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Wednesday, February 1

  1. page NOVEL edited PLACE YOUR NOVEL REVIEWS HERE: Ishmael by Daniel Quinn Ishmael, a novel by Daniel Quinn, is a st…
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    Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
    Ishmael, a novel by Daniel Quinn, is a story about the meaning of life-- but it’s not. It’s a philosophy book-- but it’s not. It’s about a talking gorilla who has a student-- but it’s not. Ishmael is a journey. It is indescribable. It absolutely must be read because it cannot be summarized. Ishmael is a telling of the past and the development of selfish culture, and a teaching of the future and what must be done. With every chapter, a new way of thinking is uncovered within each “Aha!” moment. Ishmael will open minds and change lives. It will show you how to love this earth, and unveil the entire culture of deceit that we live beneath. It will change the very core of the way you think. If you possess a love for nature, this will tell you why. It will give you evidence. If you don’t, Ishmael will guilt you, virtuously, into doing do.
    -Olivia McKee

    The Secret Life of Lobsters by Trevor Corson.
    The novel The Secret Life of Lobsters by Trevor Corson is a humorous and informational novel about the lives of lobstermen and their catch along the Northern East Coast. Throughout the book, it explains the daily lives of the lobstermen - how they met their wives in Little Cranberry, the community feuds, etc. as well as the lives and discoveries of the of the lobster’s researchers. Although a description of lobsters seems mundane, the author includes small details, personifying the crustaceans, so the material is intriguing. Explanations of the lobster’s molt cycles and habitat searches are written about so compassionately that the reader cannot hel but to be interested. The characters in the human portion of the The Secret Life of Lobsters are very relate-able and likable, adding to the novel’s overall quality. The lobsterman’s wife, Barb Fernald, is hardworking and tough, commanding respect throughout the community and novel. The researchers and fishermen toe an obvious line, between ecological preservation in theory and reality, serving as a interesting and educational sub-plotline. The friendly competition on the island of Little Cranberry creates a comfortable tone, which succeeds in including the readers in their community. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, and I suggest anyone could and ought to read it as well. Also, Carson’s book doesn’t attempt to guilt the reader into not eating lobster, which is a definite pro.
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Sunday, January 22

  1. page SCIENCE FICTION edited PLACE YOUR SCIENCE FICTION BOOK REVIEWS HERE: Title: The Cool War Author: Frederik Pohl Genre: …
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    Title: The Cool War
    Author: Frederik Pohl
    Genre: Science fiction
    Summary: In Pohl’s story the world has been almost completely depleted of fossil fuels. Much of the world energy source is solar power. Electricity has been cut off if a home exceeds the maximum amount they are a loud to use. To recklessly use electricity is considered a crime. The protagonist Rev. H. Hornswell becomes entangled in “the cool war”, where each country tries to sabotage the economy of their enemies. Hornswell sends children with a virus disease that only affects adults between the age of 30 and 50. This age group runs businesses and governments in countries. As a result Europe’s economy falls drastically.
    -Alice Lee

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  2. page NOVEL edited ... The novel The Secret Life of Lobsters by Trevor Corson is a humorous and informational novel a…
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    The novel The Secret Life of Lobsters by Trevor Corson is a humorous and informational novel about the lives of lobstermen and their catch along the Northern East Coast. Throughout the book, it explains the daily lives of the lobstermen - how they met their wives in Little Cranberry, the community feuds, etc. as well as the lives and discoveries of the of the lobster’s researchers. Although a description of lobsters seems mundane, the author includes small details, personifying the crustaceans, so the material is intriguing. Explanations of the lobster’s molt cycles and habitat searches are written about so compassionately that the reader cannot hel but to be interested. The characters in the human portion of the The Secret Life of Lobsters are very relate-able and likable, adding to the novel’s overall quality. The lobsterman’s wife, Barb Fernald, is hardworking and tough, commanding respect throughout the community and novel. The researchers and fishermen toe an obvious line, between ecological preservation in theory and reality, serving as a interesting and educational sub-plotline. The friendly competition on the island of Little Cranberry creates a comfortable tone, which succeeds in including the readers in their community. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, and I suggest anyone could and ought to read it as well. Also, Carson’s book doesn’t attempt to guilt the reader into not eating lobster, which is a definite pro.
    - Jordan Berger
    Title: Hoot
    Author: Carl Hiaasen
    Genre: realistic fiction novel
    Summary: The story takes place in Coconut Cove, Florida where Roy, the new kid, has moved. There he sees a strange running boy and a tough blond who becomes his two friends Beatrice and “Mullet fingers”. Roy joins them in trying to stop construction of a pancake house. The construction of the pancake house will destroy a colony of burrowing owls that live there. The owls are on the endangered list which Chuck Muckle, top executive from the pancake house, has no concern of. The three friends embark on crazy plans and plots to save the owls.
    Reaction: I actually watched the movie before I read the book. I personally loved both the movie and the book. Though it has a lot to do with the environment and endangered species the major theme of the story is the budding friendship between three people. It also has to do with a new kid trying to maneuver his way through high school. There are very humorous parts in the book. By the time I had finished around half way through
    -Alice Lee

