Thursday, March 20, 2014

Stalin defends the role he played during the Great Purge

Somedays the library space really works for large group activities.  If there is a class in here that I am not directly involved with, I let them do their thing and do my own library related work.  Today, I couldn't help but listen to Mr. Uhelski's history class put Stalin on trial.  The prosecution and defense had their arguments all ready to go.  Stalin was in the hot seat several times, along with witnesses like a Polish poet who survived her time in the Gulag.  The entire group was most impressive, with Stalin even showing up in military uniform and signature mustache.  They declared Stalin guilty on 3 of 4 charges.  Well done, scholars :)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

21st Century Libraries!

A great video showing the importance of school, public and academic libraries.  All students deserve a nice school library with current resources, both print and electronic.  They also deserve to have a qualified teacher  (a.k.a media specialist/librarian) to teach them how to navigate through all the information we have available to us.  Knowing how to research and where to find the best sources are a lifelong skill.

(video was created by the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan)  Thanks for supporting Michigan libraries.

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White book review

Here is my newest book recommendation for the week.  I pretty much read the whole thing on Saturday :)  Loved it!

 The Chaos of Stars Book Review

Monday, March 10, 2014

Born of Illusion by Teri Brown book review

I loved this book! You should check it out if you are looking for a fun read.  Here is my review:
Born of Illusion review

Monday, February 24, 2014

Night School by C.J. Daugherty review

I LOVED this book!  It reminded me of when I spent a semester at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England :)

Date of Publication:         2012
ISBN# 978-0-06-219385-8
Price:  $17.99        Grade Level: J/S     Number of Pages: 424
VOYA Rating: 5Q 5P

Highly Recommended

This is the first book of a new series by author C.J. Daugherty.  Only the first book is available in the US, while the 4th book will soon be released in England.  Allie Sheridan has been arrested one too many times and her parents have decided it would be best to send her away to boarding school.  Expecting the worst from Cimmeria Academy, Allie realizes that she sort of likes it, even with its old-fashioned rules.  Allie soon finds herself in the middle of all the gossip because of her common non-legacy background and the fact that two of the cutest guys at school have shown an interest in the “new” girl.

Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down! I love the setting of the school, the descriptions of the buildings and grounds, the character development and the mystery surrounding the school and Allie.  I think the good dialogue and fast paced action really keep the reader hooked.  Cimmeria Academy is a great setting for danger, secrets and romance.  The relationship between Allie, Carter and Sylvian is complicated and mysterious.  The reader will struggle with choosing who they like better - just like Allie does.

I really like this book for an IB school in the US because it has those global elements.  Readers will enjoy reading about what it might be like to attend a boarding school in England (albeit still fictional).  While there are not really any curricular connections, this is a great book for free choice reading or a book club.  In the IB world, students could discuss the characters and how the traits of the IB Learner Profile apply to them. Outside of that, this book would be a great addition to any high school library.  There are a few swear words, kissing and near date rape, but nothing explicit or objectionable that high school students are not already familiar with.  I liked the book so much that I stayed up really late reading it and then after I finished it, I reread some parts.  I am definitely looking forward to the next book!

They ran a book trailer TV ad in Great Britain!!!  Awesome.  We need that.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Weekend Reading

I just read and wrote up reviews for 3 more books!  I have to say that I loved them all!  I'm going to keep them on my desk to convince students to check them out :)
Taming of the Tights Review
Gorgeous Review
Undead Review