Percy Carey came up in 1970’s and 80’s in Harlem. In this autobiographical graphic novel, he talks about how as a child he was an extra on Sesame Street, but from there is life goes in a different direction. Hip-hop was at its beginning and Carey was determined to become an emcee. He became well known (by the name M.F. Grimm) in hip-hop circles, and can count people like Snoop Dogg, Lady Rage, Suge Knight, Roc Raida, KMD and Tupac Shakur among his friends and acquaintances. Along with hip-hop came gangs, violence and drugs. In the opening scene of the book, Grimm tells the story of the gang shooting that kills his brother and paralyses him for the rest of his life. Along the way he goes to prison, and as one of the few prisoners who can read, becomes an advocate for prisoner’s rights, and finds the determination to change his life.
Sentences is an interesting story that is powerfully drawn. Carey takes looks at his mistakes head-on without shying away from the violence, while still allowing the reader to be proud of his accomplishments. Anyone interested in hip-hop and rap will want to read this book, but be warned— the violence, though not very graphically depicted, is there, as are drugs. The language is pretty rough, with lots of profanity, which is what you’d expect from a hip-hop artist/former gang member. It is the story of the beginning of hip-hop from someone who was there, and who is willing to talk about both the good and the bad without apology.
If you like Sentences, you might also be interested in:
50 x 50: 50 Cent in His Own Words by 50 Cent
The Way I Am by Eminem
Born in the Bronx: A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip-Hop by Johan Kugelberg et al.
Chess Rumble by Greg Neri
Street Scene: How to Draw Graffiti-style by John Lee
Bog Child is about Fergus, a high school senior growing up on the border of Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland in the 1980s. The Troubles, the conflict that rocked Northern Ireland between 1960 and 1998, colors the story: Fergus is being courted by the Provos*, a group that engages in terrorism, and his brother is in jail and participating in a hunger strike that will almost surely kill him. While out cutting peat with his uncle, Fergus discovers the body of a child buried in a bog. Archeologists are called, and research into the child’s origins shapes Fergus’ last summer before college. As his own life descends into chaos, he imagines how the dead girl’s life must have been.
Bog Child is a really cool story about a guy who is trying to live a normal life in the middle of a crisis. The story is well written, and Fergus has an authentic and strong voice throughout. The many elements of the plot come together as Fergus tries to find peace with the decisions he has to make. He struggles with balancing falling in love, getting the grades that will earn him a scholarship that will take him away from The Troubles, and trying to find a way to help his brother and his family.
*Provos: Provisional Irish Republican Army
If you're looking for a book to read or recommend and all that's coming to mind are "classic" youth and YA books, here are some contemporary books that you might like!
|If you like this classic...
||Try these contemporary titles!|
|The Chocolate War||Bullyville, Prep|
|Z for Zachariah||Gone, Life as We Knew It, The Dead and the Gone|
|The Witch of Blackbird Pond||The Minister's Daughter, Witch Child|
|The Cay||Hippie Chick, Overboard|
|Forever||Story of a Girl, When it Happens|
|Anne of Green Gables||Hattie Big Sky, Billie Standish was Here, Dairy Queen|
|The Dark is Rising||The Pellinor series, the Mortal Instruments series, the Keys to the Kingdom series|
|A Wrinkle in Time||The Gideon trilogy, Bunker 10, London Calling, the Caretaker trilogy|
|Charlie and the Chocolate Factory||The Gollywhopper Games|
|The Saturdays||The Penderwicks|
|The Narnia series||Magic or Madness, the Dark Materials trilogy|
|Ballet Shoes||The Year My Sister Got Lucky|
|The Babysitters' Club series||The Peaches series, the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series|
|The Secret Garden||The Gemma Doyle series, Flora Segunda|
|A Little Princess||Pulling Princes, the Princess Diaries series, Finding Hattie|
|The Nancy Drew series||Bad Kitty, the Enola Holmes series, Kiss Me Kill Me, Kisses and Lies|
|Pride and Prejudice||The Luxe series, Cassandra's Sister|
|Watership Down||The Redwall series|
|Hatchet||The Killing Sea, Peak, The Winter Road|
|A Day No Pigs Would Die||Out of the Dust|
|The Hobbit||The Farsala trilogy, The Sea of Trolls, the Ranger's Apprentice series|
The first book that members of the Middle School Book Club are reading is:
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.
This book won the 2008 Newbery Medal!
If you would like to join the Club, please email Sarah at email@example.com. We meet on the last Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m and we serve pizza.
The Book Club is for rising 7th and 8th graders.
Capricorn Anderson has never seen television, never handled money, never worn synthetic fibers or eaten pizza. Raised by his hippy grandmother Rain, on a rural commune that has slowly dwindled to a population of two, Cap can drive, do Tai Chi, and grow fruits and vegetables. When his grandmother falls and breaks her hip, homeschooled Cap is totally unprepared for life at Claverage (dubbed C-Average) Middle School.
Clearly a freak, Cap quickly becomes the butt of practical jokes, especially the longstanding tradition of electing the biggest nerd as eighth grade president. Cap, with his total inability to understand the modern world, makes an especially ripe target, since he believes everything his classmates tell him—whether it’s that bullfighting is a school sport, or that he must learn the names of everyone in school. Cap’s adventure to fit in at his new school is hilarious, as are the reactions of his classmates and teachers as they try to figure out how to deal with his unique perspective on life and the eighth grade.
Schooled is a quick read, and highly recommended for a laugh.
The Aurora County All-Stars by Deborah Wiles
Reviewed by L.
Savvy by Ingrid Law
Reviewed by: L.
Reviewer: K in 10th
Title: The Host
Author: Stephanie Meyer
Month/Year of Publication: 2008
Book: World of quest-adventures for dummies
Author: Jason T. Kruse
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