This is a Chapter book set in the south about a young girl living with her father. She moves to a new town, adopts a stray dog, and finds some friends. This story might make your students cry, so be wary and ready to wipe some tears! This is the first chapter book I ever remember reading and it is one of my all time favorites. Fountas & Pinnell levels this as an R which again, is a 4th grade level. This book includes mature themes such as family problems and death.
As an activity, I think it would be a great idea to make a Ghost Tree just like in the book. But on the bottles (obviously paper cut into bottle shapes) and the students can each write one thing they regret and wish they could take back or change. It sounds sad, but I think it is good for students to reflect and grow.
In this electric and provocative debut novel, Tamblyn blends genres of poetry, prose, and elements of suspense to give shape to the shocking narratives of victims of sexual violence, mapping the destructive ways in which our society perpetuates rape culture.
A violent serial rapist is on the loose, who goes by the name Maude. She hunts for men at bars, online, at home— the place doesn’t matter, neither does the man. Her victims then must live the aftermath of their assault in the form of doubt from the police, feelings of shame alienation from their friends and family and the haunting of a horrible woman who becomes the phantom on which society projects its greatest fears, fascinations and even misogyny. All the while the police are without leads and the media hound the victims, publicly dissecting the details of their attack.
What is extraordinary is how as years pass these men learn to heal, by banding together and finding a space to raise their voices. Told in alternating viewpoints signature to each voice and experience of the victim, these pages crackle with emotion, ranging from horror to breathtaking empathy.
As bold as it is timely, Any Man paints a searing portrait of survival and is a tribute to those who have lived through the nightmare of sexual assault.
~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~
I'm not a fan of poetry type prose and this is mostly written that way…It also has a lot of social media commentary, but its also super short, only about 4 1/2 hours on Audio, so not a deal breaker by any means. Even so, this wrecked me. This book is not only brutally scary, it's also so unbelievably intense and emotional. I cried real tears.
Ultimately, the message that Any Man imparts is what its all about, and something I won't likely forget. For that reason alone this is must read or listen, if you like audiobooks, I definitely recommend the Audio version. There is a total of 14 people, including the Author, who lend their voices to this story, making it all the more compelling.
☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-
~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~
The Feels~ 5+/5
Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.5/5
For its Message~ 5/5
Book Cover~ Plain but inviting.
Narration~ ☆4.5☆ for a full cast with Glenn Davis, Ben Foster, Marc Maron, Jason Ritter, John Roberts, Russ Tamblyn, Amber Tamblyn, January LaVoy, Phoebe Strole, Robin Miles, Therese Plummer, Dan Bittner, James Fouhey, & Michael Crouch.
Setting~ Various Cities, and the internet
Source~ Audiobook (Library)
Lexile Level: 530L
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is a powerful children's book that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. The book tells the story of a tree that gives everything it can to a boy and finds joy through the act of giving. This would be a wonderful book to read aloud in an elementary classroom because of its message about giving. Students could easily relate the story to their lives and would be able to use their connection to the text to inform their writing responses. This would be a great book to use during a literature circle exercise in which each student could have a role that involved analyzing the book in some way and having discussions about the text.