Saturday, October 31, 2015

Class Act: Module 10- Historical Fiction featuring Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

As y'all know, I'm a Library Science student at University of North Texas. This semester I have the pleasure of taking an AWESOME class called Literature for Youth! One of the things we have to do is read some books from a list my Prof has provided us and then make up a blog and post reviews over what we've read. CLEARLY this is right up my alley! So, instead of making a completely different blog, every Saturday I'm going to start posting this new feature! 

Historical Fiction

Audiobook,  7 parts
Released: March 22, 2011
Published by: Philomel Books
Source: Library

      Book Summary: Lina is a 15 year old girl in Lithuania in 1941. She's normal. She likes drawing and talking with her parents. Until one night her life isn't so normal anymore. Soviet soldiers burst into her home and take her family away. Soon her family (her, her mother, and her little brother) are aplit away from her father and things continue to get worse from there. They're forced into labor camps in terrible conditions. This is the story of Lina and her family as they face this terrible situation.  

Reference: Sepetys, R. (2011). between shades of gray. New York, NY: Philomel Books. Retrieved October 31, 2015.


     Historical fiction has never been my favorite genre, so when I saw we had to read one for a module, I wasn't excited. But after reading the textbook and this book, I can see myself reading more of this genre. 
    Historical fiction provides readers with information about life, customs, and events in the past while taking readers into the lives of the characters. (Bucher, 2014) This is why it wasn't my favorite genre. It always felt so "teachy." But this book didn't feel that way at all. It had the right balance of history and fiction. There wasn't a time when I felt like I was reading my textbook, and I really learned a lot about the things that were  happening at this time. 
     The best thing about this book is the fact that there was so much to learn. Of course I had heard about hitler and the Germans trying to over take Jewish people, but I hadn't heard much about Stalin. This book taught me so much. Because of this I was ready to learn about this situation and see the situation through "the eyes of the characters." (Bucher, 2014) 
     This book made me want to explore more of the historical fiction genre. It really made me think that there may be more that I missed and should give a small chance to. 
Overall, I give this

Professionals are Saying...


This bitterly sad, fluidly written historical novel tackles a topic woefully underdiscussed in English-language children’s fiction: Joseph Stalin’s reign of terror. On June 14th, 1941, Soviet officers arrest 15-year-old Lina, her younger brother and her mother and deport them from Lithuania to Siberia. Their crammed-full boxcar is labeled, ludicrously, “Thieves and Prostitutes.” They work at a frigid gulag for eight months—hungry, filthy and brutalized by Soviet officers—before being taken to the Siberian Arctic and left without shelter. Lina doesn’t know the breadth of Stalin’s mass deportations of Baltic citizens, but she hears scraps of discussion about politics and World War II. Cold, starvation, exhaustion and disease (scurvy, dysentery, typhus) claim countless victims. Lina sketches urgently, passing her drawings along to other deportees, hoping they’ll reach Papa in a Soviet prison. Brief flashbacks, seamlessly interwoven, illuminate Lina’s sweet old life in Kaunas like flashes of light, eventually helping to reveal why the repressive, deadly regime targeted this family. Sepetys’ flowing prose gently carries readers through the crushing tragedy of this tale that needs telling. (maps, timeline, author’s note) (Historical fiction. 12 & up, adult)
Retrieved from: Kirkus(2011, January 8).BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY [Between Shades of Grayby Sepetys, R.]. Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved from:

Library Uses:

     I would use this as a Book Talk. I would talk about this book and then go into detail about the real situation on what this book is based on. This would move the students as well as the adults that were present. I would also see to it that there were props such as the message in a bottle at the end or even some of the drawings that someone else may 

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from Rosie the Riveter at Take Me Away!

Any one have any bookish costumes?
Anyone just want to show me what they were? I'd love to see it! Halloween is my favorite holiday! 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Follow Friday: Best Book to Screen Adaptation!

Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View & Alison Can Read.    

The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. Basically how it works is you follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. So looking forward to making new blogging friends & following blogs!

what are your favorite books that have been made into a movie? BY girl of 1000 wonders

     This will always be my favorite book to screen adaptation. Maybe because I loved the book so much and the movie is about 100% perfect too. In this rare occasion, the movie made me find the book, but since then I read it about 9515201882036306985 times. Both of them are amazing and I recommend it to everyone! 

