July 29th – Shooting the Moon by Frances O’Roark Dowell and The Land of Stories:The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
I love Half-Price books and their clearance basement. I tend to go down there and buy dollar YA books, and with the teacher discount it works out okay. In the summer, I try and read as many books as I can to see if I come across anything that will interest any of my students. I also am like a crow, and my eye catches any gold award sticker that I see on a book. This is how I found, Shooting the Moon by Frances O’Rourke. It had a Christopher Award, an award that I had never heard about before. From the Christopher Award website:
Well, I think this is a wonderful award! Shooting the Moon embraced this notion of positivity. It wasn’t preachy about the Vietnam War, but explained the war from many different view points. I liked it for also showing the viewpoint of The Colonel, whose job it was to send young men to a war that could not be won.The Colonel’s whole life was the military, and what happens when everything that you believed to be right was wrong? I also enjoyed Jamie learning to develop film, with the author explaining the technical side of photography. It is a wonderful snapshot of life during a difficult time in America.
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
A student and I went to Red Ballon Bookstore www.redballoonbookshop.com/ to meet Chris Colfer http://chris-colfer.com/. I have always admired him on Glee, and I was amazed to know he has written a series of books. Chris was so kind and gentle with my young student, and treated each one with such attention. It was a fun night of Chipotle and Chris Colfer. I am excited as to how my student likes the book, and if starting on #3 will be okay.
I started with #1from the library, The Wishing Spell, and was impressed with the premise so far. I like the beginning so far: main characters are twins – a girl who is a book lover, the other a quick witted young boy who have fallen on hard times, an exotic grandmother, a magical book which the twins fall into an enchanted land. Chris Colfer has an ear for how children of that age speak, and their sense of humor. I love finding a series that enchants a young person’s imagination, as well as adults. Sometimes one needs to fall into a different world away from life’s chores and demands.