Monday, June 30, 2014

It's Monday! What are you Reading? Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

Jen Vincent at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee Moye and Ricki Ginsburg at Unleashing Readers cohost It's Monday! What are You Reading? weekly on their blogs.  To see what others are reading and recommending each Monday, or to participate, be sure to head over to these blogs.

I was so excited to find out that Lisa Graff came out with a new book and couldn't wait to get my hands on it because I love all of her books! Absolutely Almost is a must read so definitely add it to your TBR stacks for this summer.  It is about a 5th grade boy named Albie who struggles in school academically and feels like he isn't quite good at anything.  Due to this, he is moved from a private school to a public school so now has to also deal with being the new kid too.  He is an only child and lives in New York City with his parents, but his parents are not the most supportive. Albie's outlook on life and learning, begins to change when he gets a new babysitter named Calista.  

This book is perfect for middle grade students as they will be able to relate to a lot that Albie is going through with friendships, learning, confidence levels, changing schools, and relationships with parents too.  It would also be a great read aloud too, especially when studying characters or social issues.  Thank you Lisa Graff for writing another amazing book we can add to our classrooms and put into the hands of students! 
Happy Reading! :)


  1. I thought this book was amazing! A lot of layers in both the characters and the story that would be great for discussion!

  2. I just bought this book last week! So looking forward to reading it!

  3. Hearing so many great reviews of this title. I think both my daughter and I will love it. Thanks for your thoughts!

  4. This is in my pile to read this week --can't wait. My son read it and loved it.