Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Linked by Gordon Korman

 Michael is at school after hours picking up something from his locker when he runs into the school janitor.  They are talking and look up to discover a swastika painted on the ceiling of the school.  Why would someone put that on the ceiling of the school?  The principal and teachers are very upset by this and decide that the students need some education about the history of the symbol and what it actually means.  At first, the students are resistant and not wanting to learn about it until they hear about the stories of the Holocaust.  Students are learning about the Holocaust and what happened, BUT another swastika is painted in a different location.  Then, another.  Then, another.  Who is doing this?  After learning about the meaning behind the symbol, why would someone do this?  You can find out by reading Linked by Gordon Korman.

I have read many books by Gordon Korman over the years, and this one does not disappoint.  Told in differing viewpoints, Korman weaves a tale that explores hatred, secrets, ignorance, learning, and redemption.  I highly recommend this book.  If you need a copy, I can recommend a place to get it. (Hint--it's the Ridgeview library.  You can get it at the Ridgeview Library.)

New School Year, New Goals

 Every school year, I hope to keep the blog up with the books that I am reading or at least with books I've read recently.  

Here is the new school year--on the third week, and this is my first post.

What can I say?  I am human, and I have many things that I want to do.

But, it is a new school year, and I always want to promote books.

So, here I am again--renewing my goal of blogging about the books that I am reading.  I hope to write some quick notes about books I read over the summer to get started.  Then, I will settle into a rhythm of choosing a day or days to write about some good books to read.

For those who work in the same field that I do, you understand.  We get caught in the daily minutia, and what looked like a simple task becomes monumental.  But, I am resolute to get started with more good books to share with those who are here again reading my reading ramblings.