So, for those of you who have not read CODE NAME VERITY yet, hie thee to a bookstore and rectify this situation. Unreliable narrators, story not unfolded in chronological order, red herrings, intensity: you name it, this book has it in spades. So, here are some other titles that came to mind as I was giving this a read with my ears:
THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
GN biography of Anne Frank
BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY (note title carefully or you will be wondering how I tied it to a framework on war)
HIROSHIMA NO PIKA
This is just barely scratching the surface. I have here historical fiction, picture books, biography and autobiography, graphic novels, and more. An additional note: this is my second reading of the book. It holds up wonderfully to a re-reading. I suspect if I read it a 3rd and 4th time, I would uncover even more than I found in my initial reading. This is not what CCSS PD people would call "close reading." For that I would have to have a highlighter and be ready to make annotations in the margins, etc. I wonder, though, which is more beneficial to the development of lifelong readers: marking up a text until it is meaningless or re-reading a text to make even more connections to other texts. Hmmmm, quite the conundrum (NOT!).
Happy Monday. May you all find a book that speaks to you today. You know the commercial from Pier One with the knick-knacks calling out to the shoppers? That is what books do for me: they call me. And now, if you will excuse me, there is a stack of picture books on my desk calling out, "read me. No, me. Me first!"