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Bj neary's Blog – February 2010 Archive (7)

Cold Skin by Steven Herrick

Cold Skin is a novel in verse that takes place after World War II in a mining town in Barruga, Australia. The story is told from many different characters' points of view who are listed at the beginning of the novel and their name is repeated when they tell their side of the story. Most of the men in Barruga have come back from the war, Albert Holden drove a truck but did not fight during the war. Mayor Paley never went… Continue

Added by bj neary on February 15, 2010 at 6:26pm — No Comments

The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon

5 stars

The mesmerizing story of two close brothers who become torn apart by the civil rights tumult in 1968 Chicago. Roland Childs is a civil rights leader and father to Sam and Stick. For as long as they can remember, they have been involved in their father's demonstrations. Sam is the "good son" who always does the expected and Stick has the fiery temper and tests his father's oath of nonviolence. And it is this conflict between father and son that comes between…


Added by bj neary on February 15, 2010 at 6:22pm — No Comments

Just Another Hero by Sharon Draper

Draper's final book in the Battle for Jericho trilogy, Just Another Hero, was great urban fiction. The plot was fast paced, the African American characters believable using as the backdrop---their final year of high school as seniors includes many fire drills, jobs after school and thoughts of getting into college. I just loved Draper's characterization of Arielle and her mother. They really grew from materialistic one… Continue

Added by bj neary on February 13, 2010 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Gone by Lisa McMann

The final book in the Wake Trilogy, does not disappoint. Janie and Cabel are still in love with one another but Janie knows her future holds a life of blindess and losing the use of her hands as a result of her ability to enter people’s dreams and she sees what Cabel is dreaming and not sharing with her. Janie is coming undone by the pressures of…


Added by bj neary on February 11, 2010 at 10:38am — No Comments

Ballad by Maggie Stievfater

James Morgan and his best friend, Deidre(Dee) have awesome musical abilities. James plays the bagpipes, is annoyingly egotistical, funny and brash to all his friends, and sarcastic towards almost everyone else. He is desperately in love with Dee, but something happened the summer…


Added by bj neary on February 11, 2010 at 10:28am — No Comments

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Murals in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the city of MURALS on… Continue

Added by bj neary on February 1, 2010 at 9:28pm — No Comments

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