Book Club - July

Discussion in 'Teacher Time Out Archives' started by deedee, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. OtterMom

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    Jul 5, 2007

    I got my "Dog in the Night" from Amazon today, and I'm starting tonight!
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  2. teacher333

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    Maybe it is me but I could not get into this book. I read through the first 3 chapters while at Borders and wound up not buying the book.
     
  3. deedee

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    i got my copy today!!
     
  4. MissFrizzle

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    mine is on it's way from paperbackswap.com :)
     
  5. ChangeAgent

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    For those of you who haven't read it--it's phenomenal! I actually read it in a "Young Adult Literature" class in undergrad. Haddon does a wonderful job portraying his narrator. The issues of communication that are addressed are very much worth discussion, and I would consider this book a tear-jerker (in spots).

    Kudos to the book choice! I may have to stop in once everyone starts discussing!

    How exciting!
     
  6. OtterMom

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    I'm done!!!!!!!!!!! What a STRANGE book! But strangely compelling! There were times when I didn't like it at all, and times when I loved it! I look forward to the discussion.

    BTW: The allusions to astronauts and space made me realize that this Mark Haddon is the author who wrote one of my FAVORITE picture book read-alouds when I do my unit on the Solar System: "The Sea of Tranquility."

    It's first person - about the author as a little boy, back in 1969, who is just CONSUMED with the moon and the Apollo space missions. The illustrations - sort of soft blue-shaded watercolors - are by Christian Birmingham, and they are absolutely beautiful. It's a great way to give little ones a connection to space exploration.
     
  7. MissFrizzle

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    Do they talk about the author at all-... does he know someone with autism.... ?
     
  8. ChangeAgent

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    If I am not mistaken, I believe he used to work with students with disabilities to some extent . . . but I don't have my book on hand to confirm that . . .
     
  9. Dzenna

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    You are right. I just finished reading and have my book in front of me. Haddon worked with autistic individuals when he was young. He now teaches creative writing.
     
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    I thought he had the autistic characteristics dead-on! My nephew is autistic, and the protagonist was like an older version of Matthew! I think he kept it true to life, while at the same time allowing it to be sensitive. I loved it!
     
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    I agree, I worked with 1st grade twins who are on the spectrum(parents will not let them be labeled) and so much of what was written really made sense.
     
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    I worked with autisics for four or five years when I was young. He is right on target. I loved the logical rationale for every odd thing Christopher did. It makes you think....
     
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    This was a great book and an easy read!! I started this morning at ten and just finished it!! I loved how he kept the story line going but also let you into the brain of an autistic child. It was great!! Honestly I didn't think I would like it but I love it!! Great choice!
     

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