Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
I really liked this book. It was a great story about a girl, Viola, needs to go to boarding school because her parents are off to Afghanistan to make a documentary film. As school begins in September Viola has already made up her mind she wouldn't be happy at PA. Until she meets her roommates. Read about Viola's first year at PA. Enjoy the story, I did. What is unusual for me as I read this book, the year school is 2009 into 2010. Our present and future for Viola.
I finished the book on Friday and will be taking it to school for students to read. I just don't understand the attraction to the book. The setting is a time beyond civilization as we know it. Two kids are chosen from every district (there are 12 districts) and they compete for survival. The 2 kids chosen are from a lottery in their home districts, they are pampered and treated to all kinds of food and living while they are trained, interviewed and on display for all to see. Once the Hunger Games begin they are watched and tracked by a probe that was inserted into them prior to the beginning of the games. The last tribute to survive wins but the rules change when only 4 tributes are left.
I have spoken to a few students and they liked the book and can't wait to read Catching Fire the second book in the trilogy. Read the book you decide about the book.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
In Bangladesh women and girls take care of the home, they do not work outside the home. Read about Naima how she struggles with her desire to help her father. What does Naima try to do to help her family?
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I didn't like this book at all. For me it dragged from beginning to end. It didn't hold my interest. It seemed like Julie was constantly whining. That after starting her blog and the cooking she really wanted to end it but couldn't find a graceful way of doing it with her family saying 'i told you so'. I wished there was more about Julia child in the book and movie. I bought the book hoping for a good read. I have since left it in the teacher collection at school. Teachers have picked it up to read but in a matter of hours its back on the shelf.
Maybe I didn't like the book because my every day language I don't use many 'curse words'. It seems that is how Julie gets on with her day to day living. This probably has been one of the worse books I have read all year. If you need to take a peek at the book, go to the bookstore, borrow it but don't buy it. Even the movie's best parts is when Julia made her appearances.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
The 2nd book in the trilogy is True Believer, I am reading this book at the moment. I'll return when I have finished reading the book. I have finished True Believer.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I'll be back when I finish reading the book, it is a non fiction book. Its okay to read non fiction for pleasure especially if it is a interest to your.
I have finished reading about Lincoln and the emancipation proclamation. It was quite interesting, I love American History but when I was in high school,I must have been in another time zone. I found this book on the shelf in the library. I am glad I took the time to read it, it is important to know and understand history, even after all these years. Reading this book I think I can understand why the president admires Lincoln.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I have read series with alot of interest. I picked up this series while waiting for another series to move along. This is an intriguing series. The House of Night is accepted or at least is tolerated by the citizens of Tulsa. The students are admitted into the House of Night once they are marked as a fledgling vampyre. Zoey Redbird tells the story of her entering the House of Night. Zoey is not the average fledgling, she has been chosen as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx. The best I can do is suggest you begin reading Marked; follow Zoey through her new life (changes) in the House of Night.
I have really enjoyed reading this series so far. This series is what we think vampires are like; sleeping by day attending classes at night. The kids have young adult situations; love and hate, self conflicts and acceptance. They can die then become undead. Begin by reading Marked, then follow up with the next 4; follow Zoey and her circle of friends.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
another Virginia Readers Choice selection; click on book cover
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
This is one of 10 books from the Virginia Readers Choice selection; click on book cover.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I read this book knowing it was about a goal keeper. This isn't a biography. It is about a keeper, at the age of 15 signed to play for a professional team. A keeper for a World Cup team, he learned the game and how to be one of the greatest goal keepers to ever had play the game. But who was the teacher? In the beginning, each day the 'student' would enter the dense jungle to find a soccer field and the 'teacher' waiting for him, to train the student to be a goal keeper. What was the teacher training the student for?
Monday, June 22, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Ludlow arrives in a remote village, he is running away from the city. Ludlow can read and write. Joe Zabbidou is a pawnbroker, he hires Ludlow to work in his shop. Joe is a special kind of pawnbroker. He is a pawnbroker of secrets. The villagers of Pagus Parvus have worrisome thoughts but who will listen to their secrects? What kind of book is the Black Book? Why won't Joe permit anyone to hold Saluki? How does Mr. Ratchet die?
Read The Black Book of Secrets to find the answers and learn more about Ludlow.
