Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Digression over. This book reminded me a lot of The Wednesday Wars which I loved. But this one just didn't have the spark for me that WW did. I can see a high school class using this and comparing themes with Moby Dick but are there really high school classes that read MD?
Another bothersome part for me is all the bullying. I don't have personal bullying memories from my own middle/high school years but I knew a few tiresome folk who liked to nag others. Unfortunately, I've yet to read a YA novel that really nails 'the bully'. Too many times they are over-the-top in my opinion and this book was no exception. The bully, Barry Bagsley was very predictable and unrealistic.
I liked Scobie...he was a great character. I liked to picture him "screwing up his face" as Bauer put it. It even made me flinch a few times.
Don't Call Me Ishmael made it onto my to-read pile because it was picked as one of the top 20 for the Thumb's Up! award this year in Michigan. I have to say I think there are many stronger contenders in the bunch.
Monday, February 25, 2008
It follows 4 teens as they set out on a quest. Their quest becomes much larger than anyone could ever imagine. They encounter the Horde, the Shataiki bats and a few Roush (good, white bats).
Fans of Lord of the Rings and/or Eragon will be pleased with this new series. There aren't extensive battle scenes but I'm sure there will be later on in the series when the huge Horde (orc-like creatures) encounter the Forest Guard (the good guys).
I don't know anyone else who has read this one yet, so I am anxious for some feedback. All in all, I thought it was pretty darn good.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
I got the instructions from the YALSA blog here.
First, you go to the wikipedia random articles page here.
The name of the article is the name of your band.
Second, you go to the random list of quotations on Quotationspage.com here.
The name of your album is taken from the last four words of the final quotation on the page.
Third, you go to the interesting photos from the last 7 days page on Flickr here.
You use the third image as your album cover.
Lastly, you use Photoshop or an online image editor like Picnik or Splashup to create your album cover with the above ingredients.
Here is my creation:
Saturday, February 16, 2008
The 2-person narration style is well suited for this novel. It is a story of 2 girls from opposite parts of society. But they are best friends and their friendship drags them through the mud and then some. What they endure is hard to imagine yet believable. I think Weiss's characters tend to be a bit stereotypical but other than that, I have no complaints.
Leftovers is a great mystery that brings you through a few years in the lives of two strong young women. I've read a few other reviews of this book and it sounds like lots of people are reading it in one sitting. Maybe it will be on the quick picks list? One can hope.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Well my dog is now famous. Sort of. His picture graced the pages of the Lowell Ledger since my mother-in-law sent in his picture when the paper asked for pictures of cute dogs. The story is hard to read but it's about how I told my storytime kids that Foster likes to read (he's pictured above with his paw on Where the Wild Things Are) and the only problem the kids saw with that was "But how does he turn the pages?"
And just because Fost is so darn cute, he might even end up in the annual report my library system publishes every year :)
Monday, February 11, 2008
My favorite part was called "A Special Note on Fake Throws" where the dogs address those people who find it funny to act like they are throwing their dog a ball but just do the wind up with no release. I agree with the dogs that this is mean and should be avoided at all costs.
Above is a picture of my dog, Foster reading another one of his favorites, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Boy am I glad I went back to read it! What a great book. I can't think of a single flaw in this title. Zoe Beth Buckman is a strong young woman dealing with incredibly rough (though believable) circumstances.
So many YA titles have great characters but their circumstances are often far-fetched.
I will be handing this one off to other strong young women as often as I can.