No destination is too large or too dangerous for Gannon and Wyatt—the two youngest, bravest, and adventurous explorers in children’s fiction. In Trave...moreNo destination is too large or too dangerous for Gannon and Wyatt—the two youngest, bravest, and adventurous explorers in children’s fiction. In Travels with Gannon and Wyatt Egypt, these two daring, charismatic, and humorous boys return to conquer another continent. They wind up facing some of their toughest obstacles, yet, but as usual they are up for the challenge. This installment reads like an Indiana Jones adventure for kids, full of action and mystery, as well as interesting facts about another piece of the world young readers can enjoy vicariously through the pages of a book. Like the growing collection of the Travels with Gannon and Wyatt series, this story offers an appealing reading experience geared toward young readers that cannot be found anywhere else. TWGW Egypt shines with fun, funny, and purposeful writing that will especially hook and hold the attention of kids in the 9-12 year-old range. (less)
Welcome back, young explorers! Hopefully you are rested up and prepared for your next thrilling adventure with two of the boldest, bravest, funniest,...moreWelcome back, young explorers! Hopefully you are rested up and prepared for your next thrilling adventure with two of the boldest, bravest, funniest, and, let’s face it, CRAZIEST trailblazers around: teenage brothers Gannon and Wyatt.
Following their first book that took readers like you through an unforgettable journey in Botswana, Gannon and Wyatt now travel to another continent and put their lives on the line to explore the Great Bear Rainforest. Most people in their right mind run away from life-threatening situations, but Gannon and Wyatt don’t back down from any challenge, regardless of the stakes. This time around they are more fearless than ever as they tackle increasingly dangerous conditions and obstacles, including a terrorizing encounter with a fierce packs of wolves and a harrowing experience of dodging bullets from gunmen who are determined to put an end to their investigative travels. Through it all, reading the boys’ journals make you feel like you are right there in the thick of the action!
Travels with Gannon and Wyatt is a groundbreaking series of adventurous stories like nothing else ever seen in children’s literature. Kids of all ages and from all backgrounds love these stories because they are packed with action, humor, mystery, and fun adventures. Parents love these stories because they know when their children find books like this to read, ultimately they will become more enthusiastic readers who thirst for more knowledge. Teachers love these stories because they offer a forum upon which to teach about human character, geography, wildlife, environmental conservation, a variety of critical global issues, and other significant topics that will help broaden a child’s education and enrich the lives of youth all over the world. (less)
I just read Pat Conroy's "My Reading Life," an excellent read in which the author related his love of reading and the profound impact different books...moreI just read Pat Conroy's "My Reading Life," an excellent read in which the author related his love of reading and the profound impact different books have had on his life, and it inspired me to pick up Tolstoy. I must say, I didn't realize what I was getting myself into and I hope I still have some hair left by the time I finish this book (good thing for the End Notes in the back section). Still, it is new reading territory for me, which is exciting...(less)
How the average rating for this book isn't 5 stars is beyond me. This was absolutely one of the most exhilarating books I've ever read. I savored prac...moreHow the average rating for this book isn't 5 stars is beyond me. This was absolutely one of the most exhilarating books I've ever read. I savored practically every page. From a plotting standpoint, it has to rank as one of the most ingenious novels of all-time.
Being that I read so many children's and young adult novels in search for good books for my students to read, I enjoy mixing in adult novels, especially a masterpiece like this one. I only wish that Larsson had lived long enough to see what's become an international sensation published, and to write a hundred more books like it. (less)
"It can be coins or sports or politics or horses or music or faith...the saddest people I've ever met in life are the ones who didn't care deeply abou...more"It can be coins or sports or politics or horses or music or faith...the saddest people I've ever met in life are the ones who didn't care deeply about anything at all. Passion and satisfaction go hand in hand, and without them, any happiness is only temporary, because there's nothing to make it last."
This is the first Nicholas Sparks book that I've read. Over the last couple of years I have noticed that a lot of teenage girls in my school are reading his books (no doubt, for the romance, which the author actually presents in a wholesome, heartfelt fashion that is at least 1000 times more appropriate than one hour of MTV's "The Real World") but it was actually my younger brother, an Army soldier currently stationed in Baghdad, who told me that something about this book rang a chord in him, as he could relate to the main character's plight of trying to find the stability of love as he balanced fulfilling his duty to serve his country, and I realized this book has a much wider appeal than for simple romance enthusiasts. It's no mystery why Sparks' books have sold over 50 million copies, and will probably sell another 100 million before he reaches retirement age. His storytelling skills are so polished that it doesn't take long to forget you're reading a book and suddenly you're in the story, feeling it, absorbing it, living it.
