Monday, January 25, 2010

What Are You Reading on Monday ...

 It's Monday! What are you reading this week? is a weekly event to celebrate what we are reading for the week as well as books completed the previous week. Feel free to join in this weekly event if you'd like as well as use the photo/pic/button above.

Just finished :Giv: The Story of a Dog and America

Next is : The Whitest Wall (Bootleg Brothers) (Mom's Choice Awards Recipient)
From Amazon:


The Whitest Wall by Jodee Kulp is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award for Young Adult Fiction and Adult Ficition. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, Motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach, and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families. This book/product has been honored by this distinguished award. --Mom's Choice Awards

What you don't know won't hurt you is a lie. A big lie. Knowledge is still power, and the power found in these pages is undeniable. When Jodee Kulp began to explain to the insidiousness of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome I did not get it. I could not sympathize. It was too much like an out of control virus that was taking over the world. But when I began reading the life stories of the characters in this book I became educated vicariously, even without knowing it. The strength of story could not be better illustrated than within these pages. Full, rich, deep personalities walk through your imagination as close as your own family as this epic-like volume clings to your heart. You will want to pick up the phone and call each one to say, "I'm right here, and I understand, or watch out." The identity of these characters becomes so personal you just know you are reading their memoirs. Fiction, as C.S. Lewis would say, adds to reality, not just describes it. It enriches daily life and irrigates the deserts of our lives. I found "Whitest Wall" so compelling I wanted to jump to the end, but so glad I didn't. Life is complex and lives are intertwined to a greater degree than we think. We tend to be myopic, critical, judgmental, and basically self-absorbed, or is that just me? Jodee Kulp is so adept at casting the players in Whitest Wall and so passionate a story teller you will look at your neighbor through different eyes than ever before. I believe there are many books in the book, I trust at least there are many more books coming from Jodee. --Mac McConnell

P  Product Description

What if a serial killer lived in your neighborhood and no one noticed? A grizzly murder in a small Midwestern town triggers a chain of events of hidden pasts and misconceptions. A young transient is arrested for a crime obvious to some he did not commit, while those in positions of power miss the signs. Hopefully the Bootleg Brothers Trilogy will provide compassion for persons affected by FASD and support for healthy future pregnancies. The Trilogy has been designed to build FASD awareness at a general public level by placing realistic characters with lives and voices in an understandable context. The first book The Whitest Wall (September 2008) is a journey of young adult male with FASD, the second book, Tiger Butterfly (September 2009) is the journey of a young adult female with FASD and the final book Different Beat (September 2010) is the journey of a professionally skilled family (psychologist and child development specialist) struggling to raise a baby born with FASD.

After that : The Dark Matter Directive

Thats the plan!  

I was visiting some sites and came across Bermudaonions site. She posted a review of Simons Cat and a  
video of Simons Cat and  I thought it was so cute and hilarious! So I'm posting one.

Have an awesome week!


Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Great sounding books, Natalie! Hope you have a good reading week.

Louise said...

I am reading Tender Graces, which I was inspired to purchase a while ago after reading your review here. I am looking forward to re-visit your review when i am done myself. I hope you are doing well. I am sorry I haven't been around much, but at least I am here now.

Anonymous said...

Oh how I love Simon's Cat!