Welcome back to school, Gregory School students!
We hope you’ve had a nice summer, that you’re settling into your new schedule, and that (importantly) you all remembered your summer reading assignments! Teachers assign summer reading because we believe literacy is important, and we want to maintain positive habits from the school year. And guess what, your teachers practice what they preach! While you were working on your assignments, your teachers were doing some (unassigned) summer reading of their own.
Here are some of the best books your Gregory School teachers read over the break.
Ms. Young: “My favorite summer read was Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing, a lovely paean to nature with a wild and strange heroine in the swamps of the North Carolina shore. I’ll be offering a book club Exploration this fall based upon this beautiful novel.”
Coach Earnhart: “My favorite book from the summer was The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer. It was action packed (not my normal read) but was recommended by Mrs. Trembulak. I couldn’t put it down!
Ms. Anna Cain: “This summer I read Kristin Lavransdatter, a historical fiction trilogy set in 14th century Norway. I picked it up because the author was one of the first women to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. I kept reading through all three books partially to see if *any* of the characters could live to old age and not die of the Black Plague. (Spoiler alert: So much Black Plague.)”
Ms. Bergersen wrote in to recommend With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. This longlist finalist for the National Book Award is described as “a dazzling novel in prose about a girl with talent, pride, and a drive to feed the soul that keeps her fire burning bright. “
Ms. Lesniak actually kept her summer reading on topic! Her favorite beach read was Mindset Mathematics, Grade 7 by Jo Boaler. She said the book gave her “amazing ideas for visualizing and investigating big ideas in 7th grade math!” No doubt her students will soon reap the benefits of this reading!
Ms. B. Cain is raving about the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. The novel deals with cultural displacement and intersexuality. Ms. Cain compares it to Virginia Woolf’s Orlando (high praise for sure), another novel that elegantly deals with gender fluidity.
Ms. Patton, on the recommendation of Shakespearian extraordinaire Ms. Barnett, discovered a book called Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard. This is a true story of a prison literature education program, and how inmates found solace, empathy, and freedom in discovering Shakespeare. The book affirms the value of literature and the literally life-changing potential of education.
Ms. Clashman managed to sync up her summer reading with her travel plans– a fantastic way to explore the sense of place in a novel. She writes:
‘Shortly after passing through the stunning Cleveland neighborhood of Shaker Heights, I came across the book Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. It takes place in Shaker Heights, a seemingly idyllic place to grow up. I had to get past the first few pages which, in my opinion, introduced too many characters at once, but then found myself intrigued with the lives of the four quite believable teenage characters. What secret from the past will be unearthed? Read this book and find out!’
If you read anything interesting or engaging this summer, swing by the library and tell us about it! We’d love to have a nice book chat. And who knows, we may even feature your reads and reviews on this blog!