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  • Jordan Sonnenblick
    I always read a ton over the holiday break, and wonder whether anyone has made any great finds this week. I read, and very much enjoyed, THE GRAVEYARD BOOK
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      I always read a ton over the holiday break, and wonder whether anyone
      has made any great "finds" this week. I read, and very much enjoyed,
      THE GRAVEYARD BOOK last week, so now I'm rereading all of the adult
      Gaiman novels.

      Anyone else got new books for sharing? Also, has anyone heard a kid's
      opinion of THE GRAVEYARD BOOK yet?
    • Sheila Newell
      Happy New Year! I m reading adult fiction over the holiday-The Story of Edgar Sawtelle and In the Woods by Tana French-this one s a compelling thriller/mystery
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        Happy New Year!

         

        I’m reading adult fiction over the holiday—The Story of Edgar Sawtelle and In the Woods by Tana French—this one’s a compelling thriller/mystery from Ireland .  Very hard to put down.  I also read a couple of Janet Evanovich mysteries—I love these when I travel as they’re fast, funny and don’t require great concentration.

         

        Still on my bedside table:  The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Down River by John Hart.

         

        I’ll be back to YA/middle level reading next week—The Underneath and Paper Towns are next up for me.  I have a huge stack from the ALAN conference that I’ve barely made a dent into.

         

        Sheila Newell

        St. Francis Episcopal Day School

        Houston, TX


        From: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com [mailto: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of Jordan Sonnenblick
        Sent: Thursday, January 01, 2009 12:19 PM
        To: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: [middle_school_lit] Has anyone read anything great over this holiday vacation?

         

        I always read a ton over the holiday break, and wonder whether anyone
        has made any great "finds" this week. I read, and very much enjoyed,
        THE GRAVEYARD BOOK last week, so now I'm rereading all of the adult
        Gaiman novels.

        Anyone else got new books for sharing? Also, has anyone heard a kid's
        opinion of THE GRAVEYARD BOOK yet?

      • Brenda Kahn
        Happy New Year everyone, The Graveyard Book was one of my favorites of 2008 and I thought Gaiman s video tour was amazing. I listened to him read Coraline and
        Message 3 of 18 , Jan 1, 2009
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          Happy New Year everyone,

          The Graveyard Book was one of my favorites of 2008 and I thought Gaiman's video tour was amazing. I listened to him read Coraline and will "reread" Graveyard by either listening to the audio or viewing the entire tour.

          I spent the last 4 days beached on the velvety sands of the Bahamas and 2 days traveling and read 7 books; 3 of which were debut novels by authors that I am very much looking forward to reading again.

          Jerk California by Jonathan Friesen
          M + O 4EVR by Tonya Cherie Hegamin
          What They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson

          All three push the envelop a bit for middle school, but thoughtful, mature eighth grade readers might appreciate them.

          I loved The Floating Circus by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer.

          I finally got around to reading Ophelia by Lisa Klein and got completely immersed in this alternate story of Hamlet.

          I picked up Dark Whispers by Bruce Coville (Unicorn Chronicles Book III) to read for review because I have two fifth graders who are into the series. I hadn't read the first two books, but will now. This book bounds along quickly over 460+ pages and ends leaving the reader panting for the next book.

          Iron Jaw and Hummingbird by Chris Roberson was my least favorite book of the bunch, but there was still much to savor in this fantasy/adventure set 500 years in the future on Mars.

          My 13 favorite books (I couldn't whittle it down to 10) published in 2008:

          Absolute Brightness by James Lecesne
          Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
          Gym Candy by Carl Deuker
          Sunrise Over Fallujah by Water Dean Myers
          Smiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli
          Trouble by Gary D. Schmidt
          Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway
          Princess Ben by Catherine Murdock
          A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth Bunce
          Itch by Michelle D. Kwasney
          The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
          The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

          and Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman.

          Books on my desk awaiting attention:

          Graceling by Kristin Cashore
          Shift by Jennifer Bradbury
          The Unnameables by Ellen Booraem
          Emperors of the Ice: A True Story of Disaster and Survival in the Antartic, 1910-13 by Richard Farr.

