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    Saturday, June 11, 2005

    With all the school visits and programs this week, I haven't had much time to blog -- sorry!

    Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
    Since this book is on the 7th grade reading list, I'm not going to say too much about it, except that I finished it this morn before coming to work, and it was a delightful read. When Moose and his family move to Alcatraz so his sister can go to a special school, he is in no way thrilled, despite being on the same island as Al Capone and a number of other famous gangsters and criminals. After making some friends on the island, schemes abound, trouble ensues, criminals are met. Just another few months in the lives of families living and working on Alcatraz.
    Check it out -- you'll like it!
    Y FICTION Choldenko

    Sexy by Joyce Carol Oates
    Not exactly what I was expecting, but this is an intriguing look inside a high school where a prank is taken too far. After Mr Tracy gives a not-so-great grade to a member of the swim team, forcing him off the team, other members decide to get back at him by anonymously accusing him of being a sexual predator. This is Darren's story, however; his experiences with his teacher, the swim team, and his family and friends, and his attempts to understand and deal with the situation. A potent look into the power of rumor and gossip and bitter minds.
    Y FICTION Oates

    That's it for now. When I come up with another simply smashing comment, I'll pop it in here! Happy weekend~

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