Posted on December 28, 2011 by agirlnamedsara
Winter Town was one of the ARCs I received at NCTE11 in November. Finally, while on winter break, I got a few free hours together to read it. I have to say I enjoyed it. The story has two main characters, a teen boy and a teen girl and follows their friendship as they navigate their own teenage problems. What I thought was unique and interesting is that throughout the story are little comic strips or images that coincide with the story as illustrations, or are part of the story as examples of what the characters are writing. It is not the type of story that I would use in my classroom to teach but I would feel comfortable recommending it to students and having it on my shelf. There is some mention of drinking (and throwing up because of it) and casual mentions of sex but nothing is explicit nor does it come across as encouraged. I think that this book is very timely and modern discussing texts, emails and even mentioning Glee. That, actually, might be one of my concerns for the book that it will become dated quickly but only time will tell with that.
Interest Level: High School
This book was published on December 5th, and as of now I have not found any information regarding the reading level or awards that it has won. If I come across any in the future I will update this post!
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Posted on February 27, 2010 by agirlnamedsara
This is my first Failed Review, and I’m not sure how I feel about it.
I started reading Fade to Blue months ago. I was immediately drawn to it’s graphic cover and the fact that it included a comic in the middle. Unfortunately as I read I became more and more confused. With alternate realities and interwoven plots/characters I just couldn’t keep up. Maybe this isn’t the book for me to read before bed, but try as I might I just couldn’t figure it out. And finally I had to do something I almost never do. I quit. I stopped reading it. I’m not sure if I think it is a bad book, I just think its not the right book for me. I have seen positive reviews on other blogs about the book, so I don’t want to discourage others from reading it. But if you are like me and are not normally a sci-fi or fantasy lover, and have a difficult time following complex interwoven plots then perhaps this isn’t the book for you. I do see it as having a lot of cover appeal to teens, and I am sure many will enjoy it’s contents as well.
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Posted on May 4, 2009 by agirlnamedsara
Posted on April 23, 2009 by agirlnamedsara
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This was my second foray into graphic novels, and I think I’m becoming a fan. While completely different than American Born Chinese, this graphic novel still held my attention. I feel like “recent” history isn’t taught or talked about enough, so reading about the revolution in Iran was extremely interesting and informative. I liked that though the book deals with serious issues there was still a bit of humor intertwined in the story. I think this could be used easily in a high school English class, or in a world history course. I’d be interested in hearing how teachers have used it, as I know many have.
2004 ALA Alex Award
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults
Booklist Editor’s Choice for Young Adults
New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age
School Library Journal Adult Books for Young Adults
A New York Times Notable Book
A Time Magazine “Best Comix of the Year”
A San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times Best-seller
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