This book is a fun read for all young adults. Although, made into a movie, this book best captures the imagination of the reader. I like the book bet This book is a fun read for all young adults. Although, made into a movie, this book best captures the imagination of the reader. I like the book better than the movie; it made me feel as if I knew Marley myself. Because of this, I think young adults would enjoy reading this. Entertaining and heartfelt, this book portrays what it means to have a pet as a family member. There is so much more description in the book than the movie. Middle school students may appreciate the book more, mainly because the descriptions are so detailed. John Gorgan uses words in a way to allow readers to paint their own picture of Marley. A loveable dog that brings light to the family’s life despite the mischief he gets into. Mr. Gorgan is able to write a true story that is relatable to many people; the importance of the family pet. This book is teachable because it opens up the discussion of the role that pets play in our lives. How our pets affect us and what they do that makes us live a more fulfilled life. For pet owners, there are times of anger and annoyance but the love is endless. No matter how angry our pets make us, we are always forgiving and eager for their love. In the end, it is our pet that teaches us, the true meaning of love. I think many students will be able to share stories on the topic. ...more
This book is good for young adults because it discusses politics from the view of Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal. This book makes it an easy read forThis book is good for young adults because it discusses politics from the view of Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal. This book makes it an easy read for people with a casual interest in politics. It goes in depth of what a day is like for the governor of Louisiana. This book focuses on the recent events of Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater horizon oil disaster. Although conservative based, its main focus is on what is better for the State of Louisiana and how Bobby Jindal copes with trying to better his state through hardship. Perhaps high school students involved or interested in politics would appreciate this book best. He explains through his eyes where the United States government failed in supporting his fellow Louisiana citizens in their time of hardship. He explains why he feels the government needs to take a step down; instead of worrying about power, worry about the people. He discusses his viewpoints clearly and it is easy to understand, therefore young adults can follow his story. He goes into depth over his ideal punishment for child molesters, potential school board ideas, and the way military is treated. Students will be able to discuss where they agree and disagree with Bobby Jindal despite political backgrounds. Although, he discusses his political view, he also gives light to his personal life which allows him to become known to his readers. ...more
SO, when I first started reading this book, honestly, it took a little bit for me to get into it. HOWEVER, once I got passed the first through chapterSO, when I first started reading this book, honestly, it took a little bit for me to get into it. HOWEVER, once I got passed the first through chapters I could not put the book down I absolutely loved this book. It is different than anything that I have ever read before and interesting that it has a futuristic setting, 2036. It is a great YA book because it deals with teen sisters Melody and Harmony and the things that they go through in their lives. I think that this book would be more directed for an older audience maybe juniors and seniors in high school. I think that the subject matter with pregnancy and the virus that causes sterility makes this more appropriate for an older audience. I do think that this could be taught in schools, but again would have to be with the older kids. I think that they would enjoy this book, and maybe understand the lingo, more than I did. It brings out your imagination and honestly you can easily get lost in this book. ...more
I thought that this book was amazing. I am finding myself to be attracted to these books based on curiosity because I do not completely understand gayI thought that this book was amazing. I am finding myself to be attracted to these books based on curiosity because I do not completely understand gay and lesbian relationships, but these books are helping me. Holland, the main character, baffled me in this story because she seems like the all american tom-boy girl. She is good at sports, has a boyfriend, and seems to do well with school. What you and she herself, fail to realize is that she is gay. She comes to the realization herself in the middle of the book, but its an amazing story of how she realizes it and the impact it has on her relationship with her mother. I think that this is a GREAT YA book and that it should be taught in schools. It does not sugarcoat the coming out process and opens up the realization that parents, in some cases, do abandon their children when they come out. I think this book is meant for an older audience and think this age appropriate could range from freshman to senior in high school. I think that there would definitely be a lot of controversy in the teaching of the book, but that it could be side stepped with the message behind the book. Be true to yourself and follow your own path....more
I LOVED this book. Great read and all I can say is I WANT MORE GABE!! I highly recommend this book, for a reader that enjoys getting lost in a littleI LOVED this book. Great read and all I can say is I WANT MORE GABE!! I highly recommend this book, for a reader that enjoys getting lost in a little erotica. ...more
When I saw that we were going to read Holes I was a little skeptical. I did not read this book when I was younger, but I do remember trying to stay asWhen I saw that we were going to read Holes I was a little skeptical. I did not read this book when I was younger, but I do remember trying to stay as far away from the movie as possible. Although, I can't exactly remember why. However, I have been extremely, presently surprised by the book and really enjoyed the read.
