Monday, January 3, 2011

Tuesday's QBR

I switched Tuesday and Thursday around because Tuesday was just too early to report any contests and Tuesdays will now be QBR: Quick Book Review.
I have two this week and they are both books that I previewed for the library.

1. Griff Carver, Hallway Patrol by Jim Krieg
Think any 1980's cop movie or TV show and you have the character sketch of most of the players in this book.  Change the cops to hall monitors and the setting to a school and you have this book covered. It was an interesting read since I remember most of those movies, but felt that some of the humor might be lost with MG crowd.

2. RIOT by Walter Dean Myers
Claire (15 yrs old) is a biracial daughter of a black man and a white Irishwoman during the Civil War. We follow Claire, her family and friends during the drafting of soldiers for the Union and watch as the poor Irish emigrants start rioting against the blacks and against the draft. Written in screenplay format made it a bit hard for me to follow at first. Lacked character development either because there were too many characters to follow or the fact of the format it was written in. I'm not sure since this was my first screenplay to read.