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kryptique has commented on (4) products.

The 13 Clocks by James Thurber
The 13 Clocks

kryptique, October 21, 2014

This timeless classic children's book appeals to all ages. The language is lyrical, hauntingly beautiful, and melodic. It has the appeal of an unknown fairy tale with snippets of wit, humor, and wisdom. I've read this so many times it frequents my dreams and I still love every page.
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Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy by Sonya Sones
Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy

kryptique, September 21, 2011

I admit I was unsure about the form of free verse....however, this book immediately put an end to my doubts! Sonya Sones is a fantastic writer with spare, lyric free verse that still gives the feel and texture of a teenager's thoughts, feelings, and narration. Each word seems to have more weight in this format and yet the story went zipping along wonderfully well. Some heavy topics are addressed in here, including mental illness and the effects it has on a family. Yet the story has its funny and touching moments, with an uplifting ending. A more realistic and heartfelt portrayal of mental illness than many.
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Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
Out of My Mind

kryptique, September 21, 2011

Wow!! This book was amazing! The main character has basically been trapped in her less than functional body for years, with a brilliant mind and many thoughts, but is only now beginning to be able to communicate with others through technology. At its heart, this book depicts the main character as nothing more nor less than a teenager, despite all the differences and frustrations and challenges. I love that Draper does not attempt to turn her character into someone to be pitied nor worshiped, but that she shows her humanism and similarity to other teens. Her character makes mistakes, gets angry, tries her best to be a good person but sometimes falls short. A fascinating and at times tearjerking read.
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Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time

kryptique, January 5, 2010

Three Cups of Tea gives a new perspective on populations in Afghanistan and the Middle East, as well as providing alternate ways of thinking to "just bomb everyone until we destroy terror." For years, I have believed the war on terror is one we can never win. After reading this book, I am now thinking that we've simply taken up the wrong sort of weapons. Fighting terror involves better education, better living conditions, creating a different image of Americans than uncaring killers, and making connections instead of blowing things up. I particularly appreciate the fact that so many of our military members are now reading and applying this book while in these countries. Reading this book made me feel more like making a difference in the world is real and possible, indeed mandatory, than any other book I've ever read.
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