Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt

I ADORE Gary Schmidt. This was my favorite book for a year . . . until I read Wednesday Wars also by Gary D. Schmidt. A beautiful story beautifully written. I got to read it a second time for a book club, and then again for another book club, and I think I'm going to read it again this year. I can't put my finger on why I like this book so much! This go around, I'm going find out WHY I like this book so much, and I'm going to see if there are principles of "Leadership Education/How does this book teach me to be a leader?" that I can pull from this book.  

I'm reading David Copperfield right now, and as I'm reading I'm pondering "becoming the hero in my own story." I think Lizzie Bright is also about becoming the hero of your own story . . . perhaps they would make a good companion book pairing for my scholar lit class . . . something to think about, as I'm reading them, anyway! I think it's great fun to put together two obvious companion books (Like Macbeth and Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett) but it's really fun to discover some that work just on your own. (Like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Jane Eyre). So, it will be fun to see if Lizzie Bright and David Copperfield work together. Often times its the my mindset as I am reading that makes me see connections between books, whether another person will see the connection or not is entirely up to them!

I told the children I'm going to read this as our night-time family read aloud after we finish our current "fun" book, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett (A Carnegie Medal Winner). Dancegirl is moping and complaining (because she knows I cry when I read this book . . . and she doesn't like sad books, especially if there is a chance than anyone might die in the book. Not really a spoiler, I promise! There is a hilarious section about the importance of your "last words".)

Value Tracker for Lizzie Bright: Friendship, Loyalty, Greed and Consumerism, Courage, Equality, Tolerance

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