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Module 15: the perks of being a wallflower

In Uncategorized on December 8, 2012 at 6:25 am

Book Summary:  A boy named, Charlie is facing difficulties in high school.  He is trying to find his place in school as a freshman and tries to make friends.  Throughout the book he writes to someone anonymous about his life through high school.  He writes letters describing his day and friends to someone.  He makes friends with Patrick and Sam who are seniors in high school.  He considers his favorite event throughout his first year in high school is when he watched The Rocky Horror Show.  He experiences drugs, sex, and deceit.  Charlie deals with relationships, family and friends.  He talks about everything from his sister, and as he describes his aunt and friends.  However, a surprising detail about his aunt shocks the reader about the issue.   He deals with his first year in high school and has his only friends graduating from high school.  Charlie learned to deal with his problems and chose a girl that he had things in common.

Chbosky, S.  (1999).  the perks of being a wallflower.  New York, NY:  Gallery Books.

Impressions:  Reading the book was unpredictable but I was instantly interested in the book.  Charlie is writing to an anonymous friends and writes it like a diary.  The language was interesting or was an issue but I got over it.  The only event that he written that was trauma was his aunt touching him.  He wrote about her like he looked up to her.  This was an unpredictable event that may have had people challenge.  The issues in the book create sensitivity of different difficult issues.  Drugs, sex, and deceit is every indulgence of the book.  The book was interesting to read and I got my sister and friends to read it before the movie came out this year.

Professional Review:

N. Book Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

[Review of the the perks of being a wallflower, by S.C].

Retrieved from  http://www.trussvillelibrary.com/2012/03/book-review-the-perks-of-being-a-wallflower/

“I liked that because the book is Charlie’s journal it’s easy to connect to, and it’s able to connect to teens on different levels. This book is intended for mature, older teens due to the drug usage, language, and profanity. Even with these things being a part of the book don’t let it stop you from reading this great book.”

Library Uses:  The book can be showcased during banned book month during October.  Since it recently became a movie there can be a day devoted for young adults to talk about the book and watch the movie.  The censorship of a book makes it fun to showcase different books that have been banned and show kids and parents that reading is valued and it’s up to the parents to teach children what is ethical and moral.  The discussion of the book can help those that have questions about the book.


Module 14: Karma

In Uncategorized on December 8, 2012 at 6:17 am

Book Summary:  The novel starts on verse recounts the story of Maya or otherwise known as Jiva.  She is a Indo-Canadian that travels with her father to India to distribute her mother’s ashes.  Her mother was always fighting with her father to take her to India.  The book is a flashback as Maya remembers what her mother and father are arguing about.  They were a Romeo-Juliet love story because her mother was Hindu and her father is Sikh.  When they arrive to India the year of 1984 of the assassination of the prime minister Ghandi.  Her father leaves her to meet with a friend but before she helped him cut off his beard.  Maya travels through India trying to get and loses everyone she loves.      

Ostlere, C.  (2011).  Karma.  New York, NY:  Penguin Group.

Impressions:  Students need to grow to love poetry or express their emotions and frustrations.  There are many forms of poems students get distraught because of the grammar and structure of poems.  Learning how to write poems start off with the gratitude to reading it first.  The interpretation of a poem is not forced but thought out.  The element of this novel in short verses has a smooth consistency of the plot.  The structure is in small verses.  The rhythm flows smoothly in every verse and with the plot.  It explains the culture and the relationship between her mother and father.  It is a light verse that is not condense of thoughts and ideas.  The novel is a story about a young girl in India and has metaphors and imagery.

Professional Review:

Morrison, H.  (2011, March).  Karma (review)

[Review of the book Karma, by C.O].

