Michael L. Printz Award

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  • Entertainment In Oryx And Crake

    Entertainment and Recreation in Oryx and Crake Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake is a fiction novel written around the split narrative between a future dystopian society and a post-apocalyptic world. The narrative follows the thoughts and flashbacks of Snowman, one of the lone survivors of the apocalyptic plague, as he dreams of memories with whom he deems as the most important figures in his life, Oryx and Crake. Within these flashbacks, Snowman reminisces the days of going to school with Crake at HelthWyzer Compound and becoming good friends with him. They would hang out after school at Crake’s house and entertain themselves with the internet, games, and marijuana. The explicit content they consumed online, the virtual games they played, and their accessibility to marijuana would be looked at in modern culture as obscene. However, in Jimmy and Crake’s society, graphic content and sedentary and destructive behavior is normal and perfectly legal. Oryx and Crake presents a cautionary tale of how liberal and free ideas on censorship in media, gaming platforms, and recreational drug use, could affect entertainment in the future and the thinking patterns of the youth. Graphic content provided easily on the internet causes Jimmy and Crake emotional desensitivity to the horrific actions and tragedies taking place before them. Websites and livestreams that would not be easily accessible to the average internet browser are effortlessly provided to Jimmy and Crake as after school…

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  • The Book Thief Analysis

    In The Book Thief, Markus Zusak wrote,“I am haunted by humans” (Zusak 550). Being narrated by Death, The Book Thief is a novel about an orphan, named Liesel Meminger, who moves in with the Hubermanns in Himmel (Heaven) Street. While she is there, she plunders books from libraries and book burnings during the horrors of World War II. Liesel Meminger’s desire to read helps her deal with the incidents around her and gain insight about the power of words, while her insecurity helps her create…

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  • Humanity In The Book Thief, By Markus Zusak

    Kabir Fakoya Book Thief Shootings, bombing, riots. Humanity seems as if it was getting ready to fall apart and explode. As if there is no more room for hope. Contrary to what some might believe, this isn’t the case. Markus Zusak, the author of The Book Thief, realizes that humanity is more than a destructive force. Zusak is inspired by humanity 's ability to be hopeful and beautiful in times of devastation and despair. He shows this by showing the reader inspiring moments in a time of…

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  • The Book Thief Analysis Essay

    Anne Frank once said, “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.” This powerful quote runs with a prominent theme seen in The Book Thief. That in which there is beauty in and after destruction. When good is seen in the midst of evil, that is truly a beautiful thing. In the novel The Book Thief written by Markus Zusak, the author expresses his inspiration and disgust towards humanity. As death narrates Liesel Meminger, we look into her life during world war two. She has…

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  • Theme Of Death In The Book Thief

    Deaths voice Australian Markus Zusak wrote and published the Book Thief, introducing a certain aspect nobody had seen before, death himself as the narrator. The excitement sparked at its publication was something truly extraordinary, as people found themselves compelled by Leisel Meminger and her experience with the death surrounding her throughout the book. Using cryptic first and second person point of view, indepth symbolism and visual imagery, Zusak portrays to the audience death’s ever…

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  • Brooklyn Public Library

    One of the best parts of being a librarian is seeing the impact the programs and community events have on the patrons being served. However, this is paralleled by the patron appreciation that can be seen as well. In communities where every-day needs are not being met and budgets, both inside and outside of the library are growing smaller, it is more important than ever to find creative and new ways to serve the community. Public libraries are excellent places to provide at-risk youth with…

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  • Ugliness And Beauty In The Book Thief By Markus Zusak

    From past to present to the inevitable future, we as humans have done terrible things. Things like the Holocaust, countless wars, genocide, sex trafficking, terrorism, and many other events in which people lose faith in the world we live in. Most people will argue the fact that humanity is not beautiful, but ugly for these reasons, but it’s really both: humanity is beautiful because the world is ugly, there are definite relationships between the two opposites. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak…

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  • Miles Halter's 'Looking For Alaska': Book Review

    Looking for Alaska Book Journal Book summary Miles Halter, a teenage boy who lives in Florida moves to Alabama for his junior year in High-School. Transferring to the same boarding school his father and uncle also attended, he started attending Culver Creek Preparatory School. Miles Halter, also known as “Pudge”, is especially fascinated by author’s last words and memorizes them passionately. Arriving at Culver Creek, he meets his roommate Chip “the Colonel” Martin. Shortly after he is…

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  • The Theme Of Death In Looking For Alaska

    “Ya’ll smoke to enjoy it. I smoke to die.” John Green’s Looking for Alaska explores the concepts of life and death, or more specifically how to live and die. Main character, Miles Halter, desires an exciting life and decides to leave the safety of his home to attend Culver Creek boarding school. Here he meets trailer-bred genius Chip “the Colonel” Martin. The Colonel introduces him to a life of fun and mischief. More importantly, Miles discovers the beautiful, clever, and self-destructive Alaska…

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  • Fallen Angels Analysis

    “Critical Essay on Fallen Angels.” Novels for Students, edited by Sara Constantakis, vol. 30, Gale, 2010, pp. 127-129. Brown, Jennifer M. “Critical Essay on Fallen Angels.” Novels for Students, edited by Sara Constantakis, vol. 30, Gale, 2010, pp. 130-131. Evans Jr., Daniel E. “Platoon Combat Medic.” The Vietnam War, edited by Tamara L Roleff, Greenhaven, 2002, pp.138-143. “Fallen Angels.” Novels for Students, edited by Sara Constantakis, vol. 30, Gale, 2010, pp. 116-126. Kerry, John F. “Vietnam…

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