Favorite Quotes

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents."
— Emilie Buchwald

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
-- Dr. Seuss, "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!"

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Another Printz Honor 2011 Winner

Please Ignore Vera Dietz
By A.S. King
2011 Printz Honor Award Winner

I chose to read this novel for two reasons, one- it is a Printz Honor book and two-many of my fellow bloggers have posted about this one.  Why does Vera want to be ignored?  Why is Vera afraid of turning into her mother or her father?  Will Vera learn to deal with alcohol in a responsible manner?  What about her best friend Charlie?  What secrets was he keeping from the world?  Why was his death so mysterious?  What really happened the night of his death? Will Vera tell the world what she knows about Charlie's life?  This story starts with Charlie's funeral and then we learn bits and pieces of the events that lead to this tragedy.  The story is mostly told from Vera's point of view, but we also hear from Charlie and Vera's Dad.  Towards the end of the book, most of the stories come together and the reader gets a clear picture of what really happened with Vera and Charlie.  I have to admit that I wanted some of the lose ends tied up, but was left wondering about a few a things.  Overall, this was a great read and I feel that teens can relate well to the events in the story.

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