We don't do stars...
We don't do thumbs...
We read children's books and grade them in 10 categories:
literary quality
descriptive ability
humor (if attempted)
illustrations (if present)
believability of characters
believability of situations
overall reading enjoyment

There is no grading curve. There are no points for classroom participation. There is no extra credit.
If you disagree, come speak to us after class.

The Grading System

A+.....this means (guess what) we think it's great. So great it surprised even us.
A.....this means it's pretty darn good. A book we'd recommend to just about everyone we know.
B.....better than most. Not exactly Shakespeare for kids, though, if you get our drift.
C.....mediocre. Like the color beige, it didn't stand out.
D.....we didn't like it. There were more bad aspects than good ones.
F.....it reeked of badness. We read it over and over when we are in dire need of hysterical laughter.
F-.....We're pretty sure Dante had a circle of hell for the people who wrote these...and a lower circle for those who published them.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Reporter's Review: Carolina Harmony, by Marilyn Taylor McDowell

Delacorte, March 2009
Overall Grade: A

Almost-11-year-old Carolina Campbell faces tragedy early when her parents die. And her best friend movies away. And her grandmother suffers a stroke. And her foster parents are mean and neglectful. And when they don’t even come after her when she runs away. But when she comes to the Harmony farm, run by kind Mr. Ray and Miss Latah, Carolina learns that if you allow it, tragedy can be the door to true happiness.
In her debut novel, author Marilyn Taylor McDowell crafted a beautiful story around a very beautiful character. Although the plot is somewhat predictable, it is above-average for a character-focused novel, containing a few twists and turns which were refreshingly surprising. The sense of time and setting is tangible and the consistency of all the characters in their world is excellent.

Literary Quality: A-
Plot: B (But it’s a character-focused book)
Voice: A+
Originality: A-
Descriptive Ability: A+
Humor: n/a
Illustrations: n/a
Believability of Characters: A+
Believability of Situations: A+
Overall Reading Enjoyment: A

Possibly objectionable topics*: death of parents, child neglect

1 comment:

GirlwiththeBraids said...

I love the set-up of your blog posts! Reporter's Review? Brilliant!

I have never read or heard of this book but it sounds like something my little sister would read. I'll tell her about it! :)