This book is one of 10 from the Virginia Readers Choice selection
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
P. 521 Renaissance, Spanish sculptors who made mistakes while carving marble often patched their flaws with cera- "wax". Now how does knowing that bit of information solve the code???
Friday, June 12, 2009
What if your Grandpa moves mountains, One of your brothers causes hurricanes, another creates electricity, and now it's your turn?
Mibs is about to become a teenager. Thirteen is when a Beaumont's savvy strikes, when one brother can create electricity and another cause hurricanes, it promises to be outrageous and positively thrilling.
Poppa is in an auto accident and all Mibs wants is a savvy to save Poppa. Mibs sneaks a ride to the hospital on a rickety bus with her siblings and preacher's kids in tow. After an extraordinary adventure, not a soul will be the same.
This is one of 10 from the Virginia Readers Choice selection.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Her name is Ruby, this book is about her. It tells the deeply hideous story of what happens when her mother dies and she is dragged 3000 miles away from her boyfriend, Ray, to live in L.A. with her father, who she has never met because he divorced my mom before she was born.
The only way I've ever even seen him is in the movies, since he's this mega-star who's been way too busy trying to win Oscars to even visit Ruby once in fifteen years.
Everyone loves her father, Everyone but Ruby!
This book is written in free verse, quick and easy read.
From the day Stargirl arrives at quiet Mica High School, the hallways hum with the name Stargirl. She captures Leo Borlock's heart with just one smile. She sparks a school spirit revolution with one cheer. The students of Mica High School are enchanted, at first. Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different, and Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
This book brings to life the terror of being behind enemy lines. Its a good read but what happened to Pierre and his mother? There is a sequel due out in September.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Illustrated by Brian Selznick
The family living in the doll house comes alive when the Palmer’s are gone for the day or sleeping at night. They have a cat named Captain that they need to watch out for because he loves to ‘play’ with Doll family. Annabelle is bored because she can only be in the doll house. Annabelle explores the doll house only to find Aunt Sarah’s journal. In the journal Annabelle reads of the adventures Sarah has taken. Sarah’s adventures take her away from the doll house. But Sarah has been missing for 45 years and now Annabelle has a mission to find Aunt Sarah and bring her home.
Kate is 8 years old and plays with the Doll family in their doll house. Kate has a sister that loves to terrorize the Doll Family by bringing over the Rancher Family. Nora has the Doll family riding horses and cows throughout the doll house. Soon it is Nora’s birthday. Nora gets a doll house and family of her own. Soon the Funcraft family comes to visit the Doll Family. Tiffany Funcraft and Annabelle become friends. Annabelle shares Aunt Sarah’s journal with Tiffany. The 2 girls plan a mission to rescue Aunt Sarah and bring her home. But some one has been adding to Aunt Sarah’s journal. Who? The added entries into the journal give Annabelle and Tiffany a clue to look in the attic. The girls climb up into the attic where they find Aunt Sarah with her dress stuck under the truck. The next night the girls return bringing the families back to help get Sarah’s dress out from underneath the trunk. But how do they get Aunt Sarah back to the doll house?
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Brady, JT, and Digger are 14-year old boys who have grown up together in a small town surrounded by extended family. They’ve enjoyed a lot of fishing and swimming in the local creek. When Diggers grandfather gets sick and sells his house on the water to move into a nursing home, the boys continue to use the properties dock and swimming hole. The new owner, Mr. DiAngelo, is not thrilled about their being there and runs them off. Soon after, the Mrs. DiAngelo and her son have a kayaking accident. Were the boys the cause of the accident? Read this captivating tale of old-fashioned values such as hard-work, respect, and doing the right thing to find out what happens to the friendships when a line is crossed.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Zoe is wary when, in the dead of night the eerily handsome yet frightening Simon comes to her house. Simon seems to understand the pain of loneliness and death and Zoe’s brooding thoughts of her dying mother.
Simon knows death all too well. He is one of the undead, a vampire, and seeking revenge for the gruesome murder of his mother 3 hundred years ago. Does Simon dare ask Zoe to help free him from this lifeless chase and its intolerable solitude? Zoe must let her heart guide her through a tangle of fear and pain and desire so that she can see Simon for who he truly is, and understand that their lives could change forever. (I read this book before I read any of the Twilight series books)