          One of my sisters dog and cat and house-sat while I was away. This morning she told me that I need a book intervention. They have taken over my home.

          Regarding kid opinion on The Graveyard Book: One reluctant reader/ eighth grade boy borrowed it after I showed a snippet of the video tour. "I liked it ok. It wasn't scary at all. I thought it would be much scarier." SEveral other 7th & 8th grade students borrowed it through ILL, but they haven't given me feedback yet.

          Brenda Kahn MLS, NBCT
          School Library Media Specialist
          Tenakill Middle School
          Closter, NJ
        • Monica Edinger
          Hi Jordan, I read The Graveyard Book aloud to my fourth graders and it was a tremendous hit. We created a mural of it and you can see it and a post about the
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            Hi Jordan,

            I read The Graveyard Book aloud to my fourth graders and it was a tremendous hit. We created a mural of it and you can see it and a post about the whole experience on my blog here: http://medinger.wordpress.com/2008/11/14/in-the-classroom-the-graveyard-book/  

            Monica

            On Thu, Jan 1, 2009 at 1:18 PM, Jordan Sonnenblick <jsonnenblick@...> wrote:

            I always read a ton over the holiday break, and wonder whether anyone
            has made any great "finds" this week. I read, and very much enjoyed,
            THE GRAVEYARD BOOK last week, so now I'm rereading all of the adult
            Gaiman novels.

            Anyone else got new books for sharing? Also, has anyone heard a kid's
            opinion of THE GRAVEYARD BOOK yet?









             

            --
            Monica Edinger
            The Dalton School
            108 East 89th Street
            New York NY 10128
            monicaedinger@...
            my blog educating alice is at http://medinger.wordpress.com
          • Monica Edinger
            As for reading over the vacation, my favorite was Joan Aiken s The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Stories. Absolutely wonderful interlocking stories!
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              As for reading over the vacation, my favorite was Joan Aiken's The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Stories. Absolutely wonderful interlocking stories!  I've also a post about this book at my blog here:  http://medinger.wordpress.com/2008/12/20/joan-aikens-the-serial-garden-the-complete-armitage-family-stories/

              (Don't mean to keep mentioning my blog, but both these posts are far better than anything I can dash off right now.)

              Monica
              --
              Monica Edinger
              The Dalton School
              108 East 89th Street
              New York NY 10128
              monicaedinger@...
              my blog educating alice is at http://medinger.wordpress.com
            • Sarah Darer Littman
              ... I m about 2/3rds of the way through her current book, Two Girls of Gettysburg, which despite a less than inspiring cover, is also really good. I loved
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                On Jan 1, 2009, at 3:10 PM, Brenda Kahn wrote:


                I finally got around to reading Ophelia by Lisa Klein and got completely immersed in this alternate story of Hamlet. 

                 



                I'm about 2/3rds of the way through her current book, Two Girls of Gettysburg, which despite a less than inspiring cover, is also really good. I loved Ophelia. Apparently she's working on a Macbeth book now. I look forward to that. 

                Happy New Year, all!


                Sarah Darer Littman
                PURGE Scholastic April 2009




              • Brenda Kahn
                Sarah, Thanks for letting me know. I will look them up. bk Brenda Kahn MLS, NBCT School Library Media Specialist Tenakill Middle School Closter, NJ
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                  Sarah,

                  Thanks for letting me know. I will look them up.

                  bk

                  Brenda Kahn MLS, NBCT
                  School Library Media Specialist
                  Tenakill Middle School
                  Closter, NJ


                  --- On Thu, 1/1/09, Sarah Darer Littman <sarahdarerlittman@...> wrote:

