Mrs. Fettweis’ favorite book that she read this summer was Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. She liked it because she loves historical fiction.
“This is a book about the Grimke Sisters who were abolitionists and women’s rights activists in the 1860s. it tells this fictionalized story of the Grimke Sisters themselves. But focuses on Sarah Grimke, but alternates between her perspective and that of a slave girl who the author invented but imagining what it would have been like to be a slave in Charleston, South Carolina in this period. And on Sarah Grimke’s birthday, she’s given the slave of the gift. And she doesn’t want to own it, so they develop this friendship, but it shows how real friendship can exist in this period with the power dynamics.”
Mrs. Fettweis would recommend it to students who are interested in history, African American experience during this time period, and students who enjoyed. the Secret Life of Bees because it is written by the same author.