The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Review)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Rating
5 / 5 Stars

Goodreads Description
Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman – (Review)

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)

Rating
4 / 5 Stars

Goodreads Description
Some books improve with age–the age of the reader, that is. Such is certainly the case with Philip Pullman’s heroic, at times heart-wrenching novel, The Golden Compass, a story ostensibly for children but one perhaps even better appreciated by adults. The protagonist of this complex fantasy is young Lyra Belacqua, a precocious orphan growing up within the precincts of Oxford University. But it quickly becomes clear that Lyra’s Oxford is not precisely like our own–nor is her world. For one thing, people there each have a personal dæmon, the manifestation of their soul in animal form. For another, hers is a universe in which science, theology, and magic are closely allied:

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15 Years Later – In Memory of 9/11.

When 9/11 happened, I was six years old.  I was in my third week as a second grader and that is about all I remember regarding my life at that time.  I remember I got to leave school early.  I remember my mom wouldn’t let me turn on the TV.  I remember everyone whispering around me and my younger brother.

But I don’t remember IT.  It being the thing everyone was trying to keep hidden from us.  We weren’t allowed to know and the adults in our lives tried to preserve our innocence a little longer before they told us a few times, trying to keep us from fearing everything but still trying to get us to understand just how serious this was.

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