Sunday, February 24, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Louis Sachar (2006)
A "follow-up" to the immensely popular Holes, putting a couple of characters into a new predicament... not up to Holes level, a much lighter story/quicker read, but enjoyable. I was concerned at first because the main character wasn't exactly exemplifying excellent ethics (say that 3x fast!), which even given the setting and personalities of Holes, it seemed to be missing the redeeming tone of the first book. But by the second half all is well, and the story brings up quality points and is worth the read.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Virginia Euwer Wolff (1998)
6th grade girls playing softball after WWII, and the racial tension that ensues... told as recollections from the girls, some a sentence or two, some a few pages long, as they tell about getting to play in the traditional town game and deal with the reverberations from the just-ended world war, including the Japanese family returning to the home they were
Some of the reflection/perception is too mature to come from 10 year old girls, but a lot of it does capture the fragile and confusing emotions of the age, and of learning harsh realities of the adult world and relationships.
connections: WWII, japanese internment, race relations, softball
but seriously, have you ever heard a worse title?
Thursday, February 7, 2008
The Higher Power of Lucky
by Susan Patron
Newbery Medal 2007
Probably best known for the "scrotum" passages, otherwise the story of an orphan and her French caretaker abd the cast of characters in a very small town... not too cohesive, it seemed to want to go in 2 or more directions, but cute/clever characters and a happy ending...
Friday, February 1, 2008
Midred D. Taylor (1995)
Another in the Logan family saga, this one is from when the adults in Roll of Thunder... were kids. Racism, compassion, justice, accountability, using violence to solve problems... Discussions of slavery, Reconstruction, and why didn't the Logan family just move somewhere else?
connections: Slavery, Civil Rights, Dr. King/Pacifism, Pink and Say by P. Polacco, the other Taylor books...