Saturday, January 30, 2010
I read this for book group and really enjoyed it. (I also enjoyed understanding all of the Hebrew words in it!) The writing is so unadorned and yet enjoyable and there are so many fascinating themes here--can't wait to discuss it. (Note: I read this in junior high and did not remember a word of it. And I think the themes are wasted on a kid. I was thinking of having Simon read it next year when we do modern history, but I won't.)
Posted by Julie M. Smith at Saturday, January 30, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
A pre-read for Simon; I think this is the best YA historical fiction I have read. Why? An exciting story, great historical detail (including non-fiction chapter epigraphs), and a compelling exploration of the irony of colonies fighting for freedom when 20% of their population was enslaved. Highly recommended.
Posted by Julie M. Smith at Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010
A preread for Simon. I thought it was excellent. I won't write down discussion questions since the book includes some. Another possible activity: since the book consists of diary entries with longitude and latitude given, it would be fun to plot the journey on a map as you read.
Posted by Julie M. Smith at Wednesday, January 13, 2010
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