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This past week I read:
Guitar Highway Rose
This edition 2004
First Published 1997
Teen Realistic Fiction
Setting: Western coast of Australia.
Firstly I was recommended to read this book by an 11 year old student of mine. It was her top book for 2012. Upon reading it, I loved it, however I did think perhaps 13 years and up would be a more suitable age. Miss 11 year old is a sophisticated reader and I could actually imagine her writing just such a creative and quirky book in a few years time, so I think the exception rather than the rule here.
This book has a seemingly ordinary plot, although a few surprises towards the end had me engaged to the finish. It is not the plot however that makes this book, rather it is the characters and the way in which the story is told. A wide mix of writing forms are used, at first I found it a little disconcerting, but I was soon loving it. Imagine this whole paragraph with out a capital or full stop. Every teacher's dread usually! There were paragraphs like this, taking the reader into the head of a 15 year old boy, and it worked. Other forms are diary, streams of consciousness, poetry, police notes..... and so it goes on. The reader is taken into conversations and characters minds and feelings, hopes, nightmares. In this way the story is told.
Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff.
Jennifer L. Holm.
It will be interesting to see what my students make of this. They may find the handwriting a little disconcerting as we don't use that here in New Zealand, although it was taught here when I went to school. Now it is one that has no loops etc. That's when we do teach it!
I liked the Dad in this story and when Ginny gets a mention for her science fair work on the brain, despite the dog eating it!
I have also started a book called Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, a science fiction - cyberpunk book. As I am about a quarter way through this will probably be my reading for the coming week. Again this was a book recommended by one of my students as her top book for the year.
Happy reading to all for the week coming.