Friday, October 2, 2009

Holes by Louis Sachar

Holes was originally read to me in elementary. This is my first time, technically, reading it. My experience and impression of it now is much different from back then. For those of you who have never read Holes, let me tell you it is really good.

I can also say it is original. Whoever heard of a Camp where boys go to dig holes to build character? If you've read Holes you have. If not, why not see if you like it. None of the boys at Camp Green Lake enjoy it very much.

Due to Stanley Yelnats no-good-dirty-rotten-great-great-grandfather he had the choice of Camp or jail. He chose camp thinking it would be fun, plus his parents could never afford to send him. There Stanley makes some discoveries about himself and why they dig Holes. Sachar weaved a really good story. I love how he placed the flashbacks. Without them, I don't think the story would be half as good. It isn't amazing, but well worth reading. Giving us the background information brought a lot of life to this story and made for a unforgettable children's book.

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of "Stargirl, Stargirl." She captures Leo Borlock's heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first.

Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different, and Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal. In this celebration of noncomformity, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the perils of popularity and the thrill and inspiration of first love. (Courtesy of GoodReads)

Stargirl as a person was, amazing. It takes a lot to be you, when everyone else wants to be "them". Whose to say who you should be? For a while, no one could tell Stargirl she was anything or should be anyone other than who she was. That aspect of the book was great. Stargirl as a whole wasn't that fascinating. I like it, don't get me wrong. It's just sometimes it was hard to actually enjoy it.

I didn't get stuck at any points, it's just that sometimes it was a bit dull. Overall the theme and concept is really nice. Anyone who wants a little inspiration should definitely read Stargirl.

I love Children's Lit

I really enjoy Young Adult Novels, but I love Children's Lit. Both genres are by far my favs. That's why over the course of the next six months I plan on revisiting some of my favorites and hopefully, finding some new ones.

On the Agenda:

The Harry Potter Series (Just finished the first book a few days ago. This will be my first time actually finishing the series. My mother wouldn't let me read them anymore, but now since I'm older, I can.)

The Earth's Children Series (Have never read this one, but remember reading what it was about in high school. After hours of searching I finally got the name of the first book.)

The Chronicles of Narnia

Marry Poppins (Have never read, but love the movie.)

The Time Series (I read A Wrinkle in Time, but none of the other books.)

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

A Variety of Picture Books and many more.

How many will I manage to review and read before the year's out?