I'm not sure the target audience is middle school, but I think some students would be more interested in reading this personal account of the holocausI'm not sure the target audience is middle school, but I think some students would be more interested in reading this personal account of the holocaust than others. ...more
First line: Graduation Day. I can hardly stand still as my mother straightens my celebratory red tunic and tucks a strand of light brown hair behind mFirst line: Graduation Day. I can hardly stand still as my mother straightens my celebratory red tunic and tucks a strand of light brown hair behind my ear.
Okay not the most powerful beginning, but it does pick up speed. In the world of state assessments and high stakes testing I wonder if Charbonneau's idea of testing isn't far off. ...more
First line: The best time to cry is at night, when the lights are out and someone is being beaten up and screaming for help.
We lie to ourselves here.First line: The best time to cry is at night, when the lights are out and someone is being beaten up and screaming for help.
We lie to ourselves here. Maybe we are here because we lie to ourselves. p.203
It was me, I thought as I tried not to throw up, that had wanted to be tough like themp. 130
It's hard to say who we really are. Shifting. Churning. Growing. Pretending? If I don't like who I am today can I be someone different tomorrow? Can I be that new me even if you still believe in the old me?
quick read, a little confusing with all the names, some graphic scenes, thought provoking
First line: Callum Hunt was a legend in his little North Carolina town, but not in a good way.
Sometimes we can't believe in our selves until someone dFirst line: Callum Hunt was a legend in his little North Carolina town, but not in a good way.
Sometimes we can't believe in our selves until someone does the believing for us. And that's Callum Hunt for you. Since his birth, born with a crippled leg, he's been told what he can't do. Sure. Fine. Whatever. Get to know Call and you'll find that he isn't simply going to limp along with his head down.
He wished just once that he got to play. He might not have been as fast as other kids or as able to keep his balance, but he was full of restless energy. He was exempt from a gym requirement because of his leg; even in elementary school, when he'd tried to run or jump or climb at recess, one of the monitors would come over and remind him that he needed to slow down before he hurt himself. If he kept at it, they would make him come inside.p. 8
So when his father tells him to fail a test, a test to check for magical abilities, Call knows he'll excel at it. Okay, he'll stick out like a sore thumb, but what's new.
He reminded himself that as soon as he failed the exams, he'd never have to see any of these people again. Also, they were going to die underground.p. 19
She looked apologetic. "Would you mind... not talking to me?" "What?" They had started moving off down the hall, and Call limped faster to keep up. "Seriously?" She Shrugged. "You know how it is. I'm trying to make a good impression, and talking to you isn't going to help. Sorry!" She skipped ahead, catching up with Jasper and Aaron. Call stared at the back of her head as if he could drill into it with anger. "I hope the eyeless fish eat you!"p. 27
But what Call didn't expect to find is people who would believe in him. Belief can change a person.
He was going to be the apprentice Aaron that he was, the one who there was nothing wrong with. He was going to do the kind of things that got you mysterious heroic achievements on your wristband. He was going to throw himself right into the fray. p. 187
Call has to decide if he can believe in himself.
Now, when he was right in front of Aaron - Aaron in danger, Aaron needing saving - he was useless. The crush of despair was so awful that he considered not saying anything, just trying to climb and hope for the best. If he made things worse by pretending he could help, he was only putting Aaron in more danger. "I can't, Call said.p. 258
When we begin to believe in ourselves we start to see what we can be.
Teacher friends you must BUY this BOOK! Place your pre-orders today! Into the Killing Seas is the terrifying story of what happened to the men aboardTeacher friends you must BUY this BOOK! Place your pre-orders today! Into the Killing Seas is the terrifying story of what happened to the men aboard the USS Indianapolis. If that's not ringing any bells picture a Naval ship being surprise torpedoed by a Japanese submarine during WWII after delivering important components for the first atomic bomb. Approximately 900 men find themselves adrift in the ocean. When rescue planes find them 4 days later only about 300 men remain. That's because of the terrors lurking hungrily with rows of razor sharp teeth below the waters.
This is the book for kids who like the I Survived series, but are ready for something a little more challenging. I can see lots of kids wanting to get their hands on a copy. I got a couple kids already hounding me for my copy, so I had to sit down and write this review.
First line: He stands next to my hospital bed in a neat, clean white uniform.
Favorite line: I love this quote from the author Michael Spradlin when asked why he included more information about the captain in the afterword. "I think it's important for readers to know the whole story. And my hope, as always when a reader reads one of my historical novels, is that they'll become interested enough in the period to learn more about it. There is so much to be gained by studying history".
I bought this graphic novel through a Scholastic teen book order and assumed the target audiencFirst line: "Can you swim?"
strong language and violence
I bought this graphic novel through a Scholastic teen book order and assumed the target audience was teens. After reading the novel I'm seriously questioning whether or not it's appropriate for 8th graders. I always struggle with this. If it were my own son or daughter I would be okay with them reading the book. Yes, there is strong graphic language, but it fits with the setting and historical context. That's important. I also know that I would have many conversations with my child. I cannot guarantee any similar discusses will happen with other students and their parents. Does anyone else have thoughts? Thanks! ...more
First line: For generations and generations, the women of my family have stirred up trouble in a big, black pot.
Deb Lucke's first graphic novel The LuFirst line: For generations and generations, the women of my family have stirred up trouble in a big, black pot.
Deb Lucke's first graphic novel The Lunch Witch is twistedly dark both in humor and in appearance. The cover is dark green with what looks to be stains in the background as if someone threw it in the trash and dumped liquid sludge on top. The stains seep onto every page. I did some research to find out more about the artwork medium. Gouache. I vaguely remember hearing about this in an art history class in college. Wikipedia to the rescue! Gouache is similar in application to watercolor, but gouache dries opaque. If I got that completely wrong don't blame me blame Wikipedia. It works brilliantly though. The feel of the artwork is disgusting with pops of vibrant, contrasting colors. I love the touch of maggots, pencil shavings, sun-dried tomatoes, and onion skins detailing different chapter beginnings. Something Grunhilda the Black Heart would approve of. I imagine this is also the state of Grunhilda's book-of-potions.
Grunhilda is desperate for a job when her potions business goes under. No one believes in evil witches or potions. With the help of her familiars she finds an advertisement for an elementary school lunch lady. Good cooks need not apply. Easy enough, right? It's not easy to appear normal. Especially when one particular student seems to see right through her disguise. This leads to some woeful blackmailing, angry ancestors, and medicating swamp frogs. Pure putrid fun!
I think Deb and I would be great friends if we had the opportunity to sit down to a friendly chat over dark, bitter coffee. On her website http://deblucke.com/ she's described as having, an interest in bad behavior and horribly embarrassing moments. Since her childhood had plenty of both she is never short on material. I'd love to know if she sees herself as Grunhilda or Madison the blackmailing student. ...more