This book was a wonderful treat. the length scared me as it was another large tomb to add to my stack of reading, but it was indeed part graphic novelThis book was a wonderful treat. the length scared me as it was another large tomb to add to my stack of reading, but it was indeed part graphic novel. At least in the sense that some of the action is for seeing rather than reading. Perhaps it is an unnecessary jump, but it flows well. Even the distinct pagination. Where at heightened action the pages have to be turned adding to the anticipation. I really enjoyed this book. There is a happy ending and satisfaction. The adults who don't make sense at first are explained in rational fashions. the bad drunk uncle is found at the bottom of the river. the boy doesn't trust authority though. I don't get why these children are all being taught in books to be independent and not to rely on authority figures. police are set up as dangerous. Being homeless and hungry is preferable to the orphanage. What sort of image is this?
I loved the historical dream scape presented, but I don't completely understand the motivation....more
This book was optional for my 610 class and required for a class I intend to take in the Spring, so i decided to read it while i could, and then I couThis book was optional for my 610 class and required for a class I intend to take in the Spring, so i decided to read it while i could, and then I couldn't stop. It was amazing. I was proud of the review I had to write for my reference class last spring, and my ability to identify good books, but this book showed me how to express this so much better. The break downs into categories for literature is so wonderful to see. I can see myself really using the things I was thinking about. Though I expected it to be a book focused on reviewing (which I think of as writing these reviews) really it seems to be more about the critical evaluation, the last chapter on writing reviews was good, but can be covered in many places.
Breaking down children's lit to it categories though and seeing how those parts can be further broken down. Reading about how the categories came about and when they changed will be an absolute asset. I love to see how things evolved because nothing comes from a vacume. It clarified some of what I found while investigating pre-literacy, when readers came about and why the term early literacy suddenly first appeared on the back of a little bear book. (The I can read series was the first of its kind after Dr. Suess wrote Cat in the Hat to create the concept of a "first book" for new readers. The science of the eyes that go into easy readers and the controlled vocabulary reminds me why my daughter "who might want to read other books" really needs to be starting with certain books if only to teach her eyes to read. (it is hard when you know she wants different stories, but physically needs certain line length and sentence structure for her brain to hold it all at once.)
Mixed feelings, it was an interesting view of time travel and growing up. The social interactions between race and economics. Miranda has normal problMixed feelings, it was an interesting view of time travel and growing up. The social interactions between race and economics. Miranda has normal problems with friends but also her mother's fear of screwing thing up after getting pregnant in law school. Then there is the laughing man tormenting her on her corner and those strange notes. I liked the silliness of the 20,000 dollar pyramid game juxtaposed with serious saving a persons life problems. The back drop of wrinkle in time makes for an interesting foil. In both stories a girl is trying to reunite her family. One from an evil IT, and the other from itself. Miranda has to do more construction of her family than Meg. ...more
This was a positive story. About a young girl who has a horrible past, but there are some happy incidents. In the start of the story she was an outcasThis was a positive story. About a young girl who has a horrible past, but there are some happy incidents. In the start of the story she was an outcast with a goofy brother and a small family. By the end she is young woman with a full family backing her and an identity both culturally and personally. ...more
I could spit after finishing this book. Turtle has a horrid life. Her mother is a housekeeper with a miss placed heart going after the wrong kinds ofI could spit after finishing this book. Turtle has a horrid life. Her mother is a housekeeper with a miss placed heart going after the wrong kinds of men. She also manages to find one she thinks is not bad and also a job that takes her from her daughter.
Turtle, and everyone has a weird name in this story, is sent to the Key's to live with an aunt. It is the depression and everyone is having a tough time of it.
She manages to find a treasure map and stupidly doesn't wait for a grown up to help her investigate, and (spoiler) finds the treasure. only to have her mother's suddenly-now husband show up to steal her freaking share. How horrid is this. Yes we get happy family bonding, but she is robbed her money. everyone else gets their share, but not Turtle. Heck even the grumpy grandma gets her share but not the one who is telling the story, she is even worse off at the end, fiscally.
A very interesting coming of age story, set in Vietnam early on. We watch this as this boys perfect house is rocked by culture clashes and a general lA very interesting coming of age story, set in Vietnam early on. We watch this as this boys perfect house is rocked by culture clashes and a general lack of empathy for between the generations. Holling's dad expects him to grow into the family architecture firm. But Holling is in seventh grade and he has much bigger things to fear in the form of eighth grade bullies. As a presbyterian he does not have religious education on Wednesday afternoons and it becomes apparent the teacher doesn't like this intrusion on her planning time. It takes her a month before she decides to use this fir the boys advantage rather than using him as her lackey. She starts him reading Shakespeare and somehow chooses the plays that will matter to this young boy. He likes the curses in tempest and the battles in the other stories. And he grows into a man his father could be proud of if his father bothered to look up from the news.
This book was rather interesting. The main character doesn't fit in the town and certainly not in his family. His father is self-centered and mom is passive 50's housewife. Sister takes after her father except in politics. So OIl and water. And even his teacher seems to dislike him. Mostly because she doesn't get Wednesday afternoons off because he does't go to religious classes. (such and old custom)
The teacher slowly learns that this boy doesn't have to be a burden and though he has the typical american family he is not loved and cared for but rather forgotten like an old shoe. He only is noticed when he does something wrong. even his girlfriend engages in industrial espionage on their one date.
The Shakespeare aspects are great. Only in the 60s could you expect a young person to read Shakespeare independently.
The background of the VIetnam war was amazing, though I was very scared it was going to be very sad. I am glad that it comes out not tragic. It is all too possible. I loved the sister running away to find herself, while the brother find himself by staying home. He gains a voice and as all books of this ilk becomes closer to a man....more
The opening is very dark and not right for the young, but the story is odd and masterful. THe boy is apart from the world in the graveyard protected. TThe opening is very dark and not right for the young, but the story is odd and masterful. THe boy is apart from the world in the graveyard protected. The background explaining why is not really explained well. The Jacks are against the boy, and they created him by attempting to destroy his entire family. ...more
I really like this story, even if it is a little bizarre putting a person in a box, but this was a weird world where a person could be owned, so who cI really like this story, even if it is a little bizarre putting a person in a box, but this was a weird world where a person could be owned, so who can deny the results....more