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text 2018-09-06 22:23
Back of the Bus
Back of the Bus - Aaron Reynolds,Floyd Cooper

Back of the Bus, written by Aaron Reynolds, is a fantastic read! The story is about a young boy and his mother riding home on the same bus that Rosa Parks was on. He was playing with his marble when it fell on the ground and rolled directly to were Rosa Parks was sitting, in the front of the bus. He knew that she was not allowed to sit in the front but he had no idea what was about the life changing event that was about to take place. I can use this book in my classroom when teaching about Rosa Parks and how she contributed to the Civil Rights Movement because it gives the students a child's perspective on what happened to Rosa Parks. 


5 stars


Lexile AD590L

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review 2018-03-04 22:45
Closer Than You Know
Closer Than You Know: A Novel - Brad Parks

Closer Than You Know starts with every parent's worst nightmare and doesn't let up. The story moves at a fast pace, the characters are interesting, and there are plenty of twists along the way. All of these things combined should've made this a four or even five star read, but my problems lay with the completely implausible events scattered throughout this tale. The reasons for what was happening to Melanie were obvious very early on, if not the identity of the person behind it all. However, that became pretty clear to me about half-way through, despite a ringer thrown into the mix. Without going into too much detail, so as not to give spoilers, I found it hard to believe that no one around the antagonist would have any idea of things going in their personal life, especially given who it is. So, by the time I reached the big reveal and conclusion, I was left with a couple of choices - either the big baddie is a brilliant criminal mastermind, which is a big stretch given what we're told, or everyone around them is an idiot. Either way, the story had potential, but came up a bit lacking in the delivery for me. I realize that this is fiction, so a certain amount of leeway can be given, but everything combined was just a little too much, making this just an okay read.

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review 2018-02-22 02:25
Boycott Blues
Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation - Andrea Davis Pinkney,Brian Pinkney

AR: 2.9

Grade Level: 3rd-6th

Summary: Boycott Blues is a book all about how people, during the civil rights movement, dealt with segregation. The story is told from a "dog-tired hound", which makes the book even more interesting! 

Idea: I absolutely fell in love with this book the first time I read it! The fact that it's told from a dog, who's singing the "boycott blues" is amazing! I also love the fact that the author personifies segregation, as a menacing bird. This is an amazing book to intertwine social studies with, and to teach figurative language!


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review 2018-02-10 19:30
Zäh wie Gummi
Thomas & Mary - Marty Parks

Wo soll ich anfangen? Eigentlich dachte ich, das wird ein Buch mit Tiefenpsychologie. Mit Vorwürfen, Anschuldigungen und Selbsterkenntnissen. 

"Thomas&Mary"ist ein Roman über eine Ehe, die schon am Ende ist. Es gibt aber kein Geschirrgewerfe oder Aufgestampfe. Das stört mich auch nicht. Was mich aber nervt ist das Selbstmitleid, hauptsächlich von Thomas, der der Erzähler ist. Natürlich ist bei einer Trennung auch Selbstmitleid dabei. Aber da ist doch noch so viel mehr. Es ist ein ziemlich oberflächlicher Roman, der mir durchgehend ein gereiztes "ooaahrr" hervorlockte. Vielleicht war ja auch das das Ziel...vielleicht aber auch nicht

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text 2018-01-11 12:16
BLOG TOUR, EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - Bleeding Like Me by Riley Parks
Bleeding Like Me - Riley Parks

Being gay in their neighborhood is perilous. Being gay in a street gang is unheard of. Being gay and in love with a man in a rival gang is a death wish. Through drug addiction, brutality, and seemingly endless peril, they remain; finding stability within each other that shouldn’t exist in their volatile world.


He didn't paint people; the curves of their bodies and angles of their faces never interested him as much as cityscapes. The circumstances of his life had compelled him to create new worlds that he could get lost in rather than reflect the features of the people he ran from. He constructed buildings from their foundations, making them taller and stronger than he was. He adorned the edifices with countless windows, always left open or cracked so hope could pour in and fears could seep out. Tree lined streets reminded him how to breathe, pumping oxygen through the atmosphere, off the canvas, and into his lungs.

He didn't paint people until the day he no longer desired the anonymity of his cities. The streets didn't feel like his escape anymore, not like him. Cerulean skies gave way to pale blue eyes and bus routes to pink pouts. Evan didn't paint people until he painted Jackson.


Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2018/01/blog-tour-exclusive-excerpt-giveaway.html
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