Summary: After a tragic school shooting, Valerie Leftman is a complete outsider who is either seen as a hero or villain. After writing a “hate list” with her boyfriend that was never meant to cause any harm, she will go back to face all the people she hurt and work towards solving the mystery of who she really is, and how she fit into what occurred that day.
Gut Reaction: Compelling action, easy to connect with characters.
Stars:8/10 stars – because of the descriptive characters and suspense.
What I loved: It is easy to relate to how the characters are feeling, and there is always a new part coming up that you didn’t expect. This book keeps you thinking and makes you feel like you are facing the obstacles along with Valerie.
Why: Fitting in can be very hard at times, and this story shows that you never really know what people are going through. This book also shows how one careless action can lead to a lot of harm if you don’t think before you act which is a good lesson to learn.
As I grow busier, my sleep cycle grows crazy. Or, as my mother sees it, nonexistant — as I get very little sleep. Every day, I wake up tired. This makes me more irritable and less able to concentrate. I try to make it up on the weekends, but when Thursday rolls around that sleep is a thing of the past.
What keeps me from going crazy?Naps. Every day when I get home, I think to myself: do I have time for a nap today? I will plan what I’m going to do around a nap–as whatever I do goes much better if I get a little sleep to pep me up. There are two main types of naps–bed naps and couch naps. Bed naps are planned and usually last a little longer. Couch naps happen accidentally, and I wake up a little sooner. Every so often I wake up from a nap with no idea what day or time it is. It’s very disorienting.
It’s curious that when younger, we all detest naps. At naptime in preschool, there are more open eyes then closed ones, and we refuse to go to sleep when our parents put us down for the night. A little later in life, we push the boundaries of bedtime. We stay up late, reading with a flashlight under the covers, the uncomfortableness of the stuffy air counteracted by the thrill of doing something slightly bad. However, as our schedules grow busier, we not only lose time to read for pleasure, we lose time for necessary things — like sleep. And this is harmful, as we repair ourselves as we rest.
These essays from Denny Middle School students will be up until the end of Winter Break at the Southwest, Delridge, High Point, or South Park branches. Schedule a visit soon to see these great expository essays about how to survive a zombie attack, the plight of elephants, why dead bodies are scary, and much much more. You can also take a look at some of the past pieces created by Denny Middle School writing at their blogs for 7th and 8th graders.
We want to send a shout out to all the students, teachers, and the awesome school librarian at Mercer Middle School! Today Wendy, the Teen Services Librarian from the Beacon Hill library, is visiting your school. If you’re looking for something fun to do over Winter Break, come to the library for these great books. And don’t forget we also have movies and music! Can’t make it to the library? Download music, ebooks and magazines. What are YOU going to read/listen to/watch over Winter Break?