Posted in January 2011

The Giver

Author: Lois Lowry Finished: January 24st, 2011 My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars I’m honestly unsure as to why I didn’t like this book. I guess it was a combination of things, really. I found it troubling that this story was directed towards children – with themes that are far beyond their comprehension. Typically, I’m all for challenging students; … Continue reading


> Author: Neal ShustermanFinished: January 21st, 2011My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Unwind has a truly horrifying premise: the idea that (as a teenager) you can be “unwound” if you are not living up to certain expectations. How frightening. When I was first told that I had to read this story (for my adolescent literature course at … Continue reading

The Outsiders

Author: S.E. Hinton Finished: January 14th, 2011 My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars “Sixteen years on the streets and you can learn a lot. But all the wrong things, not the things you want to learn. Sixteen years on the streets and you see a lot. But all the wrong sights, not the things … Continue reading

Water for Elephants

Author: Sara Gruen Finished: January 14th, 2011 My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars The Great Depression, prohabition, the circus, romance, murder – all add to the thrills which is “Water for Elephants”. This was one story that I had a hard time putting down and when I finally did finish I wanted to go back … Continue reading