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My Sister’s Books Review #19

The Freedom Writer’s Diary
By: Erin Gruwell

Being a first-year teacher is difficult, but working with at-risk kids is even harder. Erin Gruwell had enough and decided to find a way to make her lessons reach the hearts of her students. Using classic literary diarists, Anne Frank and Zlata Filipovic, as examples she challenges her students to look within and find the parallels in their own lives. This one simple thought, turned into a life-changing project, while those students became known as The Freedom Writers.

Even though this book is set-up to resemble a diary, with dated entries and numbers representing the different students’ entries, the consistency and the coherency make for a touching tale. The book progresses through each year in the students’ learning all the way to the celebratory graduation day. Readers will be able to grasp each student’s progress and their hearts will swell with pride. A few pictures are included to help “see” the students and their teacher, while the foreword by Zlata Filipovic, proves the amazing reach that this one teacher created. This is a heart-lifting read.

Notes:
This review was originally written for My Sister’s Books.
To purchase this book, click here.

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A Year in Review #6

Hi Everyone,

This past year, I had the honor to read and review a poignant memoir. Sarah Solmonson shares the story of her life with the world, in this incredible book. She and her father had a wonderful relationship, part of which was built by his love of airplanes. This week will mark the anniversary of his passing and in honor of him, we take a look back at his daughter’s book.

Taking Flight
Sarah Solmonson tells her story of growing up as the only human child in the Norton family. Her father, David Norton, was obsessed with airplanes and flying. He spent six years building an airplane from scratch. Unfortunately on July 1, 2000, David’s regular take off took a tragic turn as the wind disappeared, causing his beloved plane to crash. David Norton didn’t survive and this book is the story of how his wife and daughter fought to survive their horrific loss.

In her telling memoir, Sarah Solmonson demonstrates an incredible talent for writing. She rotates chapters between a current conversation with her father and the memories she had growing up. This rotation provides the perfect balance between the heart wrenching emotions and the wholesome funny memories of the past. Readers will feel as though Sarah did not use any ink to write this book, but instead used her own blood from her heart. Each sentence, each statement and each memory are written with such honesty and such affection that readers will feel like they are a member of this family. Incredibly powerful and mesmerizing.

Sarah Solmonson has been generous enough to donate a paperback copy of her book to one lucky commenter. To enter to win, all you have to do is leave a comment below between now and 11:59pm EDT on July 5, 2013. Then on July 6, 2013, I will use Random.org to select a winner and announce the winner later that day. Good luck to you all!

If you want another chance to win, please visit the Big Giveaway page. There you will find the link to the Rafflecopter entry form, where Sarah Solmonson has donated another paperback copy of her book for the Big Giveaway!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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A Quote to Begin the Day…

“There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.”

~ Bertrand Russell

 

 

 

 

Hi Everyone,

I must say I have to agree with this quote, especially on a day like today! Be sure to check out The List since it is now up to 40 books!!! Thank you all.

Have a wonderful day!
Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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A Quote to Begin the Day…

“Once a mind has been stretched by a new idea, it never returns to its original shape.”

             ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Taking Flight

By: Sarah Solmonson. Format: Paperback. Read: January 2013.

 

Sarah Solmonson tells her story of growing up as the only human child in the Norton family. Her father, David Norton, was obsessed with airplanes and flying. He spent six years building an airplane from scratch. Unfortunately on July 1, 2000, David’s regular take off took a tragic turn as the wind disappeared, causing his beloved plane to crash. David Norton didn’t survive and this book is the story of how his wife and daughter fought to survive their horrific loss.

 

In her telling memoir, Sarah Solmonson demonstrates an incredible talent for writing. She rotates chapters between a current conversation with her father and the memories she had growing up. This rotation provides the perfect balance between the heart wrenching emotions and the wholesome funny memories of the past. Readers will feel as though Sarah did not use any ink to write this book, but instead used her own blood from her heart. Each sentence, each statement and each memory are written with such honesty and such affection that readers will feel like they are a member of this family. Incredibly powerful and mesmerizing.

 

 

This is the first memoir that I have read in a long time and I can honestly say that it is one that I will never forget. I was left so speechless by this book, that I had a difficult time writing this review. I couldn’t think of what to say. My heart and soul were moved by her courage to write this story, while my heart and mind were grateful for her honesty. Yet, somewhere in all of these feelings, not once did my hands feel that they could write a worthy review. The only thing I could think to say was: Wow, grab a blanket and a box of tissues. Then curl up and read this book! From the very beginning, I had tears in my eyes and then a few pages later, I was smiling and laughing. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

 

~Ariesgrl

 

Note:

The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this book and the author, please visit her website.

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