I know the majority of our readers have little ones, toddlers, primary schoolers, “big” kids. But those kids will grow up and become MIDDLE SCHOOLERS! ARRRGH!
At the Donahue house, we are dealing with the kinds of things that happen in that transition from elementary to preteen and what we are trying to remind our young one is that at this age, a young person may feel all alone. They may feel like they are the only one’s feeling lost, confused or bewildered. Funny thing is that they are all feeling this, at this point.
Young adult literature offers a way of opening conversation for parents. These books are packed full of reminders that they crazy stuff happens to everyone. Ramona Quimby, Ruby Lavender, Laura of the house on the prarie. They are growing and changing and becoming their own person.
This coming week, we will focus on a great new book by Mr. Tom Angleberger, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. We picked up our copy and I’m already to the fourth chapter. Written for ages 7-11 years, this book seems to fit right into this genre of young adult transition readers. And it’s right at my own reading level
I’ll try to post as I read along this week…searching for answers and conversation starters for our family. I’ll be asking you to read along with me through our blog responses and looking forward to hearing your own middle school nightmares. On Friday, we will share the worst response (if you say it’s ok!) and the worst of the worst get a free copy of The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda, signed by Mr. Tom Angleberger himself!