Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Top Ten Books I am Thankful for!!!!


Top Ten Tuesday is an original meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
There are many reasons to love a book.  Perhaps it is because it makes you feel some sort of emotion or maybe it takes you on an adventure the way only a book can do.  Below are the Top 10 books that have stayed with me long after I finished reading them.  They have either taught me something about myself or about the human condition that has lingered with me. My list is a hodge-podge of different Genres (yes, I like to read them all) that I absolutely loved.  What are your top 10 favorites?  Why do you like them?

The Harry Potter Series
by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility. All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley - a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years. But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry - and anyone who reads about him - will find unforgettable. For it's there that he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him... if Harry can survive the encounter.
 Why I loved it: This is my all time favorite series.  I love it because it is so original.  When reading it, I became Harry, Hermione, and Ron all at once.  Magical!!!

The Hunger Games Trilogy
by Suzanne Collins

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the other districts in line by forcing them to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the-death on live TV. One boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and sixteen are selected by lottery to play. The winner brings riches and favor tohis or her district. But that is nothing compared to what the Capitol wins: one more year of fearful compliance with its rule. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her impoverished district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. Acclaimed writer Suzanne Collins, author of the New York Times bestselling Underland Chronicles, delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this stunning novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.
 Why I loved it: This book, to me, was so unique.  I actually didn't think I would even like it.  Boy was I wrong.  I love it because it really makes you think about society and the dangers of complacency.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie

In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by acclaimed artist Ellen Forney, that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.
 Why I loved it: I love this for many reasons.  I love that Alexie paints a true picture of what it's like growing up Native in today's society and of the unique struggles of Native youth.

Anne of Green Gables Series
by L.M. Montgomery

Everyone's favorite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.
 Why I loved it: This is one of my all time favorite books.  I just wanted to go and live on P.E. Island and be an orphan when I read it.  It is beautifully written. Anne Shirley is a character that has stayed with me, with her words often echoing in my head, even after 30 years of first reading about her.


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by   Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children , an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow--impossible though it seems--they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
 Why I loved it: This book is so unique that it's hard to describe.  The author uses photography and words to tell a wonderful story.  I'm hoping for a sequel.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

In picturesque nineteenth-century New England, tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy come of age while their father is off to war.
Why I loved it:  This is another book from my childhood that has stayed with me.  I just loved the family dynamic and the portrayal of the relationship between the March sisters.  I read the whole series but loved this one the most.  

   Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell 

Margaret Mitchell's epic novel of love and war won the Pulitzer Prize and went on to give rise to two authorized sequels and one of the most popular and celebrated movies of all time. Many novels have been written about the Civil War and its aftermath. None take us into the burning fields and cities of the American South as Gone With the Wind does, creating haunting scenes and thrilling portraits of characters so vivid that we remember their words and feel their fear and hunger for the rest of our lives. In the two main characters, the white-shouldered, irresistible Scarlett and the flashy, contemptuous Rhett, Margaret Mitchell not only conveyed a timeless story of survival under the harshest of circumstances, she also created two of the most famous lovers in the English-speaking world since Romeo and Juliet.
 Why I loved it: This was actually the first adult book I had ever read. I was in the 8th grade and told my mother I was sick so I could stay home and read.  I read it in two days!!! One of the best books ever written. I love the characters, and the brilliant descriptions & telling of one of the most important periods in U.S. history.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S.Lewis

Four adventurous siblings;Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie;step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice. Open the door and enter a new world!
Why I loved it:  I love this book because it is so magical.  Lewis creates a world that we can see in our minds. 

