My daughters were complaining about the books they have as summer reading assignments for their high school reading classes. The issue isn’t with the reading, it is the choice of books that are made available to them. I started to read one of the books and I had to agree with my daughter about the slow start and lack of tension; and this was a book about murder.

I understand that English teachers are looking for specific types of books to make the students think, but I wonder if they’ve read the books they are assigning and if they enjoy them. Duck Blood Soup has been referred to as “…either a political commentary, an exposition on racism, or another story about teenagers saving the world. Or all 3. I viewed it as the last.”[1]

If this sounds like a book that meets the requirements for your class, let me know and I will be happy to either offer up free digital versions, or paperback versions ‘at cost’.