John, a hardened, tattooed Army "grunt" with no real grip on what he wants out of life, falls for his polar opposite, the free-spirited, faith-filled and beautiful Savannah Lynn Curtis while on leave. As all romances seem to be, their love is at first invincible and all-encompassing, but as John's leaves from Germany and Kosovo and Iraq are mere weeks home compared to years away, it doesn't take long for the distance and strain to change the nature and course of their relationship forever. But this story has more to do with life than love. There's the complexity of John's empty relationship with his anti-social father, the void of having never met his mother, and the trials of juggling heartbreak, disease and facing the ultimate loss, all the while fighting himself to do the right thing for the long-term in spite of how good doing the wrong thing would make him feel in the short-term.
"Though I knew she loved and cared for me, I suddenly understood that even love and caring weren't always enough. They were the concrete bricks of our relationship, but unstable without the mortar of time spent together, time without the threat of imminent separation hanging over us." Soldiers sacrifice infinitely more than their own physical well-being to provide our country the protections only the brave and selfless can secure, as they put their love lives to the grueling test of distance, extended absences from home and brutal uncertainty of what each day may bring. (less)
Saving Home brought to life the 1702 English attack of St. Augustine and provided some gripping, family-oriented moments behind the incrementally toug...moreSaving Home brought to life the 1702 English attack of St. Augustine and provided some gripping, family-oriented moments behind the incrementally tougher challenges endured by the Spanish resistance efforts. A story like this can help make learning about history easier and more enjoyable for younger students, probably most appropriate for the 4th-6th grade range.(less)
While I was expecting there to be a lot more action, I really got into the story and came to appreciate the characters and the message behind the book...moreWhile I was expecting there to be a lot more action, I really got into the story and came to appreciate the characters and the message behind the book. Chance is a teenage boy living on a docked boat with his down-and-out father. He takes it upon himself to work and pay the bills and put food on the table. When an opportunity at "easy money" comes his way, Chance finds out there there is no such thing and suddenly he's knee-deep in a dangerous situation. (less)
This book should be popular, especially among teenage boys who love a fast-paced, action-packed read. I'm assuming it will be an easy sell to reluctan...moreThis book should be popular, especially among teenage boys who love a fast-paced, action-packed read. I'm assuming it will be an easy sell to reluctant and avid readers, alike. The first page puts the reader right in the middle of some intense action that seems to never stop until the final page (and even then, you can't wait to move onto the second book in the series). A review on the back cover reads, "A thriller that reads like a teenage version of 24...an adrenaline-pumping adventure." Right on the money!(less)
"By the transport of books, that which is most foreign becomes one's familiar walks and avenues, while that which is most familiar is removed to delig...more"By the transport of books, that which is most foreign becomes one's familiar walks and avenues, while that which is most familiar is removed to delightful strangeness; and unmoving, one travels infinite causeways; immobile and thus unfettered."
This is a very different kind of story, especially as it is marketed to young adults. It is probably one of the most unusual reads I've come across and I see it is an unfamiliar achievement in reader satisfaction. Certainly a deeper and more peculiar angle on the times of the revolutionary war, M.T. Anderson's definitely got literary game. That said, maybe too much so. The problem is, as good as the story is, I just don't think many (if any) of my 8th grade students would understand the story. I could be wrong, and I hope I am, but regardless this story will be a hard sell. Still, I will try, especially with some of my more avid, patient readers.(less)
"Imagine finding the love of your life, then losing him. Yes, people lose their loved ones all the time to war and disease, accidents and murder. But...more"Imagine finding the love of your life, then losing him. Yes, people lose their loved ones all the time to war and disease, accidents and murder. But imagine watching your lover change before your eyes, devolve into some other being, and you're powerless to bring him back."
As an 8th grade language arts teacher, I can think of a number of reasons why this vampire series may resonate with readers, especially at the teenage level. "The Society of S" is a story about a teenaged girl, Ari, who is trying to find herself, trying to track down the mother she never met, trying to solve murders and mysteries, trying to apply a classical home-schooled education to the unpleasantness of public realities, trying to come to terms with the truths behind the lies she's been told throughout her life by the people closest to her, and all the while trying to learn how to deal with an "affliction" that runs in the family.
Susan Hubbard has created a fantasy world that many teenage and adult readers will not only enjoy as entertainment but also as a portal to understanding some of the more challenging facets of life that may feel all too familiar as the pages turn.