Saturday, March 14, 2015
What I'm Doing Now: Reading Wendy Shang
Although you might assume differently from the picture, no, I'm not reading while sipping a lime-flavored drink and watching the birds.
But I am doing a spring-like thing. Reading a book about a spring sport!
I just finished Wendy Wan-Long Shang's new book-to-be. Thank you, Scholastic, for sending me the Advance Reading Copy (ARC). I adored this one!
I have added it to my list of favorite baseball books.
Which, come to think of it, consists of TWO baseball books.
THE WAY HOME LOOKS NOW.
PLUNKED (by Michael Northrop).
What I like about this new book (coming April 2015 but ready for pre-order now):
1. The subtle baseball references. Even the title!
2. Wendy managed to sneak in some timely (1972) references that kids might not totally get or even care about but I sure laughed.
Ms. Rowe is the first teacher at my school to use Ms., which , as far as I could figure, was meant to blend Miss and Mrs. What no one has been able to explain to me though is what Ms. is short for.
Oh, how I often wondered that myself, Peter!
3. There's a plot twist that surprised me. At first, I wasn't sure it was going to work. But under the masterful hands of Wendy Shang, it was perfectly executed. She convinced me and I know young readers will totally buy it. And love everything about this book, as I did.
Although baseball is a huge part of this middle-grade novel, THE WAY HOME LOOKS NOW is about so much more than baseball.
Anybody have more books to add to my growing list of spring sports/ baseball books? You know, we are gearing up for spring training down here!