I thought this took a close look at the current state of both the education system and child psychology/sociology. The author believes that parents neI thought this took a close look at the current state of both the education system and child psychology/sociology. The author believes that parents need to have loving attached relationships with their children during the first years, but that kids begin to seek affirmation through more adult kinds of interaction earlier than I had expected. The chess club examples were fascinating to me because they showed that even middle school kids, who we traditionally still coddle and tell they are good at most of the things they try, respond well to honest criticism and help in improving their performance. Even when that criticism can seem rather brutal from an outside view, it helps them deal with other people later in life.
The idea that we need to focus on both academics and the methods behind encouraging struggling students to be successful students is a big step. I think that it is absolutely true that without character/drive/motivation, intelligent students can get into college not knowing how to work, how to study or how to be on their own. These kids are a higher risk of dropping out than the kids who had to struggle a bit for their grades because the struggle taught the other kids something the college drop outs never learned.
The one problem with this book is that it is intended for people like me who have not heard most or any of the research presented inside. For anyone looking for real solutions to the problems schools and children are facing, this book doesn't go far enough in providing them.
This book doesn't feature violence, but it does discuss drug problems, absent parents, abuse and fights in school. There may have been cursing in some of the interviews with students or the curses may have just been alluded to. There was very little discussion of sex, mostly in regard to young mothers having difficulty completely high school and mothers who had been young mothers trying to prevent their daughters from going down the same path....more
If you haven't read the Hunger Games trilogy, you will not only not be able to follow some of the arguments made in this book, you will also have keyIf you haven't read the Hunger Games trilogy, you will not only not be able to follow some of the arguments made in this book, you will also have key moments in Catching Fire and Mockingjay spoiled for you. Most of the "articles" were really quite good. They were almost all interesting. They were all well written. As previously stated, they do include material from the books, so expect a similar level of description of violence. I enjoyed seeing what other authors thought about the trilogy, especially since I had enjoyed books by some of these authors as well....more
Not only was I disappointed because I pretty much knew what was going to happen in the big fight before it even happened, but the book was both too loNot only was I disappointed because I pretty much knew what was going to happen in the big fight before it even happened, but the book was both too long and not enough of an ending to the series. There was so much that needed to be solved in this book that I couldn't believe that it was the last book. Riordan didn't just start solving the loose ends from the previous two books, he added a couple of new ones increasing the amount of plot lines swirling around in this one.
The Sadie love triangle got weird. Full stop. I'm pretty sure that both of the main characters were too young to be starting forever relationships anyway, but they were both doing some weird things for their current love interest.
I just couldn't keep my head around the change in magnitude between the books either. In the first two, they traveled around the world, but were largely in a small group against the apocalypse. In this one, they were basically the government fighting a rebellion and the apocalypse. It just seemed like too much to cover in one book especially one book aimed at 8-13 year olds.
There is some kissing, but nothing else. Some people are killed, but it is mostly off screen and seemingly for impact. There isn't any cursing that I remember, just a lot of ranting against things being unfair. It is geared towards 8-13 year olds and it fits that category very well....more
Other than proving yet again that Fey/Fae morals are not the same as mortal ones, I didn't really see the point of this. The relationships didn't realOther than proving yet again that Fey/Fae morals are not the same as mortal ones, I didn't really see the point of this. The relationships didn't really go any where and in truth I think a lot of the parents in my community would have simply been uncomfortable with the hints at the closeness between Irial and Niall. Of course what made me uncomfortable was the stalker type behavior of Irial and the comfort that Leslie seemed to take in it. I suppose she could have told him to quit at any time and he would have, but still awkward much......more
This one was a bit more violent than the previous one. Grim is a pretty tortured guy. There were again some ridiculous moments, but nothing that madeThis one was a bit more violent than the previous one. Grim is a pretty tortured guy. There were again some ridiculous moments, but nothing that made me want to quit reading. I didn't understand the motivations behind some of the characters, but I was half asleep at a couple points (through no real fault of the author). I definitely want to pick up the next one.
Again, there are detailed sex scenes, some language, battle violence including murdering innocents, abuse of a young boy, poisoning, threats of violence and other stuff....more
There is a sex scene in this volume. It isn't porn, but it isn't under the covers/fade-to-black either. I couldn't put it in my YA section, but other,There is a sex scene in this volume. It isn't porn, but it isn't under the covers/fade-to-black either. I couldn't put it in my YA section, but other, larger libraries might be able to get away with more.
