I’ve wanted to read this book for some time now, but it wasn’t until I was searching the shelves at my favorite Salvation Army that I got my hands on it. (That’s a post for another day: Building a Killer Classroom Library by Hanging out at Charity Shops) I have a students who is passionately interested in WWII literature. He’s already read two books a
bout it this grading period. I will put Between Shades of Gray in his hands as soon as I am finished with it.
I’m doing a good job this year of talking about a lot of books. Of my 140 students, I’m down to just threefake readers. Many students are reading slowly, but they are reading. I’ve decided I need to do a bit more than just talk about books. I need to step up my use of videos and book trailers to get them interested. The only problem? Every time I use visual images like this, I have more than one student who wants the book. I want to believe that this is a good problem, but it’s pretty sad when not everyone gets a copy of a book when they are excited about it.
Here’s a clip of Ruta Sepetys talking about the story behind the story. I just know I’m going to need more than one copy.