Monday, October 17, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - Monkey Island

 
Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

Shannon Whitney Messenger decided it was time to give middle grade stories the attention they deserve, and "Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays" was born.  
 
 Goodreads Blurb:
Eleven-year-old Clay Garrity is on his own. His father lost his job and left the family. Now Clay's mother is gone from their welfare hotel.

Clay is homeless and out on the streets of New York. In the park he meets two homeless men. Buddy and Calvin become Clay's new family during those harsh winter weeks. But the streets are filled with danger and despair.

If Clay leaves the streets he may never find his parents again. But if he stays on the streets he may not survive at all.

I have always loved this story. It's a quick, easy read, but it packs a powerful punch to the heart. My students LOVE it. It's sad, but it says so much about the human spirit and hope and second chances. It also opens our eyes to an issue that is too often overlooked. This is VERY worth the read.

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 Happy Monday!
 

23 comments:

Carolyn V said...

Awesome!

Patti said...

I love your Monday posts - they're a great reference when I'm looking for MG books.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

O sounds good. Happy Monday!

Michael Offutt said...

I don't read much middle grade fiction. I see you're reading Shatter Me and are recommending it. I'd like to know more when you are finished (aside from a "it's good and go read it.")

Sarah Pearson said...

This sounds like a great book for a younger reader.

Heather said...

Sounds like one I'll have to read. I'm a sucker for a good story that tugs at the heart!

Barbara Watson said...

When a group of diverse kids loves the same book, that speaks to the books' universality. I adore that in a book and hadn't heard of this one, so thank you.

Diane said...

My daughter would probably love this one. It looked odd at first but you sold it to me. :O)

Old Kitty said...

Awww poor Clay!! It's such a sad sounding story!! Thanks for the review and intro to the book! Take care
x

J. A. Bennett said...

oohhh! This is a good highlight. I can't wait to come back next week!

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss shannon! wow im thinking this book could be way sad for sure. it sounds like a real good story. i like stuff where you could get another chance.
...hugs from lenny

Natalie Aguirre said...

This sounds like a really sad story but good. And sadly one some kids can relate to or to at least being homeless.

Catherine Denton said...

Oh wow, it does sound sad. But I like sad when it's inspiring.

Myrna Foster said...

Thanks for this recommendation, Shannon!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Wow, that does sound like an awesome book. A seriously awesome book. :D

Jemi Fraser said...

I think I have a couple of her books in the class, but I haven't read any of them yet. Gotta get to it!

Michael G-G said...

I hadn't heard of this, Shannon. And high school students love it? That speaks volumes, pardon the pun.

Brenda McKenna said...

I will read that book posthaste. Thanks for the suggestion!

Pam Torres said...

That's a new one for me. I'll definitely have to check it out! Great review, Shannon!

theaccidentalnovelist said...

Another new title to me. Thanks. Sounds like a good rec for kids who prefer more realistic rather than speculative fiction.

Deb A. Marshall said...

Oh my gosh...it has been too long since I have read a Paula Fox and far too long for this one. Will be sure to get it and share with my book club kids. Thanks for this!!

Susan Fields said...

Wow - that sounds like a pretty amazing book! Thanks for the recommendation.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Shannon .. a good book to read at this time - sadly .. but there's always hope and there's always some light at the end of the tunnel .. I'm sure many will benefit from the read for the understanding of life out there - cheers Hilary

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