We are wrapping up the book Side-Yard Superhero this week, and my heart has been filled to the brim with love for both the book and for my students.
Tomorrow we will read Ch. 21, “A Promise Finally Kept,” and I know it will be a difficult read.
I’ve read the ending of this book at least a dozen times.
I am not exaggerating.
I don’t know how or why I would read the ending of a book this many times. There are only a handful of books I have even ever read twice.
There is just something so special in these pages.
Yesterday, one of my quiet 8th grade girls came to me and whispered, “I finished the book. It was soooooo good….and I cried.”
Today, another of my 8th grade girls, a slightly feisty one, came to me right away, “I’m gonna cry when you read Ch. 21 to us. I’m just sayin’. I finished the whole book last night and my dad was like, ‘What’s wrong with you? Why are you crying? I told him he didn’t understand how good it was.'”
Just a few days ago, during a class discussion, I heard her say, “I could totally write a book like this. I’m gonna write an automythography, too.”
Today, as we read Ch. 20 and searched for evidence that supports the theme of friendship, the feisty girl smiled and shook her head, “This will never get old.”
I hope she will read the ending of this book over and over.
I hope she never forgets the lessons she has learned or what it feels like to truly connect with and appreciate a good book.