Jennifer Finch's blog

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

The Fantasy Explosion

Have you noticed the explosion of fantasy books? You can’t go five books on a shelf in the Teen section without at least 1 fantasy book. And while I love fantasy, there are many fantastic (pun fully intended) non-fantasy titles. They range from historical fiction, to mystery, or even the dreaded school story (just kidding!).

SAT time

 It's that time where highschoolers around the country take the test that could make or break there hopes for the future.  Not to be melodramatic about it, but it is a very important test.  I, of course, highly reccomend study breaks.  Read these three books and you can honestly tell your parents that you are reading about the SAT test.

The Taker by J.M. Steele

Fantasy from Down Under

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