Saturday, August 30, 2014

Gathering Blue (The Giver #2)Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Every time I finish a Lois Lowry novel, I become more enamored with her writing. They call this a companion novel to The Giver but there are no common characters. However, like The Giver, this novel is about a tightly controlled community that exists after our society was destroyed. This community is everything Jonas' wasn't. It is dirty, primitive, coarse, and survivalist. However, Kira, a girl who should have been killed at birth, according to law, because of a deformed leg, proves to be so much more civilized than her neighbors. The novel is beautiful and focuses on the beauty of differences (such as a choice of colors), much like the Giver. It is a must-read for any middle school child.

P.S. If you keep reading the series, book three, "Messenger," will tie "The Giver" and "Gathering Blue" together- so do not despair!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

The Giver (The Giver #1)The Giver by Lois Lowry

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is obvious this novel is the grandmother of all dystopian novels. I was hooked from the beginning. Lowry does an amazing job of painting this disturbing society through the eyes of a child who never knew anything different. You take the journey into truth along with the main character. This is a story that makes you think about the power of choice and the gift/curse that is our emotions.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Welcome Back!

Here in Florida the brand new school year has begun! 

Students, teachers, parents, welcome back to another year of learning and discovery.  I hope to make this blog as useful and enjoyable as possible for you in your research and pleasure reading endeavors. 

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End of Summer!

Believe it or not, in Florida, the summer is drawing to a close.  The public school students return to classes on Monday, August 18th.  My daughter will be starting High School and, my son the 4th grade.  We are ready! 

Some amazing things happened this summer which I would like to share.  First, I accepted a position with a highly reputable private school in my area to serve as their Middle School Librarian!  This will be a significant culture change for me.  I am leaving a K-12 Charter Public school, in which I taught daily Middle and High School research classes as well as K-5 Library Media classes, to begin an Information Literacy program in which I can serve as a resource for both students and teachers.  This opportunity is so exciting and filled with possibilities! 

Beginning with my new school is a wonderful way to close what has been an amazing summer!

This summer I visited the northeast including NY, VT, and MA.  We toured the Vanderbilt Mansion on Long Island, saw Matilda on Broadway, went camping in Vermont and attended a Red Sox game in Boston.  It was fabulous! 

Of course, I also did some reading...

The book that really won me over this summer is Cassandra Clare's final installment in the Mortal Instruments Series "City of Heavenly Fire."

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Perfect, perfect, perfect!!! I very rarely weep when I read, but this final installment of the Mortal Instrument series had me weeping with joy, sorrow, and everything in between. Clare is the Queen of character development!! Brava!

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If you haven't read this series or recommended it to your age 13+ students, you really need to!