An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Monday, June 6, 2016

The House of Wings (book 3, week 3)

As I'm typing this Timothy is taking a little test on last week's book, The Outsiders. Out of the corner of my eye I see that he is doing the last question -- What did you learn from reading The Outsiders? -- and he writes for a moment, then looks out the window deep in thought.

For a book that is just 180 pages, it packs quite a punch. The storyline is tight, and while there is a lot of action in the book, there are also periods in which the characters talk, reflect, and explore some of life's more complex themes such as class, loyalty, violence, appearance, love, and hope -- themes which are not often pretty or neat (Timothy was shocked, for example, when Johnny kills Bob in the park).

But it was a great book, one in which grabbed (and kept) his attention, and this week we'll watch the movie.

This Thursday we are headed out of town for a family cruise, so this week's book had to be short and sweet which is why, at just 142 pages, I selected The House of Wings by Betsy Byars. At first Timothy complained about having to read just before vacation (Oh! The Horrors!), but I downloaded it on my Kindle and now, for some reason, he's excited.

Whatever works, you know?

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