Monthly Archives: January 2010


Book Review: Athletic Shorts

Book Review: Athletic Shorts

Posted 31 January, 2010 by Akilah in Young Adult Lit / 1 Comment

“Superman’s not brave. […] He’s indestructible. You can’t be brave when you’re indestructible. It’s guys like you and me that are brave, Angus. Guys who are different and can be crushed–and know it–but go out there anyway.” Athletic Shorts:  Six Short Stories by Chris Crutcher is…a book of six short stories.  All of the stories except one feature characters from his books Stotan!, Running Loose, and The Crazy Horse Electric Game.  Of those books, I have read exactly none–not that it matters.  The stories are accessible and stand up well on their own.  They are also slightly spoilery for the other books–not that that matters either.  If anything, they made me more interested in the stories and worlds featured. What I Liked – My favorite story is probably the first one, “A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune.”  Mine and Hollywood’s since it was turned into a movie.  […]

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Book Review:  A Crooked Kind of Perfect

Book Review: A Crooked Kind of Perfect

Posted 31 January, 2010 by Akilah in Middle Grade Lit / 2 Comments

I was supposed to play the piano. […] I play the organ. A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban can be summed up in the words of the Rolling Stones:  “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you get what you need.”  As the breakout quote shows, main character Zoe wants to play the piano.  Instead, she gets an organ.  So the whole book is about how she deals with what she gets versus what she really wants.  You know, like an organ instead of a piano or a dad who is too scared to drive her anywhere versus the freedom to go to parties with her friends. What I Liked – I loved the characters.  All of them.  They are awesome.  From her comptroller mother to her slightly autistic/socially anxious dad to her music teacher to the bully turned friend.  I was sad […]

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Book Review:  Among the Hidden

Book Review: Among the Hidden

Posted 30 January, 2010 by Akilah in Middle Grade Lit, Young Adult Lit / 0 Comments

“I am a third child!  I want to be treated like everyone else!” When I did my independent study at Iowa State University, the professor book talked Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Among the Hidden, so when I saw it at the library book sale, I snatched it up.  It’s not hard to make the premise interesting because it is.  Luke is a third child, living in a world where it is illegal to have more than two children.  He’s not supposed to exist, and so he hides in his family’s home, unable to go to school or play outside or…anything.  And then one day, he sees the face of what could only be another third child in one of his neighbor’s windows. What I Liked – The premise.  This is dystopian fiction, so Haddix is able to call attention to the silent and nameless and faceless.  These children aren’t alloted food […]

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POC challenge

POC challenge

Posted 26 January, 2010 by Akilah in Uncategorized / 1 Comment

So since I last updated, a lot has happened.  For one, I had a database crash, which means my first two reviews of the year were lost.  (In summation:  Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer is heartbreaking, wonderful, and extremely hard to get into; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling [as read by Jim Dale] is a fun reread.)  It also sucks because one of my resolutions for the year was updating within two days of finishing a book.  Obviously, that got shot down these past two weeks. Thankfully, my wonderful friend and her mom were able to recover all of the other posts, so I’m going to get back to reviewing as soon as possible. And then, Bloomsbury went and lost its mind.  Again.  So I have decided to join the POC Reading Challenge. I’m going to do Level 4, which is 10-15 books.  […]

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Favorite New Reads of 2009

Favorite New Reads of 2009

Posted 1 January, 2010 by Akilah in Uncategorized / 5 Comments

So, last year I read 74 books, several of which were rereads.  Here’s a list of my favorite new reads of 2009, in neat little categories. Non-fiction 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 by Thomas W. Pelan & Setting Limits with Your Strong-Willed Child by Robert J. MacKenzie, Ed.D. – I have a kid.  Sometimes she is difficult.  Both of these books helped me in different ways.  Setting Limits totally saved my relationship with my daughter because it helped me successfully set limits with her.  1-2-3 Magic reminded me how effective counting could be.  I had forgotten. I’ll Pass for Your Comrade by Anita Silvey – This middle grade book about women soldiers in the Civil War really delves into the motivations and experiences of the women who chose to serve. Middle grade fiction The Road to Paris by Nikki Grimes – This quiet little novel about a girl […]

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