Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Getting there a little late, but it's book blogger hop time again, hosted by Jen at Crazy For Books! This is a meme I think I will keep using, since it is pretty much win-win for me: people see my blog, and I find other cool blogs I can follow to keep up with YA happenings.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
First off, sorry I've been MIA for a while. I have been super busy with my class and with getting ready for/walking the 3-day this past weekend. But I'm back now, and soon should be blogging more reviews because my class will be over!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
*Starred Review* (duh)
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
This was a quirky, fun read set in steampunk Victorian-era England in which vampires, werewolves, ghosts and the preternatural all exist in society together. The proper language and manners set a great tone—appropriate to the setting, and hilarious. Especially since inappropriate things tend to happen to Miss Tarabotti, constantly.
There are lots of reasons this would resonate with teens. It has all the usual stuff, like romance, intrigue, mystery, and vampires, werewolves, not to mention all the delicious-sounding descriptions of food I wish I could afford to eat all the time. Alexia loves food and doesn't care who knows it—something I wish I saw more of in teen lit. Plus, it's chock full of laugh-out-loud humor. I found myself giggling constantly.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Today is Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today's Top Ten: the most intimidating books!
Monday, July 12, 2010
Harper Lee's contemporary and fellow Southerner Flannery O'Connor (and a far worthier subject for high-school reading lists) once made a killing observation about "To Kill a Mockingbird": "It's interesting that all the folks that are buying it don't know they are reading a children's book."
Fifty years later, we can concede both that Harper Lee's novel inspired a generation of adolescents and that Flannery O'Connor was right.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
As I was reading this, I had a lot of admiration and respect for Amal, and liked her very much. She seemed like someone I'd want to be friends with. There were points, however, where the language was a bit unbelievable. For example, when her white friend Simone would moan about her weight. It just seemed unrealistic—almost everything she said had to do with her appearance, or if it didn't it would end up there. That got annoying fast.
I really love how Abdel-Fattah gives non-Muslims a glimpse at life in a Muslim family. I learned a lot about the religion, and it made me think about my own religion as well. Amal is a strong defender of her faith and is not ashamed to stick up for herself or Islam. She also really leads her life according to the Koran, which is something I don't see very often (living your life by your religion's Holy Book). Plus she is a feminist, which is just fantastic. I didn't judge Muslim women who wore the hijab before, but now I have a whole new perspective on their decision and a deep respect for them.
I completely understand why this has been required summer reading for the past couple of summers in my area. I really do think students should read this—it will give them a lot of insight and, I hope, a more respectful approach to Middle Easterners and Muslims. Highly recommended for middle and high school.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
This is 11-year-old Lonnie Collins Motion's story, told through verse. One of his school assignments is a poetry notebook, a project his teacher Ms. Marcus devised for her students. At first unsure of his abilities as a poet, we see as the book progresses how he uses it as an outlet for grief, anger and his insecurity about the future. Living in a foster home, Lonnie eventually reveals to us through his poetry that he was orphaned at the age of 7 and was soon separated from his sister, who was adopted.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Author: Lauren Child
Publisher: Candlewick, 2005
Where and why: I got this from my local library. I had to pick a children's fiction book for a review for class, saw this and thought it looked great.