Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Nazi Hunters by Neal Biscomb

I finally had the time during Winter Break to give this book the attention it so deserves. What an amazing story about the mission to bring Adolf Eichmann to justice. I was literally on the edge of my seat when the men were finally able to put their plan into action. Just an unbelievable, powerful, emotional story. A must-read. 

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

What a beautifully written book. Like Lois Lowry's Newbery speech, describing the streams of stories that flowed into the river that became The Giver, this book makes me want to go back go all of the little streams of stories that have built the river of my life. Jackie grew up in the 60s, but I saw myself in her. The many branches of her family, the uncertainty of home. Beautiful. 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

El Deafo by Cece Bell

El Deafo is a cleverly written graphic novel about Cece Bell's childhood and the hearing aides that impacted her every interaction.  I learned several things from Cece about living with hearing loss. I loved how brutally honest the narrator was with the reader in regards to how she felt about how people treated her. A great read!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers

Jamal's older brother Randy has been sentenced to jail time after being in cover a murder. Randy is the leader of the Scorpions, a gang who runs drugs, and now Randy wants Jamal to run the Scorpions while he is away. Jamal gets into trouble in school, and wants to help out his brother and family, so he accepts a gun that is offered to him as the new leader. He gets in way over his head and quickly finds out that he is not cut out for the Scorpion life. This is a good book for readers who enjoyed Monster by Walter Dean Myers and The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.