Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. My 7th grade boy (to the left of me and M, my 8th grade boy - a contributor to this post is to the right of me) and I read this together, parts aloud to each other and parts alone when life got too busy (he's a night owl and I'm an early bird). I thought the book was way too melodramatic for a middle school boy. Here are our parting thoughts:
Mom: Boy, are you happy to have had the privilege to read this book?
Boy: Yes, because it is one of the first books I understood.
Mom: Did you notice all the moms that didn't stay with their kids?
Boy: There was two of them right?
Mom: No, three. Ben's mom, too.
Boy: That's weird because usually moms stay in a kid's life and to have
3 come together that didn't is weird.
Mom: What did you think about Grams and Gramps?
Boy: Crazy people. They drive crazy and say funny things like,
Mom: What about that little love thing that was going on between Ben
Boy: Maybe they will get married?
Mom: Do you think that's a little young?
Boy: M, you can answer that (M is is this boy's 14 year old brother).
Do you think 14 is too young to be in love?
M: No. (M is sitting on the chair opposite Boy playing with these
annoying sound apps -- think weather sirens, hockey buzzers, and
Boy: Is that it?
Mom: No. I'm letting you have the last word on this one, Boy.
Thumbs up or thumbs down?
Boy: Yes, I would recommend it. Middle school kids would
understand this book.
[Boys exit stage left to make themselves gigantic bowls of cereal. Can you hear those slurping noises in the background?]
Note to self to follow up on that answer of M's. He answered that
love question way too quickly.