                  > From: Sarah Darer Littman <sarahdarerlittman@...>
                  > Subject: Re: [middle_school_lit] Has anyone read anything great over this holiday vacation?
                  > To: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com
                  > Date: Thursday, January 1, 2009, 4:01 PM
                  > On Jan 1, 2009, at 3:10 PM, Brenda Kahn wrote:
                  >
                  > >
                  > > I finally got around to reading Ophelia by Lisa Klein
                  > and got completely immersed in this alternate story of
                  > Hamlet.
                  > >
                  > >
                  > >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > I'm about 2/3rds of the way through her current book,
                  > Two Girls of Gettysburg, which despite a less than inspiring
                  > cover, is also really good. I loved Ophelia. Apparently
                  > she's working on a Macbeth book now. I look forward to
                  > that.
                  >
                  > Happy New Year, all!
                  >
                  >
                  > Sarah Darer Littman
                  > http://sarahdarerlittman.com
                  > PURGE Scholastic April 2009
                • Spielman, Kathy
                  I absolutely loved Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Goodman. I can t wait for the next one! Loved Graceling and Hunger Games. Just read Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr. I
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                    I absolutely loved Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Goodman. I can't wait for the next one!
                    Loved Graceling and Hunger Games. Just read Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr. I like them all.
                    Next up for me is Princess Ben and How to Ditch your Fairy.
                    I'm just finishing an adult novel, Outlander by Gabaldon.
                     
                     
                    Kathy Spielman
                    Middle School Library Media Technician
                    Yorba Linda Middle School
                    4777 Casa Loma Ave.
                    Yorba Linda, CA 92886
                    (714)528-7090 ext.7062


                    From: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com on behalf of Brenda Kahn
                    Sent: Thu 1/1/2009 12:10 PM
                    To: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com
                    Subject: Re: [middle_school_lit] Has anyone read anything great over this holiday vacation?

                    Happy New Year everyone,

                    The Graveyard Book was one of my favorites of 2008 and I thought Gaiman's video tour was amazing. I listened to him read Coraline and will "reread" Graveyard by either listening to the audio or viewing the entire tour.

                    I spent the last 4 days beached on the velvety sands of the Bahamas and 2 days traveling and read 7 books; 3 of which were debut novels by authors that I am very much looking forward to reading again.

                    Jerk California by Jonathan Friesen
                    M + O 4EVR by Tonya Cherie Hegamin
                    What They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson

                    All three push the envelop a bit for middle school, but thoughtful, mature eighth grade readers might appreciate them.

                    I loved The Floating Circus by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer.

                    I finally got around to reading Ophelia by Lisa Klein and got completely immersed in this alternate story of Hamlet.

                    I picked up Dark Whispers by Bruce Coville (Unicorn Chronicles Book III) to read for review because I have two fifth graders who are into the series. I hadn't read the first two books, but will now. This book bounds along quickly over 460+ pages and ends leaving the reader panting for the next book.

                    Iron Jaw and Hummingbird by Chris Roberson was my least favorite book of the bunch, but there was still much to savor in this fantasy/adventure set 500 years in the future on Mars.

                    My 13 favorite books (I couldn't whittle it down to 10) published in 2008:

                    Absolute Brightness by James Lecesne
                    Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
                    Gym Candy by Carl Deuker
                    Sunrise Over Fallujah by Water Dean Myers
                    Smiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli
                    Trouble by Gary D. Schmidt
                    Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway
                    Princess Ben by Catherine Murdock
                    A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth Bunce
                    Itch by Michelle D. Kwasney
                    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
                    The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

                    and Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman.

                    Books on my desk awaiting attention:

                    Graceling by Kristin Cashore
                    Shift by Jennifer Bradbury
                    The Unnameables by Ellen Booraem
                    Emperors of the Ice: A True Story of Disaster and Survival in the Antartic, 1910-13 by Richard Farr.

                    One of my sisters dog and cat and house-sat while I was away. This morning she told me that I need a book intervention. They have taken over my home.

                    Regarding kid opinion on The Graveyard Book: One reluctant reader/ eighth grade boy borrowed it after I showed a snippet of the video tour. "I liked it ok. It wasn't scary at all. I thought it would be much scarier." SEveral other 7th & 8th grade students borrowed it through ILL, but they haven't given me feedback yet.

