Title: Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High
Author: Melba Parillo Beals
No. of Pages: 312
Before I read this book, I only knew about the integration of Little Rock Central High School through history textbooks. But reading this memoir allowed me to learn more of this historical battle through the eyes of the author and the hardships that she and her friends had to face during the integration of Central High. The author also endured constant bullying in Central High, just as I had from 5th to 8th grade. Overall, I think this book inspired the racial equality that we have today.
Final thoughts: This book can inspire teens not to give up on themselves, be brave, and do what is right.
Popularity: A LOT of teens will REALLY LIKE it!
School: Motivation High School
It’s not too late to submit your poetry, short stories, personal essays, and artwork to Philadelphia Stories, Junior. Log on to http://www.philadelphiastories.org/philadelphia-stories-junior-submission-guidelines to submit your work today!
Book Review: Handel, Who Knew What He Liked
Author: M.T. Anderson.
Illustrator: Kevin Hawkes
Genre: Picture Book Biography
Age Level: Grades 3-6+ (younger for reading aloud; older for pure enjoyment)
Do you know what you like? Do you go after it no matter who or what gets in the way?
When his father said he couldn’t study music, George Frideric Handel smuggled his instrument into the attic. When his father said he couldn’t go on a family trip, Handel ran down the road after him. This determination enabled him to succeed and become one of the world’s most beloved composers. If you’ve ever sung the Christmas carol “Joy to the World,” then you’ve heard some of Handel’s music. You’ve probably heard his famous “Hallelujah Chorus” too.
This is a great book (even if you don’t care for classical music.) It’s funny and serious. There’s even a duel! Laugh at Handel’s antics and cheer his perseverance. Be inspired. Like Handel, you can be what you want to be.
Anderson, M.T. Handel, Who Knew What He Liked.Cambridge,MA: Candlewick Press, 2001.
On Friday, July 22, PSJr Director Stephanie Scordia and PSJr board member Aileen Bachant spent the afternoon at the Tacony branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Eight young writers (grades 5-9) found refuge from the sweltering temps and attended the workshop, which wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Branch Manager David Payne. Best of luck to everyone who submitted their work!
Shmoop <http://www.shmoop.com> announces its Summer 2011 Reading List. Students and teachers voted, haggled and campaigned online to get their favorite books to the top of the must-read list. Below are the top fifteen hottest books to read this summer. Be the first to write a review for the PS, Jr. blog! Contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to become an official PS, Jr. blogger!
1. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
2. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
3. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
4. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
5. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
6. The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein
7. Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
8. Perfume, by Patrick Suskind
9. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
10. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, by Truman Capote
11. Animal Dreams, by Barbara Kingsolver
12. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
13. Room, by Emma Dona
14. The Sword of Shannara, by Terry Brooks
15. Unwind, by Neal Shusterman
This summer, PS Jr. has partnered with the Free Library of Philadelphia to conduct writing workshops at various branches throughout the city. Each workshop is unique in that it will serve the needs and interests of the young people who frequent that particular branch. These workshops are free, but space is limited, so please contact the branch nearest you to register today!
6742 Torresdale Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19135
Friday, July 22
WORKSHOP LEADERS: AILEEN BACHANT & STEPHANIE SCORDIA
West Oak Lane Branch
2000 E. Washington Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19138
Thursday, July 14
WORKSHOP LEADER: TERESA FITZPATRICK
Thursday, July 21
WORKSHOP LEADER: TERESA FITZPATRICK
Falls of Schuylkill Branch
3501 Midvale Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19129
Wednesday, August 3
WORKSHOP LEADER: ANDREA VINCI
Wednesday, September 21
WORKSHOP LEADERS: JANE KLEIN & STEPHANIE SCORDIA
Lillian Marrero Branch
601 W. Lehigh Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19133
WORKSHOP LEADER: MICHELLE WITTLE