Thursday, October 21, 2010

New York!

Two weeks ago, I went to New York to celebrate Lindsay's Bachelorette Weekend! It was awesome and the city is CRAZY! It was very nice to visit but I could not live without my grass. There's no grass in NY, only buildings, buildings and more buildings! I can't wait to take my Mom and Nanny back.

Time Square at Night

One of the many fire stations.

Wall Street
Time Square during the day...CRAZY!
I can't remember the name of this building but it's famous and interesting.
Empire State Building
On my double decker tour bus!
The Bar at the W
We found our grass at Central Park!

Poetry Week

I chose to read Heart to Heart- New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art. The poems in this book were all inspired by twentieth- century art. Each poet write their poem based on the emotion they felt from the piece of historic art. The poems express a wide range of emotion and the book is divided into four categories: stories, voice, impressions and expressions.

This book would probably appeal to teens and young adults interested in art. This book does a great job connecting literacy and art.

The forty-three distinguished poets that contributed to this book collection are from several different ethnicity groups and range in ages.

Poetry, short stories and dramas are great reads for those young adults who struggle with reading intense novels. Poetry, especially, is a great "get-away" from the usual novel. It allows a reader to escape and gives more creativity than any ordinary novel.

Frida: Viva la Vida! Long Live Life! was a biographical poetry book written on the life of Frida Koehlo, who was a famous Mexican artist. The author Carmen Bernier-Grand writes about the life of Frida through first person and free verse poetry. The author also includes Frida's artwork throughout the book. The book includes several events and hardships that Frida encountered during her life.

I have read other books by this author and enjoy the strong Hispanic influence and history. This book would appeal to high school students especially those of a Hispanic background and to those that enjoy art.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

What I Saw and How I Lied is a historical fiction novel that takes place after World War II. There is also a bit of a mystery to this story. To be honest, this book started out slow to me and I had to force myself to keep reading.

Evie's strep father, Joe, returns from war and begins to act peculiar. Evie, Bev, and Joe are all living with Joe's mother because of the rations during the war. They leave Joe's mother and head to Palm Beach, Florida on a whirlwind for a sudden family vacation. They meet another war family and then Peter who Joe has know from the war.

Evie begins to fall in love with Peter and discovers lies that surround Joe and Peter. Evie ignores the lies and then suddenly Peter goes missing after a boating trip with Bev and Joe.

Bev and Joe are questioned after this mysterious accident and their family is broken. Evie must come to turns with everything she has ever known and chose what is best for her.

This book will appeal to junior and senior high school girls that enjoy reading historical fiction or even mysteries. The characters in the book seem to be of a white race.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Graphic Novels

Graphic Novels are very popular right now. Basically, it's a book written and told by illustrations and few words (similar to a comic book). I am not of fan of them but if it gets a student to read, I'm all for it. The Twilight Saga books are even producing a series of graphic novels.

I randomly chose my readings this week with no real reason. Graphic Novels are not choice of books but I could see their appeal to children and young adults. They're easy to read and visually appealing. I struggled with looking at the pictures or text first, but after reading it, I adjusted well.

Skim was an interesting graphic novel and the story line really caught me by surprise! I didn't think you could address serious topics within I graphic novel but I was proven incorrect. Before reading , I had no idea what the book would be about, but thought it was an ""ok" graphic novel that would appeal to teenage girls dealing with depression and the pressure of high school life.

The issues of homosexuality, suicide and high school cliches are also addressed within this story. It's a heavy book and I would only recommend this book for high school students.The contributors to this books are both Canadian born and the story actually takes place in Canada and makes reference to the United States.

Again, I chose this book for no real reason. This book was very hard for me to get through, however, I could see it appealing to middle school students especially boy. It's adventurous and very visually appealing. I did find it hard to follow and would not recommend this book for struggling readers.

It's an adventurous graphic novel about two boys that are invited to visit their aunt on the island of Kocalaha, their mother’s birthplace. They travel into a volcano that is erupting and ironically find their mother who they assume has died. They discover that their family is fighting over treasure that is hidden somewhere within the volcano. They risk their lives and overcome fears.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Today's Finds

I've been catching up on homework today and had to explore the web for my Internet course. Here are two websites that are super cool!

Here's a site that will take a web page or blog and manipulate the words into a creative and visual piece. Teachers can use this in the classrooms for spelling or vocabulary words or just as a visual piece for those creative minds. My blog turned out like this....
Looks Good's Wordle
Wordle: Looks Good Blog

Have you ever heard of All My Faves?
This is a super cool site that automatically finds popular sites for you and neatly displays them in a nice and visually appealing manner. Find the top websites for any category. Top job search engines, hotel sites, photo sharing sites, and wedding website are just to name a few.

Check it out and you will really like it. You can also sign up to organize your favorite sites in one place instead of having to re-search the web every time you get on a computer.

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

*Warning* This book is graphic by all means. You have to prepare yourself. I struggled about posting it but it's part of my assignment and grade.

To be honest, this book was very disturbing. I had a hard time reading it and it truly made me so angry. It is about a girl who is abducted at the age of 10 by a horrible man. He sexually abuses her in ways that are so incredibly wrong. He molds her into "his little girl" and even renames her Alice. He is sickly obsessed with little girls and refuses to feed her so she cannot mature. He controls everything she does and threatens to kill her family if she leaves or reports him. Alice knows that he is capable of murder because of stories he has shared with her about his past "little girl". When ALice turns 15, he suggest that he is ready to welcome another "little girl" into his home and seeks the help of Alice.

I probably would not have picked to read this book if I knew what it was about before I starting reading. It was so disturbing and vivid. I hate the man in this book and it hunts me to know that there are truly people like this in the world.

The characters in this book seem to be of a white race and lower class. I don't think this books is appropriate for most high school students. I could see a mature senior reading it but you have to be prepared for it. It will anger you.