                    Brenda Kahn MLS, NBCT
                    School Library Media Specialist
                    Tenakill Middle School
                    Closter, NJ

                  • redpaloma02
                    Am currently reading The Graceling by Kristin Cashore and 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, both YA selections, and both great. Finished The Tales of Beetle the
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                      Am currently reading The Graceling by Kristin Cashore and 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, both YA selections, and both great.

                      Finished The Tales of Beetle the Bard by JK Rowling and Smiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli, both worthy middle school selections.

                      Also, have done some adult reading this year.  Just finished the audio of Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult (she is a favorite of mine), and am currently listening to the playaway of The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory.  Several animal/human books - finished Dewey: the small town library cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron and Wesley the Owl by Stacie O'Brien.  Am currently reading an ARC of The Mighty Queens of Freeville .  Also Alex and Me by Irene Pepperberg(the gray parrot). 

                      Many more still on my stack.  Don't think I would feel normal just reading one book at a time. 

                      Happy New Year to all!

                      Geri Dosalua

                      Youth Services Librarian

                      Artesia Public Library, Artesia, NM  88210

                      redpaloma02@...

                       


                      --- In middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com, Brenda Kahn <kahnbrenda@...> wrote:
                      >
                      > Sarah,
                      >
                      > Thanks for letting me know. I will look them up.
                      >
                      > bk
                      >
                      > Brenda Kahn MLS, NBCT
                      > School Library Media Specialist
                      > Tenakill Middle School
                      > Closter, NJ
                      >
                      >
                      > --- On Thu, 1/1/09, Sarah Darer Littman sarahdarerlittman@... wrote:
                      >
                      > > From: Sarah Darer Littman sarahdarerlittman@...
                      > > Subject: Re: [middle_school_lit] Has anyone read anything great over this holiday vacation?
                      > > To: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com
                      > > Date: Thursday, January 1, 2009, 4:01 PM
                      > > On Jan 1, 2009, at 3:10 PM, Brenda Kahn wrote:
                      > >
                      > > >
                      > > > I finally got around to reading Ophelia by Lisa Klein
                      > > and got completely immersed in this alternate story of
                      > > Hamlet.
                      > > >
                      > > >
                      > > >
                      > >
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > I'm about 2/3rds of the way through her current book,
                      > > Two Girls of Gettysburg, which despite a less than inspiring
                      > > cover, is also really good. I loved Ophelia. Apparently
                      > > she's working on a Macbeth book now. I look forward to
                      > > that.
                      > >
                      > > Happy New Year, all!
                      > >
                      > >
                      > > Sarah Darer Littman
                      > > http://sarahdarerlittman.com
                      > > PURGE Scholastic April 2009
                      >

                    • BudNotBuddy@aol.com
                      Ahhh. So nice to have a few days for reading. In addition to the two books I ve already read and written up over the past week -- BURN MY HEART and THE
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                        Ahhh.  So nice to have a few days for reading.  In addition to the two books I've already read and written up over the past week -- BURN MY HEART and THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, I have read a very quick, very fun boy and a horse yarn coming out next summer by Kate Thompson (who wrote THE NEW POLICEMAN) called HIGHWAY ROBBERY.  I have just begun a piece of nonfiction by a young Army reservist from Albany who ended up in Iraq called GHOSTS OF WAR: MY TOUR OF DUTY.  And I have been reading bits of the most interesting book I've stocked for spring classes at the campus bookstore.  It is FLOW: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF OPTIMAL EXPERIENCE, which is a 1990 book by psychologist Mihaly Csíkszentmihalyi.
                         



                      • Gail Giles
                        Don t miss Tim Tharp s The Spectacular Now. Stunning. Gail
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                          Don't miss Tim Tharp's The Spectacular Now.  Stunning.

                          Gail
                          On Jan 1, 2009, at 12:18 PM, Jordan Sonnenblick wrote:

                          I always read a ton over the holiday break, and wonder whether anyone 
                          has made any great "finds" this week. I read, and very much enjoyed, 
                          THE GRAVEYARD BOOK last week, so now I'm rereading all of the adult 
                          Gaiman novels.

