Saturday, November 6, 2010

My Life as a Book -Janet Tashjian

Publisher:  Henry Holt and co.
Pates:  224
Source:  Purchased
Genre:  Middle Grade Realistic Fiction

As a Language ARts and Reading teacher, my number one goal has always been to get students who think they don't like to read, to discover they do like to read.  Often it is because they have no say in what they read.  Other times it is because it is too difficult for them.

Derek is like this, he likes to read but not what others think he should read.  He has been given a summer reading assignment.  He is doing everything he can to avoid it.  He stumbles across an old trunk in the attic with a newspaper article about a girl drowning at Martha's Vineyard.  When he asks his mom about it she brushes the topic aside.  Derek won't let it go until he finds out the absolute truth.  Along the way to the truth he learns some tricks that will help him along the path to reading.  I loved the way the book was set up and the little tips and tricks in there.  I know a lot of reluctant readers who will really enjoy this book.

(The opinions expressed here are mine and not those of the other panalists)

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