In addition to reading her book, you should "meet" the real Jazz on Youtube and watch the trailer she did for this book. What an engaging and bright yIn addition to reading her book, you should "meet" the real Jazz on Youtube and watch the trailer she did for this book. What an engaging and bright young lady! ...more
Historical Fiction, autobiographical account of Woodson's upbringing in the midst of civil rights action. Written in beautiful, emotional verse. I'veHistorical Fiction, autobiographical account of Woodson's upbringing in the midst of civil rights action. Written in beautiful, emotional verse. I've been told the audio of this is read by the author and well done...more
Heartwarming historical fiction with an element of gentle suspense and endearing characters. The narrator added emotion and intrigue to the story. (NoHeartwarming historical fiction with an element of gentle suspense and endearing characters. The narrator added emotion and intrigue to the story. (No dogs are harmed in the writing of this novel)
In post-war Russia, German Shepherd dogs are considered enemies because of the way they were used by German soldiers. When Mikhail's family takes in a beautiful Shepherd after the mysterious owner dies, they must hide her carefully and risk their own safety to care for her.
Setting:an RV road trip from Chicago to Arizona to the Atlantic coast and back to Chicago Time period: several weeks in early 2004
Subject headings FamiSetting:an RV road trip from Chicago to Arizona to the Atlantic coast and back to Chicago Time period: several weeks in early 2004
Subject headings Family and Relationships Recreation vehicles Family history United States Travel
Appeal factors Pace slow, leisured Character Development quirky, genuine, moving Language accessible, humorous, witty, ernest Setting ancillary Tone heartfelt, whimsical
Book Summary Mike Leonard of the Today Show wanted to give his 80 year-old parents a family reunion and a chance to be present for the birth of their first great-grandchild, but he also wanted to give them the opportunity to travel places they’d never been and revisit places that held important memories. He rented two RV’s, and together with three of his adult children set out on a road trip from Chicago to Arizona, then from Arizona to the Atlantic Coast and back to Chicago. While traveling and sight-seeing together, Mike and his family reminisce about family history and share some hilarious adventures. The cast of quirky family members and people and places along the journey provide stories that are touching as a well as humorous.
1-3 sentence annotation A middle aged TV correspondent decides to rent an RV and take his adult children and his 80 year-old parents on a once-in-a-lifetime road trip. Along the way they reminisce about the family history and encounter a variety of adventures. ...more
Non fiction Travel /Food Memoir Interesting history of how noodle dishes evolved along the silk road from China to the Mediterranean, with interestingNon fiction Travel /Food Memoir Interesting history of how noodle dishes evolved along the silk road from China to the Mediterranean, with interesting characters and cultural insights along the way. ...more
This read like a movie screenplay, which the author admits is his style, and goal. I found the true story that inspired it fascinating, but it did feeThis read like a movie screenplay, which the author admits is his style, and goal. I found the true story that inspired it fascinating, but it did feel sensationalized. The audio took time to adjust to, but it grew on me.
Genre: Biography, Non Fiction Adventure Publication Date: 2011 Length: 308 pages Setting: University of Utah, Lyndon B Johnson Space Center, Houston Texas Time period: 2000 - 2002
Appeal factors Pace: measured Character Development: detailed, authentic Language third person narrative, re-created/invented dialogue, Setting contemporary, vividly described Tone cinematic with some elements of suspense
Book Summary Thad Roberts was a bright student at University of Utah when his family and church disowned him over a pre-marital relationship. He decides to reinvent himself, setting his sights on an NASA internship and, with the help of his girlfriend-turned-wife, achieves his goal. At the Space Center Thad becomes a leader among his peers and a respected student to his mentors, but as his ego inflates he begins making risky choices in his attempts to impress people. His decision to steal lunar rocks from NASA and attempt to sell them on the internet is his most audacious idea, but he convinces himself it is worth it to impress his new girlfriend and make a better life for himself.
1-3 sentence annotation Thad Roberts, an ambitious young intern working for NASA in 2001, becomes enamored with the space agency’s collection of lunar rocks. In an effort to impress his new girlfriend and finally be free of his financial burdens, Thad uses his NASA clearance to steal authentic lunar samples but gets more than he bargained for when his attempt to sell them goes awry. ...more
Author Karen Joy Fowler Title The Jane Austen Book Club Genre Women’s Fiction Publication Date April 2Genre Reading Journal Annotation Women’s Fiction #1
Author Karen Joy Fowler Title The Jane Austen Book Club Genre Women’s Fiction Publication Date April 2004 Length 288 pages Setting California Time period Six months in the present day, various flashbacks Subject headings Book Clubs Relationships Jane Austen Friendship
Appeal factors Pace leisured, episodic Plot predictable Character Development quirky, stereotypes Language Multiple perspectives/varied points of view, third person narrative, conversational Setting simple Tone witty, humorous, satirical Book Summary Jocelyn, Bernadette, Sylvia, Allegra, Prudie, and Grigg are Jane Austen fans who gather each month for six months to discuss their favorite author and her works. Each member of the book club has a unique way of interpreting Austen’s characters and stories. Through their book club conversations and memories of the past they learn about each other, develop relationships, and explore human nature.
1-3 sentence annotation Six fans of Jane Austen books form a book club, and over six months they each take a turn leading the discussion and relating Austen’s world to their own lives.
Author: Khaled Hosseini Title: The Kite Runner Genre: Literary Fiction Publication Date: June 2003 Length: 324 pages Setting: Afghanistan, America Time period: 1975 to 2003
Subject headings Afghanistan – history and culture Social Class Immigrant life Friendship Loyalty and Betrayal Bullying Male Rape
Appeal factors Pace: Quick Character Development: endearing, rich in detail, authentic Language: first person narrative, native language defined in context, expressive Setting: detailed, cinematic Tone: haunting, gripping, gritty
Book Summary Amir and Hassan are young Afghan boys raised in the same home, but one is the master and the other a servant. Hassan’s loyalty puts him in a dangerous situation but Amir betrays their friendship by refusing to defend and protect him. Soon after this the Russians arrive in Afghanistan, changing the landscape and culture, forcing Amir and his family to flee to America. As he grows to adulthood as an American immigrant, Amir continues to be haunted by memories of his childhood choices and the loss of his friend. When summoned back to Afghanistan by an old acquaintance, Amir is faced with his guilt and finally forced to reconcile his past.
1-3 sentence annotation In pre-war Afghanistan, and wealthy boy and his servant develop a complicated friendship. When Amir fails to defend his servant Hassan against a terrible attack by other local boys, their relationship and the paths of their lives are forever changed. Years later, after leaving war-torn Afghanistan for American, Amir’s past comes back to haunt him in unimaginable ways. ...more