Reading Roll Call was a classroom activity I conducted with my students at the beginning of every week during in-person instruction to see what they were reading independently. The practice has been shelved during the 2020-2021 school year with 100% virtual instruction causing barriers to book access and time. When enacted in the classroom, I always shared the title of a book that I was reading to model participation and showcase the lifelong commitment to reading that I’ve made.
I’ve been in a reading rut during 2020.
I’ve started a ton of books, but haven’t had the motivation to move past page 50 or finish them until I picked up The Broken Girls by Simone St. James.
Leaning on the recent advice to read a genre that I haven’t read in a while, The Broken Girls does just that as it is as mysterious thriller with elements of historical fiction as chapters pass back and forth between 1950 and 2014.
Here’s to hoping I finish it and write a review!
From the Inside of the Book Jacket
“Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants – the troublemakers, the illegitamate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming – until one of them mysteriously disappears …
Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her elder sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found dumped in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.
When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past – and a voice that won’t be silenced …”