This was an extremely interesting book, the way it was written and played out. After listening to Walter Dean Myers speak about his childhood and whatThis was an extremely interesting book, the way it was written and played out. After listening to Walter Dean Myers speak about his childhood and what he wants his readership to be, this book hits home even further. This is someone's true story. The millions of children who live in poverty and get caught up with bad people and situations. Or get accused of doing things due to their lifestyle, where they live, and the color of their skin. It's the reason Walter Dean Myers writes these books, because he asks himself how he got to where he is today in life. Having the amazing J-O-B as an author, and it's because he had books in his life. He read constantly. So, he wrote this book for truth for the millions of children that face these same trials every day.
Aside from the ability to connect with Steve Harmon, the main protagonist, the story is written in a unique way. Steve tries to leave his mind and his "life" while he waits behind bars to get his verdict and turns his life into a movie. So, the way that he views being in jail and on trial plays out like a screenplay, a movie. I think in a way, anyone who has gone through tough times can relate to this. You don't want to face the fact that this IS your life, and it's easier to play it out as a book or a movie.
I really enjoyed this book and I highly applaud Walter Dean Myers for his conviction to write a story no matter how "edgy" or judged it might be by others. Whether it's banned or blacklisted, he writes for his audience. He doesn't mind the consequences of whether everyone reads it or not. Just that if he can impact a child to read, no matter what they read, he knows it will make a difference. ...more
First of all, Georges' voice is powerful. He is such a solid character that I feel like he is a student of mine, mI really, really enjoyed this book.
First of all, Georges' voice is powerful. He is such a solid character that I feel like he is a student of mine, maybe even part me, or a friend of mine.
I love Rebecca Stead's work because of her interesting way of weaving story lines with character development and the element of surprise and intrigue. When I read When You Reach Me I was so caught up in what was going on that I finished it in one sitting.
Same with this book. She has a way that keeps your interest, and the way she ties her ending together leaves me in awe.
This is another MG story that I definitely want to use as a read aloud. I really think my kids will connect to their characters and it also touches on the bullying aspect of what these kids go through all the time. I think authors who choose to write about this avenue whether it is the major plot line or sub plot line is a brilliant move. If we can get these kids to empathize and sympathize with fictional characters that face the same dilemnas and issues they face, then we can create a more understanding society. ...more
It pains me to give this 2 stars. I am a huge fan of The Maze Runner series, but this was a letdown for me. I didn't find myself caring about the char
It pains me to give this 2 stars. I am a huge fan of The Maze Runner series, but this was a letdown for me. I didn't find myself caring about the characters or the story because I already knew how it was going to end for them. The nonstop action left my head spinning and the ending left me angry that I had read the whole thing - I had hope that maybe just maybe it would turn out differently than I had expected from page 20. So very disappointed. ...more
Man, I don't even know where to begin with this book. I can't tell you how many times my heart squeezed in pain for Auggie. But not only him. BecauseMan, I don't even know where to begin with this book. I can't tell you how many times my heart squeezed in pain for Auggie. But not only him. Because this book is so character driven (with 6 or 7 character POVs - which I thought would be annoying but proved otherwise), you can relate to each person. You see how everyone has their roles, and everyone thinks they are doing what's best, whether it is or isn't. And how when you are in a family with a child that has a disability or deformity it puts strain on the whole family. And the friends of the family. Everyone is affected. It tells the true story of how in schools all over the country kids are being bullied for much less than having a disability of some form or another. How sticking up for or defending or befriending someone could guarantee you bullying. But I think the biggest story behind it all is to do what's right. We've all been there before. No matter how low or high you are on the totem pole of popularity - we've made fun of someone "lower" than us. But all it is, is a ploy to make ourselves feel better about our own lives. This is about sticking together and lifting eachother up no matter what the circumstances are. This book will be a read aloud I do this coming school year, and I'll probably wait to read it until after the holiday break, right around when bullying and ugliness starts to spread like wildfire around the room, and I hope it hits my furture students in a sensitive spot that will change the way they treat people forever. ...more