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Quill And Swill - October08


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Great middle and secondary level reads from teacher-librarians

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Quill And Swill - October08

  1. 1. QUILL AND SWILL <ul><li>A Tri-Division Booktalk </li></ul>
  2. 2. SACRED LEAF <ul><li>Deborah Ellis </li></ul><ul><li>The second story in Ellis’ series The Cocalero Novel explores the issue of the war on drugs and its implications on the Bolivian people who raise the coco plants for legitimate reasons. </li></ul><ul><li>Diego, having escaped the illegal cocaine operation, is taken in by a family of coca farmers. The safe haven is soon disrupted by the invasion of the army who demolishes the family’s coca crop. Diego joins the the cocaleros as they protest the destruction of their crops – their livelihood, leading to a dramatic climax. </li></ul><ul><li>Ellis presents an alternate perspective of the effects of North American’s efforts to stop the drug trade. </li></ul><ul><li>Presented by Bev Paholik </li></ul>
  3. 3. KLUTZHOOD <ul><li>Chris McMahen </li></ul><ul><li>Arlo, a twelve-year-old boy, desperately wants to belong, but lacks the understanding of how to make this happen. His frustration at being a new student combined with his desire not to be an outcast leads Arlo to participate in a series of dangerous challenged. </li></ul><ul><li>Humourous situations arise as Arlo attempts to become a Dumpster Dude. Arlo lies, evades and eventually tries some forbidden stunts in the hopes of becoming a group member. It is the challenge to play hockey that helps Arlo find a place in his new school. </li></ul><ul><li>Klutzhood is a hilarious story told with all the emotion and exaggeration of a frustrated 12-year-old. </li></ul><ul><li>Presented by Dawn Morgan </li></ul>
  4. 4. THE POLE <ul><li>Eric Walters </li></ul><ul><li>The return to the literary landscape set in the far North and the reemergence of Newfoundland Captain Robert Bartlett, the real-life hero of Trapped in Ice , provides the premise of Walters’ 46 th novel. </li></ul><ul><li>Written in diary format , The Pole is a fictional retelling of Robert Peary's 1909 expedition to the North Pole aboard The Roosevelt, as experienced by Danny , a 14-year-old Newfoundland-born cabin boy. The story of the race to be the first to reach the North Pole features historical figures Robert Peary and Matthew Hensen. </li></ul><ul><li>Encounters with polar-bears, prolonged period of darkness, unbearable cold, and treacherous ice combine to create a fast-paced adventure tale. </li></ul><ul><li>Presented by Bev Paholik </li></ul>
  5. 5. MOUNTAIN GIRL, RIVER GIRL <ul><li>Ting-Xing Ye </li></ul><ul><li>Pan-pan, a mountain village girl, and Shui-lian, a “river” girl, are two teenage girls born in different regions of modern-day rural China. Each girl is unbeknownst to the other. To escape their lives of poverty and isolation, the young girls leave home with dreams of a better future. </li></ul><ul><li>The two girls happen upon each other upon a train and quickly form a deep friendship. Together, they vow to face their challenges together. Their dreams of a better life quickly diminish as they endure inexplicable horrors, including work in a sweat shop and unwanted sexual advances. </li></ul><ul><li>The story provides a stark portrait of modern China in which two friends struggle to survive. Caution – the text includes a rape scene and hints of an incestuous relationship. </li></ul><ul><li>Presented by Bev Paholik </li></ul>
  6. 6. MY ONE HUNDRED ADVENTURES <ul><li>Polly Horvath </li></ul><ul><li>It is the beginning of July and Jane, now 12 years old, is ready for adventures, to move beyond the world of her siblings and single mother and their house by the sea, and step into the “know-not what.” </li></ul><ul><li>And, over the summer, adventures do seem to find Jane, whether the surprising consequences that arise from dropping Bibles from a hot air balloon, the appearances of a slew of possible fathers, a weird new friendship with a preacher and psychic wannabe, a rescue at sea, secrets of all kinds, a disappearance, or an elopement. </li></ul><ul><li>Jane embraces and learns from her adventures, and survives even the hardest ones. At the end of the summer she is still looking forward, eager to embrace her life. </li></ul><ul><li>Most important, there is Jane’s discovery of what lies at the heart of all great adventures: that it’s not what happens to you that matters, but what you learn about yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Presented by Carlene Walter </li></ul>