                          Anyone else got new books for sharing? Also, has anyone heard a kid's 
                          opinion of THE GRAVEYARD BOOK yet?


                        • Gail Giles
                          Sheila, We must be digging in the same book piles. I have also read Sawtelle, In the Woods and Down River. I liked Sawtelle, a lot in fact, but think the
                          Message 12 of 18 , Jan 1, 2009
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                            Sheila,

                            We must be digging in the same book piles.  I have also read Sawtelle, In the Woods and Down River.  I liked Sawtelle, a lot in fact, but think the over the top effusiveness is a bit mystifying.  In the Woods, however, is a beautifully crafted, character driven mystery and that's hard to  do.  She has a new one out with the female cap as main character, The Likeness.  Down River was good, a page turner, really but the least literary of the three, but certainly not a waste of time.

                            I just got The Underneath.  That's my next up.

                            Gail


                            On Jan 1, 2009, at 1:25 PM, Sheila Newell wrote:


                            Happy New Year!

                             

                            I’m reading adult fiction over the holiday—The Story of Edgar Sawtelle and In the Woods by Tana French—this one’s a compelling thriller/mystery from  Ireland .  Very hard to put down.  I also read a couple of Janet Evanovich mysteries—I love these when I travel as they’re fast, funny and don’t require great concentration.

                             

                            Still on my bedside table:  The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Down River by John Hart.

                             

                            I’ll be back to YA/middle level reading next week—The Underneath and Paper Towns are next up for me.  I have a huge stack from the ALAN conference that I’ve barely made a dent into.

                             

                            Sheila Newell

                            St. Francis Episcopal Day School

                            Houston,  TX


                            From:  middle_school_ lit@yahoogroups. com [mailto: middle_school_ lit@yahoogroups. com ] On Behalf Of Jordan Sonnenblick
                            Sent: Thursday, January 01, 2009 12:19 PM
                            To:  middle_school_ lit@yahoogroups. com
                            Subject: [middle_school_ lit] Has anyone read anything great over this holiday vacation?

                             

                            I always read a ton over the holiday break, and wonder whether anyone 
                            has made any great "finds" this week. I read, and very much enjoyed, 
                            THE GRAVEYARD BOOK last week, so now I'm rereading all of the adult 
                            Gaiman novels.

                            Anyone else got new books for sharing? Also, has anyone heard a kid's 
                            opinion of THE GRAVEYARD BOOK yet?




                          • lwillow@pacbell.net
                            Re: Has anyone read anything great over this holiday vacation? JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta (published as ON THE JELLICOE ROAD in the author s native
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                              Re: Has anyone read anything great over this holiday vacation?

                              JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta (published as ON THE JELLICOE ROAD in the author's native Australia) - Highly recommended, especially to those who like any or all of the following topics: coming-of-age stories; stories set in Australia; stories set at boarding school. This book is absolutely grand and truly poignant. It is real and gripping from start (the scene of a tragic car accident 22 years ago) to finish. It weaves together two stories, the then and now, as a 17 year old girl tries to make sense of things and put together the pieces (of memory, of story, of life). I love how it shows the fallout from that first tragedy, and how it is still being felt in present-day, and how everyone and everything ties together - fantastic. I think JELLICOE ROAD is just as wonderful as her previous novels, LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI and SAVING FRANCESCA, and it is one of the best books of 2008, in my opinion!

                              Speaking of which, I've posted my best books of 2008 list at my blog, with most of the focus on juvenile and teen fiction -

                              http://slayground.livejournal.com/452828.html

                              Enjoy!

                              Happy new year!

                              Little Willow
                              http://slayground.livejournal.com/
                            • Donna MacKinney
                              Sorry to be so off topic but you mentioned Phillipa Gregory and I just have to ask if anyone has read Wideacre? I have some 7th-8th grade girls who read a lot
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                                Sorry to be so off topic but you mentioned Phillipa Gregory and I just have to ask if anyone has read Wideacre?


