BOOKS FOR CHILDREN: How do you know what's good?

While there are many places (especially on the internet) where you can read book reviews, how do you really know if it's a good book or not when a single book might receive anywhere from one to five stars?
The answer: read the reviews of a book-addicted teacher librarian.

** The age recommendations are guidelines only; whether or not a certain book is suitable for a particular child depends on multiple factors, including their maturity, reading level, interests, and in some cases their experiences.
** While the ratings are largely based on my own personal appreciation/enjoyment of the book, they are also influenced by my experiences as a teacher and the potential attraction for the target-aged child (acknowledging that what one child may love, another may find exceptionally boring). A rating of 5 indicates the book is likely to be popular with the majority.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

I am the Cheese

AUTHOR: Robert Cormier (Aust)

ISSUES: death, family, trust, running away, psychology.

PLOT/NOTES: Slightly disjointed (not chronological). A psychological thriller, with a twist at the end. Follows a young boy in two slightly separate stories; one in an interview with a psychologist in the third person; one a recount in the first person.

AGES: 13+ GENRE: Realistic Fiction, Thriller RATING: 4 1/2 stars

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