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I read this week, but not as much as I thought I would! I am including a movie I watched this week because it kind of counts - I watched the movie version of Brent Hartinger's book Geography Club. I liked it. It would be a perfect movie to do a book comparison with - there were so many differences from the novel! Older students could have a field day comparing and contrasting the two.
Movies I Watched this Past Week...
Geography Club, based on the book by Brent Hartinger, @brenthartinger
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Books I Read This Past Week...
The Julian Chapter: A Wonder Story by R.J. Palacio, @rjpalacio
(4 out of 5 stars)
This is one of those books I sat down with, could NOT put down, and completely finished within an hour. I needed to know this story and loved how R.J. Palacio intricately weaved the plot to connect with what occurred in Wonder, but also how she shed new light on a character I simply despised - Julian (oh, and his mother, Melissa)! I won't give away the plot, but after reading this, you may be surprised to find yourself empathizing a bit more with Julian. R.J. Palacio's writing is crisp, and reliably "teen" as ever. Every year, when I read Wonder aloud to my students, Julian is the hated character - the epitome of an antagonist. But, their dislike of the character never stops them from wondering why R.J. Palacio did not include a Julian chapter in the original novel. They are very curious to know what was going through Julian's mind during these same events. Wonder no longer! This will be an equally satisfying read for them as it was for me.
What are you reading, friends?