September 15, 2011

A Plague Year - review

A Plague Year
Edward Bloor
Publishers Alfred A. Knopf
source:  Around the World Arc Tours

Feel like going back to the classroom for some teacher lectures?  Want to learn some new and old facts?  Then A Plague Year is for you. 

The story is a journal by Tom Coleman, a junior high student who studies the PSAT prep book in his spare time;  we get many vocabulary words.   Tom lives in Blackwater, Pennsylvania;  his journal begins September 10, 2001.  You know what is going to happen the next day.

Tom quotes his teachers.  One compares the bubonic plague to the plague of meth coming.   He includes vocabulary sentences:   The au pair pared a pear for the pair of peres.  Tom works for his father in the grocery store.  One of Dad's best employees is Bobby who has  Down's.  

Tom goes to drug counseling group -- there we are "treated" to more lectures about the dangers of drugs.   Tom seems like one Perfect kid.  He disobeys his parents only once, when he goes on a road trip.  He's at the top of his class.   I wasn't sure if I wanted to throw the book across the room or to keep on reading because of all the lectures.  

There is one funny scene where Tom and his cuz go to a frat house in a nearby college town on a honor-vengeance road trip.   Great vengeance! 

I was curious about all the lessons in this book so I checked the author's biography on his website.  Yup, he is a former high school English teacher.


Howard Sherman said...

This week’s Book Blogger Hop really threw me a curveball.

That’s because I don’t call myself a book blogger. I never even considered myself a book blogger. Sure I blog about books and book-related topics week after week. But for some reason I never saw the label of “book blogger” applying to me.

If you’re wondering why then please hop on over to my blog and find out –

Howard Sherman

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

Hah! As a former high school English teacher, this sounds like one I need on my shelf.

Benji said...

Well, seeing how it's my ARC that you're reading, I'd prefer for you NOT to throw it, thank you very much.

Betty: Reflections with Coffee said...

Very funny, Benji! I didn't throw it, finished it and mailed to the next person. Thanks for letting us read it!