This was my first manga book, so a much different reading experience than I have had with any other read. This book is about a 12-year olManga choice
This was my first manga book, so a much different reading experience than I have had with any other read. This book is about a 12-year old girl, Ann, who has to move from city-life in Tokyo after her parents divorce to the small town where her mother grew up. Both Ann and her mother began living with Ann's grandmother. Ann struggles to learn how to 'make it' in a new place with making new friends, etc. She meets Daigo, Fuji and Shika, who become her group of friends, but it is with Daigo that she is closest. Ann's mother is not taking the adjustment of life as well as Ann. She is depressed and thinks everything is 'broken' in her life. She ends up committing suicide. Ann has a lot to deal with, being a teenager trying to make friends, her parent's divorcing, moving to a new place and living with a very strict grandmother, and on top of it all, losing her mother. Ann proves to be a strong girl, with the help of her friends, and most importantly, Daigo, who it seems she is beginning to have feelings of more than friend for. This book was pretty good. The story was realistic. I had trouble trying to remember to turn the pages the opposite way at the beginning, and the comic-like structure isn't my favorite...but if you're a manga fan, I think this would be a good choice for you!...more
This was a great book! I read it in two days (in my few hours of 'me' time!) The author used quite a bit of flashback and foreshadowing in the book, wThis was a great book! I read it in two days (in my few hours of 'me' time!) The author used quite a bit of flashback and foreshadowing in the book, which kept you wanting to read more. The book is told over the course of a school year, Melinda's (the main character) freshman year of high school. There are no chapters, just sections that are broken into grading periods. Melinda's summer prior to her freshman year is fun filled with her friends from middle school until something happens at a party. She calls the cops to the party and when everyone finds out that SHE's the one who called, she's left out in the cold by all her friends. No one but Melinda knows what really happened at that party, but she carries that, along with her not-so-great home life with her parents with her throughout the story. Melinda tries desperately to fit into a "group" once school begins, but to no avail. She does everything she can to stay away from Andy, whom she refers to as "IT" in the story. She ends up finding an out-of-the-way janitor's closet, that she claims as her space, decorating it with her art and going there when she needs to 'get-away.' A new girl, Heather, befriends her, but she, too, is looking for acceptance. Melinda finds solace in her art class and seems to 'find' herself through the art she creates. When her ex-best friend becomes the latest girlfriend of "IT," Melinda thinks it is time to reconcile her friendship to keep her from falling into the claws of "IT." The book was a great read! I had several students who saw me carrying it, asked what it was about, and they ended up reading it too!...more
The story is easy to follow, as told by a narrator, of a family of three. The little girl in the story is seven when the atomic bomb is dropped on HirThe story is easy to follow, as told by a narrator, of a family of three. The little girl in the story is seven when the atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima. The story recounts the events and happenings of the family just before, during and after the bomb as well as what the family did to survive. The story does a great job of explaining the effects that the people of Japan experienced during this time in history. The illustrations of the book include a lot of red, which indicates to the reader of fire and death evoking a solemn feeling within the reader. Great book for middle school-high school to learn about a different perspective of the occurrence....more
This was a cute book! The cover itself had me wondering what on earth "Flush" could be about. Flush is about a boy named Noah who's fathHi-Lo pick....
This was a cute book! The cover itself had me wondering what on earth "Flush" could be about. Flush is about a boy named Noah who's father is in jail for trying to sink a casino ship. His Dad, Paine, tried to do this because he was angry that the casino ship, called the Coral Queen, was dumping their waste right into the ocean instead of getting rid of it the proper way. This was making people sick who swam in the area where the sewage would wash up on shore. It was also hurting the environment to say the least...and this made Paine "flip his lid." While in jail, Paine is visited by Noah. He convinces Noah to find a way to get that pesky Coral Queen owner (Dusty) caught for what he's doing to hurt the environment. Noah gets the help of his sister, the ex-girlfriend of the ship owner and a bartender on the boat to help him. He comes up with the clever plan to dump food coloring--fuchsia-- in the sewage tank of the ship. When Dusty goes to dump the tank, he's just turning the water a color that can easily be seen...making a trail right to him when the authorities check it out. At least the water became safe for swimmers! ...more
I seemed to have discovered a common theme in numerous books I picked this summer....inspiring. I knew nothing about ClaudetYALSA Nonfiction choice...
I seemed to have discovered a common theme in numerous books I picked this summer....inspiring. I knew nothing about Claudette Colvin prior to reading the book other than she was part of Civil Rights history. This book made me understand a lot more happened before Rosa Parks! Claudette Colvin was a teenager during the times of the Jim Crowe laws. Claudette was fed up with how African Americans were being treated and one day she decided she had "had enough." She refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white woman. She was treated horribly by the police and put in jail, all for refusing to give up her seat. She was one brave 15-year old. There were photographs and captions that added to the book, making the experience even more interesting. This was a great biography! ...more
I'm a huge history-WWII-Holocaust buff, so when I saw this at a Scholastic Warehouse sale, I knew I had to have it. However, I'm not big on graphic noI'm a huge history-WWII-Holocaust buff, so when I saw this at a Scholastic Warehouse sale, I knew I had to have it. However, I'm not big on graphic novels because I've never been into comic books, so this was a first for me. Overall, I thought this would be perfect for some of the kids that I had last year in 6th grade when I taught about WWII and the Holocaust.
Resistance is a graphic novel about a brother and a sister (and their family) who took over a hotel in the 'free' part of France after the Germans 'occupied' the other portion of France. Paul (about middle-school age) and his sister, Marie (around 7-8 years old), don't really understand what is happening in their country as they see Germans coming in and out with their uniforms, taking things, harassing citizens, and taking others captive. Paul is always sketching what he sees in his sketch book, and Marie is always asking Paul to 'quiz' her on things like geography. Paul's best friend, Henri, is Jewish. His parents have 'vanished.'
Both Paul and Marie overhear their mother talking about the resistance with her friends and want to get involved. Their mother, Sylvie, insists they do not. As the kids go off to see a friend, they arrive back to the hotel to see German soldiers tossing items into the yard/street. The Germans have taken it over. They wonder where Henri is, so they go in search to find him. They are smart enough to figure out that since Henri is Jewish, he should not go back there. Paul and Marie decide to 'hide' Henri, but are questioned by a gentleman who secretly sees what they are doing.
Paul figures out that the man is part of the resistance movement and asks to join. The nameless gentleman gives them a 'job' to do as a test to see if they are good enough at sneaking around to join the resistance. Paul and Marie go on this mission and uncover a 'code' that was left by other resistance fighters. "Monkey Face and Banana Breath escaped and are now in Paris with freedom" was the secret message. What does it mean?
Henri thinks he knows! The resistance gentleman suggest they take Henri out of hiding to move him to another location to better ensure his safety. They dye his hair and take a train to Paris, scared the entire way, with the awful things they see along the way...deportation trains, German soldiers, guns, Jewish people standing in lines, etc. Do they make it to Paris safely? And what did that message mean?
This was a quick and easy read. Definitely great for reluctant readers who may like comic books or those who are into history and WWII. ...more