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#bookaday WOW, what a week of reading so far

I had seen some discussion of this book, published for adult readers, in my PLN on Twitter (thanks Paul) and put off reading it until I had some sleep and could read it when I was a little rested. I am glad that I did that. I do not think I would have appreciated the novel nearly as much otherwise.




ROOM by Emma Donoghue (Little Brown 2010) is an intense read to say the least. I loved her story collection, KISSING THE WITCH, and so I knew that this is an author who could surprise me, who could create a story that transports me. So it is with ROOM. From the first page, I am in the ROOM and getting to know RUG and MELTEDY SPOON and EGG SNAKE along with the two residents of ROOM, Ma and Jack. Jack has only known the confines of the ROOM. He was born there. Ma has raised him there, making sure he is tucked safely in the wardrobe before the evil man who kidnapped her and has held her hostage comes to visit. When they manage to escapoe from ROOM, the transition is difficult for both of them. Jack is the focus of the novel. Readers will see events unfold from his child-like perspective. How he views the world that is ROOM and the world that is outside, but not real to him, is a revelation. This is not an easy book to read. However, those students who gravitate toward Dave Pelzer's books and others like it will also find ROOM absorbing and haunting. Please do keep in mind that this is an adult book that has found a YA audience. If you work with younger tweens and teens, you might want to make sure this will be developmentally appropriate for them. As a parent, this would be one I would hand to the resident of the back bedroom without hesitation (though she is in an Edgar Rice Burroughs phase right now much to my husband's delight). <557>

Some possible reading ladder rungs:

THE GIRL IN THE BOX
THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS
THE BOY IN THE BASEMENT
STOLEN
LIVING DEAD GIRL
Tags: adult for ya readers
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