Summary: (from Amazon) Sixth grader, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it's safSummary: (from Amazon) Sixth grader, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it's safe to go, and they know who to avoid (Like the crazy guy on the corner). But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a kid on the street for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda's mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then a mysterious note arrives, scrawled on a tiny slip of paper. The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows things no one should know. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she's too late.
Review: I enjoyed this book a lot more than other books I have read by Rebecca Stead. This story would be great for those who love fantasy and especially consider "A Wrinkle in Time" and love time travel stories. The problem is that this book has so many qualities that would make this a difficult read for young readers today. First of all, it has a bit of a slow start. Next, it takes place in the 1970's. Finally and the biggest problem is that this book is about time travel and the explanation of time travel, which is complained. Probably too complicated for young readers.
This book would be good for those who are practiced in understanding the way time travel works or young readers who are OK with character driven novels. But for all other readers this book isn't for them....more
Summary: Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she hSummary: Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom—the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow. In this breakthrough story—reminiscent of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly—from multiple Coretta Scott King Award-winner Sharon Draper, readers will come to know a brilliant mind and a brave spirit who will change forever how they look at anyone with a disability.
My thoughts: this book is AMAZING I highly recommend it.
If you like the idea of this title try these: Jerk California By: Jon Fiesen Anything But Typical By: Nora Raleigh Baskin Rules By: Cynthia Lord Counting by Sevens by: Holly Goldberg Sloan...more
I picked up this book only because it was one of the titles for the new teen book club kits. I had no idea what it was about. I was blown away. I LOVEI picked up this book only because it was one of the titles for the new teen book club kits. I had no idea what it was about. I was blown away. I LOVED it. "Between Shades of Gray" is one of those great world war two novels that tell of terrors about which we do not hear. That is, this novel ISN'T about the jews, its about Stain and the horrors he inflicted on his people.
Summary: It's Lithuania in 1941 and Stalin's soldiers are at the door, tearing Lina's family apart. Lina, a promising art student, is separated from her father and sent by stinking cattle truck with her brother and mother to a camp in Siberia.
There is plenty of literature about the paranoia and fear that pervaded Stalinist Russia, but not about the terror Stalin visited upon the Baltic states. Blame my public education or myself, but I have never heard anything about this aspect of WW2.
Anyway, the many character, Lina's, family are cultured professionals, which puts them in Stalin's crosshairs, even as World War II is unfolding in the background. The story is ostensibly Young Adult, because Lina is 16, but it manages to escape every cliche of the genre - there are no vampires and no werewolves, but something much more terrifying. The book is written with sparing, graceful prose and it's a gripping, heartbreaking book. I read it in one sitting. This is what a good book is meant to be - well written, with a page turning story that leaves you wiser about the world....more
This is a solid story that makes the legal professions accessible to middle schoolers. It tells the story of young Theodore Boone, a son of two (non-cThis is a solid story that makes the legal professions accessible to middle schoolers. It tells the story of young Theodore Boone, a son of two (non-criminal law) attorneys. Theo, though, is all about f criminal law. He wants to be a Judge or a Criminal Lawyer
He becomes involved in a murder trial when he stumbles across evidence that the person likely to be acquitted is, in fact, guilty.
But I LOVED Theo, he is warm and quirky and earnest, and I hope to see more of him. He is like a modern day Encyclopedia Brown for young adults. I also really enjoyed that Theo does think for himself and has his own adventures with in ‘practicing law’. But at the same time Theo does turn to adults when it’s needed. It’s really nice for a change for kids to have healthy yet reasonable (not too clingy) relationships with his parents.
DOWNSIDE: the only down side I see to this book is that although it is a mystery, it doesn’t really have a lot of action in it. Also I did really enjoy the way that law, court procedures, and trials were explained in the novel, however it might be a bit like a lecture at times to kids. ...more
I didn't think I would like this book. I thought there was no way it could live up to all the hype, but it really does. I recommend this book to anyonI didn't think I would like this book. I thought there was no way it could live up to all the hype, but it really does. I recommend this book to anyone who is curious about the end times and what that will look like. Tim LaHaye (one of the authors) is one of the leading scholars on the end times, so you can trust that the events depicted in the book are true to what the bible describes. ...more