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Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2)
4.31
I reluctantly began reading The Outlander series because so many friends and acquaintances had. It seemed I was missing out on something big. I first ...more
Jan 03, 2010
Mar 20, 2010
 
The Book of One Hundred Truths
3.66
In the story The Book of One Hundred Truths by Jule Schumacher, we meet Theodora Grumman (Thea) and learn she is a self-proclaimed liar. Sent to the J ...more
Mar 14, 2010
Mar 20, 2010
 
Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss
4.24
A friend had lent me this book, Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss, a long time ago... I sat down and finally perused it today. There are so ...more
Mar 14, 2010
Mar 20, 2010
 
Sala - More Than a Survivor
4.50
While in the gift shop of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, I met Sala Lewis. She is as beautiful in person, perhaps even more so, a ...more
Nov 11, 2010
Nov 11, 2010
 
Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz
4.10
When I teach my students about Holocaust they are often most curious about Dr. Josef Mengele and his horrible experiments. Mengele is notorious for hi ...more
Jun 25, 2010
Jun 26, 2010
 
Love That Dog
3.98
Every Fourth Quarter of the school year, I teach poetry. I find that students, especially 8th graders, have a difficult time focusing on lengthy assig ...more
Mar 08, 2010
Mar 21, 2010
 
The House on Mango Street
3.50
The House on Mango Street seems to be a component of many high school curriculum. Of course the novel, being relatively new when I was in high school, ...more
Mar 16, 2010
Mar 20, 2010
 
Sold
4.14
Homework can be brutal. A day with whiny children can be brutal. But, the brutality experienced by young women who are a part of the forced sex trade ...more
Oct 26, 2010
Oct 26, 2010
 
Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife
4.01
As a teen, like so many others, I was introduced to The Holocaust through Anne's diary. Francine Prose's Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife ...more
Mar 21, 2010
Mar 20, 2010
 
If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period
3.50
Gennifer Choldenko's young adult novel If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period is the story of two middle school students: Kirsten and Walker. Kirsten is a fa ...more
Jun 11, 2010
Jun 13, 2010
 
Someone Named Eva
4.22
I have read numerous books about the Holocaust. Generally, the young adult books I've read are about Jewish survivors. Someone Named Eva is a book abo ...more
Oct 27, 2010
Oct 27, 2010
 
The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank
3.62
Ellen Feldman has created an alternate universe in her novel The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank. In this universe, Peter Van Pels (Peter Van Daam in Anne's ...more
Jun 25, 2010
Jun 26, 2010
 
Briar Rose
3.77
Briar Rose is a Holocaust story, but it is so much more. Becca's grandmother, Gemma, tells her granddaughters the story of Briar Rose. Briar Rose's ta ...more
Mar 26, 2010
Mar 26, 2010
 
Stuck in Neutral
3.85
Terry Trueman's Stuck in Neutral is an immensely powerful book packed into less than 120 pages. Shawn McDaniel's is a teen-age boy who has cerebral pa ...more
Mar 27, 2010
Mar 26, 2010
 
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
4.02
Stories of strong women are compelling to me. Stories of life-long friendship are also appealing. Lisa See's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan has both. ...more
Mar 18, 2010
Mar 20, 2010
 
The Hole We're In
3.14
The average American family has about $8,000 in credit card debt. The Pomeroy's in Gabrielle Zevin's The Hole We're In, unfortunately, are anything bu ...more
Jun 25, 2010
Jun 26, 2010
 
Fallen Angels
3.98
Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers, is a title that has been taught at my school off and on. I have never read the novel, and figured it was high tim ...more
Mar 21, 2010
Mar 20, 2010
 
What I Saw and How I Lied
3.54
Judy Blundell's book, What I Saw and How I Lied, was totally unexpected. The story was full of intrigue and deceit. I bought it on a whim, because of ...more
Jun 27, 2010
Jun 27, 2010
 
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
3.82
As my 3.5 year old daughter would say, "Girl Power!" I love the character of Frankie Landau-Banks. Her spunky determination enabling her to infiltrate ...more
Nov 18, 2010
Nov 18, 2010
 
Ashes
3.59
As I was browsing Barnes and Noble Kathryn Lasky's latest book cover caught my eye. Without even reading the synopsis, I knew Ashes would be about som ...more
Apr 23, 2010
Apr 23, 2010
 
Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali
4.12
Monique and the Mango Rains by Kris Holloway was a book club selection. One, that in all honesty, I probably would have never chosen on my own. Kris H ...more
Jul 10, 2010
Jul 10, 2010
 
March Toward the Thunder
3.84
I will readily admit that The Civil War is not my favorite time period in history. However, after having created a thorough unit on The Holocaust teac ...more
Mar 18, 2010
Mar 20, 2010
 
Maus, I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History (Maus, #1)
4.34
I can't say I've ever read an entire comic book or graphic novel, and I'm not sure Holocaust literature was the place to start. However, reviewing the ...more
Nov 23, 2010
Nov 23, 2010
 
Soldier X
4.15
As any of my blog readers know I am a fan of any book related to WWII or The Holocaust. Soldier X by Don Wulffson is no exception. Soldier X tells the ...more
Apr 25, 2010
Apr 25, 2010
 
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams
4.11
I was drawn to this book not only because it would be a resource for my Language Arts class, but also because of the unique illustrations. The book wi ...more
Mar 27, 2010
Mar 27, 2010
 
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
4.02
Wendy Mass has done it again! Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life is a wondrous tale of two best friends, Jeremy and Lizzy and their search for the mi ...more
Apr 23, 2010
Apr 23, 2010
 
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #2)
4.16
Trenton Lee Stewart did it again! The second adventure of The Mysterious Benedict Society is just as clever and fun as the first! In fact, I would say ...more
Mar 15, 2010
Mar 20, 2010
 
A Mango-Shaped Space
4.21
If I had to compare Wendy Mass to an author I treasured as I was growing up, I'd have to say she is this generation's Judy Blume. Life has gotten cons ...more
Apr 26, 2010
Apr 25, 2010
 
Chains (Seeds of America, #1)
4.08
Chains is a remarkable book for young adults about a slave girl, Isabel, in New York at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Always thinking about ...more
Jan 12, 2010
Mar 20, 2010
 
Ruined (Ruined, #1)
3.82
Ruined by Paula Morris was highlighted during my school's Scholastic book fair. Taking place in New Orleans a few years after Hurricane Katrina, Ruine ...more
Mar 13, 2010
Mar 20, 2010
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