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books 64(7), 341.  Retrieved from http://libproxy.library.unt.edu:2355/journals/bulletin_of_the_center_for_childrens_books/v064/64.7.morrison01.html

“There are many layers in this skillfully crafted novel, and the verse is rich with depth and emotion. The story is steeped in sadness as Maya first loses her mother, then her father, then finally her love, and the carefully selected words in the poems evoke her pain both directly and indirectly. Among other styles, Ostlere uses a two-voice format (one left-aligned, the other right-aligned, interwoven on the page) to great effect, whether the two voices are Maya’s competing thoughts or more literally two voices; particularly notable are the poems detailing Maya’s first impressions of India, wherein there are constantly voices shouting at her, creating a cacophony of the senses. This is a beautiful and breathtaking glimpse into one girl’s tragedy and perseverance, and the achingly stirring images created by its verses will remain with the reader long after its final poem. [End Page 341]”

Library Uses:  The book can be used to teach young adults about poems and short verses.  Different poems and short verses can be explained so they know how to write one.  There can be a contest writing a poem or short verse.  The time can be limited to 30 minutes to write and judging will be held afterwards.  The winner will a receive a novel in short verses and a gift card.

Module 13: Rapunzel’s Revenge

In Uncategorized on December 8, 2012 at 6:09 am

Book Summary:  Rapunzel is always wondering what is over the huge wall.  She is a curious girl until one day she has a chance to climb and look over the wall.  There she sees a desert with smoke and mines.  Rapunzel lives is in a villa with Mother Gothel and the villa is green and prosperous.  She climbs over the wall and looks among the people.  The soldiers capture her and tell her that her mother is looking for her.  She stops to drink water and is recgonized by a woman.  The woman remembers Rapunzel and claims that Mother Gothel took her and she is her real mother.  Mother Gothel then sends Rapunzel deep into the woods to teach her a lesson and have her obey her.  Through that time Rapunzel does not forgive for what she has done.  Rapunzel escapes her jail and tries to get back where she came from to save her real mother.  Rapunzel meets up with Jack and they both travel the towns in hopes of receiving benefits for their help.  They fight and solve problems through the towns and are able to arrive to the villa with the help of a theater show.  Rapunzel faces off with Mother Gothel and is able to see her mother and have a true love story.

Hale, S. & Hale, D.  (2008)  Rapunzel’s Revenge.  New York, NY:  Bloomsbury.

Impressions:  The graphic novel was not expected of Rapunzel.  The movie was similar to the movie but the book did have a plot and action.  The illustrations of the graphic novel match the plot of book consistency.  My younger sister read the book as well and she is a struggling reader that does not like chapter books.  She read the book really quick and loved it.  She loved the illustrations and so did I because it had a unique texture in the drawings.  Though the plot was a little fast some of the quotes did not make sense.  It was a good book overall and have a good message about staying together and helping family.

Professional Review:

Coats, K.  (2008, November).  Rapunzel’s Revenge (review)

[Review of the book Rapunzel’s Revenge, by S.H. & D.H].

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, 62(1), 18-19.  Retrieved from http://libproxy.library.unt.edu:2355/journals/bulletin_of_the_center_for_childrens_books/v062/62.1.coats11.html

“Shannon Hale’s comic wit and romantic sensibilities translate well to this new format, which blends fairy-tale revision, journey quest, Wild West shoot-’em-up, and action adventure into one wild ride. The easy-to-follow panel arrangements with their multicultural cast [End Page 18] of characters guide even reluctant graphic-novel readers seamlessly through the fast-paced narrative. Readers with a high degree of empathy will appreciate the attention given to the small details of the way she manages her hair so as to never to pull it straight from her head when she’s using it to wrangle outlaws and varmints. The surprising character revelation at the end provides a perfect climactic pivot and slides elegantly into the light-hearted comedic structure of a romantic happily ever after for Rapunzel, her mother, and her man.”

Library Uses:  It would be a good idea to use this book and show young adults and children graphic novels.  Once they see that drawings and illustrations can be used as a story they can draw and create their own story line.  I would tell them to draw on a certain topic and after three or four drawing they can write a short story.  They can color and the pictures can be laminated so they can look like a beginning of their graphic novel.

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