I am also writing about a book I just read for Miki's Hope and because I truly love reading and do firmly believe that good writers are also avid readers. These two things go hand in hand because strong readers are constantly being exposed to (hopefully) great writing and that will influence their own personal writing.
Well, with that being said, what I love to read most are YA (Young Adult) books. I suppose this could be because I am a teacher of YA students. Or it could be that I just like these books! At any rate, the book I have just finished reading is called The Mailbox by Audrey Shafer.
This book is about an 11 year old boy who has been in and out of foster homes and finally found a "real" home with his uncle not too long before the uncle unexpectedly passes away. Gabe finds him dead and doesn't know what to do. The next thing he knows, his uncle's body is missing! Now what for poor Gabe? It's an interesting story with some very important messages about courage, not judging a book by its cover and an understanding for our military and the jobs they do.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to middle school aged students and up. It's a fast, easy read and definitely a good discussion (or writing!) starter. Maybe you might even use this book as an essay writing prompt and I have just the curriculum to help you learn all about expository essays. :)