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What I Read this Week:
Hope is a Ferris Wheel by Robin Herrera
Amulet Books, 2014
Recommended for grades 5-8
Inside these pages is a beautiful story of one young girl named Star navigating her way through the confusion of figuring out who she is. Who is her father, and why has he been absent from her life? Why do the kids at her new school think Treasure Trailers is such a bad place to live? What's going on with her older sister who suddenly seems to be distancing herself from Star?
All these things swirl through Star's mind, tough to pin down for long. Then one day she looks up to see Emily Dickinson's poem "Hope" on the chalkboard, and things begin to change.
Star begins a club at school where she and others can study the works of Dickinson. The thread of hope becomes something to bind Star with unlikely friends and the hope of finding her father.
There are some heavy issues in this lovely story, so know your reader (and their parents!). I can't spoil the story with specifics, but if it weren't for a big twist I would say this would work for 4th graders too.
In the end, I was not ready to close this one. I miss Star, and deeply wish I could follow her for just a little bit longer.
Bonus: Discussion questions in the back of the book give readers a chance to go deeper in their reflections...and to spend a little more time with these awesome characters!
I'm Currently Reading:
Because if it's creepy and mysterious I just can't resist it!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful reading week!