September 27th, 2002


Isadora's Thursday Report in Ocean Springs, MS

A tree broke off in our lot with several trees acting as a buffer. It cost $100.00 to have it taken down, limbs and trunk cut in lengths for the city to pick up. We were lucky.

Our neighbor's cat was sitting on the patio playing with leaves that the wind gusts was blowing around. He looks so cute.

A restful night to you.


Banned Books I've Read

From this list of the top 100 banned books in 1999-2000, I can easily remember reading these:

1. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (warn sweet young things about some situations...)

2. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

3. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

4. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (have taught this one repeatedly; one student took an alternative assignment...)

5. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (read this aloud to a class of 6th graders)

6. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

7. The Giver by Lois Lowry (Recommend this one regularly)

8. Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine (suffered through over 50 of this author's work in his hayday... even in clone mode, not my fave...)

9. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck (recommend this frequently)

10. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (warn about the earthiness, but...)

11. Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel (all 5, but "assuming the position" does get a tad tiresome...)

12. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (recommend the entire series, not just this one)

13. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous (just right for some kids...)

14. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

15. Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan

16. We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier

17. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

18. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (and the sequel)

19. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (taught it -- one of my all time favorites...shame she never wrote more.)

20. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (taught it)

21. The Pigman by Paul Zindel

22. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

23. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

24. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

25. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

26. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney

27. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (read entire body of work)

28. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (taught it)

29. Native Son by Richard Wright

30. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (entire body of works, taught this one)

31. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene

32. Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman

33. Running Loose by Chris Crutcher (taught it)

# 32 is the only one I don't like, but at that age, I was not a critical audience...