I definitely enjoyed this book. The title is a very accurate description of the plot. I feel as if it jumps around, but the overall message is seen thI definitely enjoyed this book. The title is a very accurate description of the plot. I feel as if it jumps around, but the overall message is seen throughout. A great coming of age story for teens....more
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was tough to get through the beginning, but the puzzle pieces began to fit all together. I would definately recommendOverall, I enjoyed this book. It was tough to get through the beginning, but the puzzle pieces began to fit all together. I would definately recommend this book to people, but I understand this book ISN'T for everyone. It has little action but a lot of drama. A great read!...more
I never considered myself a fan of science fiction novels because I was never exposed to them as a child. I realized in reading this book that I was dI never considered myself a fan of science fiction novels because I was never exposed to them as a child. I realized in reading this book that I was deprived of something truly great when I was younger. I share so many of the sentiments that the protagonist has which really compelled me to read on. I always longed to go to the moon but viewed as a pipe dream because there was no one in my life that ever encouraged me to get into any fields that would lead me to space. I really loved that the father in the book did his research on the school that NAME went to and that he encouraged him to educate himself and to follow his dreams. It sounds a bit cliché to say “follow your dreams” but it this book, even though it strays into the science fiction perspective, embodies the ideal that if you have the passion and put in the effort to educate yourself (with much work included) you can succeed in your goals.
As a reader, I really like the way it was written. There were many parts in the book that really catered to the mathematicians and scientists of the world but overall it was generally understandable. Considering that I am brand new to the world of science fiction novels, I found it intriguing to be introduced to scientific and mathematical jargon in a young adult novel. I think that in reading this book it made me use areas of my brain that usually lay dormant because I am not as involved in science and math as I’d like to be.
As a teacher, I may end up teaching this in the classroom. I don’t believe that the book is held down by its category of being for young adults because it does contain many important elements of math and science. In reading the book I did not verify every idea stated in the book but that could be part of the way I would teach it, by having my students research the plausibility and accuracy of the elements stated. This book provides many opportunities for inter-disciplinary communication with the science, math, and history teachers.
Overall I really enjoyed the book. I like the way that Robert A. Heinlein writes and the way in which he presents relevant and factual elements into a science fiction novel. More times than not, science fiction has a negative connation to the general public because they believe that it is a genre of impossibilities. I believe that Heinlein presents science fiction in a more plausible light which makes this book excellent for reading. I would recommend it to any reader who is interested in science, education, or books that inspire students to take action for what they want in life.
This is a wonderful Science Fiction Young Adult Novel. This book is a great read. The story is engaging, exciting, and essentially not too difficult oThis is a wonderful Science Fiction Young Adult Novel. This book is a great read. The story is engaging, exciting, and essentially not too difficult of a read. I enjoyed every minute of this book and turned each page with anticipation. I've found both good and not so good things about the text, but overall, I was captivated by the story line and the suspenseful writing.
As a reader, I was captivated by this book. The story line was interesting to me. Although many criticize the text because children are being taught and trained to be soldiers at such young ages, I believe it is only a part of the atmosphere of the story in the text. During a brutal war between an alien race, it would be plausible for this unfortunate need to come to be. The text was entertaining throughout and even more so at the twist at the end. This text creates a realistic science fiction setting and conflict, and we watch as Ender attempts to lead Earth to victory in an intergalactic war.
As a teacher, this text presents a couple opportunities for discussion. The text definitely discusses war and leadership, but right and wrong and the loss of innocence. Ender exemplifies admirable leadership and battle skills and moves higher in the training arena until a lack of information causes Ender to lose his child-like innocence. This text would present great discussions on war, right vs wrong, as well as a combination of the two.
Overall, I loved this novel. One day, I wish to finish the series.
I am not sure if I went into reading this book with a major bias but I loved it from the get-go because I loved the 1953 movie based on the book! AlthI am not sure if I went into reading this book with a major bias but I loved it from the get-go because I loved the 1953 movie based on the book! Although it was approved and listed as a young adult novel, it did not read like one. Instead, it read as if you were reading an adult’s observations on a catastrophe.
For some readers, especially young adults, the book simply does not hold their attention because of the way it is written. This could pose many problems, especially in a classroom, because it would be hard to engage a student and make the book more relevant to their lives. For other readers, although some of the information presented is not relevant, the story would still be as intriguing as it was when the book first came out.
As a teacher, if I had to teach this book I would find the significance of the book historically or find allusions and other literary techniques to work off of. Considering that this book is less engaging than others, I wouldn’t spend an entire Unit on the book but I would most definitely keep it on my classroom bookshelf.
Overall, I loved the book because I admired it from the beginning due to my early exposure to the story.
The War of the Worlds creative a movement when it was first published. Wells was considered the first author to interpret extraterrestrial life realistically. Unfortunately the text is too outdated for Young Adults today. I was surprised to find this book even on a Young Adult shelf. I'm sure at one point it could have been considered Young Adult literature and I'm sure plenty of young adults today read this book, but this text isn't going to be widely accepted by young adult readers.
As a reader, I was disinterested in this book. The story-line, while entertaining, was outdated and dragged out. I was distracted the entire story with the inaccuracy of the text. This text is old enough to not be scientifically accurate, but I feel as if it needs to be pulled from young adult shelves. Everyone knows there is no life on Mars, yet the text refers to the extraterrestrial as Martians and having come from Mars. This to me was very distracting.
As a teacher, I found no merit for this text in the classroom. While the text has a few themes that could be discussed in the classroom, there are simply better texts that could be used. The War of the Worlds wouldn't be able to hold many student's attention. It also has outdated information and isn't relevant to student's lives today. The lack of technology in the text would prevent students from connecting to the text.
