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Today’s exercise is all about describing and defining abstract words. Think about a few abstract terms, such as “tough” or “beautiful.” Write a paragraph defining the term. Can you come up with a descriptive definition that others would not be able to contest? It’s not as easy as it sounds…
Book: Memory Boy
Author: Will Weaver
Year Published: 2001
Overall Rating: 3 stars
Target Audience: Teens
Romance/Sex: Not really.
Setting: Minneapolis and other places around there
Characters: A boy named Miles, his family, and an old mentor.
Plot: In 2006, Mount Rainer erupted. From 2006 to 2008, food supplies in the world became lower and lower, forcing people to scrounge for what they could find and plunging the world into a semi-dark age. Miles and his family decide to move from the over-populated areas of the city to the country. Half the book covers their journey, and half the book covers the relationship between Miles and his old mentor.
Thoughts: I liked this book more than I thought I would. I didn’t think that I would find the volcanic eruption causing mass chaos plausible, but it went well in the story. I liked how the flashbacks and real-time pieces of the story fit together. I did feel like it was a little strange that Miles acted more mature than his parents did most of the time, but other than that, I thought everything in the book worked really well. This is a fun, short story that has adventure, chaos, and Armageddon-like feelings.
Last week, temperatures in Dallas reached about 93 degrees. For some reason, when I feel hot, I visit the library. Summer is for libraries and reading in Texas, because it’s too hot to do anything else! If you need any book inspiration for the summer, check out some of my previous book list posts:
Start your baby’s life off right with this list of books for babies.
Keep your toddler occupied with some of these fun toddler books.
Your preschooler will spend hours begging you to reread these classic books for preschoolers.
Once your child can start reading to herself, give her these early readers to occupy her summer hours.
Elementary-aged boys will love the adventure and animal bonding in these classic stories.
For elementary-aged girls, try a some of these adventurous and heart-warming books.
If you have a middle-schooler, he will probably enjoy some of my favorite books for middle school.
Junior high kids will appreciate the humor and character depth in this book list.
Teens (or adults who enjoy YA) can choose from this book list for teen girls, or teen boys.
Inspire your children with the lives of real people and give them biographies to read this summer.
If you’re looking to add some romance to your summer, try any of these books on my favorite romance books list.
If sci-fi is more your thing, check out some of my favorite sci-fi books.
If you want some random book ideas, try some of my favorite books from 2011 or free books I read on my phone.
I’ve also linked to Come Together Kids, which has a great link party going on right now for book lists and book-related activities for children.
Wow, that’s a lot of links. Should keep you busy all summer! 😉