After reading Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, I wanted to give Gabrielle Zevin's Elsewhere a try since it is one of those titles that has seemed to endure through the years. I was a little disappointed, but I will say that most of my students who have read it, liked it. The premise of the story is that Liz Hall is a young girl who dies in a hit and run accident. She travels by ship to Elsewhere, the author's vision of heaven. The novel chronicles her world as she comes to grips with her new life in Elsewhere. For all of us who have wondered what the next world will be like, the novel provides one person's imaginative vision. It's not a vision I share, but the novel did prod me to think about my own vision of heaven.
Mrs. Carlino: librarian, technology teacher, intrepid reader, armchair (and real when I can swing it) traveler, vegetable gardener, and outdoor lover!
Some other sites where I have reviewed books:
Other lists of great reads:
A .pdf File from the MA Department of Eduction that outlines suggested reading for grade level. The authors that will help you be "well-read":
I found this nice list of classics for middle schoolers thanks to a teacher in New York. Thanks to Mr. Shapiro wherever you are!