                                I have some 7th-8th grade girls who read a lot of adult books and bring me the ones they like. So, I read the Boleyn books along with them and really enjoyed them...when one handed me Wideacre I looked forward to it as my one adult holiday bonus reading but was woefully disappointed. I didn't think it was near the quality of her other titles. I wouldn't have finished it at all if I didn't think the girls would be on my door step next week wanting my reaction. (And, mercy, not really middle school material...even for advanced readers, I don't think! Even so, my disappointment was related to the writing, not the sex/violence.)

                                Donna

                                --- On Thu, 1/1/09, redpaloma02 <redpaloma02@...> wrote:

                                > From: redpaloma02 <redpaloma02@...>
                                > Subject: [middle_school_lit] Re: Has anyone read anything great over this holiday vacation?
                                > To: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com
                                > Date: Thursday, January 1, 2009, 5:56 PM
                                > Am currently reading The Graceling by Kristin Cashore and 13
                                > Reasons Why
                                > by Jay Asher, both YA selections, and both great.
                                >
                                > Finished The Tales of Beetle the Bard by JK Rowling and
                                > Smiles to Go by
                                > Jerry Spinelli, both worthy middle school selections.
                                >
                                > Also, have done some adult reading this year. Just
                                > finished the audio
                                > of Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult (she is a favorite of
                                > mine), and am
                                > currently listening to the playaway of The Other Queen by
                                > Philippa
                                > Gregory. Several animal/human books - finished Dewey: the
                                > small town
                                > library cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron and Wesley
                                > the Owl by
                                > Stacie O'Brien. Am currently reading an ARC of The
                                > Mighty Queens of
                                > Freeville . Also Alex and Me by Irene Pepperberg(the gray
                                > parrot).
                                >
                                > Many more still on my stack. Don't think I would feel
                                > normal just
                                > reading one book at a time.
                                >
                                > Happy New Year to all!
                                >
                                > Geri Dosalua
                                >
                                > Youth Services Librarian
                                >
                                > Artesia Public Library, Artesia, NM 88210
                                >
                                > redpaloma02@... <mailto:redpaloma02@...>
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                > --- In middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com, Brenda Kahn
                                > <kahnbrenda@...>
                                > wrote:
                                > >
                                > > Sarah,
                                > >
                                > > Thanks for letting me know. I will look them up.
                                > >
                                > > bk
                                > >
                                > > Brenda Kahn MLS, NBCT
                                > > School Library Media Specialist
                                > > Tenakill Middle School
                                > > Closter, NJ
                                > >
                                > >
                                > > --- On Thu, 1/1/09, Sarah Darer Littman
                                > sarahdarerlittman@... wrote:
                                > >
                                > > > From: Sarah Darer Littman sarahdarerlittman@...
                                > > > Subject: Re: [middle_school_lit] Has anyone read
                                > anything great over
                                > this holiday vacation?
                                > > > To: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com
                                > > > Date: Thursday, January 1, 2009, 4:01 PM
                                > > > On Jan 1, 2009, at 3:10 PM, Brenda Kahn wrote:
                                > > >
                                > > > >
                                > > > > I finally got around to reading Ophelia by
                                > Lisa Klein
                                > > > and got completely immersed in this alternate
                                > story of
                                > > > Hamlet.
                                > > > >
                                > > > >
                                > > > >
                                > > >
                                > > >
                                > > >
                                > > > I'm about 2/3rds of the way through her
                                > current book,
                                > > > Two Girls of Gettysburg, which despite a less
                                > than inspiring
                                > > > cover, is also really good. I loved Ophelia.
                                > Apparently
                                > > > she's working on a Macbeth book now. I look
                                > forward to
                                > > > that.
                                > > >
                                > > > Happy New Year, all!
                                > > >
                                > > >
                                > > > Sarah Darer Littman
                                > > > http://sarahdarerlittman.com
                                > > > PURGE Scholastic April 2009
                                > >
                              • Jan Dohner
                                Flora Segunda by Wilce Zoe s Tale by Scalzi Ender in Exile by Card Excellent writers all! All were really enjoyable, each in their own way. All are fine for
                                Message 15 of 18 , Jan 2, 2009
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                                  Flora Segunda by Wilce
                                  Zoe's Tale by Scalzi
                                  Ender in Exile by Card

                                  Excellent writers all!

