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Review (Audiobook): The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

The StorytellerTitle: The Storyteller

Author: Jodi Piccoult

Publisher: Atria

Published: February 26, 2013

Source: audible.com

Summary (from Goodreads): Sage Singer befriends an old man who’s particularly beloved in her community. Josef Weber is everyone’s favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. They strike up a friendship at the bakery where Sage works. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses…and then he confesses his darkest secret – he deserves to die, because he was a Nazi SS guard. Complicating the matter? Sage’s grandmother is a Holocaust survivor.

What do you do when evil lives next door? Can someone who’s committed a truly heinous act ever atone for it with subsequent good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren’t the party who was wronged? And most of all – if Sage even considers his request – is it murder, or justice?

Review: I know this isn’t YA but I absolutely love Jodi Picoult’s books. This one is no different. Not only is it excellent written but the audiobook was an amazing performance. Each character is read by a different person so you get the full experience of each character’s voice. As usual, Picoult’s storyline made me laugh, cry and gasp for air. My students are currently reading novels/memoirs about the Holocaust and I plan to add this title to the list for next year. I always go into the pages (or in this case the audio) of Picoult’s work with one way of thinking about her topic and come out the other side utterly confused on where I stand–which I welcome each and every time. If you’re a fan of Picoult, don’t miss this one. And if you haven’t had the opportunity to read her work, let this be your first experience.


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It’s Monday: Here’s What I’m Reading

It’s Monday! What are you Reading?: From Picture Books to YA is a meme hosted by TeachMentorTexts . It’s a spin off from Sheila at Book Journeys It’s Monday! What are you Reading? with a focus on Children’s books and YA (pretty obvious).

Here’s what I read this past week:

The Tragedy PaperThe Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan

Summary from Goodreads: Tim Macbeth, a seventeen-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is “Enter here to be and find a friend.” A friend is the last thing Tim expects or wants—he just hopes to get through his senior year unnoticed. Yet, despite his efforts to blend into the background, he finds himself falling for the quintessential “It” girl, Vanessa Sheller, girlfriend of Irving’s most popular boy. To Tim’s surprise, Vanessa is into him, too, but she can kiss her social status goodbye if anyone ever finds out. Tim and Vanessa begin a clandestine romance, but looming over them is the Tragedy Paper, Irving’s version of a senior year thesis, assigned by the school’s least forgiving teacher.

Jumping between viewpoints of the love-struck Tim and Duncan, a current senior about to uncover the truth of Tim and Vanessa, The Tragedy Paper is a compelling tale of forbidden love and the lengths people will go to keep their .

Just One Day by Gayle FormanJust One Day

Summary from Goodreads: When sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance ofTwelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

My reading plan for this week:

1. The Storyteller by Jodi PicoultThe Storyteller

2. Beta by Rachel CohnBeta

3. Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality  by Elizabeth EulbergRevenge of the Girl with the Great Personality

Want to know what others are reading this week?  Read more at TeachMentorTexts.

What are YOU reading this week?

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