Sunday, September 11, 2011

10 Years - God Bless America

On this tenth anniversary of the terrible events in New York, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania, I am keeping things simple.  Here's a little classic Kate Smith singing the classic "God Bless America" and Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA." Also, I feel that the iconic Budweiser Clydesdale commercial from the 2002 Super Bowl is appropriate to share as well.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Limit

In the few minutes of spare time I can squeeze in, I read young adult books so that I can make recommendations to my middle school students.  I usually enjoy these easy, fun reads.  Occasionally I come across one that I don't get in to, but overall they are pretty good.

This weekend, I read a book that I purchased at the school book fair last week.  The Limit by Kristen Landon is set in a world much like our own.  However, the government has set up debt limits for each family.  If your family goes over their limit, several options exist.  One of these options is that the oldest child is taken to a workhouse where they are educated and work to help repay the debt their parents have created.  This is the option that is chosen for the main character, Matt.

I'm not going to give anything else away.  If you are curious, check the book out.  Overall, I would give the book an A-.  The book kept my interest and I finished it quickly, which is a good thing.  Occasionally I have a book that I nearly have to force myself to pick up.  However, while the book is good, it is not as good as some books that I have read, thus the A- scoring.

Check out the book trailer below:

And, if you want to know what the very best young adult book that I have ever read is, check out this video:

Have a great Tuesday!