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My rating: 5 of 5 stars Wake was certainly an absorbing, entertaining read. My reluctant readers will be sucked into this story. Janie is real, her pain, her honesty and her dogged determination not to get caught in others dreams. Her descriptions of dreams are funny, scary, and very visual. I loved her friend Carrie, hated Melinda and the others just like her, who judge others, like Janie as targets to humiliate, anger and destroy. Luckily Janie is true to herself and she is so in tune to her dirt poor surroundings and that others think she is a freak that she is able to defend, feel a connection with, and eventually care deeply for CabelStrumheller -(Love his name!). The pages were turning quickly as this story rushed to show the reader how determined Janie is to go to college by her many hours worked and faithfulness to her patients at Heather Home, especially Mrs Stubin. I loved the development of the Janie-Caleb friendship and how they fumble along with their feelings....Just a fantastic read, one my students will love. Can't wait to read the others----SORRY it took me this long! View all my reviews >>
My rating: 5 of 5 stars This multicultural fiction novel from Coert Voorhees was great! The cover of the book with the tattoo will have teens taking the book just because they like the cover. I really enjoyed Frankie Towers. He was funny, honest, blind to his brother's and parent's shortcomings and the target of school bully, John Dalton. John Dalton has everything Frankie doesn't. He has money, good looks, and Rebecca Sanchez, who Frankie obsesses over how to talk to her, ask her out, etc. Frankie is a good kid but he is not strong, so his older brother Stevie ends up looking out for him alot and becomes a little too interested in RETALIATION. Frankie doesn't like that he works at his parents restaurant all the time while his brother has never worked a day in his life because he is getting all kinds of soccer scholarship offers. Things begin to change when Frankie gets Rebecca as his Homecoming date, his parents sell the restaurant without telling him and Steve is not coming home at night. Frankie is able to stand up to Dalton, his parents and brother and he is a much better compadre as a result. I learned that brothers can be tight when they are young but sometimes with age, things change and you have to grow up and be the man you want to be, View all my reviews >>
My rating: 5 of 5 stars View all my reviews >>
My rating: 5 of 5 stars Just like hos other book, Things Change, Nailed is such a great book in character study. Bret Hendricks is a kid who loves to act in the school plays, is not a jock, and likes to piss his father off by not showing any interest in fixing cars. As a result, Bret is constantly being "nailed" by his father - the nail that sticks out the farthest, gets hammered the hardest. He has a really sympathetic mom, who he confides him and trusts. He has great freinds in his band, Alex and Sean and he in totally in love with Kylee and feels at home each time he has dinner with her parents, the Edmonds. Bujt life in school is very difficult for Bret, with the constant bullying of Hitchins who calls him a "faggot" and pushes him down and hits him when no one is looking. Even when Bret goes to the principal and guidance counselor, they don't understand or totally believe Bret's assertions. So Bret gets loud, in trouble and if he messes up one more time, he will be expelled. It is only by fighting back the right way, that Bret gets the courage to take a stand. A terrific read for the reluctant reader, for the kid who is bullied and an honest look into the workings of high school. View all my reviews >>
My rating: 5 of 5 stars Thanks Jen for a great book to read based on your review and mention of this as one of the 10 great books in 2009...hope I got that right...Loved the bright pink cover, each chapter is pink, the page numbers are pink with some solid black pages and the cover has a black telephone hanging off the hook.... I just loved Beatrice, she begins the book in August moving once again and her mother is upset about it and Bea doesn't know why, but when she doesn't get upset (like her mother) with the death of the neighbor's gerbil, her mother calls her "heartless" and a "robot" so begins the journey of Robot Girl. Each month is a new pink chapter, and Bea makes friends but is drawn to Ghost Boy, Jonah Tate, who looks like Casper, is an outcast and has a major chip on his shoulder. But Jonah and Bea forge a close frienship based on listening to the radio callers and talking and driving to places. But Jonah is tortured about the death of his twin brother and even though Bea will steadfastly help him in any way, Jonah uses their friendship and then pushes Bea away. Bea shed her Robot image as each page turned, her family changed, and Bea became a really sweet girl who will always hold a fond place in her heart for Jonah and will move on to college. Who knows what Jonah will do? View all my reviews >>
My rating: 5 of 5 stars Draper's final book in the trilogy, Just Another Hero, was great. The plot was fast paced, the characters believable using as the backdrop---their final year of high school as seniors including many fire drills, jobs after school and getting into college. I just loved Draper's characterization of Arielle and her mother. They really grew from materialistic to becoming thinking, feeling women. Kofi was an athlete, in love with Dana, but addicted to pain killers. He is able to beat his addiction and win a scholarship. November is back at school, while her baby, Sunshine, is being cared for. A few other memorable students include Osrick as the brainy wierdo that everyone makes fun of and Crazy Jack who clangs his cymbals in the hallway and may be pulling fire alarms to get out of taking tests. As the seniors go toward graduation, money and ipods are going missing, Who is responsible? Read all three Draper books and see how friends cope with the anguish and drama of everyday life. Great for the reluctant reader with a nice large font. View all my reviews >>
My rating: 5 of 5 stars Sara Kajder did a great job of chronicling her use of Web 2.0 tools to engage reluctant high school readers. The introduction credits Kajder with inviting students in and teaching them as readers using the tools of technology. This book is about becoming a more effective reading teacher and challenges all teachers "to step into the twenty-first century along with our students. We need to catch up." I loved all of her stories about the many students and the different ways she was able to slowly reach out to them and gives us student exemplars to further our understanding. Using 7 different chapters the author uses students and Personal Narrative, Digital Stirytelling, Literacy Narrative, Marking a Path Through Text, Working with Words, The Visual Think Aloud and Making Meaning to engage the reluctant reader(s). Ultimately she invites us to "examine, play, invent, reinvent, and join in the conversation." A terrific read and resource, it has helped me with booktalking and digital booktalks. View all my reviews >>
My rating: 5 of 5 stars Mina and Suna are two sisters who work long hard hours at their parents dry cleaners. Mina is the oldest sister who lives a lie, she steals money from her parents' business, lies to her mother about her place in school and where she will go to college. Suna is the youngest sister who has a hearing aid and talks to their car as if it was human. Mina and Suna are very close. Their mother is nasty, keeping secrets of her own. She runs Mina's life, is short and mean to Suna and her husband. Enter a new worker to their dry cleaner, Ysreal, a talented musician, born of migrant worker parents who has befriended both girls, unbeknowst to their mother. An endearing story of love and how one can change when their life is a lie. A great multicultural read, I can't wait to read An Na's other books! View all my reviews >>
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