What is your favorite book to screen adaptation? 
Do you remember reading/watching Matilda? 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Hardcover, 336 pages
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Published by: HMH Books for Young Readers
Source: Library
For fans of: Westerns, Adventure, Romance, Historical Fiction, YA

     Revenge is worth its weight in gold.
     When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal.


     I waiteed to write this review because I am currently the black sheep of this story. But it's actually for good reason. When I said I wanted to read this one, it was because so many people had convinced me that even though they didn't like Westerns, this was still a cool book to read! 
     Revenge is sweet. Or so Kate thinks so anyway. That's why she's doing her damnedest to try and achieve it. But she ends up finding way more than she bargained for. Finding what she needs may prove to be more dangerous than what she expected.
     Everyone LOVED this one and convinced me that I would love it too. Unfortunately, that's not what happened. I had a hard time reading this one because I'm not a fan of historical fiction OR Westerns. Even the language was hard for me to get over. From me not being a fan of either of them it took long to get used to what she was saying and finally it got boring trying to decipher it. Granted it wasn't THAT hard, but I'd rather read and not have to decipher what they're saying. 
     Ironically, the way it was written was what I liked most about the book. It was evident that Bowman worked very hard on this book, so for me to just say I didn't like it didn't seem fair. This book just wasn't my cup of tea. Maybe at another time I may pick it back up, but for now, I had to give it up. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!

Queen of Hearts

     As Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, Dinah’s days are an endless monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, the King of Hearts. The only highlight of her days is visiting Wardley, her childhood best friend, the future Knave of Hearts — and the love of her life.
     When an enchanting stranger arrives at the Palace, Dinah watches as everything she’s ever wanted threatens to crumble. As her coronation date approaches, a series of suspicious and bloody events suggests that something sinister stirs in the whimsical halls of Wonderland. It’s up to Dinah to unravel the mysteries that lurk both inside and under the Palace before she loses her own head to a clever and faceless foe.
     Part epic fantasy, part twisted fairy tale, this dazzling saga will have readers shivering as Dinahs furious nature sweeps Wonderland up in the maelstrom of her wrath. 
     Familiar characters such as Cheshire, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter make their appearance, enchanting readers with this new, dark take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Published by: HarperTeen
Expected Publication: May 3, 2016

Why I'm Waiting: DOES THIS NOT SOUND ABSOLUTELY EFFING AMAZING?! And is this like the year for the Queen of Hearts? I've found/heard about 3 books about her and I am super excited. Maybe having all of these stories about other characters in Wonderland will open up the way for other characters like the Mad Hatter, who's always been my favorite. 

Will you be waiting on this with me? 
What are you waiting on this week?!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

TTT: Halloween Freebie!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the BookishEach week we will post a new Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join.   

This week's topic is:
Halloween Freebie: Literary Costumes I Wish I Could Be!

Some of these I KNOW people won't get, but eh Idc lol 

1. Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
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I loved her attitude lol She was mean, but she was still cool and she got to scream "OFF WITH HER HEAD!"at everyone!

2. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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Her costume seems like it would be really easy! I just wish I had somewhere to go because I would definitely dress up like her! 

3. Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles series by Marrissa Meyer
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I'm sure people's first guess would be the Bride of Frankenstein lol 

4. Anna from Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
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She would have just a regular white dress with blood stains everywhere. It would be VERY easy to make, but could be super scary. 

5. Belle from Beauty and the Beast
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If I were to ever dress up as Belle though, I would want to have her in the "peasant" clothes. That gold dress is gorgeous, but just too much dress for me lol 

6. Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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 I was her two years ago, but I lost the picture of it :( I had a red flapper dress, a long cigarette, and a long head piece with  huge plastic jewelry! I was so cute!!!

7. Harriett from Harriett the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
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All I need is some Chuck Taylors, a red hoodie, a spy belt, and a composition book. This is actually pretty easy and sounds like something I could pull together quickly! 

8. Glinda the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
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This is another one that may be too much dress, but it's so pink and pretty, I know I would love it!

9. Medusa from the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
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This was easily my favorite scene in the first book. I loved the way it was played out in the book! 

All images were found on Google!