Below are 10 book reviews about books of various genres for my Introduction to Youth Literature class. You can also watch the book trailers I created for class on the Book Trailers page.
Book Summary: This is the story of a child (it does not say it is a girl, but in the illustrations it appears to be so) who goes out owling with her father for the first time. By the light of a bright moon they head into the forest. Jane Yolen uses beautiful figurative and sensory… Continue reading Module 2: Owl Moon
Book Summary: In this very sweet picture book, a young boy (named as James in later editions where text was added) builds a large snowman one winter when it begins to snow, taking care to dress him neatly and give him a hat and scarf. When he goes to sleep that night, the snowman comes… Continue reading Module 1: The Snowman
Book Summary: Miles “Pudge” Halter is a bright teenager who doesn’t have many friends in Florida. He leaves his school in Florida and goes away to the Alabama boarding school his father had once attended. While there he makes good friends including his math genius roommate who goes by the name the Colonel, a Japanese student… Continue reading Module 3: Looking for Alaska
Book Summary: Joey Pigza is wired and his lack of impulse control (due to his ADHD) gets him into tricky situations with outcomes he cannot predict. When we meet Joey, he lives with his grandma who is also wired like Joey — their home is frenetic and filthy. Grandma is sometimes unkind to him, telling him… Continue reading Module 4: Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
Book Summary: Liam is tall and hairy for a 12 year old and is frequently mistaken for an adult, so much so that he plays up being his friend Florida’s dad to buy things. He is also gifted and talented, and precocious with it. He ends up winning a competition to go to a mysterious space… Continue reading Module 5: Cosmic
Book Summary: This beautifully illustrated book tells a somewhat fictionalized version of the true events of 1987 when a town in Long Island needed to get rid of thousands of tons of garbage. A barge was sent to carry it to be dumped in North Carolina, but when he got there, the locals refused to let… Continue reading Module 6: Here Comes the Garbage Barge!
Book Summary: This nonfiction book, which is designed to be like an informative picture book, focuses on a different body part of animals on each double page (eyes, nose, tail etc.) and asks what an animal would do with eyes like this/a nose like this/tails like this and so on. The body part is zoomed in… Continue reading Module 7: What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?
Book Summary: In this story in the series of Sammy Keyes books, Sammy runs away to Las Vegas because she believes her mother is getting married there to her boyfriend (who just happens to be Sammy’s boyfriend’s dad!). Sammy is angry and hurt because her mother hasn’t told her about the wedding, and she still hasn’t… Continue reading Module 8: Sammy Keyes and the Showdown in Sin City
Book Summary: This is such a clever poetry book where the poems have one meaning when read downwards and a different meaning when read upwards. The illustrations accompanying the “reverso” poems are amusing and reflect the dual nature of the poems. The poems are themed around traditional fairytales. APA Reference of Book: Singer, M., & Massee,… Continue reading Module 9: Mirror Mirror
Book Summary: In this somewhat controversial and much challenged story of the life of a teenage boy on an Indian reservation, the protagonist is Junior (real name Arnold). As a child, Junior was born with water on the brain and suffered from seizures. His poor health affects his speech as a teenager and he has… Continue reading Module 10: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian