October 14, 2005

Do YOU Know What YOUR Kid is Reading?

I’ve written of this Reading Counts thing my kids have at school. On a recent trip to the library, my eldest told me he wanted the book, The Day After Tomorrow. He even had the author. So he checked it out and we went on our merry way.

Imagine my surprise when he came into me that evening and said, “Mom? Something is wrong. This is from the Reading Counts list, but… it’s not about the weather.”

I looked at it and read the following from the back:

In a Paris café, American surgeon Paul Osborne looks across the room and spots the man who murdered his father thirty years before. In London, a grizzled LA homicide cop named McVey joins Scotland Yard to unravel the mystery of a severed head and seven headless corpses.

Neither American knows the link between the long ago killing and the recent murders. But Paul’s obsession to catch is father’s killer will send him careening through Europe at breakneck speed, his life in the balance, his heart in the hands of a beautiful woman, who may be his lover--- or his downfall. Etc., etc., etc.

OK. My kid is 10. This book is obviously NOT about the weather. So I jumped on Amazon.com and found there are TWO books called The Day After Tomorrow. One is like the movie and one is… not.

So I took the book to school to show the teacher ahead of reading counts. I had told her about it before and she said, “Are you sure?! Are you sure it’s the wrong book?” to which I replied, “Oh yes.I.am. This is the WRONG book.” She looked at the back and said, “Ack! Yes, this is the wrong book.”

I'm not sure what that key indicator was that it was the WRONG book. Maybe it was the severed head. Or the headless corpses. Or maybe... the word lover.

She is doing some research. Reading Counts does go to college level too, and someone may have just made a mistake an picked the wrong book and wrong author putting it on the middle school list.

Meanwhile, I do believe that *I* will read his book.

Posted by Boudicca at October 14, 2005 10:17 PM | TrackBack

I'm going to have to check our library out. Sounds like a book I'd like to read. But, obviously it was not the right book for a 10 year old. I bet the school checks their list twice now.

Posted by: Sticks at October 15, 2005 06:25 AM

I'm glad he showed it to you. And it sounds interesting to me as well, let me know when you return it to the library. ;-)

Posted by: vw bug at October 15, 2005 07:24 AM

When my kids were younger, I read every book they wanted to read before they read it. Now I am much less likely to do so.

Posted by: Suzi at October 15, 2005 05:54 PM

LOL when I was 10 years old I would have read it and not said a word to anybody and if I had to make a book report I would probably have used the words from the book-hey if it was on the reading list then the words have to be okay, right mom, right, huh, huh,?

Posted by: GUYK at October 15, 2005 08:13 PM

Too funny, I bought a book at the airport that my sister told me to read "In Her Shoes" but she had to tell me that Cameron Diaz was on the cover so I would know which one to choose, I'm sure that wasn't the case until the movie came out :) Such a good book though, for sisters :)

Posted by: Napster at October 15, 2005 09:22 PM

At least it didn't have the words "Lover of headless corpses" :)

Posted by: Graumagus at October 16, 2005 07:46 AM

Hmmm, who made the list? It seems like they would check out the facts first. Good thing he showed it to you. I wonder how many kids read it & didn't say anything.

Posted by: Jody Halsted at October 16, 2005 09:53 AM