Thursday, January 10, 2013
the three R's Reading, wRiting, and aRt
I have also been reading quite a bit - I read The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves (good mystery), Reached by Ally Condin (finishing up that series), Crewel by Gennifer Albin (fabulous first book to a new series!), and The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing #1 by M T Anderson. I read the final book as part of my wading into literature about the American Revolution for http://warthroughthegenerations.wordpress.com/. This is a fictional book and a fascinating read - I learned so much about the plight of African American slaves in the northern colonies in the period just leading up to the Revolutionary War. I was enlightened and appalled by the way in which they were regarded (as animals and as experiments) and treated. I had read that slaves enlisted in the Revolutionary army but I never realized how both sides spread propaganda to entice and to entrap them. The author adds a postscript in which he details many of his references for this book and suggests further reading possibilities. The book is written in a very unique style: the first half is written as a journal by the main character, Octavian, while the second half is written as a series of letters from a young Revolutionary soldier to his sister back home (Octavian joins their company as a musician) interspersed with letters and notices to and from other characters detailing their search for the runaway Octavian. This book is classified as a young adult book but I found it very well written and definitely a good read for older readers.
thanks for reading and hope you are having a great day - btw, are you doing the Creative Jumpstart videos - aren't they great - so many ideas!!!!!