Slice 18 of 31: It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


Over the past week I’ve had some family events that have kept me busy, as well as trying to keep up with all the incredible writing being done for the Slice of Life Challenge going on over at Two Writing Teachers. Needless to say, I really haven’t had time to read many books.

I did start Patricia Reilly Giff’s latest, Gingersnap (Wendy Lamb Books, 2013). I’m a big fan of Giff’s historical fiction, and when I found out this book was set in Brooklyn during World War II, I had to get it. I’ve been working on a project that takes place in Brooklyn during the same period, and I wanted to see how she handled the dialogue. So far I haven’t been disappointed.


Patricia Reilly Giff has written many other books for kids. Here are a few of her historical fiction titles that I’ve enjoyed.


Newbery Honor book Lily’s Crossing (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 1997)


Nory Ryan’s Song (Delacorte Press, 2000)


Water Street (Wendy Lamb Books, 2006)


A House of Tailors (2006)

You can watch an interview with Giff here:

Random House has an extensive list of Giff’s books and other resources for using her books in the classroom. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been updated recently.

Check out what others are reading today by visiting Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts. Thank you to Stacey and Ruth at Two Writing Teachers for hosting this Slice of Life Challenge!

7 thoughts on “Slice 18 of 31: It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  1. Thanks for sharing you IMWAYR list. I have not been reading any books at all with trying to keep up with slicing/commenting. Good for you that you’ve been able to! I remember reading some of her children’s books: Today was a Terrible Day-poor Ronald P. Morgan…they are true to life stories about rotten things kids sometimes go through…


  2. I haven’t read anything by Giff. I’ll put it on my TBR list. That lists seems to be growing. So much to read here that I haven’t had a lot of outside reading time.


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