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Bj neary's Blog – June 2010 Archive (3)

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Draper's book was awesome. Definitely different from all of her other books---getting into the mind of a girl with cerebral palsy is just the kind of book EVERYONE needs to read.

I really enjoyed Melody! She was feisty, she loved Mrs V (she got Melody). About Mr. Dimming, I really thought he was horrible, have WE as a people, not advanced enough to recognize that all students deserve a chance? I think he was deceitful and those other two girls, Claire and Molly, well they could be any teen… Continue

Added by bj neary on June 13, 2010 at 11:24am — 2 Comments

After Ever After by Jordan Sonneblick

What a wonderful follow up to Drums Girls and Dangerous Pie!!! Jeffrey and Tad's friendship, their survival of cancer when they were much younger, and their ongoing pledge to each other to help Jeff in Math and Tad walk across the 8th grade graduation stage are the signs of true friendship. Lindsey is wonderful as the new girl who likes Jeffrey despite his limp from chemo. Steven, Jeff's older brother has taken a year off… Continue

Added by bj neary on June 6, 2010 at 8:13pm — No Comments

Girl Stolen by April Henry

I loved Girl Stolen! I know my students will too! Imagine you are in your back seat, sick, waiting for your stepmom to pick up your medication and someone (not your stepmom) jumps in the car and speeds off! And on top of that, you are blind, that is what happens to Cheyenne Wilder. Cheyenne is totally believable as a strong female protagonist. The reader finds out later that she succumbed to weakness, pity and wanting to die after her accident and resulting blindness but she has worked hard to… Continue

Added by bj neary on June 6, 2010 at 8:10pm — No Comments

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