Celebrating: Hot temps and Jason Reynold’s Sunny

Summer has gone to the extreme. Temperatures exceed 100º in the late afternoon. Our air condition-less house harbors the heat; cool zones vary depending on the location of the sun and the number of hours it’s beaten down. The breeze moves heat towards cooler hallways. Trapping it. My cat stretches out on the tile, the hardwood, the back of a couch.  I keep his water dish filled with cold water thinking, grateful that I’m not in a black fur coat.

This morning I find a cool (er) spot and read, finishing a cup of coffee as I get to the halfway point in Sunny, the third in the track series by Jason Reynolds. I’m not a fan of storytelling via diary entries, but in Reynold’s hands, it’s humorous, varied, lyrical, moving. Bit by bit, I’m loving this character and Reynold’s poetic voice, marking pages as mentors for writing entries.


“That soft green, like the color of grass just before it gets hard in the heat?”
That color, you know it. You can feel it. 

I read on. Celebrating the fan spin spinning and a fistful of pages ahead.


3 thoughts on “Celebrating: Hot temps and Jason Reynold’s Sunny

  1. Jason is a master. I had the pleasure of seeing him and getting a hug at ALA, but he was all out of books. Love this line, ” the carpet that looks like yarn and like yawn.” Hope your temps cool soon. Ours are lower due to constant rain.

  2. The book you are reading is new to me. The page you shared made me curious. Wishing you many cool reading spots throughout the day. Enjoy your summer reading.

  3. We are having “a summer gone to the extreme,” too. We got a brief reprieve this weekend. But whatever the summer weather, it’s the perfect time for finding a good spot and reading.

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