Overall, this book was a decent read. Honestly though, I wouldn't recommend it. There are more current texts that are far more interesting.
The Awakening was an action packed adventure that was pure fun to read. I enjoyed this book emencely! This is a perfect science fiction book for youngThe Awakening was an action packed adventure that was pure fun to read. I enjoyed this book emencely! This is a perfect science fiction book for young adults.
As a reader, I was captivated from the very first chapter. The book begins with normal people given a homework assignment about the disappearance of the superhumans ten years before. Who doesn't love super heros? Who wouldn't love to be a super hero? The boys in this book feel the same way as I do. Early in the book, questions arrise when Danny, one of Colin's friends, displays extrodinary speed in a heroic act. Colin doesn't question it at first, but he comes to the realization that Danny is superhuman! Danny only confirms this accusation; he is the son of Quantum, a superfast super hero from ten years ago. Colin of course has trouble sleeping that night in his jealousy, and suddenly begins to hear things he shouldn't. Things too far away from him to hear. While listening, he hears Danny and his father on their way to his house with a helecopter following them, hoping for a clean abduction. Colin alerts his parents and they try to escape. While avoiding their pursuers, Colin learns his parents were once superhumans too, Energy and the Titan. The villians from ten years ago have returned to take away Colin and Danny's powers just as they had their parents. The story follows the adventure of Colin and Danny as they try to hang on to the powers they've just begun to develop. We also learn why it is so important to Danny's father that their powers are taken away, since he had helped stage the entire kidnapping of his own son! I was mesmorized by the action-packed first adventure of Colin and Danny!
As a teacher, I see many opportunities for this book in the classroom. This book offers many opportunities to cross content areas. The book has science, physics, math, social studies, and much more. This book would be wonderful for analyzing plot progression. And who doesn't love a story about super heros? The book also poses questions of what is right and what is wrong that would make interesting discussion and could be used within a lesson and applied to current events. The only problem I forsee with this text is the numerous characters, but this also serves as a teaching opportunity because this would be a wonderful book to have students create a character wheel -- a wheel with all with all the characters, different colors for the superhumans, connections between the superhumans and their alias, and connections between the charaters. The unique thing about the characters is that whether they are good or evil is open to discussion. This would make an interesting discussion and/or debate. We could even put one of the 'villians' on trail and have a moch trail in the classroom for a class activity. This would have students drawing from the text and supporting their stance.
Overall, I loved this book and eagerly await the day that I have enough time to complete the series. The only problem with this book is the gripping ending that leaves soooo many questions unanswered. The book is obviously the first book in a series, but this is a good thing. Reading the first book in a series as a class would get students intrested in more reading and finishing the series -- a teachers goal!
This book had me stumped at first. I was expecting a Science Fiction book, but after reading the cover, the inside flap, and the first chapter, I wasThis book had me stumped at first. I was expecting a Science Fiction book, but after reading the cover, the inside flap, and the first chapter, I was convinced it was wrongly marked. It didn't take long for the science fiction to begin screaming out at me. This book definitely had me on the edge of my seat.
As a reader, I was intrigued by the mystery in the book. Jenna wakes up from a comma and can't remember anything about her life....but somehow she knows all there is about the French Revolution and Walden. She begins watching videos of last 16 years to spark memories, and the memories come flowing in. It is interesting to watch the mystery of Jenna's existence and past unfold before her eyes for the first time.
As a teacher, I see little use for this book in the classroom. A good use for the classroom that I seen in the book is the theme. The Adoration of Jenna Fox explores themes of self-acceptance and a unique approach to the coming of age story. I believe this would definitely be important topics to cover for both middle and high schoolers. This book would make a easy read for supplementary material for high schoolers going over similar themes. This book poses a prompt for debate which could be a fun activity for the classroom as long as the discussion is kept close to the text.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I definitely recommend this book. It gives a unique perspective to the coming of age story that is relatable to young adults. This book is a wonderful, exciting read for a variety of ages!
After I read the first chapter, I didn't want to go on. I began to remember someone telling me about the book, that it was about a girl who had commitAfter I read the first chapter, I didn't want to go on. I began to remember someone telling me about the book, that it was about a girl who had committed suicide. I didn't want to read on because I didn't want it to happen. Unfortunately, even by the first chapter, we were all too late. This book was absolutely captivating. Using Clay as the main character for the book was perfect. Clay had no reason to be on the tape, so we were captivated the entire way to see why Clay had received the tapes.
As a reader, I was completely emerged in this book. The sad story that Hannah tells is stunning but not in the good way. The story really takes a tole on your conscious. Have I done anything that's harmed someone? Have I spread a rumor that's harmed? This book calls attention to rumors. Many say, word cant hurt you, but often they can hurts worse than a physical object. In Hannah's case, we watch the little things grow bigger and bigger until it's just too much. When Hannah finally goes to get help, her mind is made up and the help never comes.
As a teacher, I can see many reasons why this book should be taught in the classroom. Rumors are often spread rapidly in high school without much thought. This book could shed some light on the effects of rumors. Also, Clay changes because of what he hears on the tapes. Clay learns that Hannah liked him too, and he instantly regrets every time he's been to shy to ask her out. By the end of the book, he takes his chances and calls out for Skye, a classmate. Whether he is hoping to stop another suicide or looking for a date, he's no longer standing on the sidelines and watching everything go down.
Overall, this book is amazing. This book, within the first couple chapters, rose up my list of books from currently reading to FAVORITES. I definitely recommend this book, and I, like every book on my favorite's list, will promote this book to friends and family. ...more