                                  All were really enjoyable, each in their own way.  All are fine for middle school.  The Scalzi novel may lead sf fans on to his excellent adult works in this universe he's created. Flora and Zoe are great young female characters.

                                   Ender in Exile really follows Ender's Game, of course, as well as the events in the Ender's Shadow series.In his afterword, Card descibes this novel as set between ch 14 and 15 of Ender's Game and it does flesh out the span of years that occurred there.  It's a very accessible novel for YA readers - easier than Speaker for the Dead and its sequels.  If you are not a fan of the Enderverse, this comment has probably been quite confusing.  If you have young people who are - they will eat this novel up.

                                  Card also mentions that he has re-written some of Ender's Game to better fit it into the universe he's created and that this re-write will be in subsequent editions.  I'm not sure how I feel about this.  What do the other authors here think about this?

                                  --
                                  Jan Dohner
                                  Library Media Specialist
                                  Maltby and Scranton Middle Schools
                                  Brighton, MI

                                  "Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should
                                  that mean it is not real?"
                                  -J.K. Rowling
                                • lwillow@pacbell.net
                                  I enjoyed Flora Segunda as well as the sequel, Flora s Dare. Wait, I must look up the full title and share it, because it s just as fun as the first: Flora s
                                  Message 16 of 18 , Jan 4, 2009
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                                    I enjoyed Flora Segunda as well as the sequel, Flora's Dare. Wait, I must look up the full title and share it, because it's just as fun as the first:

                                    Flora's Dare: How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand Her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa From a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room)


                                    :)

                                    Little Willow
                                  • Nancy Boone
                                    I just finished an advance reading copy of HANDS OF MY FATHER by Myron Uhlberg. It s a memoir recounting Uhlberg s experience growing up the hearing child of
                                    Message 17 of 18 , Jan 12, 2009
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                                      I just finished an advance reading copy of HANDS OF MY FATHER by Myron
                                      Uhlberg. It's a memoir recounting Uhlberg's experience growing up the
                                      hearing child of two deaf parents. I thought it was excellent; the
                                      writing is wonderful, and the stories will make you both laugh and
                                      cry. I give it a whole-hearted recommendation. It is an adult memoir,
                                      but I imagine it might be suitable for some middle school students.

                                      --- In middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com, "Jordan Sonnenblick"
                                      <jsonnenblick@...> wrote:
                                      >
                                      > I always read a ton over the holiday break, and wonder whether anyone
                                      > has made any great "finds" this week. I read, and very much enjoyed,
                                      > THE GRAVEYARD BOOK last week, so now I'm rereading all of the adult
                                      > Gaiman novels.
                                      >
                                      > Anyone else got new books for sharing? Also, has anyone heard a kid's
                                      > opinion of THE GRAVEYARD BOOK yet?
                                      >
                                    • Monica Edinger
                                      ... For children too young for an adult memoir, I suggest his picture book, Dad, Jackie, and Me. Monica Monica Edinger The Dalton School 108 East 89th Street
                                      Message 18 of 18 , Jan 13, 2009
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                                        On Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 6:12 PM, Nancy Boone <boone@...> wrote:

                                        I just finished an advance reading copy of HANDS OF MY FATHER by Myron
                                        Uhlberg. It's a memoir recounting Uhlberg's experience growing up the
                                        hearing child of two deaf parents. I thought it was excellent; the
                                        writing is wonderful, and the stories will make you both laugh and
                                        cry. I give it a whole-hearted recommendation. It is an adult memoir,
                                        but I imagine it might be suitable for some middle school students.











                                        For children too young for an adult memoir, I suggest his picture book, Dad, Jackie, and Me.

                                        Monica

                                        Monica Edinger
                                        The Dalton School
                                        108 East 89th Street
                                        New York NY 10128
                                        monicaedinger@...
                                        my blog educating alice is at http://medinger.wordpress.com
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