Sunday, March 20, 2011

#bookstack 3/20/11

For the week. It's spring break from the university, so I'll also be catching up on grad school work.

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Review: After

AfterAfter by Amy Efaw

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Devon is fifteen, her school's star goalkeeper, and in a state of denial. The story tells about her eight days in jail on the charge of attempted murder. Through flashback, readers find out what led Devon to the place she's currently in.

This page-turner deals with the issues of teenage pregnancy and its effects on one teenager. This is one I'm glad I picked up for a student. If you liked Th1rteen R3asons Why and/or If I Stay, you'll like After.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

The Supplier: The History

Series 1, Episode 1: "The History."
In this video I set a context for the video blog.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Review: Mindquakes: Stories To Shatter Your Brain

Mindquakes: Stories To Shatter Your Brain (Scary Stories)Mindquakes: Stories To Shatter Your Brain by Neal Shusterman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This collection of short stories continues my love affair with Neal Shusterman's writing. I love stories that lead me to predict incorrectly, and that is true of each story in this collection. Here's my question: When will Ralphy Sherman get his own book?

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Review: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (rpkg)Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I bought this in an effort to broaden my "scary stories" collection. Unfortunately, these stories weren't that scary. The closest they came to being scary was the story "Wait until Martin Comes," but that's because the story scared me as a child reading it from The People Could Fly by Virginia Hamilton.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Review: I Am Number Four

I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1)I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is one of those novels where I saw the movie first. I'm noT sure whether or not it clouded my judgment. The movie left out a lot of the Lorien backstory, and I appreciated that information. I liked the characterization of Sarah better in the movie, though. While in both texts she was a character who realizes she doesn't want to be defined by her boyfriend, I felt like her I individuality was more developed in the film text.

There's already a wait list for this novel in my classroom, which I'm rather excited about. I was selfish and wanted to read it first this time.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Review: The Gardener

The GardenerThe Gardener by S.A. Bodeen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was not sure what to expect when I picked up The Gardener. In content area literacy classes we talk about how to integrate young adult literature into the curriculum, and I think this book would be perfect for a science class studying photosynthesis and plants. It raises current events issues and would be a fantastic starting point for conversation about world events. Here's a way to make science more interesting and relevant for students who are more Language arts and history inclined.

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Review: More Bones

More BonesMore Bones by Arielle North Olson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

In a time when there are movies like Paranormal Activity and Saw, etc. it is hard to write a good scary book. I went looking for scary books, and knowing that the Scary Stories collection is popular in my school library, I thought this might be a solid investment. While most of the stories have nice twists at the end, they leave much to be desired in the scary story department. Then again, nothing I've read has scared me quite as bad as IT by Stephen King did.

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#bookstack 3/6/11

It's book fair time at my school, so I thought I'd share some of the books I picked up this week. (Note that a few of the titles I did pick up at Barnes & Noble and are not distributed by Scholastic.)

I've read Lubar's Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies and Michael Scott's The Alchemyst, but thought I'd go ahead and include them because they are both second copies.

I saw I Am Number Four last night, so I think that might be next on my list.


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Review: The First Part Last

The First Part LastThe First Part Last by Angela Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When a student asked me for a book about teenage pregnancy, this was the first book I thought of. I was disappointed to find out that we didn't have a copy in the library (because I could have sworn that we did). When the second student asked about the same topic, I knew I had to go pick up this title.

First Part Last is written in alternating "Then" and "Now" chapters, and told from the point of view of the father. He is sixteen, discovering that he loves his daughter, and struggling with the role change when he's not done being a child himself.

The story is beautifully told in short enough chapters that it might make an excellent read-aloud.

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