Plot Summary: This book is about two families that become one when their parents marry. Together they have moved into a new house in the middle of thePlot Summary: This book is about two families that become one when their parents marry. Together they have moved into a new house in the middle of the country that isn't just any house- it's a former church that is beautiful. There is a graveyard on their property. In this graveyard there is a mysterious grave of a seven year old girl. The initials on the grave are the same as Molly's seven year old stepsister Heather. Heather hates how she now has to share her father's love with everyone but what happens at this mysterious grave site changes everything.
Characters: Molly- narrator, does not like Heather all that much but tries to make the family work, believes in ghosts Michael- Molly's brother, science geek, uses science and logical reasoning to explain everything Heather- Molly's step-sister, seven years old, vindictive, tries to pull the family apart so it can be just she and her dad again Jean- Molly and Michael's mother, painter, upset that she hasn't been able to gain Heather's love Dave- Heather's mother, believes everything Heather says even when she is lying about Molly and Michael, makes a lot of ceramic crafts, wants the family to work and stop fighting so much but always sides with his daughter
Key Issues: family, guilt, honesty, working together
Other Interesting Information: I really liked this book. It starts off a little slow but gathers momentum quickly. I would have loved to read this book when I was in middle school. I can identify with the two broken families trying to come together to become one and all of the frustrations that situation brings... especially when one child is the acting antagonist. That was my home life when I was in middle school. I gave this book five stars because it was a great book. And hey, who doesn't love a good ghost story?...more
This book has a great approachable voice that really breaks things down into teen-friendly language and concepts. I think this book would be a great rThis book has a great approachable voice that really breaks things down into teen-friendly language and concepts. I think this book would be a great read for any middle schooler because it applies to them now and addresses issues directly. I will be purchasing this for my classroom. Great book....more
Plot: This book is about a girl named Caitlin whose older brother was shot in a school shooting. This book is her quest towards closure.
Characters: CaitPlot: This book is about a girl named Caitlin whose older brother was shot in a school shooting. This book is her quest towards closure.
Characters: Caitlin: autistic, fifth grader, great drawer, sees the world in black and white Devon: Caitlin's older brother that was shot in a school shooting, when he was alive he would explain things that weren't black and white to Caitlin Caitlin's Father: sad and depressed about the loss of his son, widower, cries a lot Mrs. Brook: Caitlin's Councilor/Teacher, helps Caitlin understand empathy Michael: Boy at little kid recess that Caitlin becomes friends with, his mother was the teacher that was shot in the school shooting
Other Interesting Information: I absolutely loved this book. It was a pretty easy, quick read. I think this book would be a great read for any fifth or sixth grader- maybe even a mature fourth grader. The book is written from Caitlin's point of view. This point of view really gives the reader a look into the brain of someone who is autistic. It shows how she grows to understand empathy as looks to find closure from the loss of her brother. Great story. I feel like anyone who knows someone with autism should read this book which is why I gave it five stars. ...more
This is a non-fiction book about the how the KKK came to be. The book provides many artifacts from the time like newspaper articles and photographs. FThis is a non-fiction book about the how the KKK came to be. The book provides many artifacts from the time like newspaper articles and photographs. For being a non-fiction book this book is a pretty easy, stress-free read. I gave this book four stars because it does a great job and providing the reader with both points of view. It includes quotes from interviews of black people that were around when the KKK was first created. The book also included why an organization could be created like this.
As a reader, I now understand why the KKK founders got together and created this organization but I hate how violent and out of control it got. It saddens me that there are still people that think like this in the world but thankfully they will never have as much power as they did when the KKK started out.
Interesting Quote: "In this way, the name Ku Klux Klan was cobbled together, a redundant, alliterative name that meant, simply and ridiculously, 'circle circle.'"...more