Monday, October 31, 2011
Young and innocent, Richard Perry starts his journey toward Vietnam during the "conflict." Along the way he meets several characters, each of them in Vietnam for different reasons. He befriends Peewee Gates in particular and they stick together from start to finish.
Perry has left behind a mother and a younger brother, Kenny. Perry and his mother have never understood each other and she does not know why he went into the army. He isn't completely sure himself, but he wanted to go to college and couldn't afford it. Kenny really looks up to Perry and Perry wants to make him proud.
Another black man tries to bond with Perry and Peewee, but the bonds of brotherhood and friendship are not simply by race. After a lot of waiting and moving from place to place Perry and Peewee finally join the Company they are replacements for.
Let me know what you think of the book so far.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I loved this book! The author grabbed my attention within the first few pages and I couldn't put the book down. The books starts off with the main character Cassia, preparing for her Match banquet which happened to fall on her 17th birthday. Cassia and her bestfriend Xander are both attending the banquet. The society matches all 17 year olds with their perfect match. After some initial confusion, Cassia is accidentally Matched with two people. This begins the plot of the story. Should the Society select your perfect match or are people capable of finding the right match themselves?
***** One of my students just told me that Disney bought the rights for this movie******
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I loved it so much that I just ordered more books for the library from Todd Strasser.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
The title of this book grabbed my attention. It has been on my "to read list" for quite some time. I finished the book in two days, it is simply a book you can't put down. Nujood, is a young girl in a large family living in Yemen. Struggling to pay rent and provide food for the family her father agrees to an arranged marriage to a man over 3x Nujood's age. Nujood has no true understanding of what is happening, what it means to be a wife and what will happen to her now. Her new husband beats her and rapes her every night. She pleads with him to visit her family and finally he relents. Once with her family her father and mother will do nothing to help her our of this arrangement. Her father's second wife (customary in the culture to have more than one wife) suggests she reach out to the courts. That is what Nujood did, and this was her story of how she found herself divorced at age 10.