Last week kicked my butt.  It was parent conference week (which followed not only end-of-trimester grading and report card data entry, but also the first round of state tests). I worked 12 hours on Monday, with about an hour off for dinner, and also had to work Wednesday night. We had 2 hours comp time on both Thursday and Friday, but somehow that didn’t help.
So, if you didn’t see me around, that was why.
If you happen to read/write MG fiction, you might want to leave here and hop over to Project Mayhem to read about my little experiment with my class. I set up some group discussions on what gets MG readers interested in a book. You might be surprised by the answers.
If MG isn’t your thing, stay here a bit and help me out. I need some books to read on my Killington trip later this week and could use some recommendations. I’m in the mood for a thriller. Adult or YA. I’d love something like Gretchen McNeil’s TEN or Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL. I’m not adverse to a good dystopian or apocalyptic book, either, as long as it’s out of the ordinary.
Somewhere in the blur of the last couple weeks, I also got a sneak peek at the Kirkus review for THE CAGED GRAVES. The whole review is not available for public viewing yet, but I can share this bit with you:
When an inquisitive teen returns to her birthplace to meet her fiancé, she uncovers a bizarre mystery surrounding her mother’s grave, unleashing disturbing buried secrets. Salerni grounds her story in local Revolutionary War lore, creates a spirited heroine with enough self-reflection to feel convincing, and crafts a suspenseful plot that skirts sensationalism. This unusual romantic mystery stands out.”

Yay! Now I just have to wait for some of the other big name reviews to come in – School Library Journal, Booklist, VOYA, etc. Heart-in-mouth time …