Omar "T-Diddy" is the high school football all star at his school, and an all around ladies' man, known for his reputation and number of girls he's beOmar "T-Diddy" is the high school football all star at his school, and an all around ladies' man, known for his reputation and number of girls he's been with. Claudia is an editor of the school newspaper, with missionary parents, who tends to shy away from the limelight. When Omar sets his eyes on being with Claudia, their worlds start to intertwine and they start to have an impact on each other's lives. All of this is taking place during a student protest at school, they are being silent for longer periods of time each day to show their anger about budget cuts and teacher layoffs. (Omar started the protest as a way to impress Claudia.)
I'm a sucker for alternating narrators, and this did not disappoint, with Omar and Claudia alternating each chapter. I also enjoyed the different formats that Alexander included, like Facebook posts and texts. I shelved this as high school (and did not include it on my middle school shelf) because of a somewhat illicit scene that is not expressly detailed, but the reader will know what happened....more
Maya and Nikki are twin sisters, living in an eclectic part of Portland. When their best friend moves out of the house across the street, a white famiMaya and Nikki are twin sisters, living in an eclectic part of Portland. When their best friend moves out of the house across the street, a white family moves in, and the girls become friends with the son and daughter. As seniors in high school, the girls seem to know who they are, but things around them are changing, which causes them to re-think plans they've been making since they were kids. A new principal at their school wants to highlight the diversity of their school, but Maya (the student body president) is not sure he's going about it the right way.
I enjoyed this story and the closer look it takes at race issues for our teens. They have opinions that may differ from adult opinions and they need to be heard. Maya and Nikki may have different senior years than each other, but they both come out learning something about themselves and their community in the end. Side note: I love the teacher, Mrs. Armstrong, and the gentle nudging she gives to her journalism students....more
This book takes place over the first week of fifth grade and is divided based on what the school is serving for lunch each day. Ravi (rah-VEE) is newThis book takes place over the first week of fifth grade and is divided based on what the school is serving for lunch each day. Ravi (rah-VEE) is new to the school, and the U.S. after his entire family moves from India. He is excited to start school because he was one of the smartest and most athletic students in his grade in India. Joe is a student that has APD, loud noises bother him and he is easily distracted. He is not looking forward to school this year because he is commonly teased and his mom is starting a job as the cafeteria monitor. Both boys are in the same class and are bullied by the same boy. In alternating voices, this book covers how they both navigate the first week of school and dealing with their bully.
I thought this was a sweet, and accurate book about what school life can be like. I'm always a fan of alternating narrators, so that added a lot for me. This would be a great classroom read aloud for 4-6th grades, and would foster some great discussions....more
Joanna and Chip Gaines are best known nationwide for their HGTV show Fixer Upper, but this book is their own story of how they met, fell in love, andJoanna and Chip Gaines are best known nationwide for their HGTV show Fixer Upper, but this book is their own story of how they met, fell in love, and started a family and successful business. But, more importantly it's about how they helped each other reach their dreams and support each other through the exciting ups and the devastating lows of their many business endeavors. The constant for them was their faith in God - listening to that little voice that pushed them out of a comfort zone and relying on the knowledge that He would always pull through for them.
I loved this "behind the scenes" look at the Gaines' life and learning more about how they came to be where they are in life. I loved that each of them were able to add their voices to the story, and their personalities shined through! What a great story about finding love in an opposite personality, working through life's ups and downs to find success, and trusting in the Lord to make it all happen!...more
Jaya, Maria, and Lola are all immigrants to Medowbrook, NJ where their mothers all work as maids for various families and businesses. The girls have bJaya, Maria, and Lola are all immigrants to Medowbrook, NJ where their mothers all work as maids for various families and businesses. The girls have been friends for years and are always there to support each other. This bond starts to fall apart when Jaya's mother gets wrongly fired for theft, Maria starts teaching Spanish to a cute high schooler, and Lola makes poor life choices. While their friendship has hit a rough patch, the community is also starting to fizzure along race lines. The girls don't deal with well with what is going on around them, without each other, and then Jaya's mom tell her they're moving.
A nice story about the importance of friendship and the strength that can come from it. Alternating points of view, but all through third person narration, allow the reader in to the lives of each of the girls....more