Punch like a girl by Karen Krossing

January 19, 2015

 

Punch-Like-a-Girl

Punch like a girl  by Karen Krossing

Published by: Orca Book Publishers [ditigal ARC provided by ORCA]

c.2015

It’s not the girl in the fight; it the fight in the girl”

 

These words are written with the same style of slashed font as the title on the cover.  Each chapter is headed by a strongly written-like word that stares you straight in the face.

Looking at the cover, you are drawn in by the inoffensive beautiful butterfly, but are taken aback by the almost thickly painted-style of the words that are all in CAPS.

The first sentence… the first seven words …  are so evocative in creating an image in the reader’s mind, that one cannot help but be swept up into the torment and turmoil that the protagonist is in the midst of experiencing. Told in the first person, the short swift sentences, are like verbal ‘punches‘ that seem to reflect an inner agony yet to be revealed.

Outrage, resentment and indignation slowly wrap around Tori becoming her armour.  Choosing to remain silent, her inner struggles become magnified through a tough defiant  posture and attitude.  This new Tori,  is a person that her closest friends and family now have difficulty understanding. Withdrawing even further within herself, a compulsive reaction lands Tori into a confrontation with consequences and an outcome that could carry changes for her, if only she is strong enough to accept them.

Punch like a girl” is an explosive and addictive story that will grip the reader with suspense from the jabbing first sentences until the end!!

A compelling, moving and powerfully emotional story!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Grade level: Intermediate and Senior

AUTHOR WEBLINK: http://karenkrossing.com/

Booktrailer: http://youtu.be/cO1_-8JlG1M

 

 

 

 

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Underground Soldier by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

February 21, 2014

undergroundsoldier framed[1]Underground Soldier is a moving and inspirational companion book to Stolen Child and the award winning, Making Bombs for Hitler.

This is Luka’s story…..his journey …his painful coming of age during a time, when survival was the key. Luka’s brash escape from a slave labour camp, thrusts him into situations where improvisation becomes the fundamental instrument for his survival — alluding German sentries.

This is a very powerful story, and even though the characters of Luka and Martina are fictional, the events experienced by them are based on real and little known events during a very horrific time in World War II. Often those who were escaping the injustices of the Nazi’s, would also find themselves fighting against the Russians at the same time.

Scenes of total injustice, brutality, violence and all the horrors encountered during war and  endured, are skillfully balanced by the author, into a story that shows that courage, perserverance, determination and compassion can have just as strong as an impact on the human psyche and help one to overcome any adversity.

Highly Recommended for students and adults!


After by Hazel Hutchins

August 5, 2010

Fountas and Pinnell Reading Level:  Q    Grade Level:   5-7  

Genre:  Fantasy/Adventure

  Literature Circle set ( 6 copies) available  at  Classroom Support Centre

Red Maple Nominee 2010 ,  176 Pages

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How do families cope in the aftermath of a tragic shooting?
Follow Kate and Sam to see how families on both side of violence are impacted.” 
http://accessola.com/forest2010/redmaple/rm1/about.php

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Review by Karen

After is the story of told in alternating  perspectives by two young teens that each have lost a sibling at the same store shooting. Kate writes her feelings to her best friend “Amy”  and it is through her entries we become privy to her accumulating feelings of despair, grief, loneliness and an ever-growing  anger.   “ I am so angry. I am so mad.  … all week the silence in our house is has been so loud its like living completely and utterly alone“.

Sam thoughts also reveal his perspective on what the sudden act of violence perpetrated by his older brother is costing him and his family. He is fearful of showing his emotions and that ” if he ever lets the anger out, the kind of madness that explodes, he ‘d be like Everett and never be able to stop.” 

A year later as the anniversary of this tragic event draws near, unbearable silences slowly give way to unexpected friendships. The tension climaxes when the two grieving mothers unexpectedly meet!

 Canadian author, Ms. Hutchins has delivered a very powerful book in After. I highly recommend this for any student from grade 6 to 9!

 Author Website: http://www.hazelhutchins.net/


Branded by Eric Walters

April 27, 2010

                                                                                                                                                                                  

(Orca Currents series) Publisher: Orca Book Publishers Pub Date: March/01/2010. : 112pp

Fountas and Pinnell Reading Level: R

Having met and spoken with Canadian author Eric Walters over the past few years, I am always keen to see what his latest book will be about.

 In Branded , three characters that were introduced in Mr. Walters’ book In a Flash  are once again at the centre of controversy. Ian, Oswald and Julia, friends since elementary school are part of a social issues class introduced by the new Principal. Within these four walls, Mr. Roberts challenges his students to think on a variety of global social issues, from the passive resistence shown by Gandhi, to child slave labour and  human rights.    During a weekly assembly, the Principal announces that to help with school security issues, a new policy of school uniforms would be implemented …this not only brings groans and jeers from the student body, but also raises the ire of school president Julia.  Once again Ian’s relationship with Julia is put to the test as she continually badgers him for ideas to stop this new policy. Ian is reluctant to commit to anything so avoids Julia.  As the date draws near, Ian’s casual searching on the internet reveals that the supplier of the new uniforms is also on an international list of human rights violations…..this revelation spurs Ian to follow his conscience and thrusts him once again into the limelight of controversy!

Once again Mr. Walters has produced a thought-provoking book that will surely engage classroom discussions on social issues that face all of us in this age of information technology!    Highly Recommended!

Reading ability:  Grade 6,7,8,9  (Hi/Lo vocabulary)          

Genre: Realistic fiction

Theme: Courage; Social Justice issues; Human Rights; Integrity; Law; Determination

Orca Reading/Teaching Guide for Teachers: http://www.orcabook.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=475

Author Website: http://www.ericwalters.net/razorside/executeUseCase.do?useCaseId=1129689095013330