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Monday, June 29, 2009
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Sunday, June 28, 2009
Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos
The Teashop Girls by Laura Schaeffer
The Local News by Miriam Gershow (upcoming TLC Book Tour this week)
Dork Diaries/Nikki's Purse Giveaway ends June 30th.
For Information, go directly to the giveaway post here, or click on the picture above or to the left in sidebar.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
This week I chose Love from Your Friend, Hannah by Mindy Warshaw Skolsky
Description from Goodreads:
Hannah's best friend, Aggie, moves away and doesn't answer a single one of her letters. Determined to find a new pen pal, Hannah picks an address from a box on her teacher's desk. It's a boy, but his first letter is so dopey, Hannah isn't even going to answer it. Instead, she writes to President Roosevelt. Before long, Hannah has a whole lot of pen pals--and finally discovers the perfect friend, in the most unlikely place.
In this absorbing epistolary novel, Mindy Warshaw Skolsky takes readers back to the late 1930s, and into the life of an irrepressible and unforgettable heroine.
A Parenting Magazine Book of the Year
A finalist for the Texas Bluebonnet Award
Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book for Children (01-02)
Young Hoosier Book Award Masterlist (Gr 4-6)00-01
William Allen White Children's Book Award Masterlist
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (September 8, 1999)
Why I chose this book:
I read this YA book several years ago and am a fan of books told in epistolary style. I also enjoy reading books from the heart, and reading this book told in letters from Hannah's heart is endearing. Hannah writes letters during the 1930's and the depression so that readers get a perspective of a child's view of this time period. Hannah is a girl seeking friendship after her best friend moves away and doesn't answer her letters. She writes letters to the current president FDR and gets letters back, she keeps writing to many others and never gives up on trying to find someone to be a friend. This is a great book for young girls and adults...I enjoyed it!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
"She sits down and puts her hand to her chest and rocks. Thinks of all she has lost and will lose. All she has had an will have. It seems to her that life is like gathering berries into an apron with a hole. Why do we keep on? Because the berries are beautiful and we must eat to survive. We catch what we can. We walk past what we lose for the promise of more, just ahead. " pg. 237
Monday, June 22, 2009
Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share what books that we found in our mailboxes last week. This is what I received in my mailbox:
- The Lie by Fredrica Wagman (FSB Associates)
- Saffron Dreams by Shaila Abdullah
- The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton
Friday, June 19, 2009
Description from Food, Inc website:
In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, insecticide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.
Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield's Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.
There is even a reading list, here.
I recently heard about this movie/documentary from a friend and it sounds like a must see film. I have concerns about food and health especially as my 1o year old son has dealt with major food allergies (several life threatening )since he was a year old. I strongly believe that there is a link to our food and health and have been starting to read more about this. Some of the books that I have waiting to be read:
In Defense of Food: Michael Pollan
The Omnivore's Dilemna : Michael Pollan
Fast Food Nation: Eric Schlosser
The Unhealthy Truth: Robyn O'Brien
I've read: Animal, Vegetable Mineral by Barbara Kingsolver.
I've also seen the movie/documentary: Super Size Me .
What are your thoughts on the food and health connection? Is this a movie you would be interested in seeing? Are there any other books or movies/documentaries that you have seen or would recommend related to food and health?
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Nikki, the main character, is 14 years old and an eighth-grader at a "new" private school and she is the "new" girl in town. That is always so hard and many girls will relate to this. I moved in the middle of first grade and I know how hard that was. I can only imagine what being the new girl in middle school would be like. Nikki desperately wants an i-phone so that she can be "cool" and accepted by the other girls. She does some hilarious things along the way in trying to be cool. Her mother tries to understand and gives her a diary to help her adjust to her new school. This is definitely now what Nikki thinks is cool but she ends up filling it with her writings and drawings. The story is told in Nikki's voice through daily diary entries complete with wonderful whimsical drawings, sketches, doodles and comic strips all drawn by Nikki. These drawings are illustrated by the author Rachel Renee Russell, she's a very talented lady. (You must check out Rachel's guest post that she wrote yesterday along with a very special drawing, you can find it here)
I laughed along with Nikki and felt her pain and awkward moments as well. We all go through those growing up and Ms. Russell honed in on typical challenges that girls of middle school would face such as peer pressure, being popular and accepted, finding your identity and who your "true" friends are and even dealing with your first crush. Nikki got herself into some sticky situations and was able to figure her way out with her wits and talents as well as her friends support. She has to face down the popular girl who humilites her and not be intimidated and that takes a lot of strength for a young girl.
Nikki seems like a typical teenager and although she feels like a dork, in reality she is not. The author did a wonderful job in having Nikki be a relatable character. I think that many young girls will relate to her. As an adult reading this book, it brought back memories of my own teen years. I liked that Nikki has a normal family with typical issues to deal with such as annoying siblings, and being embarressed of your parents and a relationship with her grandma who gives her advice and is someone that she can turn to. In the end, I think that Nikki realizes that her parents have her best interest at heart and Nikki realizes how important family is.
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Monday, June 15, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Hello everyone. My name is Nikki Maxwell and I'm 14 years old. I stopped by today because Bonnie invited me to be the guest blogger here at Red Lady's Reading Room. She's also going to be reviewing my hilarious memoir, DORK DIAIRIES: TALES FROM A NOT-SO-FABULOUS LIFE. You would never believe all of the crazy stuff that happens to me and it's all true. Middle school can be very traumatizing, that's for sure!