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Saturday, January 21

  1. page NON-FICTION edited PLACE YOUR NON-FICTION BOOK REVIEWS HERE: Jordan Berger The Orchid Theif by Susan Orleans This…
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    Jordan Berger
    The Orchid Theif by Susan Orleans
    This book is a true account, in a literary style of Susan Orleans' "research" of the world of the orchid-obsessed. In Florida, there is a man who becomes temporarily and completely consumed by one interest. From deciding "his life wasn't worth living unless he could collect one if every single turtle species known to mankind," to collecting and resilvering old mirrors, John Laroche is incredibly and uniquely brilliant, extremely corrupt, and lives with his father. After discovering orchids, he became obsessed with profiting from their sale. Eventually, he was arrested for trespassing on the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, and found with bags if rare orchids he planned to clone and sell. As Orleans gets to know Laroche further, she begins to discover the whole world behind orchid's production, sale, and society. The people who grow and collect orchids seem to be addicted to these plants, and tend carefully to their precious flowers. Orchids are extremely picky in reproduction, but are so "irresistible" and beautiful to humans and insects alike that they have become the most diversified flowering plant in the environment. Bob Fuchs of R.F. Orchids suports his geandfather's plants that were found at the turn of the century, and the New York Botanical Garden has orchids that have been living there since 1898. Orleans' discovery of the orchid lover's world is an interesting and informative nonfiction book that captures both the madness of the orchid growers, and of Laroche's quick obessions.
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    They talked about this, the "moon flower" in the book. It is an orchid that is extremely rare, and only blooms for one night, for ten hours in the darkness.
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  2. page NON-FICTION edited PLACE YOUR NON-FICTION BOOK REVIEWS HERE: As you read your book selection for the SSI (Sustained …
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    As you read your book selection for the SSI (Sustained Silent Reading) initiative, decide if your book is something you'd like to recommend to others.
    For extra credit, write a one paragraph summary of your book and a second paragraph describing your personal reaction to the book.
    Post your review on the appropriate page that follows: poetry, science fiction, non-fiction or novel.
    Add a photo that in some way reflects the theme or an important feature of the book.
    Don't forget to add your name to the end of your summary!!
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    They talked about this, the "moon flower" in the book. It is an orchid that is extremely rare, and only blooms for one night, for ten hours in the darkness.
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  3. page NON-FICTION edited PLACE YOUR NON-FICTION BOOK REVIEWS HERE: As you read your book selection for the SSI (Sustained …
    PLACE YOUR NON-FICTION BOOK REVIEWS HERE:
    As you read your book selection for the SSI (Sustained Silent Reading) initiative, decide if your book is something you'd like to recommend to others.
    For extra credit, write a one paragraph summary of your book and a second paragraph describing your personal reaction to the book.
    Post your review on the appropriate page that follows: poetry, science fiction, non-fiction or novel.
    Add a photo that in some way reflects the theme or an important feature of the book.
    Don't forget to add your name to the end of your summary!!
    The Orchid Theif by Susan Orleans
    This book is a true account, in a literary style of Susan Orleans' "research" of the world of the orchid-obsessed. In Florida, there is a man who becomes temporarily and completely consumed by one interest. From deciding "his life wasn't worth living unless he could collect one if every single turtle species known to mankind," to collecting and resilvering old mirrors, John Laroche is incredibly and uniquely brilliant, extremely corrupt, and lives with his father. After discovering orchids, he became obsessed with profiting from their sale. Eventually, he was arrested for trespassing on the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, and found with bags if rare orchids he planned to clone and sell. As Orleans gets to know Laroche further, she begins to discover the whole world behind orchid's production, sale, and society. The people who grow and collect orchids seem to be addicted to these plants, and tend carefully to their precious flowers. Orchids are extremely picky in reproduction, but are so "irresistible" and beautiful to humans and insects alike that they have become the most diversified flowering plant in the environment. Bob Fuchs of R.F. Orchids suports his geandfather's plants that were found at the turn of the century, and the New York Botanical Garden has orchids that have been living there since 1898. Orleans' discovery of the orchid lover's world is an interesting and informative nonfiction book that captures both the madness of the orchid growers, and of Laroche's quick obessions.
    I would suggest that others read this book. It touches o n a variety of different topics, that are interestingly related. The connection between the Seminole Indians, their history, their present life in Florida, and their relationship with the environment is displayed through Laroche's friendship with the local Seminole (3 of whom helped him steal the orchids off the state land). It shows the severity of poaching these plants, as it touches on international black markets for these flowers, and Laroche's trial in Florida. It also shows the protection and ethics of state land, and the restrictions of the Fakahatchee Preserve, and the temporary mania that Lacroche has for his different interests. I really enjoyed the book, and although it was odd to read so much about flowers, and see how attached eople could become to an orchid, it opened up my view on how important and personal such small aspects of the environment can be to all of us.
    They talked about this, the "moon flower" in the book. It is an orchid that is extremely rare, and only blooms for one night, for ten hours in the darkness.
    {webkit-fake-url://6C078A2F-19D4-4C53-9C35-3714D7170FC2/imagejpeg}

