Sunday, November 23, 2008

Book Review: Al Capone Does My Shirts

As a teacher, I can get away with reading Young Adult books and even children's books without being a loser. I LOVE children's literature. I try to balance adult and children's lit as I read, but I keep finding myself pulled toward children's lit.

This book was a fun, quick read. Set on Alcatraz, this novel brings in the history of the island, in an amusing and accessible way to readers. The main character is a 13 year old boy named "Moose." He has a sister who is "different." We find out that she has autism. During his time, autism had not been recognized as a disease, so sufferers of autism were subjected to all sorts of torturous remedies. Moose and his sister, Natalie, are finding a way to cope with being different from the other children on Alcatraz. The novel is filled with several hair-brained schemes aimed at getting in contact with Al Capone. Leave it to Moose to finally figure out how to do it.

I can't say more without spoiling the book. If historical fiction is a genre you enjoy, and you want a fast, easy read, go for this book. You'll find yourself giggling at times as well as feeling sorry for the character's bad situation.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Book Rave: Marley and Me

I just finished reading a really great, easy read. I finished "Marley and Me" tonight. The book made me laugh as I recalled funny moments from my own adventures in pet ownership. It also made me cry as I remembered the tender moments we shared and the sad ones that eventually befell us. It made me appreciate my two pooches, albeit their lack of obedience. It makes me think of my beloved childhood dog, Ladybug. She was with me through so many moments, good and bad. We aren't really sure of her true age, but she lived much longer than she should have. We were fortunate to call her our pet, companion, sister, and best friend for about 15 years. As I see Zeus and Zoey get older, I can only hope that I can enjoy them for as long.
I love you Lady. Rest in Peace.

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