What is the Teacher Reading? December 2016

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I did some serious reading on my fall vacation to Maui and over Thanksgiving Vacation: The Secret Healer by Ellin Carsta, Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult, Up to this Pointe by Jennifer Longo, Who We Were Before by Leah Mercer, and Me Before You by Jojo Moyes were all devoured in the past month.

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The Secret Healer by Ellin Carsta

The Secret Healer is one of my favorite reads of this fall.  This period piece novel was unpredictable, which is often hard to do with me reading.  The Secret Healer is an English translation.  This story of a lay midwife being accused of working with the devil and committing murder kept me up late several nights reading.

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

I loved the nonfiction book Columbine, so when I read the preview of this book, I knew it was a must-read.  Not only is this story of a fictional school shooting based upon real events across our nation, it lays out the stories by going backward and forwards in time with the characters.  While I guessed at the ending fairly early on, there were enough twists and turns to keep me entertained and unsure if I was correct.

Up to this Pointe by Jennifer Longo 

Up to this Pointe is a young adult novel like no other I have picked up.  Anything with dancers strikes an interest with me as both my daughters dance.  Up to this Pointe follows Harper from her dance audition to Antarctica and through the harsh winter at the South Pole.  It is a real coming-of-age novel about discovering what your own destiny.

Who We Were Before by Leah Mercer

Who We Were Before follows a couple on the brink of divorce after losing their child.  Leah Mercer keeps you in suspense about both the cause of death of the little boy and the future of the marriage through the whole novel.  I cannot imagine what it would be like to loose a child, which made this novel even more gripping.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Always the skeptic of big name novels, I was slow to pick up Me Before You.  It was our One Book, One County book a few years ago, but I didn't engage.  The love story intertwined with current medical and ethical questions made it an interesting read.  I was pleasantly surprised.
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