already miss the other endearing characters who became her friends, even despite her efforts to sometimes prevent that from happening. I have three high-schoolers in my house and I can't wait for them to read it, although I won't be putting it into the hands of my sixth-grader for a while--there are many references to drugs, alcohol, and violence that I think are best left to the high-schoolers. That being said, the messages about friendship, family complications, financial hardships, and the struggles of our veterans are woven beautifully into this incredibly engaging story.