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Mirror, Mirror A Book of Reversible Verse

Mirror, Mirror A Book of Reversible Verse

Mirror, Mirror

Mirror Mirror is a book of poems. You read each poem, then you read each poem again backwards. You read each line but in reverse order. It’s amazing and  hard to believe, but both poems work.  This seems unbelievably difficult to me. To make it even more complicated, each poem tells the story of a classic fairy tale…when you read the poem in one direction, it is from one character’s point of view and when you read the poem backwards it is from another character’s point of view. I have no idea how the author managed to do this. It’s word brilliant. Major word skills. Each poem is like a word puzzle in the same way soduku is a number puzzle. THEN, to make it even better, the illustrator made the pictures the same way.

I gave this a try using Grover and Tyson from the Percy Jackson books. It’s lame, four lines, but hey, I’m a beginner.

Together til the end
Percy is my friend
And now
Brothers in arms

See, if you read it from top to bottom it’s about Grover. Percy is his friend at school before Percy knows he’s a demi-god, but then they become brothers in arms in the war against Kronos. If you read the lines in reverse, it’s about Tyson. Tyson and Percy are Brothers in arms first fighting their way back into to camp half-blood. It’s only later that they become friends.

It kinda works. Trying it shows you how hard this is. You have to consider each line and how it will work for the two different points of view. And mine doesn’t even rhyme or anything. Marilyn Singer’s poems have everything: the poems flow right, the rhyming is right, the poems make total sense read both ways. Really. How in the world did she do this? Amazing.

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The Lost Hero Phrophecy – Who Are the 7?

The Lost Hero Phrophecy – Who Are the 7?

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On the last blog post about The Lost Hero, Lindsay, Maya, Jeremy, Joe & Wolfstar all left comments taking a guess at who the seven are from the new prophecy:

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Who do you think the 7 half-bloods are going to be? Why? Choose up to seven:

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Kid Review: Mariana and the Merchild

Kid Review: Mariana and the Merchild

Mariana and the Merchild

A childless old woman is given a merbaby to raise until the child can safely return to the sea.

Brianna says,

“I have just read this book and I thought it was great. The author brings you close to the sea, just by how she describes the scenes. The illustrations are beautiful and the words of the author are heart-worming. I would definitely recommend reading this tale from Chile.”

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I haven’t read this one but Brianna makes it sound like one to try. I do like stories about mermaids – like Ariel and the sassy mermaids in the Peter and the Starcatchers series. Mermaid stories always have that tension that happens when you care about people between two worlds. Even though mermaids aren’t real, we can relate to their problem – how do you manage when people you care about pull you back and forth between two worlds? For them, the difference is between the land and the sea, but for us the difference might be between two friends or the difference between two parents. I can relate to mermaids because of this and if you think about it, you probably can too. 

I have started Keeper but haven’t finished it yet – it’s a new mermaid story for 2010. If you like mermaids, try Keeper or one of these:
Keeper Emily Windsnap and the Siren's Secret The Islands of the Blessed Ingo
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The Private Thoughts of Amelia E. Rye

The Private Thoughts of Amelia E. Rye

The Private Thoughts of Amelia E. Rye

Amelia lives in a shabby house with her crabby mom. She wears out-of-fashion hand-me-down clothes from a sister 30 years older than she is. Amelia daddy’s gone and her brother’s in prison but she’s got her old Grandpa Thomas, he’s on her side and has made it his job to look out for Amelia. He even picked out her name, Amelia Earhart Rye.

“Amelia Earhart was one o the most courageous women of all time. I knew that if you were to survive in this mean old world you’d have to be as brave as she was and I thought that having her name might give you a little head start.” (page 17)

Grandpa Thomas is right, Amelia’s world is pretty tough and she’s going to have to be pretty tough to make her way in it. Grandpa Thomas knows that what Amelia needs is a friend, because all a person needs in life is one true friend.

That friend walks into Amelia’s life just in time. Fancy Neson. Knobby knees, skinny, head full of braids, brown skin…confident, fun & fearless. Amelia’s world, full of so many broken people and things is about to get a lesson in survival from a girl who knows how to make things right. Author: Bonnie Shimko

If you like Amelia and Fancy here are some more stories about kids living in tough circumstances who find the friends they need:
Waiting for Normal Wild Things One Crazy Summer Also Known as Harper
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Mac Slater Hunts the Cool

Mac Slater Hunts the Cool

Mac Slater Hunts the Cool

Mac Slater and his best friend Paul are geeks, and it’s ok to say so. Everyone knows it. They know it.

Paul thinks stuff up, both of them build it, and then Mac has the guts to test the contraptions out. They’re current project is a bike that flies. When one of their test flights is noticed by The Coolhunters, a website that tries to discover the next cool thing , Mac is identified as a kid who can spot what’s cool.  Really? Mac the inventor geek?

The Coolhunters think Mac is the best kind of cool – so cool he doesn’t even know it. The Coolhunters enter Mac in their online cool contest. They give him a cell phone and video camera and the assignment to post online a video each day for one week that shows something cool. Kids will vote online on which kid posts the best videos. Whoever wins the competition will become a real “Coolhunter” and receive, money, products to try and a trip to New York. Mac is in, as long as Paul is on his team…but does he really know what cool is? Author: Tristan Bancks

Don’t miss the sequel when Mac and Paul take on New York City:
Mac Slater vs The City
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