Tuesday, November 27, 2012

New Lone Stars to check out

Almost Home by Joan Bauer
What is it like to have no home to go to at the end of the day? Sugar’s learning. Her grandfather just died and her father, who is a gambler, just left again, leaving Sugar and her mom with no way to pay the rent. Her mother has always been a Southern gentlewoman who didn’t work.  They are kicked out of their home and leave Missouri hoping a friend has come through with a job offer in Chicago. When they arrive to find no job waiting, it’s up to Sugar to pick up the pieces when her mother falls apart. She manages to find them a homeless shelter, but her mom’s sensitive nature makes it difficult for them to stay there. Complicating things is the stray dog Sugar refuses to let go of, that’s really against the rules. It’s not long before the administration at the shelter start to question Sugar’s mom, and then she is sent to live with a foster family. Sugar’s lucky that her dog is welcome there. She’s also lucky enough that they are people who can help Sugar sort through all her own confusion, allow her to just be a girl, and help get her mom back on her feet.

Legend by Marie Lu
This is my pick to be the next Hunger Games. In this dystopian North America, there is a constant civil war raging between the republic and the colonies. June represents the republic, as an exceptionally talented student in military school. Representing the resistance is a boy named Day who is on the run due to his status as public enemy # 1. June is given a special assignment as her first- a sort of tset. She is to bring in the criminal Day. She decides to go undercover to do it. He ends up saving her life, and in the few days she “runs” with him, she sees a very different view of the world. After having him arrested, she doubts what she was told about him- that he was the man responsible for her brother’s death. What if it’s been the Republic that’s been lying to her?

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Running Dream

Thanksgiving- just around the corner. Something to be thankful for: the ability to walk. Brought to my attention by the story, The Running Dream.
This story is about an incredible journey of a 16 year old track runner named Jessica. She’s in the hospital. There was a very bad wreck. On their way home from a meet, the bus was crashed into. One girl lost her life, but Jessica lost only her leg below the knee. She doesn’t know how she can manage to adjust to this new life. She can barely walk, much less run anymore. The pain is excruciating, she’s missing weeks of school, and she’s pretty depressed. Luckily she has a fantastic best friend- always there for her, bringing her make up work, taking her out, and finally convincing her that it’s time to face the inevitable- returning to school. The day she goes back, she uses a wheelchair to make it around because her prosthetic leg is not yet ready. That’s how she meets Rosa- a girl in a wheelchair she will never leave. She has CP. But she’s a math whiz and helps Jessica get caught up with everything she’s missed. Months later, when she can walk again with her new leg, the track team begins fund raising to get her a runner’s leg. Her dream is to run again. But she can’t leave Rosa behind. Maybe she will know the joy of running again, but Rosa never will. Jessica comes up with an amazing idea to help Rosa experience life as she has never been able to again.