   The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he's seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home--and his own art--through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it's up to Ivan to make it a change for the better. Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan's unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.
 Why I loved it: This book is poignant. The words and message become written on your heart.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

TIME Magazine's #1 Fiction Book of 2012! The Fault in Our Stars is a love story, one of the most genuine and moving ones in recent American fiction, but it's also an existential tragedy of tremendous intelligence and courage and sadness." Lev Grossman, TIME Magazine Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
 Why I loved it: I love that love can find you even when you don't want it to.  I expected nothing less from John Green

Monday, November 25, 2013

Dodger ~ Book Review

Dodger by Terry Pratchett

A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he's . . . Dodger. Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl-not even if her fate impacts some of the most powerful people in England. From Dodger's encounter with the mad barber Sweeney Todd to his meetings with the great writer Charles Dickens and the calculating politician Benjamin Disraeli, history and fantasy intertwine in a breathtaking account of adventure and mystery. Beloved and bestselling author Sir Terry Pratchett combines high comedy with deep wisdom in this tale of an unexpected coming-of-age and one remarkable boy's rise in a complex and fascinating world. (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics™, a Bowker service)

My thoughts: First let me start by telling you that the CPL doesn't actually own this book, but if you have a RI library card and an electronic device (ie. laptop, tablet, Iphone) you can get this book in e-book format from the Ocean State Libraries  e-zone.  With that being disclosed, let me tell you.. this book was wonderful.  

Sir Terry Pratchett, one of my all time favorite authors, did not disappoint!  This book, although different than Pratchett's usual fantasy/comedy novels, was nonetheless super cute and hard to put down. I enjoyed that this story was filled with Dickensian (think Charles Dickens) details and the humor that Pratchett is known for.  

 I adored the character of Dodger, who I'm sure was meant to represent the Artful Dodger from Oliver Twist.  Dodger is both resourceful and kindhearted. I also very much enjoyed the mystery element to the story and  all the British slang that was common in London during that time period. This book contains many historically accurate tidbits, as well as some embellished historical events and details that make this a historical fantasy.  This story also points out the class distinctions that were common and shows the reader the everyday struggle and hardship experienced by the common folk and the poor in London's underbelly.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books set in Boarding Schools

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books set in Boarding Schools

'Read the Book First' Friday! ~ Catching Fire

'Read the Book First' Friday Meme created by Coventry Teen underground

Catching Fire (book # 2 Hunger Games Trilogy)
by Suzanne Collins

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before...and surprising readers at every turn. (Goodreads Summary)

My thoughts:  Catching Fire delivers just like The Hunger Games did. It is action packed and full of high energy, leaving you, the reader, in a frenzy to finish it. For me, this book did not disappoint.

But I wouldn't say it was better than Hunger Games - just like one Harry Potter book is not better than the other.  In fact, I have rarely read a sequel that proves better than the first. I found t
he first half to be a bit slow - even though a lot of horrible stuff happens in it - the book picks up in intensity in the second half and goes over the roof once the Quell's terms are announced. 

I love the wider scope of this second novel - we slowly learn (along with Katniss) about what goes on in Panem. The girl hardly knows her own importance, her worldview is definitely very limited and locked onto her own and her family's survival. 

Collins leaves this book off with a cliffhanger, which was brutal for those of us who had to wait for book 3 to come out.  For those of you are are just reading the trilogy now, it's not so bad because you can immediately read Mockingjay with no wait in between.  You are lucky because, I guarantee, that you will want to run out and grab the last book!

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Read the Book first Friday!


'Read the Book First' Friday Meme created by Coventry Teen underground
You still have time to read the book before seeing the movie!!!
The Book: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Get the Lowdown: This book, published in 2005 by Australian author Markus Zusak, has won numerous awards and listed on the New York Times Children’s Bestseller List for over 230 weeks.  
The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller made into a movie was released in movie theaters on November 15, 2013.

19063 Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul. It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can#146;t resist#150;books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
My Thoughts: Yes, I know that the the movie is already in theaters, but trust me, once you start reading this wonderful book, you will be finished in no time. It is a pretty thick book, but you will no doubt finish it quickly, and then you can be off on your way to the theater. I've yet to see the movie myself, but in my opinion, the movie is very rarely better than the book. So, go ahead, run out to find a copy today. Better yet, come on down to the CPL and borrow one!
Watch the official Movie Trailer Here!!!


