The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause

Summary:

A girl whose mother is dying of cancer befriends a vampire who is seeking revenge on his brother who killed their mother. Both bond over the pain they are going through.

Opinion:

This book is well written and the story moves along at an even pace. Due to a recent death in my family, I was able to empathize with the girl. On more than one occasion, I was yelling at the book for how the girl was burying her feelings.

©Cori Endicott June 2013

Young Adult Lit class project, pt. 1

For my Young Adult Literature class this summer, I had to read 24 books total from various genres. The project was split into two parts. The following list is the first part of the project.

Books 1-12

  1. Title #1: The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds
    1. Author:                Paul Zindel
    2. Recommended Audience: High School
    3. Reading Recommendation: **
    4. Curriculum Connections: Family, Drama, Psychology, Science, Biology, Earth Science
    5. Review:                This play is about a young girl who is trying her best in school despite having self-centered mother who is constantly coming up with get-rich-quick-schemes.
    6. Evaluation: This play goes back and forth between the mother’s monologues about how she used to be something and still would be if it weren’t for her kids, and her children trying to have as normal of an adolescence as possible.
  2. The Chocolate War
    1. Author: Robert Cormier
    2. Recommended Audience: High School
    3. Reading Recommendation: ***
    4. Curriculum Connections: Peer Pressure, School Spirit, Manipulation, Fundraising
    5. Review: The annual chocolate fundraiser becomes interesting for the boys when the school’s enforcer group try to turn it into a farce and then a fierce competition.
    6. Evaluation: This book is told through multiple points of view from the boys in the book and gives an inside look at how they truly feel about the school fundraiser.
  3. Title: Amelia Lost: the Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart
    1. Author: Candace Fleming
    2. Recommended Audience: Middle School
    3. Reading Recommendation: ****
    4. Curriculum Connections: Biography, American heroes, U.S. History, Geography
    5. Review: This book combs through the historical data on Amelia Earhart and presents the information in a chronological order.
    6. Evaluation: The amount and the quality of the research done for this book is excellent and allows the book to be very informative.
  4. Title: House of Stairs
    1. Author: William Sleator
    2. Recommended Audience: Middle School
    3. Reading Recommendation: ***
    4. Curriculum Connections: Literature, Story Hour
    5. Review: This book fits right in with 1984 and Animal Farm.
    6. Evaluation: It was quite frightening how easily the author made it seem that humans can be trained and manipulated. Very thought provoking.
  5. Title: The Time Machine
    1. Author: H. G. Wells
    2. Recommended Audience: Middle School & High School
    3. Reading Recommendation: *****
    4. Curriculum Connections: Literature, British Literature, British Authors
    5. Review: An alleged time traveler regales his companions with his alleged travels to the future.
    6. Evaluation: This book is a classic and there are many cultural references today because of it, so it should be read.
  6. Title: One More River
    1. Author: Lynne Reid Banks
    2. Recommended Audience: High School
    3. Reading Recommendation: ****
    4. Curriculum Connections: Social Studies, History, Current Events/Recent Events
    5. Review: A Jewish-Canadian girl gets plucked out of her cushy life when her parents decide to immigrate to Israel.
    6. Evaluation: This book gives an inside look at what it is like to be only a river away from a culture that wishes genocide on you and what it is like to go through a war with the aforementioned culture.
  7. Title: Ender’s Game
    1. Author: Orson Scott Card
    2. Recommended Audience: High School
    3. Reading Recommendation: *****
    4. Curriculum Connections: Problem-solving, Peer Pressure, Manipulation
    5. Review: Gifted child Ender is chosen for training because of his aptitude to command the fleet of starships against an alien race bent on destroying humanity.
    6. Evaluation: This book keeps your attention and doesn’t hit you over the head with points, has subtlety.
  8. Title: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
    1. Author: Douglas Adams
    2. Recommended Audience: No one under High School
    3. Reading Recommendation: ****
    4. Curriculum Connections: Being yourself, Cool people shouldn’t always be followed, the Geeks are usually having the best time
    5. Review: Human Arthur Dent joins best friend and alien Ford Prefect on a Hitchhiker’s Trip across that galaxy with runaway Galaxy President Zaphod Beeblebrox who has just stolen the greatest starship to have ever been built.
    6. Evaluation: This book at times becomes very confusing to read, but never stops being interesting.
  9. Title: Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator
    1. Author: Jennifer Allison
    2. Recommended Audience: Middle School
    3. Reading Recommendation: *****
    4. Curriculum Connections: Family, Suicide, Mental Illness, Creativity, Ambition
    5. Review: An ambitious young girl goes to visit distant relations and helps solve a family mystery.
    6. Evaluation: This book teaches children, especially girls, not to be afraid to try new ideas and figure out your passions.
  10. Title: Who Am I Without Him?: Short Stories about Girls and the Boys in Their Lives
    1. Author: Sharon G. Flake
    2. Recommended Audience: African-American High School girls and boys
    3. Reading Recommendation: ***
    4. Curriculum Connections: Modern African-American culture, Relationships between boys and girls, Ownership, Self-esteem, Self-respect, Dating
    5. Review: This book gives semi-fictional accounts of the types of relationships young Africa-American teens go through.
    6. Evaluation: I found this book very sad and concerning. It really shows how good role models are needed for all youth.
  11. Title: The Case of the Baker Street Irregular
    1. Author: Robert Newman
    2. Recommended Audience: Middle School
    3. Reading Recommendation: ****
    4. Curriculum Connections: General Reading, Character Evolution with new author
    5. Review: An orphan is taken to London by his handler. The handler is subsequently kidnapped, leaving the orphan to fend for himself. He meets up with other street children and ends up doing a job for the infamous Sherlock Holmes. In the mean time, he is trying to get his own mystery solved.
    6. Evaluation: This book was a very interesting take on a well-known character by a new author. This author stayed true to the Holmes makeup.
  12. Title: The Silver Kiss
    1. Author: Annette Curtis Klause
    2. Recommended Audience: High School girls
    3. Reading Recommendation: ****
    4. Curriculum Connections: Family Illness, Hormones, Family Death
    5. Review: A teen whose mother is dying and her dad’s in denial befriends a vampire who is trying to track down and kill the other vampire responsible for killing his mother. They form a unique bond.
    6. Evaluation: This book stuck to the original canon for vampires. Not Bath and Body Works sparkle body lotion. This book also shows family dynamics when a loved one is dying.

© Cori Endicott July 19, 2013

Jane Bites Back by Michael Thomas Ford

Summary:

Jane Austen has been turned into a vampire by another literary great. She has successfully continued to live around the world undetected. Her world is completely turned upside down when a book she’s been working on for the past two centuries gets published cans the vampire that turned her shows up.

Opinion:

I didn’t find this book particularly interesting. It is the first book in a series. Will not complete the series. Not recommended.

© Cori Endicott Feb 2012