I can't remember other exact details, but the earlier volumes were definitely better in my opinion even though the later volumes had more depth of story....more
This volume hits hard. It talks about issues with intimacy as a result of (view spoiler)[sexual abuse by a step parent (hide spoiler)] which of courseThis volume hits hard. It talks about issues with intimacy as a result of (view spoiler)[sexual abuse by a step parent (hide spoiler)] which of course means that there is sex in the volume. It isn't quite fade to black, but it definitely isn't porn. I wouldn't put it in the YA section here, but I can understand some libraries being able to do so. The actual sex scene isn't until volume 10, but there are scenes in other books that are a bit heavy for YA...
Kira runs away from home either in this volume or the next because of her step father. She does so after nearly killing him because she thought he was going to touch her again. This wouldn't be a problem for most parents if she had run to Harumi's house, but she goes to Rei's which means she runs to live at her boyfriend's. It's good that she was escaping the abuse; not so good that she was going to live with her equally underage boyfriend. In Japan, they are actually both considered adults capable of living by themselves as long as they can afford apartments, but for Americans it isn't as easy to understand.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I could have done without the Masao storyline. I think the series had enough to deal with with Sei, Rei's dream of being a motorcyclist, Kira's home lI could have done without the Masao storyline. I think the series had enough to deal with with Sei, Rei's dream of being a motorcyclist, Kira's home life and their romance. Of course the series would have been shorter without him around to muck things up but Masao also just creates some problems with the authors story telling for me.
A derogatory term for a homosexual man was used within the first several pages. I really can't stand that term even though the character it was used on is a bit weird. It took down Rei in my eyes. There are people getting beaten up fairly badly in this volume as well as mention of someone getting murdered (manslaughter/self-defense). There is quite a bit of talk about Rei and Kira not having done it yet as well as Harumi and Tatsuya having done it....more
I guess I just don't understand or empathize enough with Christian theology to really connect with this book and its characters. Most of the motivatioI guess I just don't understand or empathize enough with Christian theology to really connect with this book and its characters. Most of the motivations seemed too (predetermined is a bad word to use, but I can't think of anything better) especially when most of the book seems to insist that free will is important. It does seem that free will is only important when you make the choice you are supposed to though which is too much like fate and destiny and God stepping in to be free will to me.
Same amount of language and sexual content as far as I remember; these are more 16 and 17 year old books than young teen, but still young adult generally fits for me. There is a bit more violence with leading armies and fighting terrorists....more
I just remember being disappointed with the ending and with the explanations behind everything. I don't know whether it was because I didn't understanI just remember being disappointed with the ending and with the explanations behind everything. I don't know whether it was because I didn't understand it (lack of theological knowledge) or because it just didn't make sense, but I didn't like it. The Great Romance thing annoyed me as well as the change between female leads (I like characters to fall in love and stay in love; I don't do well with the idea that there can be more than one true love in a person's life; I guess I expect that most people settle for a decent kind of love rather than an epic one and that in fiction the epic ones should last). I don't mind religious undertones in a book, an allegory isn't a bad thing, but this book really slaps you in the face with the message (even if I didn't understand it all...)
Violence, language and sex are pretty consistent throughout the trilogy....more
The concept of this book was intriguing. A guy starts to see another world when he gets shot in the head. Every time he falls asleep he wakes up in thThe concept of this book was intriguing. A guy starts to see another world when he gets shot in the head. Every time he falls asleep he wakes up in the other world. Both worlds depend on his choices. There are lots of weird undertones though that don't really make sense until you read the other two books. I don't really remember the level of violence or language aside from Thomas getting shot and hunted by various parties. There might be some language, but it is probably more for affect because Dekker is a Christian author. I don't remember any sex or innuendo, but there was at least a kiss and talk of the Great Romance....more
Unfortunately, this is the last book that the English publisher Viz Media chose to release. It ends on a cliff hanger on both the volleyball aspect anUnfortunately, this is the last book that the English publisher Viz Media chose to release. It ends on a cliff hanger on both the volleyball aspect and the romance aspect. Depending on whether Wikipedia is correct, there are at least four more volumes (possibly six). I really thought that I had the whole series in hand only to get to this book and realize there was no way to wrap it up in one volume. The series does teach a lot about the difference between sportsmanship and gamesmanship in team sports especially in competitive high school settings. It is also a fascinating look at the way the Japanese run their schools in comparison with ours (not that differently when it comes to athletes who excel). There are some unwanted advances by several guys including one that could have gone very poorly had others not stepped in and stopped it (I can't remember which volume, but it was the guy with the creepy crush on her). There is more people getting hurt for volleyball and some fights over girls, but other than that there isn't really any violence. I don't remember much if any language although there are quite a few mean words traded for various reasons throughout the series....more