The Freedom Writers are students of Ms. Gruwell who had her as a teacher for 4 years, and the book is the result of their combined efforts to make andThe Freedom Writers are students of Ms. Gruwell who had her as a teacher for 4 years, and the book is the result of their combined efforts to make and publish a diary after the manner of Anne Frank and others. Although heavily edited, most likely to help conceal the identities of the students, the stories show the progression if their attitudes between 9th and 12th grade. A powerful story that shows how a teacher can change the lives and beliefs of his or her students,...more
While this book is definitely for fifth through eighth grade, it still reaches a depth that I don't remember reading or getting during that age. HowevWhile this book is definitely for fifth through eighth grade, it still reaches a depth that I don't remember reading or getting during that age. However, this book would be a great introduction to books with more depth to this age group. There is no swearing or anything like that. The main character, Frankie, has a lot of issue and feelings that a lot of young women feel, and learns how to deal with them in a positive way. ...more
This was an interesting book. Kind of your typical dystopian ya novel, but very chick-flicked up. Cassia (pronounced with the ss as an "sh" sound) hasThis was an interesting book. Kind of your typical dystopian ya novel, but very chick-flicked up. Cassia (pronounced with the ss as an "sh" sound) has just turned 17 and finds out that her "match", the guy she will marry, is not some unknown stranger from another province, but her own best friend. The next morning, however, two face are declared her match: that of Xander, her best friend, and Ky, a boy who she knows, but not very well. Although reassured by the officials that Xander is her match, she finds herself spending more time with Ky. She begins to fall in love with him, despite the consequences that could happen.
I enjoyed the book in that it made me think about choices and what life would be like if we didn't have to make big decisions, like who to marry and what job to have, but I found Cassia to be slightly annoying in that she continues to deliberately make stupid choices for a boy. It isn't until the end that she realizes that her decisions have greater reasoning than just to protect Ky. However, this book would bring in some good discussion about choices, and what choices people at different ages should have. ...more
Narrated by Death, the story of Liesel Meminger show us the power that words can have, and the images it provokes. Settle story is set in a small townNarrated by Death, the story of Liesel Meminger show us the power that words can have, and the images it provokes. Settle story is set in a small town on the outskirts of Munich during the years 1938-1943. Liesel is sent to live there with the Hubermanns. Rosa Hubermann is a hard woman who uses hard words to hide a soft interior. Hans Hubermann makes up for his wife's apparent harshness through his gentle nature and long suffering. Liesel learns to love the place she lives, and learns to love words, and to hate them. Death's narration gives us an interesting view into liesel's world, and the world of world war two, highlighting both the suffering and beauty that existed in Germany during that time. ...more
Jack and Lucy live in the the 8th century in England. Jack finds it hard to live up to his father's expectations, but loves spending time with the BarJack and Lucy live in the the 8th century in England. Jack finds it hard to live up to his father's expectations, but loves spending time with the Bard, who quickly makes him his apprentice. After being with the bard only a few months, the Vikings of the north come and raid Jack's town, capturing Lucy and Jack. Lucy is spared because of her beautiful golden hair, and Jack is spared because he is a bard, or skald.They become the owners of Olaf One-Brow, the leader of the Vikings, and Thorgil a young, hot-blooded berserker. While singing Olaf's praise song to King Ivan the Boneless and his half-troll wife, Queen Frith, he inadvertantly makes Queen Firth's hair fall off. This maddens Frith, as well as Jack's rescue of the troll-pig, Golden Bristles who is to be sacrificed to the godess Freya. She threatens to sacfrice Lucy instead, but tells Jack that Lucy will be spared if he can make her hair grow back within two weeks. To do this, Olaf One-brow, Thorgil, Jack, and other characters head out on a journey to Mimir's well, which will enable Jack to perform the magic to restore Queen Frith's hair. To do this, they must journey to Jotunheim, where Olaf dies defeating a troll bear, Thorgil's mouth is tainted with dragon blood, and many other things occur that change both Jack and Thorgil.
I had tried to read this book a couple of years ago, but couldn't get all the way through it. At first, you think it is your typical "Saxon get captured by Viking and somehow escapes" book. However, Nancy Farmer gets the reader to fall in love with Olaf and even Thorgil. Mixed with the history of Christianity, Norse myth and the druid religion,are humorous characters and lines, including the call to "Just say no to pillaging." I think this book is good for an older middleschool/juinor high school audience, and could be easily used in a history/language arts class, as well as english or reading. ...more