By Deborah Ellis
Imagine your whole world changes in a short time—you go from comfort and security to poverty and uncertainty. This is the case for Parvana’s family who are victims of government changes and war in Afghanistan. The Taliban coming into power changes the status of girls and women, limiting their opportunities. The result of war means Parvana’s house has been destroyed. As the family tries to cope with these changes, they find life becoming more and more dangerous and unpredictable. When the government unjustly imprisons Parvana’s father, Parvana must step up and become the person who supports the family by going to work. This is the first book in a trilogy which chronicles the plight of Parvana , her family and friends.
by Larry Levine
Dog lovers will find this book both difficult to read and heartwarming. It is the true story of a dog and his family. Oogy is a pit bull rescue dog who was taken to a veterinarian after being horribly maimed. Although the author and veterinarians who treated Oogy do not know the exact circumstances that led to his life threatening injuries, they speculate he was a bait dog for a dog fighting ring. Though only a few months old when brought to the animal shelter, people at the shelter recognized Oogy was something special. In Oogy they saw an undaunted spirit and a gentle nature despite the abuse he endured. The bulk of the book is about how Oogy became a part of the Levin family and how the family members bonded with this incredible creature. This is a book worth reading.
I love working in the middle school library because each day I get to work with wonderful students. In addition, I have access to lots of interesting books. It is always fun to help students connect to books they like, and to talk about what they are reading.