Posted on November 13, 2011 by agirlnamedsara
I recently spent 5 hours straight reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I really enjoyed this story. Many of you have probably seen the movie or heard the hype and I have to say I agree. This is a fantastic book. While not a YA book I could see this being in a high school classroom. It’s very female centered which I think would be great at an all-girls school. The content is appropriate an it is an interesting look at a point in history in the southern United States. I’d be curious to find if teachers have started embracing this yet.
What did you think? Was it worth the hype? Would you use it in a classroom? Should I see the movie?
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Posted on June 16, 2010 by agirlnamedsara
Push by Sapphire has received a lot of attention after being turned into the award-winning movie “Precious.” I picked a copy of it up at a bookstore a few months ago and then forgot about it. I’m glad I read it now though. I had a feeling I would like the book but was not prepared for the way in which it was written. The novel is written from Precious’ point of view and is written as if she wrote it- and as a girl severely lacking in reading and writing skills this means that there are phonetic spellings, lots of swearing, and also slang. I did find it easy to follow though and read it rather quickly.
I think this is a great book for English teachers to read because it reminds us of what deficiencies our students may be coming to us with that we might not think of. i.e. the inability to read or write. Due to the graphic descriptions of rape, incest, and abuse I would be hesitant to use this in my classroom. I think it has a message that could be discussed, but having worked with students coming from this type of a background themselves I would be concerned about triggering flashbacks and or re-traumatizing them. I would however recommend it to students in 11th and 12th grade while explaining to them that there are some rather graphic scenes, and letting them make their own mind up about whether they want to read it or not.
Overall I really enjoyed the book.
2010 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults- YALSA
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Posted on April 16, 2009 by agirlnamedsara
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This Printz honor book has historical and fantastical elements to it. With both male and female teens being central to the story it will appeal to both sexes. As the characters are on an isolated island there is a lot of adventure, science, and discussion of faith. Some parts of the story seemed to drag to me, and or were hard to follow, but overall I found it engaging and interesting and worth the read. The story also deals with the issues of racism. I am not sure that I would use this book in a classroom because I think students could get confused as to whether it were historically accurate or not. I would however recommend it to students to read independently. I’d say this book is probably best suited for middle school students, but high schoolers may enjoy it as well.
2009 Printz Honor Book
2008 LA Times- Young Adult Finalist
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