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Teen Review Thursday

Betrayed (House of Night Series - book #2) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Review by Hannah (grade 7)

Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night. She's come to terms with the vast powers the vampyre goddess, Nyx, has given her, and is getting a handle on being the new Leader of the Dark Daughters. Best of all, Zoey finally feels like she belongs--like she really fits in. She actually has a boyfriend…or two. Then the unthinkable happens: Human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey's old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves. Then, when she needs her new friends the most, death strikes the House of Night, and Zoey must find the courage to face a betrayal that could break her heart, her soul, and jeopardize the very fabric of her world. (Summary from Goodreads)

Here is what Hannah (Grade 7) had to say about this book.

1)It was really fun to read because it was like you were in the story.
2)It was book 2 of the House of Night Series.
3)Because it was a good book I wanted to read.

Still trying to decide if you want to give it a shot?  Check out this book trailer.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Book Review ~ The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

 Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?


Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each
other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

My Thoughts: I was actually pleasantly surprised that I liked this book as much as I did.  I'm not usually a big romance fan, but I quite enjoyed this book.  I found the characters to be highly likeable and the storyline to be interesting enough to hold my attention long enough for me to read this in just two days.  It was a pretty easy read, but enjoyable. Oh, and Oliver is British!!!!  As I read this I would speak all his parts in a British accent in my head.  What's not to love about British guys??? Maybe I can add romance to the list of types of books I like!!! At least all the ones with British male characters!!!

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books set in Boarding Schools

As I’m nearing the end to Curtsies & Conspiracies, the second in the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger, I started thinking about how many good books there are that take place in a boarding school.  Here is the Top 10 I came up with for Boarding School Books:

10. Paper Covers Rock, by Jenny Hubbard: In 1982 Buncombe County, NC, sixteen-year-old Alex Stromm writes of the aftermath of the accidental drowning of a friend, as his English teacher reaches out to him while he and a fellow boarding school student try to cover things up.

9.  The Mockingbirds, by Daisy Whitney: When Alex, a junior at an elite preparatory school, realizes that she may have been the victim of date rape, she confides in her roommates and sister who convince her to seek help from a secret society, the Mockingbirds.

8. The Girls of No Return, by Erin Saldin: While this isn’t a boarding school in the traditional sense, it is a school for troubled girls, but it is still a school for teens to live and learn in a secluded environment.  A troubled sixteen-year-old girl attending a wilderness school in the Idaho mountains must finally face the consequences of her complicated friendships with two of the other girls at the school.

7. Hex Hall, by Rachel Hawkins: When Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, she is exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

6. A Great and Terrible Beauty, by Libba Bray: After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world.

5.  Etiquette & Espionage, by Gail Carriger: In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is surprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.

4. Looking for Alaska, by John Green: Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

3.  I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You, by Ally Carter: As a sophomore at a secret spy school and the daughter of a former CIA operative, Cammie is sheltered from "normal teenage life" until she meets a local boy while on a class surveillance mission.

2. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart: Sophomore Frankie starts dating senior Matthew Livingston, but when he refuses to talk about the all-male secret society that he and his friends belong to, Frankie infiltrates the society in order to enliven their mediocre pranks.

1.   Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling: Really, what else could be our favorite boarding school book?  Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.

~ Blog post by Stephanie Barta~
  YA Librarian

What do you think?  Did I get it right?  Did I leave any out?  All of these picks are available at the Coventry Public Library.  Check them out and let us know what you think!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King ~ Review

13069935Astrid Jones desperately wants to confide in someone, but her mother's pushiness and her father's lack of interest tell her they're the last people she can trust. Instead, Astrid spends hours lying on the backyard picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead. She doesn't know the passengers inside, but they're the only people who won't judge her when she asks them her most personal questions . . . like what it means that she's falling in love with a girl.

As her secret relationship becomes more intense and her friends demand answers, Astrid has nowhere left to turn. She can't share the truth with anyone except the people at thirty thousand feet, and they don't even know she's there. But little does Astrid know just how much even the tiniest connection will affect these strangers' lives--and her own--for the better.

In this truly original portrayal of a girl struggling to break free of society's definitions, Printz Honor author A.S. King asks readers to question everything--and offers hope to those who will never stop seeking real love.

