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Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Test of Time: a novel approach to the SAT and ACT: An eccentric writer, (Mark Twain) is finishing a manuscript about a rebellious boy named Huck when it suddenly disapears and in its place appears a strange contraption - a college student's laptop that has traveled through time. This is a captivating time travel mystery that incorporates vocabulary words from the ACT Test.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Gordon Korman, author of the hilarious books Son of the Mob and No More Dead Dogs produces yet another side-splitting novel. Born to Rock is the story of a smart boy named Leo. Leo is a founding member of his school's Young Republicans and has been accepted to Harvard with a full scholarship. Leo is accused of cheating on a test and loses his scholarship.
At the same time, his best friend punk rock Melinda tells him all about the reunion of the famous punk band Purge. Purge was considered the rudest band ever during their time and now the middle aged rockers are making a comeback. Leo stumbles on his birth certificate which brings up some questions. Leo discovers that his birth dad is none other than Purge's front man, King Maggot!
Leo finds King Maggot and shares his new-found secret with him. King asks Leo to go on the reunion tour with him as an attempt to get to know each other. Leo looks at this opportunity as a chance to pay for his college.
Watch Leo as he tries to make his own place in the punk rock world among roadies, groupies, poodles, and aging rockers!
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Saturday, February 17, 2007
Monday, February 05, 2007
When life gives you lemons...
you make lemonade. It's an old saying, but it is just as true now as it was when it was first said. If you can look at a situation and find the good in it, you can better yourself and the situation. It is the power of positive thinking.
In the book MAKE LEMONADE by Virginia Euwer Wolff, teen pregnancy, urban decay, lack of education and lack of money are the lemons. The lemonade that is made by the 14 and 17 year old main characters is sweet without being too sweet. There are no quick fixes here. Nobody ends up rich and living in a mansion in the suburbs at the end of this novel, but there is tons of hope to go around.
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