Saturday, May 30, 2009

Red Rider's Hood, Duckling Ugly

In preparation for the 48 hour reading challenge that starts this coming Friday, I decided to read some this weekend. I finished Red Rider's Hood by Neal Shusterman. This is the classic tail of the big bad wolf. In this case Grandma is a werewolf hunter, and Red is her grandson. I finished Duckling Ugly, the third book in Neal Shusterman's Dark Fusion series. If you like fairy tales the way I do, and you have a warped mind, like I do, then these are definately the books for you. This is the story of Medusa brought into modern times. There is nothing better than taking a popular or well known fairy tale and giving it a dark twist. The book didn't end the way I thought it would. I have several more of Neal Shusterman's books in my reading pile for this summer.
I read Avi's Something Upstairs this evening while I was waiting for supper to finish cooking. A young boy and his family move into a historical house in Providence, Rhode Island. When his parents give him the attic for his bedroom he finds something strange, a ghost. He is sent back in time to help the ghost. There are several little twists and turns that made this a delightful easy read. I want to get a few of the really easy reads out of the way before Friday. I don't want to be tempted to take the easy way out. I have ten or twelve books sitting ready on the edge of my desk, just waiting for Friday evening to get here. My goal is ten books in 48 hours. My mom and my husband believe I can do it. My students have watched me read a book during shortened class periods so they will be watching to see if I can do this. I am going to give it my best shot. This time last year I had just had the first of five eye surgeries to prevent me from losing my sight. I was so disappointed that I was only able to read 2 books last summer. The second surgery came two months later and improved my vision enough that with the aid of an eye patch, I was able to read the two books and begin driving short distances. By the end of June I should be able to get a new pair of glasses. I so look forward to next years challenge and the ability to do better because of better sight. Keep reading!

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