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2011-12-04 \Tucson\Community\Booknotes\
Book Review: Gone
What would kids do if all the parents disappeared?  In this book Michael Grant tells the story of many different kids who are living in the fatz (a round dome shape which the kids can not get out of). The main character is a boy named Sam who has taken ... read more

2011-12-04 \Tucson\Community\Booknotes\
Review: Garfield Swallows His Pride
I really really really really really hate Garfield! Becuse he is a very very fat murderer!
He made a poor little dady spider suffer and die and then he killed the baby and mother too!
Ruby age 6

2011-10-03 \Tucson\Community\Booknotes\
Compound
Compound by S. A. Bodeen is a little predictable but the emotional reality resonates with me as a sometimes too-controlling parent! Worth a read and good to share with teen and preteen kids.

2011-07-29 \Tucson\Community\Booknotes\
Plain Text by Nancy Mairs http://nancymairs.com
Refreshingly, almost painfully honest collection of essays by a Tucson writer with MS.

"And they (my family) all yell at me, laugh at some of my jokes, write me funny letters when we're apart - in short, treat me as an ordinary human being for whome ... read more

2009-04-06 \Tucson\Community\Booknotes\
Anne Frank's diary as a tattoo on the back of a prisoner :
"...I get cross..."
(not gross)"

2007-08-22 \Tucson\Community\Booknotes\
Newjack : some quotes on roots of criminal behaviour
One inmate in particular, a man named Larson whom other prisoners would always go out of their way to visit with, seemed to be a 'thinking person'.  A few quotes:

"Instead of wasting so much of the inmates' time on rec, Larson thought, Sing Sing should ... read more

2007-08-22 \Tucson\Community\Booknotes\
Newjack : infantilizing effect
"A consequence of putting men in cells and controlling their movements is that they can do almost nothing for themselves.  For their various needs they are dependent on one person, their gallery officer.  Instead of feeling like a big, tough guard, the ... read more

2007-08-22 \Tucson\Community\Booknotes\
Newjack : Anne Frank's diary as a tattoo on the back of a prisoner
This same quote from Frank's diary is one that I remember identifying with when I read the book.  A prisoner in for armed robbery and keeplocked for extorting other inmates, had tattooed down his back these lines of Anne Frank's translated into Spanish ... read more

2007-07-25 \Tucson\Community\Booknotes\
: Death of a Dissident
Just started reading this book, feels very straight, fascinating insight into post-Communist Russia.   Here is a favorite quote so far, p. 36 from Litvinenko: "You and Boris, you're always thinking politics, but you don't see the people - that's your ... read more

2007-07-10 \Tucson\Community\Booknotes\
How To Cure A Fanatic : Order of the Teaspoon
I have seen this allegory quoted differently, and I think leaving out some important parts, so let me quote it here exactly from the book:
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Let me conclude with my story of the Order of the Teaspoon.  I believe that if one person ... read more

2007-07-09 \Tucson\Community\Booknotes\
How To Cure A Fanatic
Interviews with Amos Oz, an Israeli writer and Peace Now co-founder.  "

2007-07-04 \Tucson\Community\Booknotes\
Newjack http://www.tedconover.com/newjackreviews
1st person account of work as a correctional officer at Sing-Sing, by Ted Conover"

2007-07-04 \Tucson\Community\Booknotes\
Newjack : thought-provoking
Found this to be a concrete, insightful book.  The CO's have a hell of a job, at least at Sing-sing.  Abuse in both directions, but at least there was some attempt to be professional.  To me, understanding the ugly conditions inside a prison is a strong ... read more

0000-00-00 \Tucson\Community\Booknotes\
The Capture By Kathryn Lasky
The first Guardians of Gahoole book is in my opinion the best, because it is so cute.  It is about a baby barn owl called Soren who gets snsaichied by some evil owls, and imprisoned in St. Aggies Akadammie for Orphaned Owls, where owlets are moon blinked ... read more

2011-12-04 Book Review: Gone
What would kids do if all the parents disappeared?  In this book Michael Grant tells the story of many different kids who are living in the fatz (a round dome shape which the kids can not get out of). The main character is a boy named Sam who has taken the burden of becoming the leader of the kids. As the story goes on Sam finds out that there is more to the fatz then just all the parents disappearing.  
      In my personal opinion I thought this book was  thrilling. I couldn’t stop reading it and after I was done with Gone I went on to read Hunger and Lies, which were both equally as great.        
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2011-10-03 Compound
Compound by S. A. Bodeen is a little predictable but the emotional reality resonates with me as a sometimes too-controlling parent! Worth a read and good to share with teen and preteen kids.
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2007-07-09 How To Cure A Fanatic
Interviews with Amos Oz, an Israeli writer and Peace Now co-founder.  "
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2007-07-04 Newjack
http://www.tedconover.com/newjackreviews.html
1st person account of work as a correctional officer at Sing-Sing, by Ted Conover"
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2011-07-29 Plain Text by Nancy Mairs
http://nancymairs.com
Refreshingly, almost painfully honest collection of essays by a Tucson writer with MS.

"And they (my family) all yell at me, laugh at some of my jokes, write me funny letters when we're apart - in short, treat me as an ordinary human being for whome they have some use.  I think they like me.  Unless they're faking...."

She has contributed to 17 books in the Pima Library, and rates a feature page from Antigone Books."""
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2011-12-04 Review: Garfield Swallows His Pride
I really really really really really hate Garfield! Becuse he is a very very fat murderer!
He made a poor little dady spider suffer and die and then he killed the baby and mother too!
Ruby age 6
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0000-00-00 The Capture By Kathryn Lasky
The first Guardians of Gahoole book is in my opinion the best, because it is so cute.  It is about a baby barn owl called Soren who gets snsaichied by some evil owls, and imprisoned in St. Aggies Akadammie for Orphaned Owls, where owlets are moon blinked and forced to do labor, such as picking stuff out of their own pellets.
Soren meets up with another owlet called Gylfie on his way there, and together they try to escape.  It's a really interesting book, with a good plot, but there is no great mystery, like in Harry Potter, other than the owls wondering why
metal is attracted to iron flecks, which is really obvious to most people.
But nontheless, I like The Capture, and I think that it is a really good beginning for a series."
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