Monday, November 30, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
I would rationalize spending the money for Miles to Go by showing how other books about teen stars have been circulating and how often teens have asked for the book. I would also see what review journals have suggested.
Publishers Weekly says in its March 23, 2009 issue: “Cyrus divides her candid if somewhat circuitous autobiography into three sections or "miles." Incorporating details about her time in and out of the spotlight, the teen discusses, with considerable dramatic flair, both the high notes (landing the title role on Hannah Montana, her close family bonds, her much ballyhooed 16th-birthday celebration at Disneyland) and the low (the "social hell" of sixth grade, the death of her beloved grandfather, her breakup with "Prince Charming"). Cyrus's reflections on her celebrity status are also balanced. She acknowledges missing out on the "fun parts of being a normal teenager" yet concludes, "I found my dream early. I'm living it." Tween-pleasing flourishes include behind-the-scenes Hannah Montana minutiae, lyrics, lists of her likes and aspirations, "handwritten" asides in the margins ("Let's keep that between us, though") and the occasional sentence that runs in large bold type, lending the effect of a magazine pull quote. Cyrus doubles back over some terrain-following one's dreams is a recurring theme-but fans will find this an effortless and entertaining read.”
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Leonardo's Horse by Jean Fritz and Illustrated by Hudon Talbott
Leonardo's Horse is a picture book that dipicts Leonardo's dream of building the giant bronze horse for Milan. Although Leonardo never gets to see his horse finished another artists vows to see it finished.
I was a horse nut when i was a kid and would have loved this book! The book was beautifully illustrated and the history woven into the story was interesting. I think it will capture many students interest and maybe send some kids to the museum to see other pieces of sculpture.
*Starred Review* Gr. 4-7. ...Combining biography, history, and art, Fritz's absorbing text is both a lively introduction to Leonardo and a tribute to Dent. The curious shape of the book--rectangular at the bottom and rounded at the top--is reminiscent of the silhouette of a domed building, and illustrator Talbott makes good use of the irregularly shaped pages in his pleasing and occasionally dramatic illustrations, which are done in watercolor, pen-and-ink, colored pencils, and collage. A memorable choice for reading aloud. (Booklist)
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Vietnam War Book List for Young Adults
Antle, N. (2000). Lost in the War. New York, NY: Penguin Group.
Crist-Evans, C. (2006). Amaryllis. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Candlewick Press.
Myers, W. D. (2008). Fallen Angels. New York, NY: Scholastic, Inc.
Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam.
Nelson, Theresa. (1991) And One for All. New York, NY: Random House.
Neither a novel nor a short story collection, it is an arc of fictional episodes, taking place in the childhoods of its characters, in the jungles of Vietnam and back home in America two decades later. This book should be read by older teens because of the graphic nature of the war. I think that this is a good example of historical fiction because it is based on the life of the author. It is listed as fiction because it is a "story truth" rather than a "happening truth". It conveys the truth of war without the dryness of most history books. I first read this book in college but many of the libraries and lists I looked at had this on their list for teens.
The Vietnam War protest movement brings together two Minnesota teenagers. The year is 1969; the setting is Minnesota. Both teenagers have lost a sibling: Jeff's brother, a Marine, is killed in action; Maud's sister, a war protestor, disappears underground and is blown-up in a bombing on a Minnesota campus. Both Jeff and Maud retreat into themselves until a demonstration against the war brings them together.