Jennifer Finch's blog

Survival

Alright, I am going on a survival training trip with my Karate class this weekend and decided it might be good to write one more blog entry in case I don't come back. :)  So of course, what am I going to write about?  Survival stories!

 

Let's start off with the obvious:

 

Flying paranoia list

So, I'm going on a holiday trip and I decided to blog about airplane disaster books.  >hee, hee<  I have something of a twisted sense of humor sometimes.

Getting Air by Dan Gutman

Group of skateboarding friends heading to California to watch the X-games manage to thwart terrorist taking over the plane with some knitting loving grannies and somewhat land the plane in one piece.

Ask your favorite author a question...

 Alright guys!  I am heading to Albuquerque this weekend to attend the Young Adult Literature Symposium.  At this conference there are going to be A LOT of authors. The list of authors is at this link.  Your mission is to give me questions to ask them if I see them.  I will be checking for responses all weekend long.  The main time I  will have an opportunity to see them is Saturday so if you want your questions answered get them to me by then.  Good luck and I promise to take lots of pictures!

Bullying and Tragedy

Recently, much has come out in the news about the dangers of bullying and they have documented several cases of teenagers committing suicide.  Celebrities have come out explaining their pasts of being bullied.  This is not a new problem, bullying has existed in schools for as long as there have been schools.  Only the victims of such torment can truly understand the trauma and tragedy it causes.  What are your stories, and what advice can you offer someone going through it right now?  Here are some stories dealing with suicide and bullying.

 

Rick Riordan LIVE!

On Tuesday, October 12th at 6:00pm everyone has the chance to watch a live webcast of Rick Riordan to celebrate his newest series, The Heroes of Olympus.  This series continues in the world of Percy Jackson with new characters.  You have to reserve a place, but this is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to listen and watch Rick Riordan from our homes!

To reserve your spot, go to this link: http://disney.go.com/disneybooks/heroes-of-olympus/

 

 

When the mind wanders

I was sitting at my desk trying to come up with a topic for this blog and I started doodling on my piece of paper.  That was it!  I could do my blog on doodling.  How many times have all of you started doodling in a notebook while you were supposed to be listening to your teacher?  I have seen some pretty impressive doodles come out of some English classes here.  Whether you are a fabulous artist or just making random shapes, doodling and more serious art has a tendancy to focus our thoughts and make things more clear, or at least it did for me this after noon.                  

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

I am currently sitting at home wiping the tears from my eyes.  I just finished reading Mockingjay and wanted to blog about my reactions to the book.  It was an incredible and surprising book throughout, always teasing me one way and turning out another.  As I write this, I endeavor not to give away the smallest detail, because this is one of those books you have to experience for yourselves.

Ellen Hopkin's Poetry

I do not usually read poetry, but you can't get much better then Ellen Hopkins.  Her books describe a plethora of topics which are important today.  In Crank, she discusses the dark dive of a teen who becomes addicted to Crystal Meth.  Impulse is from the point of view of three teenagers in a pschiatric institution.  She covers all the teen horrors from drug addiction, cutting, incest, abuse, and prostitution.  Her books are written in free verse poetry and are poignant in the realism of her characters.  If you like poetry or books about the darkest parts of real life, Ellen Hopkins' books are for you.

How much of historical fiction and classical literature is really fiction?

photo by Flickr user, Auntie P
             When learning about American folk heroes such as Johnny Appleseed, Pecos Bill, and John Henry we are told that while these legends are mostly fiction, they contain small kernels of truth. The same can be said for historical and classical novels. Sometimes even complete fiction can give you insight into the past or what inspired that particular author. 
              In Victor Hugo’s
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