Jason Reynolds’ newest novel Patina is a great addition to every middle school classroom library. I got access to the novel as an advance reader’s copy and enjoyed every minute. I was delighted to receive an Advance Reader’s Copy of this novel as part of a YA Blogger promotion from Simon & Schuster Canada.
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Patina’s “Patty” life has changed a lot in the past few years. Due to a massive change in her family unit, she had to move in with her aunt and uncle as well as changing schools in a different part of the city. The one thing that has remained consistent throughout all of these changes is her love and passion for running.
I am happy that more books are being written about diverse characters and the challenges they encounter. These diverse novels better reflect the students in our classrooms. The content was suitable for Grades 6 to 8. I liked that the plot line of the novel was different from other novels and felt more realistic. The huge emphasis on sports and sportsmanship throughout the novel will help this novel to appeal to students who are interested in those topics.
The novel features a strong female main character who has suffered through adversity and is making the best of the changes in her life. Jason’s writing realistically portrays the social issues that middle school students must navigate daily. The writing style is easy to follow and understand. Add this book to your classroom library and suggest it to students when they ask what should they read next.