This is a bizarre little book. Reading it one way, it is a horror story. Reading it another, it could be an allegory. Either way, there is a lot to talk about in what seems like an easy-to-read book. Steve's baby brother is born with an illness of some sort. He believes his prayers for the baby's health are answered when he begins to dream about angels. Are these angels good? And what about the itinerant knife sharpener? Is he as creepy as he seems?
RITBA 2016 Award Nominee
Like stories of the paranormal? mysteries? historical fiction? war stories? medical dramas? romance? any of the above? How about a book that includes all of the above? In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters is a book that would appeal to many readers, and so far, it's my favorite book on this year's RITBA list. The novel is set during the World War I Spanish flu epidemic in California. Mary Shelley, named for the author of Frankenstein, is a scientist and skeptic of the Spiritualist movement that swept the United States during this difficult period of history. However, when she loses someone important to her, her contact with the afterworld shakes her analytical world.
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A .pdf File from the MA Department of Eduction that outlines suggested reading for grade level. The authors that will help you be "well-read":
I found this nice list of classics for middle schoolers thanks to a teacher in New York. Thanks to Mr. Shapiro wherever you are!