Tardy again, aargh! (Read this post for a bit of an explanation)
However, better late than never, right? So it is, my May 2016 reading list:
Girls on the Edge: The Four Factors Driving the New Crisis for Girls, by Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D. My husband is in school earning his MAT, but when I saw this book sitting around, I had to read it too. In addition to having three precious granddaughters, I am a teacher who works daily with at risk teens. Sax’s contention is that there are four factors at play in society that negatively impact the lives of girls and young women: premature pressure to address questions of sexual identity, the pressures of living in a cyberbubble, the dangers of obsessions, and the presence of environmental toxins. Sax cited numerous situations that have already had me concerned, and offers tips for parents (but also useful for educators) to help our young women grow up healthy and strong.
Lockwood and Company: The Whispering Skull, by Jonathan Stroud. This one I got from our school library. It is the second in a series (the first is: The Screaming Staircase). This is a YA fantasy novel set in a modern/futuristic London where “the problem” (ghosts, specters, and all kinds of disturbing supernatural phenomena) has been going on for a long time and young people are the only ones sensitive enough to the phenomenon to be able to get rid of it. The protagonists run an independent ghost-busting agency and are hired to provide protection when a graveyard is prepared for relocation. Darkness, chaos, and a contest with their most aggravating competitors ensues.
The Skin Map (Book I of the Bright Empires Series), by Stephen Lawhead. For my husband and I, anything written by Stephen Lawhead cannot go terribly wrong. And so, with trust, when The Skin Map opened with a contemporary setting (something I very rarely have any interest in whatsoever) I hung on for what was for me a slow start. It paid off. Lawhead unfolds a mind bending (time bending) adventure that pops into ancient Egypt and 18th century England, China, and Prague. Enjoy.
If you were to ask me what was the best book of May, I would not be able to decide. However, Girls on the Edge was certainly the most alarming and thought-provoking and The Whispering Skull the best romp. I would recommend any of the three.