Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Alexie, Sherman.  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian.  229p.  Little, Brown.  2007.  ISBN 978-0-316-01368-0.Arnold Spirit, Jr., nicknamed Junior, is an American Indian living on a Spokane, Washington reservation.  He was born with encephalitis (water on the brain), and … Continue reading

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Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Pfeffer, Susan Beth.  Life As We Knew It.  337p.  Harcourt.  2006.  ISBN  978-0-15-205826-5. Imagine if life as we knew it was a distant memory.  This happens to Miranda, her family, and the rest of the world in Life As We … Continue reading

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Th1rteen R3asons Why

Asher, Jay.  Th1rteen R3asons Why.  288 p.  Razorbill.  2007.  ISBN  978-1-59514-171-2. “Everything affects everything.” How do you treat people?  How are you treated by other people? So begins the story of Hannah Baker, a teen that committed suicide.  The story … Continue reading

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The Graveyard Book

Gaiman, Neil.  Illustrations by Dave McKean.  The Graveyard Book.  312 p.  HarperCollins.  2008.  ISBN  978-0-06-053093-8. While his family is being murdered, an unknowing toddler climbs out of his crib, out of his home, and to the graveyard.  While the beginning … Continue reading

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They Called Themselves the K.K.K: The Birth of An American Terrorist Group

Bartoletti, Susan Campbell.  They Called Themselves the K.K.K:  The Birth of An American Terrorist Group 172  p.  Houghton Mifflin.  2010.  ISBN  978-0-618-44033-7 . The image of a K.K.K. hood is eerie.  Put one on the cover of a book, and it … Continue reading

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Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles into Comics!

Sturm, James, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost.  Adventures in Cartooning:  How to Turn Your Doodles into Comics!  109 p.  First Second.  2009.  ISBN  978-1-59643-369-4 .Do you like reading comics?  Or, are you not sure how to read comics?  Do you … Continue reading

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Boyne, John.  The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.  215 p.  David Fickling Books.  2006.  ISBN  978-0-385-75106-3. Reading about the Holocaust is horrific.  This fictional tale is perhaps even more horrific to read because it’s narrated by nine-year-old Bruno, the son … Continue reading

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