I believe that in my growing and understanding of what YA literature, this book definitely fits in the category. Although the book is intended for a younger audience I believe, most people, could find this book enjoyable and easy to read quickly.
To me the realism and fantasy tied into the book is what makes it a hit. I love that Stanley is an out cast character and due to his no-good-pig stealing Great Great Grandfather he has a stream of bad luck, but he does his best to try and make a bad situation better.
When I started reading this book and he had just gotten to camp and wanted to say he was innocent but didn't because he felt no one would believe him anyway, for some reason it kind of reminded me of the Shawshank Redemption. I know in the movie that Andy does tell them he is innocent, but I don't know, in my head I saw this as a younger version for that movie.
I was pleased that this was an easy read and I would rate the demographic for the book to be kids around the ages of 12-14, but even older teens might find appreciation for the book. In terms of teaching the book I would keep it around the 7th and 8th grade levels and believe it can help spark their imagination with the story lines and what could or could not be the outcome of the book.
From all the books we have read, to present, Holes has been my favorite. ...more
So, when I started reading this series I can honestly say that I was not a big fan of Shade (Jacob). I guess he bothered me in the first book, the stoSo, when I started reading this series I can honestly say that I was not a big fan of Shade (Jacob). I guess he bothered me in the first book, the story with Melanie and Gabe. However, after reading this book and learning more about himself aside from his sexual conquest side, I really enjoyed him and sympathized with his character. He really has a soft gentile side when it comes to some one who is very important in his life and the story makes you ache for him when doesn't get to see this person. I would definitely recommend this book/series to anyone who likes to see every side you can from multiple characters. ENJOY!...more
Not quite like try me, but I was ok with that. I am glad that I didn't jump over this book to the next, and I really appreciated the character that AdNot quite like try me, but I was ok with that. I am glad that I didn't jump over this book to the next, and I really appreciated the character that Adam became. Any reader that is thinking of skipping this book and going to book three so really re-consider. :) Happy reading!!...more
I really liked this book, it really makes you appreciate your elders. Also, to look at life and the things that you take for granted. This book fits iI really liked this book, it really makes you appreciate your elders. Also, to look at life and the things that you take for granted. This book fits in with ya because Mitch Albom is faced with the realization that death is inevitable. Mitch guides readers through a time in his life where he reconnects with his favorite professor and visits him on Tuesdays before he passes away. Within the visit the professor's true character shines through and it can be clearly seen what a wonderful person he really was. This book would appeal to teen readers because they may have a teacher they idolize and really liked and can relate to Mitch. It shows that teachers too have other sides of their personality. This book teaches that life is too short and that we should take the time to notice the things we take for granted on a daily bases. I would recommend this book to high schools because I think they would take this book more seriously. Tuesday's With Morrie is teachable because Morrie himself makes valid points to Mitch. Such as, since he can't go outside on his own due to his illness, he learns more form looking out the window and notices more from outside that those than can walk outside. ...more
Pehaps because it is Christmas tim i think this book is great for YA. This book prtrays the good people in a heartfelt way. Christine is a single mothPehaps because it is Christmas tim i think this book is great for YA. This book prtrays the good people in a heartfelt way. Christine is a single mother who works hard to provide for her kids and barely gets by. her story is working around the clock serving mean people just to make a few bucks so that she can offer her kids a decent life. Her good deed is saving an elderly woman's life who actually ends up saving her's. This book is good for middle school kids and high school as well. Perhaps students with single mothers may get more out of the story. They may appreciate more of what their mother does for them. But it is a good story on how good deeds can pay it forward. Christine's life saving act allows her to meet a new man. This new relationship lifts her spirit. She always puts her children first and it proves true in this story. This book is teachable because it brings to light what parents sacrifice for their children. Students maybe able to identify in the ways that their parents may have sacrificed. This book is a great Christmas read and definitely possesses the Christmas spirit. Those who always do good, prevail....more
