Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Perfect for Reluctant Readers

I Survived:  I Survived Hurrican Katrina, 2005 by Lauren Tarshis
(Middle School Boys)

In this third installment in the series, Tarshis focuses on a tragedy closer to home and closer to now.  Barry is an adolescent boy, living in the 9th ward in New Orleans.  He's just a regular boy, at home with his family when THE STORM hits.  Usually, there is a build-up to the action, but in these books, the disaster just happens.  In this book, chapter 2!  Barry and his family try to flee from the hurricane, but his baby sister gets a bad case of the flu and the family is forced to go home and ride the storm out.  Their situation is one true for so many unfortunate families and Tarshis pulls no punches.  After his house floods, Barry and his father hack through the attic roof for survival.  Barry is swept into the deluge by the wind.  While the books are all called I Survived, the how and when is the part that is so gripping to the reader.

These books are excellent for low and reluctant readers, especially boys.  The sentences are short, clipped and full of action and adventure.  The book itself is also very short and is focuses on the action sequences of survival. If you have a boy in your home ages 8 and up or a teen who doesn't like reading, this one is a sure hit.

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