Thursday, May 18, 2017

TECH Note of This 05/18/2017

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

TECH Note of This 05/13/2017

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Review: The Leaving

The Leaving The Leaving by Tara Altebrando
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Six kindergartners missing - without a trace - parents waiting desperately for them to step off the empty bus - how could this happen?? It's a headline story if ever there was one.

Over the course of eleven years, families have done everything in their power to find their children, but each day has brought them closer to the realization that they are gone for good. Dead? Living in a cellar somewhere? Living a life as someone else's child, sister, brother?

Yet, the unimaginable happens - they return. Well, five of them return. With no memories of where they have been, of who held them captive, of what happened over the course of eleven years, or of where Max (the sixth) is.

Memory is a tricky thing, and each day after their return, Scarlett, Lucas, Adam, Kristin and Sarah struggle with their lack of memories, snapshots of possible memories, what it means to have no childhood, and whether they will ever know the truth.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

TECH Note of This 05/05/2017

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Review: Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty

Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this graphic novel depiction of the life of Robert "Yummy" Sandifer, Roger, the 11-year-old narrator, tries to make sense of the violence that surrounded Yummy both during his life and his death.

In 1994, violence (again) erupted in Chicago's Southside neighborhood of Roseland. Yummy Sandifer, an 11-year-old member of the Black Disciple's Nation (BDN) gang, shot the bullet that killed his 14-year-old neighbor as she sat on her steps. After three days on the run and heavy media attention, Yummy's own gang "brothers" turned on him and executed him to end the attention.

A quick and accessible read, Neri's graphic novel portrayal of Yummy's life will have readers questioning why so many children end up in tragic situations like his.

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Review: The End of Oz

The End of Oz The End of Oz by Danielle Paige
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Amy Gumm and her band of "wicked" friends (and Madison) are back! Turns out, that when Amy decided to give Dorothy a little mercy and let her live, it may have just been the biggest mistake of her life. Amy, Nox, and Madison find themselves back in Oz, but more specifically, in the land of Ev - reigned by the evil Nome King.

Amy has yet another battle on her hands, and it may be the most demanding she has ever faced!

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Friday, April 28, 2017

TECH Note of This 04/28/2017

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