I think that it was nice that you can have interaction in you life with multiple people but five of them you can meet in heaven. This book fits in witI think that it was nice that you can have interaction in you life with multiple people but five of them you can meet in heaven. This book fits in with YA because it offers a positive prospective in the dark scary subject of death. Eddie is a bitter old man but has a good heart and Mitch tells his story in a way to get his readers to fall in love with him. The book explains 5 people Eddie has met in his life and because of them how his life has changed. This book will appeal to teens because it will get them to think about the people they meet in their daily lives. Maybe it will effect their attitudes towards strangers. Maybe highschoolers would get the most out of this book, but the read is easy enough for middle school kids. This book is very teachable because it allows for plenty discussions. I am sure that everyone can come up with 5 people that they have met this week and how it has changed their day. ie someone pulling out in front of them on the street making them miss a red light in turn making them miss a falling tree in a storm, saving their life. The ending is positive almost comforting that death has allowed Eddie to put life's puzzle pieces together. Which in turn sparks the thought the we all play a part in one another's lives. ...more
I really enjoyed this book...plain and simple. However, there were some things, and I think other readers agree, that were very vivid in her writing.I really enjoyed this book...plain and simple. However, there were some things, and I think other readers agree, that were very vivid in her writing. I believe this to be one of the things that I appreciated about the book. It was handled as delicately as a situation like this can be handled, but realistically as well. I enjoyed every twist and turn that the story had to offer, and really appreciated the outcome. I recommend this book to any reader that believes that this is a topic they can handle reading, because it really is a great story....more
I re-read twilight this semester because I would like to at some point finish the series and it had been almost two years since I read twilight. I amI re-read twilight this semester because I would like to at some point finish the series and it had been almost two years since I read twilight. I am not afraid to admit that I believe I am a twi-hard, to say the least. I think the story of Bella and Edward is a fascinating one. Obviously fiction and fantasy this book has a lot to offer YA readers. I believe that this book could be taught in schools, because along with harry potter, it is a series that really helped spark a lot of kids, teens and adults to take interest in reading again. I think it would be important to stress to teens, especially teen girls, the fiction in the book and that not all love stories are as cheesy as written in the book, although, all of us that are romantics would like to think otherwise. The concept of vampires glittering, eating animals instead of humans, and vampires falling in love with humans is an intoxicating one. Edward does try and keep some distance from Bella but eventually they both succumb to the powers that draw them together. There really isn’t a strong message that binds this story together like annie on my mind or wintergirls, but it definitely leaves you wanting more and possibly finding yourself buying the rest of the series....more
Witches, wizards, magic, ghosts, giants, goblins etc. One could go on about the fascination that the Harry Potter series has brought to the reading woWitches, wizards, magic, ghosts, giants, goblins etc. One could go on about the fascination that the Harry Potter series has brought to the reading world. I re-read this book along with twilight again this semester not for the same reasons, because I have actually finished this series, but to more so re-fresh my memory of the story. This being the first book in the series, you are told of a young boy named Harry who has been able to do things with out knowing why and without being told an explanation. Until he is told that he is a wizard and that he has been accepted into the best school for teaching witches and wizards, Hogwarts. This books has everything that a 10 year old could want along with a 25 year old. You are able to use your imagination and place yourself in the stories. This was one of the first books I read, when I was a little younger, that I could actually hear the characters talking in my head. I think that YA books like this are important to allow you to escape to a place where the normal day of school, work, what have you can be left behind. I am not sure if there could be any relevance in teaching this book in a class room setting, or least I am unsure of how I would approach it but I would definitely encourage my students to take a look at the series especially if I saw them taking an interest in a similar story line with another book....more