#IMWAYR April 14th: Day of Tears

This week I'm doing a little preparation for my Smarties for AFTER our Spring Break.  We just finished up The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordin, and I want to get back into independent novels.  I'm looking for books that have multiple perspectives, so I picked up this to use as my novel in the study: Day of Tears by Julius Lester.
Holy WOW!  This book is amazing!  The figurative language in it is amazing!  I can't wait to get my Reading Graffiti wall up after break.
Good Reads Summary:
I know a lot of my students will pick Riordin's books.  They love him. But I'm hoping a few will branch out into some different territories.
My daughter is currently reading:  I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore.
I'm really interested to see how she likes this book because generally, she is not into science fiction.  Here is the Goodreads summary.

What are you currently reading?  Stop by and visit Jen at Teach Mentor Texts, and add a few books to your MUST READ list!


  1. I haven't heard of Day of Tears, but I have heard of I Am Number Four. I need to check them out! xo
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. Hello there Michele. I am intrigued by this Pittacus Lore series and I hope to get into it soon. It's always a hit-or-miss for me with Rick Riordan. I do get why a lot of kids enjoy him though. :)

  3. I just finished "Esperanza Rising" with my 4th graders and we are aimed to Maniac McGee next. The read aloud I am totally struggling through is The Secret Garden. Look over "Counting by Sevens" fantastic book a bit over my 4th graders but beautifully written.


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