I am currently reading the Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson. Mrs. Walter has been telling me to read this book for a long time. So far I am enjoying it as much as she said I would.
Review: I finished The Adoration of Jenna Fox. I had mixed feelings about it. While I enjoyed the themes explored in the book and found the characters compelling and believable, I thought the story line dragged at times. I read Jenna Fox while the 7th Grade Book Club read Unwind and these two stories have much in common. The both explore the concept of Identity and what makes us who we are. And they both explore the area of biomedical ethics and whether we should do all the things that scientific advancements will allow us to do in the future. This would be a great book for 9th graders to further explore the issue of identity and also for anyone who writes about cloning or other medical ethics issues for your controversial issue essay or debate.
I am also re-reading The Phantom Tollbooth with my youngest son. I have very fond memories of reading this book with my other two children. It reminds me very much of the style and wit of Roald Dahl whom I love. Reading the annotated version has been information. I did not know that the book was originally written thanks to a government grant that the author received to write a book that would encourage children to love cities and to care about the future of cities. Who knew! I wonder how that mission has panned out all these years later.
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