IWSG Goodreads Book Club
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5/5: An excellent book about writing a specific journey that celebrates relationships, community and love – no matter the genre you write. If Wonder Woman is an excellent example of a woman cast in the Hero’s Journey, then Harry Potter is a great example of a boy/man cast in the Heroine’s Journey. Which just goes to show how different these journeys are and that they aren’t bound to physical gender. I like how the author explained the journey, used examples from myth and pop culture, looked at
5/5: I somehow had never heard of the heroine's journey. I've taken workshops and read about the hero's journey. We even teach it in 6th grade English Language Arts in Massachusetts. For quite some time, I felt like books/movies we said were the hero's journey didn't quite fit. And now I get why. Carriger lays it all out with out with great voice and humor making it a compelling read. I get what's similar, what's different, and why that difference is critical and devalued. I'm recommending this
1/5: I was intrigued by the blurb – I enjoy stories about multiple realities. But the first chapter was confusing: Jordan and Kat stand somewhere watching traffic for reasons unknown while he tells her about his nightmares. Nothing much happens and then they talk about his part-time job. It flips between Jordan’s POV and Kat’s – sometimes in the same sentence. Then the commotion of school coming out at the end of the day – still no explanation as to why they weren’t in class. Then some guy picks
5/5: Slipstream was a brilliantly written, YA sci-fi novel. Once I started reading, it was hard to put down. The main character Jordan Pendragon is a little difficult to appreciate at first; he is extremely intelligent and a superior athlete, with a self centered attitude and emotionless demeanor that can be a bit off-putting, despite the tragedy the story beginning. As the story progresses, however, so does Jordan's emotional growth. I attribute the early lack as the author allowing his charact
2/5: Not being able to access each chapter individually from the drop down table of contents is inconvenient. I’m not too keen on what the boys are planning – the sensible side of me is screaming that something horrible is going to happen, not to mention the implications of running away from home and lying to every adult they know just to win a baseball game. But I’ll try really hard to suspend disbelief (and my sensible side) and continue past chapter one. Using night mode (my preferred setti
5/5: What a fantastic adventure. I don't usually read middle-grade books but I enjoyed this story so much I shared it with my ESL students. It was lovely to see their excitement to read in the English language and they engaged in every step of the journey. C.Lee McKenzie really knows how to communicate with this age group (as well as us older readers). A super read!
5/5: This fun, middle school read captures the heart of friendship between three young men on an road-trip style adventure that takes them on a journey of history, spelunking, and culture. Plus, there are dragons! After I finished, the song "Stand By Me" kept running through my head. This story has an iconic yet contemporary feel with some exciting and surprising twists of adventure fantasy and cultural history. In short, C. Lee McKenzie has a created another great novel!
4/5: This was a very fun story. It made me think of great cinematic adventures such as The Goonies and Flight of the Navigator. I will say though there was a lot more innocence to this story than some of those cinematic features. This story reminds me of my childhood in a lot of ways; reminiscing about all the little adventures I went on that my parents, even to this day, still don't know about. For me, the best part of this story is its portrayal of friendship and devotion. Yes, there are lots
5/5: A middle grade action adventure book that includes a treasure map, dark, creepy places, and bad guys...oh, and dragons! What's not to like! Sam is being sent away before the school's big baseball game, and they finally have a chance at winning! Friends, Joey and Roger can't let Sam leave, so they decide to hide him in a cave. The cave ends up revealing a chest with bones, a note, and a map. With the mention of treasure, the boys are off to find it. Clues lead them to a sad tale of hope,
4/5: This book not only is packed with adventure, treasure hunting and mystery but gives a glimpse at an often overlooked part of American history. Sam's life, especially in terms of baseball, is about to be ruined; his uncle wants to send him off to boarding school. To help out, his two best friends hide him out in a cave. When an earthquake hits, and a dragon chest is revealed, the adventure begins. There are so many things for middle graders to love: caves, treasure maps, secrets and dragon
5/5: A boy named Sam, orphaned by a tragic loss, and an Uncle forced into an unwilling parenthood. Two boys, Joey, and Roger bring friendship and some stability into Sam’s life, and Carmela, the nurturer, who in many ways is the surrogate mother, that keeps caring and loving alive in Sam’s heart. The Sign of the Green Dragon tells the story of a boy who wants to help his team win the district baseball championship. Torn between with his desire to help his team, and his Uncle’s wish to send him
5/5: I received this ARC free from the mailing list. My review and rating are honest. This was an exciting adventure book for young people. There's diversity in the characters. Emotion was well-done. The settings are spectacularly fleshed out. (I want to live in the cave house!) If you cut down an early Harry Potter book to just the three of them on an adventure-of-purpose, you'd have the feel of this book. It reminded me a bit of my own youth, which is, perhaps, why I enjoyed it so much.
5/5: I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing an advanced e-reader copy of Sign of Green Dragon. It was like reading the Hardy Boys mysteries or watching the Goonies or National Treasure. McKenzie puts as much adventure in her stories as she does personality in her characters. From the first sentence, I cared about Sam and his plight. He’s recently orphaned and living with an uncle who is a reluctant caregiver. He doesn’t know where he fits in. When he finally finds acceptance from peers on
4/5: I was going to say that the blurb pretty much tells the story, but no, it really only covers the introduction. What happens after is fascinating, enthralling, and a bit scary at times. Sounds like the perfect recipe for a book for middle grade readers. And it is. Ms Mckenzie also makes sure that younger keen readers or reluctant boys will continue with the story by her writing. It is clean, crisp, and short. The three boys are entertaining and a good mix of characters. Sam uses his head, J
5/5: This was a very imaginative and fun read with plenty of adventure and mystery thrown in. Sam's already knows that bad things happen to good people. After losing his parents he goes to live with his uncle who after a few months wants to send him to live at boarding school. He was just starting to fit in and make friends. He was the best player on the baseball team and the coach thinks with him on the team they have the chance to win the playoffs. His two best buds come up with an idea to