My Thoughts: To be honest, I only read this book because it was a Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee, and it is my goal to read every book on the list.  With that being said, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed this book.  I think teens in general will be able to relate to this book on some level.  It looks at the difficulties facing gay teens or those who may be questioning their sexual orientation, but it is as much about discovering who you are as a person and being who you want to be rather than what society expects.  The book sends the message of the importance of being true to oneself and that there should be no shame in choosing to love someone (even someone of the same gender).  I recommend this book and found Astrid to be a very strong admirable character.

In addition to being a RITBA Nominee, Ask the Passengers has also won:

AwardsPublishers Weekly Best Children's Books, 2012, WON AWARD
AwardsLos Angeles Times Book Prizes, 2012, WON AWARD
AwardsSchool Library Journal Best Books of the Year, 2012, WON AWARD
AwardsCarolyn W. Field Award (Pennsylvania Library Association), 2013, WON AWARD

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Feature & Follow Friday

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow 

Friday Follow is a blog hop that was started by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  Each week a different question is posted by our hosts and we will answer!  This is a great opportunity for bloggers to network and interact. 
This week’s question – 

Are there any book to movie adaptations where you think the movie is better than the book?

I hope I don't catch any flack from all you J.R.R Tolkien fans out there, but I actually liked the Lord of the Rings movies WAY more than the books.  I felt that the books just had TOO much detail (I have no desire to learn Elvish). To me the Tolkien books weren't so much about telling a story as they were about detailing a world created in Tolkien's imagination.  So... what I mostly liked about the movies was that they really told the story better. The films brought the characters to life and made many of them much more likeable and gave them more depth (think Arwen who gets a much bigger part in the film than the book). Through the films we get to see Tolkien's world brought to life on the big screen without having to read every minute detail about it.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Marked by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast ~ Teen Review by Hannah (grade 7)

The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampyres have always existed.  In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire--that is, if she makes it through the Change.  Not all of those who are chosen do. It's tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling.  She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx.  But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers.  When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite club, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny--with a little help from her new vampyre friends.

Here's what Hannah (grade 7) of the Coventry Public Library has to say of book the book Marked by P.C Cast & Kristin Cast.

1) Marked is a different book. It has a lot of ups and downs to it.
2) My sister told me it was a good book.
3) I finished it because I can't leave a book unfinished. I always have to see how it ends.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick ~ Review

This National Book Award nominee from two-time finalist Patricia McCormick is the unforgettable story of Arn Chorn-Pond, who defied the odds to survive the Cambodian genocide of 1975-1979 and the labor camps of the Khmer Rouge.

Based on the true story of Cambodian advocate Arn Chorn-Pond, and authentically told from his point of view as a young boy, this is an achingly raw and powerful historical novel about a child of war who becomes a man of peace. It includes an author's note and acknowledgments from Arn Chorn-Pond himself.

When soldiers arrive in his hometown, Arn is just a normal little boy. But after the soldiers march the entire population into the countryside, his life is changed forever.

Arn is separated from his family and assigned to a labor camp: working in the rice paddies under a blazing sun, he sees the other children dying before his eyes. One day, the soldiers ask if any of the kids can play an instrument. Arn's never played a note in his life, but he volunteers.

This decision will save his life, but it will pull him into the very center of what we know today as the Killing Fields. And just as the country is about to be liberated, Arn is handed a gun and forced to become a soldier.

My Thoughts: Whoa, this book was intense and powerfully written.  The whole time reading it I kept wondering if I would have had the strength and will to survive the way Arn does.  Would I have just given up?  He never does, even when he sees and experiences some of the most horrific things I have ever read about.

 If you are squeamish about violence, then I would steer clear, but if you are interested in true stories that show how unbreakable the human spirit can sometimes be, then read this book.  Personally, I believe that reading true accounts such as this can educate us to what is happening, or what has happened, throughout the rest of the world, and to make sure that history is not repeated.  This book was at points hard to read, unbelievably sad, yet at the same time I'm glad I read it.

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