  7. 7. PETE’S GOLD <ul><li>Luanne Armstrong </li></ul><ul><li>It is the beginning of summer and Pete already has qualms of it potential. The boy is sent to live at his quirky grandmother’s farm in British Columbia as an aftermath of his parents’ announcement of potential divorce. </li></ul><ul><li>The disappointment of the absence of a television and computer are quickly replaced with a summer filled with adventure. Lake monsters, ghostly apparitions, malevolent weather, and a dead body provide sufficient distractions for a young boy. </li></ul><ul><li>The summer proves to be a test not only of Pete’s bravery and resourcefulness, but also his self-perceptions and values. An evolving relationship with his grandmother results in never felt before experiences of freedom and trust. It is through the sharing of family stories, Pete learns of his great-great grandfather and a possible connection to an old map and a treasure of hidden gold and silver. As the grandma is in danger of losing her farm, Pete vows to find the lost treasure. His discovery brings his family closer together and keeps his new friends in awe. </li></ul><ul><li>Presented by Dawn Morgan </li></ul>
  8. 8. RUN LIKE JÄGER <ul><li>Karen Bass </li></ul><ul><li>Kurt embarks on a year’s exchange to Germany to learn about his family’s heritage and language. In a German graveyard, he befriends an old man who is an old friend of Kurt’s opa. Kurt learns of his grandfather’s childhood, and shockingly, his involvement in the Hitler Youth. </li></ul><ul><li>Herr Brandt, the old man, does not minimize the two soldiers’ involvement in atrocities or to absolve himself of responsibility as a soldier. </li></ul><ul><li>Through his friendship with Herr Brandt, Kurt comes to understand conscription and the deception of young Nazi soldiers. </li></ul><ul><li>Presented by Ruth Garnett </li></ul>
  9. 9. EGGHEAD <ul><li>Caroline Pignat </li></ul><ul><li>Grade nine student Will Reid is the unfortunate target of the class bully. Katie, a childhood friend, defends Will at the cost of being the centre of unfounded rumours. Deavan, a former bully, decides to stop attacking innocent students. </li></ul><ul><li>Told in alternating chapters, the novel weaves together three distinct perspectives of bullying. The bullying climaxes to a life-threatening incident, impacting the three distinct characters forever. </li></ul><ul><li>The Kids Help Phone has included Egghead on their Web site in their Get Information section under Bullying for Ages 13 and Up. </li></ul><ul><li>Presented by Ruth Garnett </li></ul>
  10. 10. VICTORY <ul><li>Susan Cooper </li></ul><ul><li>A young girl experiences overwhelming homesickness after her family moves from Connecticut to London due to the stepfather's new job. While visiting a bookstore, the eleven-year old girl is drawn to an edition of Robert Southey's Life of Nelson , which has a scrap of the Victory’s flag secreted inside. In alternating chapters, an alternating story of an eleven year-old boy who lives in England in 1803 is described. Sam is forced into service aboard H.M.S. Victory under Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson. </li></ul><ul><li>As Molly begins channeling Sam's experiences, their two lives intertwine. Memories of the death of her father and details of Sam's experiences during the fateful Battle of Trafalgar surface are seamlessly weaved to create a vivid historical tale within the framework of a compelling modern story. </li></ul><ul><li>Presented by Rhonda Morari </li></ul>
  11. 11. DEAD RECKONING <ul><li>Laurie Lawlor </li></ul><ul><li>Emmet Drake, a 15-year-old orphan becomes a page aboard his elder cousin’s, Francis Drake’s, ship. Life aboard the ship is difficult due to Emmet’s naivety and Captain Drake’s rough demeanour. Eventually, Emmett realizes that he is sailing with pirates and plans his escape. </li></ul><ul><li>Harrowing clashes, piracy, and wretched deprivation provide a stark portrayal of the life of an unscrupulous man and his ambition to girdling the globe.“ </li></ul><ul><li>Colourful nautical slang, two comprehensive endnotes, and an archival map of Drake's route illustrate Lawlor’s meticulous research of a grim time in history. </li></ul><ul><li>Presented by Florence Barton </li></ul>
  12. 12. SCRAMBLED EGGS AT MIDNIGHT <ul><li>Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler </li></ul><ul><li>Fifteen-year-old Calliope unhappily travels with nomadic lifestyle as her free-spirited mother works at Renaissance fairs selling handmade items and serving drinks. </li></ul><ul><li>During a stop in North Caroline, the young girl meets Elliot, also 15. An unfortunate incident involving chemicals and the resulting green lips of young boy is strange, but sweet, beginning to a love interest. The teenage boy lives in the woods where his father runs a Christian camp for obese children on the motto, What Would Jesus Eat? </li></ul><ul><li>In alternating chapters, the two teenagers describe their budding romance and their quest to connect with someone while finding themselves. </li></ul><ul><li>Presented by Diane Barsi </li></ul>
