I finished reading LUNA over the weekend and can see why it is one of the National Book Award finalists. This story of a transgendered boy is told delicately and honestly. I know the book will be controversial simply due to the topic it addresses. However, the story reels you in from page one and lets you see inside a human tortured by his/her gender and all that entails. I do encourage folks to read this book and to talk about it with kids. My 11 year old has expressed interest in reading it, and I feel comfortable with her doing just that. I think mostly she is curious. The only thing she asked when I told her about the book (she had picked it up from the table in the living room and started reading it before I could even say a word; the child is a bookworm!) was, "Does it end happily?" Some question, huh?
I began reading a new Paulsen book in galley that is interesting--science fiction, slim, short chapters. This could be a good one for reluctant readers perhaps. Will have to wait until I read a bit more.
Happy Turkey Day!