Posted on January 27, 2011 by agirlnamedsara
A month ago today Heidi Ayarbe decided to host a “Lame Duck” writer contest to show her appreciation for authors who take risks with their writing. I entered on a whim and, along with two other lucky people, was chosen as a winner. I was very excited today when I returned to my apartment to find a copy of Going Bovine by Libba Bray waiting for me! The book is one I haven’t read, sounds interesting, and will help me with my quest to win all the Printz winners!
So thanks, Heidi, for hosting the contest. I am excited to read this book, and a few others that you mentioned in the post!
What’s next on your reading list?
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Posted on August 12, 2010 by agirlnamedsara
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I had started this book in the Spring of 2008 and for some reason I never finished it. In the hopes of checking off another book on my Printz challenge and because I found a super cheap copy at a dollar store I decided to try again. I’m glad I did.
Postcards From No Man’s Land weaves together two stories separated by decades. One story describes the impact of WWII on Holland and its citizens while the other is a modern day story of a teen boy visiting Holland on his own. In both stories issues of sexuality are discussed, though I was not always sure as to why they were pertinent to the teen boys story. The book was very descriptive and it definitely held my interest. There are interesting family dynamics explored in the book as well.
This is a book for high school students. The content and the vocabulary make it appropriate for grades 9-12. I would consider using in a classroom but would probably send a note home outlining to parents the controversial topics it discusses. It may be a useful book for history teachers as well.
I was glad to finally read another book with a male protagonist!
1999 Carnegie Award
2003 Printz Award
Those of you who have read it, what did you think?
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Posted on June 27, 2010 by agirlnamedsara
I don’t know why I waited so long to write my review of how i live now by Meg Rosoff, but here it is.
I went into reading this book knowing very little about it. I knew that it was a Printz award winner, and that was it. I enjoyed the book overall. It follows an American teen girl to England where she stays with cousins. While there a war breaks out and the rest of the story deals with that. I liked that the war is very generic- there is no explanation as to who is involved or why. Instead the book focuses on the effect the war has on the characters. My one major complaint was the incestuous relationship that evolves. I don’t want to spoil much so I won’t mention who its between etc- but it just seemed strange and unnecessary to me.
I see this book appealing more to females than males but it is not overly feminine. I will include it in my classroom library but don’t think I will ever use it as a whole class assignment. It is appropriate for 9-12th grades.
WINNER 2005 – Michael L. Printz Award Winner
NOMINEE – Los Angeles Times Book Prize
WINNER – Boston Authors Club Julia Ward Howe Prize
WINNER – Branford Boase Award
WINNER 2005 – ALA Best Books for Young Adults
WINNER – Publishers Weekly Flying Start Author
WINNER – Booklist Books for Youth Editors’ Choice
WINNER – Kirkus Reviews Editor Choice Award
WINNER – Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of the Year
WINNER – Horn Book Fanfare
NOMINEE 2005 – Orange Prize for New Writers
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Posted on June 14, 2010 by agirlnamedsara
The next book I will be reading this summer is Printz winner- How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. This will help me work on my Printz challenge. I bought this book months ago and forgot about it in the back of my car, so now that I have it back in my hands I will get to it. I hope to finish it by next Monday. I will keep you posted as usual!
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Posted on May 25, 2009 by agirlnamedsara
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This Printz winner took me a while to get into. I’d say I was a third, to half of the way into it before I really became intrigued, but then I didn’t put it down. There are numerous interesting characters whom I loved, but at the same time had some difficulty keeping everything straight. There is mystery involved in the story- and I reached the end I felt like I needed to go back and re-read because I had to have missed some things along the way. The main character, Taylor, is finishing up her Junior year and attends a boarding school in rural Australia. There are two mentions of sexual activity within the book but they are not overly explicit. There is a bit of violence at times in the novel as well. I think this book could be used potentially in a classroom. I would recommend it to teen girls and boys as there are strong characters from each gender. I think this book is appropriate for high school students.
ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Michael L. Printz Award
Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Book
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