Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Student Review: Once a King, Always a King by Reymundo Sanchez

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A higher ranked person in the latin kings, which is a deteriorating Puerto Rican gang in Chicago, is trying to rid himself of his gang personality “Lil Loco” and gets the opportunity to when sent to prison. Reymundo holds nothing back when describing his life/rehabilitation. This book is insanely detailed and the second you start reading you feel you are walking in his shoes. You would like this book if you like… gang related life and rehabilitation stories.

- Cole, RRHS Student (Spring 2013)

Monday, July 29, 2013

See the Sites

Up until January, Christina Taylor - your friendly neighborhood librarian - was an English teacher. Although she doesn't issue grades any more, she is still a frequent visitor to classrooms. Today, she's teaching a special class for some rowdy and unusual students: her fellow librarians from across RRISD! Because the district is phasing out TeacherWeb, it's a fine time to make the switch to Google Sites, with its flexibility and easy integration with other services within and beyond the Google suite. For example, the smiling faces in these snapshots were just now captured by Mrs. Taylor's phone, uploaded to Google Drive, attached to this blog post, and in seconds, will be piped to Twitter via If This Then That. Ain't technology grand?!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Interview UPDATE: A CASUAL VACANCY by J. K. Rowling, ctd.

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UPDATE: Goodreads has a top five list of questions from those submitted and has received word that Ms. Rowling will be a little bit late in providing a response. They should have the response by July 26, 2013. Thanks for your patience, and updates will be posted HERE when they have the answer in hand.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Student Review: Crank by Ellen Hopkins, ctd.

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The twisted story about a young girl’s downward spiral of addiction to drugs and sex, gives us a view of the life many of us shall not, or would not, want to experience. The author’s intriguing and unique writing elements combine poetry and deep character development with an enticing way of displaying the sentences and paragraphs, showing just how the thoughts run through her mind. You would like this book if you like….Go Ask Alice.


- Rodrigo, RRHS Student (Spring 2013)

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Interview: A CASUAL VACANCY by J. K. Rowling

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In celebration of the paperback release of A Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling will answer one winning question about the book from Goodreads members. Campus librarian Christina Taylor was invited to participate in this drawing and thus solicited your suggestions on Twitter; consequently, you may see the superstar, best-selling author answer your question on the Goodreads Blog on Thursday, July 18, 2013. Moreover, click HERE to see all questions that were submitted.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Books to Movies: World War Z by Max Brooks, ctd.

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Warning. This is not some novel about a lone character surviving the zombie apocalypse. This is a collection of interviews of those who survived The Zombie War. An intellectual stimulator, this book reveals every aspect of the apocalypse that almost wiped humanity of the face of the planet. Stories from every corner of the plane, these survivors witnessed the destruction of pre-war culture, and the birth of a new zombie culture. You would like this book if you like... books about zombie culture.

- Alec, RRHS Student (Spring 2013)