This is an amazing books featuring the importance of telling the truth and keeping promises with friends. This is a book that can be implemented in fi...moreThis is an amazing books featuring the importance of telling the truth and keeping promises with friends. This is a book that can be implemented in fifth through seventh grade classes. I find it most fascinating and educational for students have difficulty getting along with one another. I find it most valuable to have in a classroom library.
This is a continuation of the first book, Moose, Natalie, Piper, Annie, and the rest of the group help prevent some bad things from happening while at the same time dealing with school, friendship problems, and family issues. This group of friends live on Alcatraz island, but they have to deal with more drama than other kids growing up in the city. You should definitely read this book. (less)
This is an interesting read, although it was forced upon me. I say try the first few pages. It is the story of a man trying to understand and acknowle...moreThis is an interesting read, although it was forced upon me. I say try the first few pages. It is the story of a man trying to understand and acknowledge his place in life. (less)
Throughout this novel, we follow the developing story of a little girl as she grows into a young lady and marries. Agate Nesaule is working through no...moreThroughout this novel, we follow the developing story of a little girl as she grows into a young lady and marries. Agate Nesaule is working through not only her past experience, but also the story and mentality of others in the same situation.
In the beginning of the novel we are introduced to her as a middle aged woman who is possibly trying to get a divorce from her husband. Not until the reader travels through the novel would she understand the strange and unique past the author/narrator has.
WW II takes place around Nesaule, she explains what happens, the fears, and the mentality that her mother and other instill in her. With this she also witnesses the strength and relationship between her parents dwindling as an effect of the war.
Once in America she follows her mothers instructions until she finds Joe, an anti-human person, but marries him anyways. This leads to the road of exile from her family and community. Although in the end her marriage to Joe shrinks and she divorces him, all in attempt to have a sense of protection, which she now see's mirrored in Beate (her sister).
This book was assigned to me for a class. I found it to be very interesting. The point of view for this book switches between all t...moreOldie, but goodie.
This book was assigned to me for a class. I found it to be very interesting. The point of view for this book switches between all the main characters which gives the reader a better view of what is happening. This book takes place during the 1900's which is a huge time shift, but I feel like the gap is covered and filled.
In this story two families come together at the funeral of Queen, discovering they have grave plots next to each other. From this moment a relationship builds with the two young girls, Maude and Livonia. The most interesting part of this book is the infatuation with the grave yard, which leads a reader to know that not only will this book end in death, but the story will take twist and turns.
Although there is clear envy between the girls there is an opposite envy between the mothers. I felt the fathers honestly were the ones keeping the peace between the families. In this novel Tracy is presenting the ideal that not everything is as it seems, and money and education is both important during this time frame. Also the question of woman's rights comes into play during this novel.
I felt the relationships between the families is extremely important in the end of this novel. Not only does this change the way the families interact over the years that pass. Also the amount of representation the author leaves in this novel is interesting.
Although this novel was assigned for a class I still thought it was really interesting. I would pass it on to anyone in the history teaching field looking for new ways to encourage students. Although this book is very graphic and has a few scenes I would say watch which age group you use with this book. Also make sure you read this first, before you pass it on. (less)
Although this book was required reading it is also in Oprah's book club so I was interested in it. Having read it I must admit this book was hard to g...moreAlthough this book was required reading it is also in Oprah's book club so I was interested in it. Having read it I must admit this book was hard to get into. Very full of additional information that seems to be placed a just the right moments throughout the books.
This book is about the complexities of not only the Haitian culture, but also the mother daughter relationships of this culture. You go through a journey with Sophie, Tante Atie, Grandma Ife, and Martin as the truth to the story unfolds around Sophie.
With this we also have a coming of age story for Sophie and a relationship that should have been rekindled, yet was blown away into the wind.
Even with the length of time this book takes to capture your attention it is still a read that I believe everyone should have at least once in their life time. I say read this book, but keep it away from siblings, daughters, students, and peers unless the time is right, and you have parental consent. (less)