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Thursday, January 19

Monday, January 9

  1. msg Ishmael message posted Ishmael Ishmael, a novel by Daniel Quinn, is a story about the meaning of life-- but it’s not. It’s a p…
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    Ishmael, a novel by Daniel Quinn, is a story about the meaning of life-- but it’s not. It’s a philosophy book-- but it’s not. It’s about a talking gorilla who has a student-- but it’s not. Ishmael is a journey. It is indescribable. It absolutely must be read because it cannot be summarized. Ishmael is a telling of the past and the development of selfish culture, and a teaching of the future and what must be done. With every chapter, a new way of thinking is uncovered within each “Aha!” moment. Ishmael will open minds and change lives. It will show you how to love this earth, and unveil the entire culture of deceit that we live beneath. It will change the very core of the way you think. If you possess a love for nature, this will tell you why. It will give you evidence. If you don’t, Ishmael will guilt you, virtuously, into doing do.
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Saturday, January 7

  1. page NOVEL edited PLACE YOUR NOVEL REVIEWS HERE: The Secret Life of Lobsters by Trevor Corson. The novel The Secre…
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    The Secret Life of Lobsters by Trevor Corson.
    The novel The Secret Life of Lobsters by Trevor Corson is a humorous and informational novel about the lives of lobstermen and their catch along the Northern East Coast. Throughout the book, it explains the daily lives of the lobstermen - how they met their wives in Little Cranberry, the community feuds, etc. as well as the lives and discoveries of the of the lobster’s researchers. Although a description of lobsters seems mundane, the author includes small details, personifying the crustaceans, so the material is intriguing. Explanations of the lobster’s molt cycles and habitat searches are written about so compassionately that the reader cannot hel but to be interested. The characters in the human portion of the The Secret Life of Lobsters are very relate-able and likable, adding to the novel’s overall quality. The lobsterman’s wife, Barb Fernald, is hardworking and tough, commanding respect throughout the community and novel. The researchers and fishermen toe an obvious line, between ecological preservation in theory and reality, serving as a interesting and educational sub-plotline. The friendly competition on the island of Little Cranberry creates a comfortable tone, which succeeds in including the readers in their community. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, and I suggest anyone could and ought to read it as well. Also, Carson’s book doesn’t attempt to guilt the reader into not eating lobster, which is a definite pro.
    - Jordan Berger

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