Thursday, August 30, 2007

Chosen By A Horse

i just started reading Chosen By A Horse by Susan Richards. its a true story about how a broken horse helped heal a broken heart. i just started it today and am already on page 47, its a quick read. very very good so far.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

White Darkness

I just finished The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean. It had a slow-ish beginning and I thought briefly of abandoning the book but I slugged on. I'm glad I did because if got markedly better. There was murder and intrigue as well as lots of detail of what it would be like to be stranded in Antarctica.

The main character, Sym, is a teen aged girl who is obsessed with Captain Oates from Scott's doomed expedition to the South Pole. Sym has conversations in her head with Oates and she shares her thoughts and dreams.

When Sym's "Uncle Victor" takes her on an expedition to the South Pole, the adventure begins.

I would recommend this book.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Add two more books to my repertoire

I just finished two books...The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir by Bill Bryson and The Last Days: A Novel by Scott Westerfeld.

I really liked both books but they were quite different. The Thunderbolt Kid was laugh out loud funny at times. It's about Bill Bryson's experiences growing up in Iowa circa 1950's. He uses real experiences that happened to him then he stretches and exaggerates quite a bit at times. I think anyone can relate to the situations he gets into while growing up or at least appreciate them!

The Last Days is a sequel to Peeps by Westerfeld. It's another installment of peeps, parasite positives, helping save the earth from evil. The setting is present day New York City. The characters are teenagers who experience some of the same problems as all teenagers but then it goes a step further as these teens help save the human race. If your read Peeps and liked it, I guarantee you'll like The Last Days.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Read Twisted

I read Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson yesterday. It was a FAST read. It's about a senior high school boy, Tyler, who is somewhat of a nerd/loser that is sought after by one of the best looking girls in the class.

There's lots of family drama in this book; dysfunctional family etc. Also, some legal drama in that Tyler, has a bad-boy image his senior year because of his Foul Deed, that is his brush with the law that gets him some mandatory community service time plus a parole officer.

Lots of serious issues are covered in this fast read: police trouble, exploitation of a senior girl, family issues and even suicide.

Laurie Halse Anderson also wrote Speak among other books.
Anderson seems to take on tough subjects that teens face with truth and reality.

Finished Rule of the Bone

I finished Rule of the Bone yesterday. It was really a book that will stick with you for a while. I thought it was going to be pretty predictable but it surprised me and things happened that I wasn't prepared for.

As I might of said in my prior post, it's about this 14-year-old boy, Bone, who is homeless. Bone travels from New York to Jamaica to find a sense of family and love. At times it is very heart wrenching.

I would recommend this book to students grades 9-12.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Rule of the Bone

I'm half way through Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks. It's a very heart-breaking story about a 14-year-old boy who leaves home because of an abusive step-father and a mother who given the choice between her son and her husband, choses her husband.

Chappie, aka Bone, meets up with several other homeless kids and adults along his journey. I'm anxious to find out how this book turns out.

Not a book for the faint hearted when it comes to street language.

This book was recommended to me by Chloe and Kariann.

I'll report back when I finish it.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Harry Potter Revisited

I'm also working on the latest Harry Potter. I'm close to finishing 300 pages, but it has been slow going. Life keeps getting in the way. My goal - to finish by Friday. So far, I really like it.