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review 2017-05-04 18:42
Art brings hope, even in war...
Amina: Through My Eyes - Lyn White,J.L. Powers


The debris was her canvas, the detritus of war her personal collection of art materials. And the itch in her fingertips drove her to keep creating, no matter how dangerous it was to do it.

- Chapter 1


She wanted both freedom and safety but she knew that was impossible.

- Chapter 1


Sometimes she forgot the fear, but when she remembered, it was worse than if she'd never forgotten. Because what kind of person could forget that you were living in the middle of a warzone?

- Chapter 8


Amina is 14-years old and she lives in Mogadishu. Her home has been damaged in the war. When her father is arrested and her brother is kidnapped by rebel forces, she is left to provide for her pregnant mother and ailing grandmother.


Amina is a brave girl who feels vulnerable and abandoned. She creates street art to help deal with her feelings and also to encourage people to feel hopeful. I liked Amina's character a lot. She tries her best to be strong, but she is also vulnerable. The story ends on a note of hope even though there is also sadness.


This book is part of the Through My Eyes series that chronicles the lives of children caught up in contemporary conflicts. The themes of courage, determination, and perseverance appear throughout the series. I think young people will enjoy this series and it could help promote empathy and cross-cultural understanding.


Amina isn't preachy, and it gave me an understanding of the conflict in Somalia that I never had before. 

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review 2017-04-16 11:13
Growing Up Winchester by Deadmockingbirds
Growing Up Winchester - Deadmockingbirds Growing Up Winchester - Deadmockingbirds

Cas, Sam and their son Dean return to Gramma and Grampa's house in Texas for Dean's third birthday party. Lots of cute moments in this fic. Plus Dallas Colt gets together with Christian Winchester. The story is unfinished but concludes at a satisfactory point.

Source: archiveofourown.org/works/3870082
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review 2017-04-09 03:52
One Crazy Summer - review
One Crazy Summer - Rita Williams-Garcia

Delphine is eleven, going on twelve and yet she is responsible for her two younger sisters. Their mother left when Fern, the youngest, was still a baby and they are being raised by their father and grandmother (Big Ma). One summer they fly to California to spend time with their mother. She is not what they expect, and she doesn't seem happy to see them. Their mother sends them to the community center to have breakfast and get them out of her house. There the sisters get to spend time with members of the Black Panthers who run the center and provide local children with breakfast and day camp.


I liked this story. It gave us a look inside the sixties and what life was like for young black girls. We see how hard it is for the girls not to know their mother and when they finally meet her, she is distant and unfriendly. Delphine is a strong girl who doesn't take crap from anyone. It is hard for her to just be eleven when she has so much responsibility. She stands up for herself and her sisters and by the end of the visit, they finally start to connect with their mother.


This is a great book and highly recommended for readers, especially girls. Fans of realistic fiction or historical fiction should enjoy this one.

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review 2017-04-07 00:11
The Velveteen Rabbit
The Velveteen Rabbit - Margery Williams,William Nicholson

The Velveteen Rabbit written by Margery Williams is a 4.7 on the Accelerated Reading leveling system. The book is about a stuffed rabbit that loves his boy. One day the boy gets sick and must throw out the stuffed bunny because it carries germs. This makes the rabbit sad. However, the rabbit soon turns into a real bunny and gets to live a new life in the forest next to the boy's house. This is a perfect book for young children as a read aloud for the beginning of school. It demonstrates that growing up is inevitable, but it is also very exciting. 

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review 2017-04-05 15:34
The Ugly Duckling
The Ugly Duckling - Jerry Pinkney,Hans Christian Andersen

This book would inspire my students to wish and dream to be anything they want to be when they grow up. The ugly duckling went through moments of his life and felt unwanted and some of my students will feel this way. I think reading this book would give them the confidence they need to persevere through any hard time in their life. I would read the book to them and show them how to make a comic strip that we will use to track the ducklings progress. With each transformation, we will draw the ducklings situation until it reaches a swan in which he finally felt accepted by others. I think this book is directed towards 2nd grade and up because of the acceptance factor. The students in these ages and grades are trying to find themselves and where they belong in this world. I think this book would help with their self journey. The Lexile Level is 40L.

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