Thursday, May 1, 2008

What Are You Reading?

Review and rate a book you have read.

***** Book is really great, incredible - I couldn't put it down!
**** Liked it a lot
*** Average
** Not bad - nothing special
* Disappointing - I don't recommend it

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Ms. Stack said...
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Ms. Stack said...

Right now I am reading Water for Elephants. It's a novel by Sara Gruen. Here's the card catalog description: Ninety-year-old Jacob Jankowski finds himself haunted by memories of his past in the circus and the freaks, exotic animals, and other people he encountered as a performer. I didn't think I would like it so much, but I CAN'T PUT IT DOWN. It's definitely for older readers 11th and 12th graders only! **** - ******

Chrissy Hirsch said...

Hi! Right now I'm reading A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, and I'm crying my eyes out. Here's the description and review by School Library Journal:
"This gripping story by a children's-rights advocate recounts his experiences as a boy growing up in Sierra Leone in the 1990s, during one of the most brutal and violent civil wars in recent history. Beah, a boy equally thrilled by causing mischief as by memorizing passages from Shakespeare and dance moves from hip-hop videos, was a typical precocious 12-year-old. But rebel forces destroyed his childhood innocence when they hit his village, driving him to leave his home and travel the arid deserts and jungles of Africa. After several months of struggle, he was recruited by the national army, made a full soldier and learned to shoot an AK-47, and hated everyone who came up against the rebels. The first two thirds of his memoir are frightening: how easy it is for a normal boy to transform into someone as addicted to killing as he is to the cocaine that the army makes readily available. But an abrupt change occurred a few years later when agents from the United Nations pulled him out of the army and placed him in a rehabilitation center. Anger and hate slowly faded away, and readers see the first glimmers of Beah's work as an advocate. Told in a conversational, accessible style, this powerful record of war ends as a beacon to all teens experiencing violence around them by showing them that there are other ways to survive than by adding to the chaos."—Matthew L. Moffett, Pohick Regional Library, Burke, VA

Sarah said...

I'm reading A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini. **** I Love it!

danielle said...

right now i am reading the secret by rhonda byrne. It's pretty good. Kind of like a self help book. ***

alex said...

im reading twilight by stephenie meyer. of corse i love vampire books though, and this one is a love story

amy said...

I just read The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. It's such a touching book. I highly recommend it! *****

Ms. Maselli said...

I am in the middle of The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell and I am absolutely loving it. It makes me think of things in a totally new light. I am a little skeptical about some of the assumptions made in it, but it definitely is a worthwhile read. This book is going to be a choice for 12th grade summer reading. This one gets my vote! Enjoy!

Daniel said...

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nigh-time by Mark Haddon. It is a touching story, and feels so real, as if it is a true story. Great read for ages 13-99.

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