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I recommended the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time" to many of our 
students and teachers - but especially the math teachers.  They just LOVED it!

For "Curious Incident" fans - here is another story you might like - "The 
Radioactive Boy Scout".  Perhaps it was mentioned in the other lists which I have 
not read yet.  This true story reveals how special intelligences and/or passionate 
obsessions can be overlooked by everyone - parents, teachers, Boy Scout leaders 
etc.  It is the story of an emotionally disconnected teenage boy whose obsession 
with a Boy Scout project leads him to build a funcioning nuclear reactor in his 
back yard.  Truly a fascinating, humorous (and at the same time frigtening) read. 

Jacquie

"The Librarian, whose job is to heal ignorance, to keep life safe for poetry and to 
put knowledge smack dab in the middle of the American way."

From The Philadelphia Inquirer, 9-20-03
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Jacquie Henry, MLS
Ruben A. Cirillo High School (GHS)
Gananda Central School District
3195 Wiedrick Road
P.O. Box 609
Macedon, NY  14502
315-986-3521 x 3144
jhenry@gananda.org
http://www.gananda.org/library/mshslibrary/indexgcl.htm
>>> sarakellyjohns@YAHOO.COM 07/07/05 1:14 AM >>>
I got a message from "Kathy" in my reply account that
should be posted:

May I also add that The Curious Incident is not about
a boy in custody but an autistic boy determined to
solve a mystery(a la Sherlock Holmes) who is dismayed
by what he learns.  He then runs away, and the story
is so inspiring!!!!  Please give it a chance.
 
Kathy

I LOVED that book!  I listened to it on CD and then
bought it for the library in print, too. It was even
better in print because the mathmatics diagrams made
the math and the boy's brilliance more obvious,
especially for those of us with math blocks!  It's a
winner, Sara Johns

--- Sara Kelly Johns <sarakellyjohns@YAHOO.COM> wrote:

> HBi, Jan--you have some GREAT suggestions here, some
> of which are already in my summer pile, some of
> which
> will be added due to your posts. But...The Number
> One
> Ladies Detective Agency series, by Alexander McCall
> really are not mysteries. 
> 
> I love mysteries and picked up the first one because
> I
> thought it was. Instead they are fascinating stories
> of Zimabawe and some terrific characters written
> with
> the musical lilt of Africans speaking English. Read
> one and you'll read 'em all as quickly as you can. 
> 
> May I add the Adriana Trigiani Stone Gap series to
> your list. I love the bookmobile librarian
> character!
> She's rather outrageous, thank heavens.
> 
> Happy summer, Sara Kelly Johns
> 
> --- Jan Birney <stmark6614@YAHOO.COM> wrote:
> 
> > As promised, here is a list of suggested summer
> > reading for teachers and librarians. Some beach
> > reads, thrillers, inspirational reading, Sci-Fi,
> and
> > interesting non-fiction. I have tried to include a
> > wide range of literature and have avoided some of
> > the more popular best-sellers, not because I don't
> > think they're worth reading, but because by
> > definition, best-sellers don't need to be on
> > anyone's list--everyone already knows about them.
> I
> > will copy and paste your suggestions, leaving out
> > your names. Thank you all for your woonderful
> > suggestions. Here goes:
> > 
> > Zorro, by Isabel Allende
> > 
> > a captivating, modern version of the famed legend.
> > Bookmarks Magazine
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, by
> > Mark Haddon. This is about an autistic boy who
> > writes of his experience while being held for
> > murdering his neighborís dog. Everyone says itís a
> > good book, although my description makes it sound
> > ghastly. 
> > 
> >  These is My Words, by Nancy Turner, and its
> sequel,
> > Sarahís Quilt.
> > 
> >  Fire Sale, by Sara Paretsky (I think this one is
> a
> > thriller/mystery*havenít read it).
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini 
> > 
> > America, by John Stewart, the host of The Daily
> Show
> > on Comedy Central. I think this book falls into
> the
> > category of satire.
> > 
> >  A Place to Call Home, by Deborah Smith 
> > 
> > The Stephanie Plum series of books, by Janet
> > Evanovich*mystery/comedy
> > 
> >  The Number One Ladies Detective Agency series, by
> > Alexander McCall*I have two of these books at
> home.
> > Havenít read them yet, but they look like good
> > mystery stories.
> > 
> > The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by
> > Michael Chabon*this author is such a wonderful
> > writer (we have his Summerland in the JH Library
> and
> > itís beautifully written), so although this novel
> is
> > long, I think it would be a super summer read.
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > Skinny Dip, by Carl Hiaasen. Everybody says this
> is
> > a funny book. I noticed it for sale at the book
> fair
> > but I donít think itís appropriate for middle
> > schoolers (the kids pretty much ignored the book
> on
> > the shelf*too many pages).
> > 
> >  The House on Beartown Road, by Elizabeth Cohen. I
> > read this one. It was great! Read it! The author
> > cares for her baby daughter and her dad, who has
> > Alzheimer's Disease, after her husband abandons
> her
> > in their country farmhouse. This description makes
> > the book sound like a real downer, but trust me,
> it
> > is an uplifting, compelling story that is very
> > appealing. You will admire this strong woman.
> > 
> > An Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, by Amy
> > Rosenthal. This book is very much like The
> > Know-it-all: One Man's Quest to Become the
> Smartest
> > Person in the World, by A. J. Jacobs, the guy who
> > read the entire Encyclopedia Brittannica cover to
> > cover. But Amy Rosenthal's book is shorter and
> > funnier. I'm still reading Know-it-All and it's
> fun
> > but I sense that Jacobs lacks some of the
> > self-confidence of Encyclopedia of an Ordinary
> Life.
> > Anyway, read 'em both--you're bound to like at
> least
> > one of them and you'll pick up some great trivia
> > along the way.
> > 
> >  
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > Jan Birney, Library Media Specialist
> > Jockey Hollow Middle School
> > Monroe, Connecticut 06468
> > stmark6614@yahoo.com
> >             
> > ---------------------------------
> >  Sell on Yahoo! Auctions  - No fees. Bid on great
> > items.
> > 
> >
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