Sunday, October 17, 2010

It's Just My Opinion

Maggie's DoorMaggie's Door by Patricia Reilly Giff

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

My sixth graders were required to read this book over the summer if they were enrolled in advanced social studies this year. I finally finished reading the book last week. I wasn't impressed. The main character is a young girl whose family is trying to get to America from Ireland during the potato famine. I didn't feel like there was enough historical background information to convey why it was so important for them to leave their home country. The characters were also one-dimensional. Their arrival in the United States was anti-climactic. I wasn't on the committee that selected this book, and I hope it is not on the list again next year.

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  1. are you allowed an appinion on the summer book list?

  2. Yes and no, but it's ultimately decided by a "committee" and some people think it's a good book.


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