  13. 13. SLEEPING FRESHMEN NEVER LIE <ul><li>David Lubar </li></ul><ul><li>As a grade nine boy in a new educational environment, Scott Hudson is desperately trying to find his place in the confusing world of high school. Unfortunately, he faces bullying, intensive homework assignments, a teacher who relishes putting his students through extensive physical activity, and unrequited love. To make matters worse, his mother announces that she is pregnant. </li></ul><ul><li>To cope, Scott decides to write a survival manual for high school as an advice for his unborn sibling. Absurd entries and musings chronicles the teen’s turmoil to belong in an unfamiliar place. </li></ul><ul><li>Lubar presents an amusing male companion to Barbara Haworth-Attard’s novel A is For Angst. </li></ul><ul><li>Presented by Diane Barsi </li></ul>
  14. 14. DOES MY HEAD LOOK BIG IN THIS? <ul><li>Randa Abdel-Fattah </li></ul><ul><li>A devout Muslim decides to wear the hijab in her high school despite taunts from her classmates. Amal’s decision to embrace her faith and its reactions from others leads the seventeen-year-old into an emotional and spiritual journey. </li></ul><ul><li>Amal’s struggle to be an observant Muslim while still maintaining an ordinary teenager’s life is recounted in serious and hilarious detail. She copes with a mad crush on a boy, befriends an elderly Greek neighbor, and tries to help a friend who aspires to be a lawyer but whose well-intentioned mother is trying to force her to leave school and get married. </li></ul><ul><li>Although the novel confronts serious issues of faith, culture, and prejudice, the brilliantly funny and entertaining narrative engage teenage readers, regardless of their faith. </li></ul><ul><li>Caution – The novel contains coarse language. </li></ul><ul><li>Presented by Diane Barsi </li></ul>
  15. 15. THE APPRENTICE’S MASTERPIECE <ul><li>Melanie Little </li></ul><ul><li>Set in Medieval Spain at the time of the Spanish Inquisition, The Apprentice's Masterpiece is a poetic narrative divided into three parts. </li></ul><ul><li>The novel has two main male characters. Ramon, who begins the book as a 15-year-old, is a conversos —Jews converted to Christianity. Amir, who is, for a time, a Muslim slave in the home of Ramon's parents, secretly works as an apprentice scribe for Ramon’s father. The class difference and Ramon’s fondness for the Moor causes considerable tension between the two boys. </li></ul><ul><li>Centred on the brutality and corruption of the Inquisition, the story describes the torture and autos da fe —public sentencing and burning of people at the stake— to force repentance for Jews and Muslims who supposedly have insincerely converted to Christianity. Details of medieval sieges, public burnings, and the conditions of slaves aboard galley ships help readers gain an understanding of a five hundred year old time in history. </li></ul><ul><li>Presented by Florence Barton </li></ul>
  16. 16. THE NIGHT WANDERER <ul><li>Drew Hayden-Taylor </li></ul><ul><li>Life on the Otter Lake reservation is fairly mundane for sixteen-year-old Tiffany until her father rents her room to a mysterious man. Preoccupied by her boyfriend’s cold attitude, disputes with her father, and her estranged mother’s new relationship, Tiffany takes little notice of the elusive guest. </li></ul><ul><li>After an emotional outburst and flee into the woods, Tiffany contemplation of suicide is prevented by the guest. It is then that Tiffany discovers that the quiet Pierre L'Errant is actually a vampire, returning to his tribal home after centuries spent in Europe. </li></ul><ul><li>The Night Wanderer is a mesmerizing vampire tale that blends Gothic thriller and modern coming-of-age fictional narrative. </li></ul><ul><li>Presented by Florence Barton </li></ul>
  17. 17. THREE CUPS OF TEA <ul><li>Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin </li></ul><ul><li>Greg Mortison , an American nurse, unsuccessfully attempted to climb K2, the world's second tallest mountain. Dangerously ill when he finished his climb in 1993, Mortenson was sheltered for seven weeks by the small Pakistani village of Korphe. </li></ul><ul><li>Horrified by the conditions in which the families lived in, particularly the schools, Mortison vowed to return, despite adversities, to build the impoverished town's first school, a project that grew into the Central Asia Institute, which has since constructed more than 50 schools across rural Pakistan and Afghanistan. </li></ul><ul><li>Mortison faced particular challenges and hostilities to achieving his goal in a post-9/11 world. Mortenson and Relin argue that the United States must fight Islamic extremism in the region through collaborative efforts to alleviate poverty and improve access to education, especially for girls. An inspirational story in a time of cultural divide. </li></ul><ul><li>Presented by Rhonda Morari </li></ul>