I always enjoy reading Bonnie's wonderful book reviews and they come in handy when I have to write book reports for school ;-). However, one of my favorite things here is the photograph of that intriguing window with the beautiful red flowers. Have you ever wondered what it would like to lean out of that window and smell those flowers? Well, this morning, I got to do just that. Lucky me :-)! I hope your day is as nice as mine.
Here's a description of Dork Diaries:
This hilarious novel follows eighth-grader Nikki Maxwell as she chronicles through text and sketches her thoughts on friendships, crushes, popularity, and family. Illustrations.
Friday, June 12, 2009
You can interrupt this cycle with the proven-effective mindfulness and acceptance skills taught in this book. Drawn from acceptance and commitment therapy, Parenting Your Anxious Child with Mindfulness and Acceptance offers a new way to think about your child's anxiety, as well as a set of techniques used by child psychologists to help children as young as four let go of anxious feelings and focus instead on relationships with friends, learning new things in school, and having fun. You'll learn these techniques, use them when you feel anxious, and teach them to your child. With practice, you both will let go of anxious feelings and your child will find the confidence to enjoy being a kid.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
To the left, is a beautiful self portrait Pan Yuliang painted. On the right, is one of my favorites, a vase of flowers. I would love to have a print of this gorgeous painting with the bold colors, the richness and details.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Can you imagine being new to New York City, starting a new career as a journalist and stumbling upon a dumpster full to the brim with old steamer trunks? This is a true story and it is what happened to Lily Koppel in 2003. She made an amazing discovery, an old and cracked red leather diary complete with a broken latch. Inside, she reads the diary of Florence Wolfson, a 14 year old girl when she started the diary in 1929 after she received it as a present. She continued to write in the diary through to 1934 when she turned 19. The diary is a window into the life and mind of a young girl as she grows and matures. Florence writes brief diary entries about theater experiences, literature, shopping and fashion,friendships, family and even her own sexual explorations. Lily became fascinated with the diary and set on a path to find out as much as she could about Florence and was able to locate Florence with much perseverance and the assistance of an investigator.
Ms. Koppel translated the snippets and entries from Florence's diary into a novelistic type story that turns the diary and back story into a wonderful read. I have a special fondness for books related to diaries and letters. I find that diaries and letters take you to the true inner core of a person and you can get a true picture of who they are as a reader. It may be because diaries and letters are usually meant for private inner thoughts and not for mass appeal. There is a genuineness in these types of books that I am drawn to. The Red Leather Diary definitely takes you into the private inner thoughts of Florence, sometimes a bit more than you may want to know. I found Florence to be a woman ahead of her times in many ways and I was thrilled to read that Lily found her and she was reunited with the girl of her youth from the diary. It was also interesting to read about Florence's life after the diary ended and her life now. I believe that the author did a wonderful job bringing to light the pages of Florence's diary and it is a story that I will not forget.
The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal by Lily Koppel
Monday, June 8, 2009
Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share what books that we found in our mailboxes last week. I had another light week and only received two books. This is allowing me to catch up on all of the books that I have to be read.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
It's definitely nice to see the weather warm up and be able to sit outside and enjoy a nice book. My son Andrew, who is 10, will be out of school next week and he is looking forward to summer vacation. He has a science camp, a theater camp, and swimming lessons all lined up. He's even going to volunteer as a helper at the summer library reading program which he has atteneded for the past 5 years. I just have to get used to having a little less time to myself! We're going to work on some fun workbooks to keep him on track with school and make a list of books to read. I'm encouraging him to use a book journal to write down a few sentences about what he liked and didn't like about the book and a brief synopsis. Hopefully, he will write a few book reviews here on my blog as well.
Giveaway: Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a brand new ARC copy of Shanghai Girls by Lisa See, ends June 12th. Click here for more information, or to the left in the sidebar.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
In the Reading Group Choices Newsletter I received this week, I read a fascinating story about a World Book Day survey that found that "two-thirds of people lied about reading books they have in fact not read". What I found the most interesting was that when they were asked why they had lied about reading a book they said that the main reason was "to impress the person they were speaking to".
Personally, I wouldn't lie about reading a book to impress someone. For me, I feel like I've missed out on something having not read some of the all time classics earlier. I didn't read Pride & Prejudice or Jane Eyre until I was in my 30's. I realized that I had definitely missed out on not reading them in my younger years. Although, I may have a certain appreciation and perspective having read them at that time in my life. I'm trying to "catch up" on all of the classic literature that I haven't read and interests me. That's the beauty of the book blogging community for me as I've been reminded of all of the wonderful books that I want to read.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
For me, I've chosen a book that I read several years ago with my book club. It has stayed on my list of favorites for years and I would love to share a bit about this book with you.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Here is a list of the books I read in May with the exception of two reviews of books read by my husband and son .(Click on the titles to read the reviews)
- Mama's Got a Fake I.D. by Caryn Dahlstrand Rivedeneira
- Precious by Sandra Novack
- Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
- The Side-Yard Superhero by Rick Niece
- Herbert's Wormhole by Peter Nelson (My son Andrew's review)
- Reunion by Therese Fowler
- The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty
- The Age of the Unthinkable by Joshua Cooper Ramo (My husband Greg's review)
- Obama-The Historic Journey, Young Readers Edition -New York Times
- Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Esther: It's tough being a woman by Beth Moore Bible study workbook (This was an 8 week Bible Study that I completed in May but I haven't written up a review for this yet)
**Giveaway for Shanghai Girls by Lisa See, ends June 12th, Click here for details