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Jessica rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis
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Surprisingly readable for a children's book from the 1930s. The narrator is likable, and the story moves along well enough. There were, of course, the problem that arises when an outsider is describing a different culture or time, simplifying things...more
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Messenger by Lois Lowry
Messenger
by Lois Lowry (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2014
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Interesting discussion of immigration, particularly consider current events, but not a fully satisfying novel. Lowry relied too much on the previous books to give this one any weight, but didn't directly address the other two books. Jonas is back, an...more
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Ice Haven by Daniel Clowes
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Jessica rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan
Pride of Baghdad
by Brian K. Vaughan
read in July, 2014
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So ambivalent about this one. I have been avoiding reading it for a number of reasons, most obviously the violence against the animals. I was expecting it to be more realistic and therefore more heart-wrenching. Instead, the squabbling amongst the li...more
Jessica rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
The Night Gardener
by Jonathan Auxier (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2014
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This was a truly creepy book. While formulaic, Auxier solved many of the shortcomings in Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes. What he creates is a compelling story with likable though flawed characters. The antagonist is both a physical evil being, b...more
Jessica rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Gathering Blue (The Giver #2)
by Lois Lowry (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2014
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I think I liked this one more than The Giver because it seemed more whole, more like a complete story rather than a sketch of a partially imagined society.
Jessica rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Sisters
by Raina Telgemeier (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2014
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Another homeroom! Such a sweet tale of siblings, a summer car trip, self-discovery, and a snake. Cartoony illustrations with exaggerated expressions and verbal outbursts that fill the panels convey the overwrought emotions of tweendom. Telgemeier has...more
Jessica rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Giver (The Giver #1)
by Lois Lowry (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2014
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Oh how I vacillate on this book! Sometimes I love it. And some days I am annoyed at the slight world building, the vague ending, the flatness of the characters, the lack of a scientific basis for anything, but then I read a passage and it seems so ri...more
Jessica rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
Midwinterblood
by Marcus Sedgwick (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2014
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When I first heard about this book, I assumed it would not be for middle school students. Human sacrifice, interweaving stories across centuries, vampires, vikings and magic all mixed together. It sounded like too much, too complex, and too gruesome,...more
Jessica rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov
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This was a strongly recommended read from my administration. I read it somewhat begrudgingly but have to admit that many of the 49 techniques could be very useful. Particularly for new teachers, this book has some good, solid recommendations for how...more
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