by Gary Paulsen
This quick read is a great one to capture the attention of any group of middle schoolers and quickly draw them into the atrocities of slavery. This book, more than any other I have read on the topic, quickly gets to the point that freedom should be a privilege for us all. It should be understood that be educated well, helps us know how to hang on to those freedoms and defend them with all our wits and power.
by Kendal Privette
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We are not a number. No a weight to be measured, or an IQ to be tested, or a age to be gauged. We are people, to be appreciated and enjoyed for who we are and what we do. It is easy to loss the "sunshine on the inside." 74
A great read!! What a great lady to share her journey in such a honest way.
by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Would you die for truth? Would you risk your life so that the truth might be revealed to others? Die for the freedom of speech? The main character in this book, Helmuth Hubener, was an actual 16-year-old German living through the Nazi regime during WWII who is sentenced to death for listening to a British radio station for the unvarnished truth of what was happening in the war. (German radios only reported the government's version of what was occurring.) He would then type up pamphlets to be distributed around Hamburg, Germany with the facts. Either of these acts could be seen as treason.
As I read this book, I am surprised at the organization of this book...it is a chapter book with no chapters. Literally, you begin this book and it is a continuous story until it ends. It is also unique in that it italicizes the words as the narrator tells his story in the present. Most of the story develops in the other sections that flashback to the narrator's past to explain who he has landed himself in jail waiting for his own execution.
I am the media coordinator at Central Wilkes Middle School. This is my third middle school and 8th year in media. I hope this blog will help me document all the newest experiences with books that I have so that I might be able to better share them with all of you!