I love our Flipcams. They are so cute! Yes, I am a dork. No shock – I’m a librarian.
Anyway, if you’ve got a project assignment and you want to include video, these Flipcams are available for your TEACHER to check out for you to use on campus. They are so easy – simply pop out the USB plug and connect to any computer. You can edit in Movie Maker. Come see me in the media center if you need help.
From the prologue:
My father took one hundred and thirty-two minutes to die.
It happened on the Jellicoe Road. The prettiest road I’d ever seen, where trees made breezy canopies like a tunnel to Shangri-La. We were going to the ocean, hundreds of miles away, because I wanted to see the ocean and my father said that it was about time the four of us made that journey. I remember asking, “What’s the difference between a trip and a journey?” and my father said, “Narnie, my love, when we get there, you’ll understand,” and that was the last thing he ever said.
With a car crash, an abandoned kid, and the Australian countryside with Jellicoe Road running through the middle, Melina Marchetta’s award-winning novel is as confusing as it is intriguing. If you like to be challenged to think a little when you read and can keep up with two story lines, I suggest you pick this one up.
Taylor Markham is 11 when her mother abandons her at a 7-11. Hannah, a local that lives near the Jellicoe School, finds her and takes her under her wing, keeping careful distance. Taylor, now 17, is struggling to deal with her past and wants desperately to put the pieces together, but it’s difficult at best. Hannah is uncooperative, Taylor is reluctantly made leader of her dorm, and then Hannah disappears. With needy kids to manage, no adults to turn to, and the battle with the Townies and the Cadets brewing, Taylor doesn’t have much time to figure things out. Additionally, a mysterious guy from Taylor’s past shows up again, making everything worse – or better.
Two storylines run through this novel – one is Taylor’s story, and the other is a manuscript Hannah is writing (it’s in italics – part of it is quoted above). As Taylor struggles with history, heartbreak, and disappointment, she must pry into her past to face her future.
What starts slow turns into a really good book. Frankie is a sophomore trying to win over his girl “friend” and figure out what kind of man he wants to be. His soccer-star older brother may or may not be involved in a gang and his parents make Frankie work in their Mexican restaurant all the time. Worst of all, Frankie keeps getting himself into trouble and his brother has to bail him out, making Frankie look like a total loser. Ultimately there’s a fight between Frankie’s brother and a local gang leader and Frankie has to decide whether or not to get involved.
Frankie is a likeable guy and I think guys (and girls too) will enjoy this book. Figuring out where to belong in the social scheme is never easy, and Frankie’s journey is an interesting and honest one. I recommend this one, with the one caveat that it takes awhile to get going, but once it does it’s a good read.