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 h...moreSummary: 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.
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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 LOVE...moreI 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.(less)
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-c...moreThis 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. (less)
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 anyon...moreI 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. (less)
This book is absolutely amazing. It describes a time in the future where censorship prevails and minds are caged. Nobody has original thoughts; with t...moreThis book is absolutely amazing. It describes a time in the future where censorship prevails and minds are caged. Nobody has original thoughts; with the abolishing of books creativity was lost as well. Guy Montag, the protagonist, is a fireman (firemen are those who create fires only to burn books in this story) who has to fight to pull himself from the grip of an overpowering government and tradition. He soon sees that it is all useless (why teach to people who can't understand?).
The novel shows what censorship can do to a society, and why individuals must not accept the norm without questioning its integrity and implications. Overall, read this book immediately and apply what you learn from it into everyday life.(less)
A new classic!There really is never a dull moment in this long book. It is compulsively readable while teaching strong truths about the way the United...moreA new classic!There really is never a dull moment in this long book. It is compulsively readable while teaching strong truths about the way the United States evolved from a shameful undercurrent of persistent racism to the hopes and dreams of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. The relationships between the maids and the white children, are really engaging in this book. the maids and some kind employers, including "white trash" Cecilia Foot, illuminate the strange history of the South. The love Aibileen shows for Mae Mobley matches the love Skeeter felt as a white child from her maid-nanny Constantine. (less)