Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Multiple murder victims, stolen computers, a secret network of false identities and true evil.
"FAST PACED..EMOTIONAL..A SURE WINNER FOR READERS WHO LIKE TO KEEP GUESSING ALL THE WAY TO THE END" TIMES book REVIEWS
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Winner of the William C. Morris Dubut Award from ALA
Cullen, living in Lily, a small Arkansas town, is seeing zombies. Not just any zombies. The zombie of his brother that turned up missing. At first the town frantically looks for the fifteen-year-old, but the searches die down, and Cullen's family is left to wonder. Did he run away, is he dead, was he kidnapped. But Cullen knows his brother would never leave him, he knows he is out there somwhere.
The town's new obsession is the Lazarus woodpecker, thought to be extinct in the 1940's. The bird has supposedly been spotted in Lily. And this might just be what the town needs to be resurrected. But if everyone is crazed about the bird, who is left to wonder and be grieved by the missing Gabriel.
Such a well written novel, full of hope and sadness intertwined. The stories twist and turn around each other, falling neatly in place for an ending so surprising that even after finishing it, you still don't want to put it down.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
P.D. James is an amazing writer! Mysteries are not usually a genre I enjoy but James turns this one into a literary event. Not a word is wasted and she makes you feel like you're been drinking tea and eating scones in the middle of London when you emerge from the book. Spectacular. I can't wait to read another one.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Jody sets out at 16 with her husband Bobby James. They don't really have a plan, just kind of drifting. And then he hauls off and smacks her hard across her face. While she is in a gas station bathroom, he abandons her. This is the story how Jody makes a life without him, and finds herself in the process.
Not a gruesome book, considering the subject matter. But the book didn't dig at all. You never really feel like you get to now Jody or her new set of friends.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski
"Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life on his family's farm in remote northern Wisconsin where they raise and train an extraordinary breed of dog. But when tragedy strikes, Edgar is forced to flee into the vast neighboring wilderness, accompanied by only three yearling pups. Struggling for survival, Edgar comes of age in the wild, and must face the choice of leaving forever or revealing the terrible truth behind what has happened."
It's written absolutely beautifully. I don't really know what else to say.
Monday, February 20, 2012
The Unfinished Revolution, by Kathleen Gerson
"Gerson (No Man's Land), a sociology professor at New York University, refers to those adults born after the women's movement of the 1970s as the children of the gender revolution. They are more likely than their predecessors to have experienced parents divorcing, a mother working outside the home, being raised by a single parent or living with a stepparent. How do such changes affect their expectations for intimate relationships?"
Really interesting to hear all the different anecdotes from all the different types of families.
Michael Palmer, M. D. is a practicing physician involved in the treatment of alcoholism and substance abuse after spending 20 years as an emergency and internal medicine practitioner.
His medical thrillers are full of suspense and excitement, good to the last page.
Grand & Humble by Brent Hartinger
Fascinating read. Harlan is having premonitions of his own death, and he tries to avoid whatever may lead to that outcome, while slowing losing his grip on reality. Manny is having nightmares that shake his world even when he is awake. Can't say too much more on the book without giving away the twist ending. But this is definitely a worthwhile read.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
I loved this book...boy falls for girl, girl falls for boy, girl gains a kingdom of iron, boy is a fairy so he will die if he's near her so she banishes him...let the games begin.
Ash is my favorite character and this is the first book written from his perspective, despite the overall story line his tale isn't angst at all, he sees a problem and he fixes it. Win.
It was my favorite of her series.
Detective Richard Fell just transfered and got more than he ever bargained for. Within the first day he is stabbed, robbed, beated and branded by Snowtown and that's only the beginning. This book is about what happens to human nature when no one is there to keep it in check.
I really liked this novel, I thought it was cruel and horrid and beautifully depicted and captured what human nature sometimes is.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
This is super cute, about a girl whose goal in life is to find the one boy who was kind to her when she was young, her only clue, a spoon...but not just any spoon a spoon awarded to students of the most pretigious cooking school around and now she must find a way to get inside and maybe find a talent for herself.
Super adorable and fun recipes inside!
This book is outstanding in an overly racist manner, you must ask yourself, are you racist enough to even call yourself a racist? This book will make you question if you could ever achieve that feat...this book is hilarious. Honestly I don't know how someone who is racist can even take themselves seriously after reading this book. It makes all those older sexiest men seem cute and those race haters seem like a child throwing a tantrum.
This book shows the best way to stop a racist...making them hear what they are saying.
The Homework Myth, by Alfie Kohn
Is it really truly that massive amounts of homework help 'build character'? Probably not. Does it actually help teach anything when students are just doing worksheets? Probably not. And do parents really benefit from having to fight with their kids night after night over whether or not they've done all their homework? Nope. So why do we assign tons and tons of homework at a younger and younger age?
It was a good read, although he tended to get slightly repetitive as the book went on.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
I have not previously read any of P.D. James' books. I greatly enjoyed her talented venture into the world of Jane Austen. I will most certainly explore her other titles, understanding that they will be quite different, but anticipating the pleasure of reading a well-written book.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
From inside front flap:
How much do you trust those who hold your life in their hands?
How much do you know about the people who make life and death decisions for you?
Michael Palmer has crafted a thriller that will make you question everything.
College football star has to give up his pro career after a severe knee injury, he turns to medicine, then because of the pain becomes addicted to drugs and alcohol and loses his medical license and his marriage ends. When his father gets ill and he takes him to the emergency room one of his former partners asks him to help with a case in the ER. After saving a life he gets temporary privileges to practice. He soon learns that things are not as they seem at the Boston Heart Institute.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The Skin That We Speak, by Lisa Delpit
Focuses on how language and power can influence students and the classroom. Composed of essays. The first half of the book was much better than the 2nd half, I think.
Monday, February 6, 2012
The White Devil, by Justin Evans
The Harrow School is home to privileged adolescents known as much for their distinctive dress and traditions as for their arrogance and schoolboy cruelty. Seventeen-year-old American Andrew Taylor is enrolled in the esteemed British institution by his father, who hopes that the school's discipline will put some distance between his son and his troubled past in the States.
But trouble—and danger—seem to follow Andrew. When one of his schoolmates and friends dies mysteriously of a severe pulmonary illness, Andrew is blamed and is soon an outcast, spurned by nearly all his peers. And there is the pale, strange boy who begins to visit him at night. Either Andrew is losing his mind, or the house legend about his dormitory being haunted is true."
I couldn't put this one down, it was really good. But it was also a very strange read!
Sunday, February 5, 2012
The Unofficial Guide Beyond Disney, by Bob Sehlinger and Robert Jenkins
Not at all dry and boring like a lot of travel books. Has all the fun places to go and see, and where to eat, and all the vitals like cost and distance, but the descriptions are also really funny.
Passporter's Disney Weddings and Honeymoons, by Carrie Hayward
Packed with all the recent available options for deals when you go to Disney and get married.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Adolescents and Online Fan Fiction, by Rebecca W. Black
A really great look at using popular culture and fan fiction as another form of literacy in and out of the classroom, especially for ELL students.