Skip to main content

Review: Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Talk:
Refugees fleeing the advancing Russians meet and become fast friends. They travel together to a port city to escape on one of the boats, part of Operation Hannibal. The friends board the ill-fated Wilhelm Gustloff, hoping to find safety and new lives at the end of their journey.

My Thoughts:
I read Between Shades of Grey first, and I'm so glad I did. I love that the characters are connected, but also completely separate. This book is not as haunting (at least until the last few chapters) as the other, but I still liked it a lot. I was intrigued by the story of the Wilhelm Gustloff, something I never even heard of before this book.

My Recommendation:
Grades 8+ (intensity, veiled reference to rape, multiple accounts of deaths); 4.5 stars

View all my reviews

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Project Green Screen

Lights...camera...GREEN SCREEN! Five yards of green cloth, lots of staples, a tripod, and an iPad. That's all it took to transform a corner of our library into a fully functioning video studio.

But then what? Our technology integrator started doing some research on the best apps for green screen creation, and came up with Do Ink.

The App
It took a little practice, but my students figured out the process pretty quickly. Do Ink lets you create 3 "tracks" for your video:

1) the background (can be images from online, students can take pictures, can be videos)
2) the student talking to the camera
3) additional animations

The Process
I brought students to the library class and distributed iPads to groups of 2-3 students. I used my handy document camera to show the steps for opening and using the app. I had students open the app and then immediately start a new project and re-name it.

Important side note: Once Do Ink projects are saved, they are not editable. The app auto-saves pr…

Summer Planning

It seems like I've been waiting for summer break since Christmas. It's finally here, and what am I doing? Spending countless hours perusing my favorite teacher blogs, reading posts in my Facebook groups, and scrolling through Twitter.

It's the teacher's plight. We just can't help it. I love the approach  Two Writing Teachers takes to the summer planning frenzy. Embrace it, know it's coming, and try to plan in some time away from it all. As in all things in my life, I need a plan if I'm going to get it done. So I am borrowing liberally from the Two Writing Teachers idea for summer planning. Here's what I'm going to do with the rest of my summer:
July
To Read PYRCA books (YA category)Salt to the SeaPhantom LimbsBurn Baby BurnPYRCA books (MG category)SlackerEchoWolf HollowProfessional DevelopmentInvent to LearnThe Big Book of MakerSpace ProjectsFinish up 2 grad classes To Do Beach Time!Yearly plans for all grades (5-8), just map out the topicsSketch out…
Recap: 2017 PA Forward Information Literacy Summit 
Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the PA Forward Information LIteracy Summit at Penn State University in State College, PA. The focus of yesterday's conference, according to their website, was:
"libraries and maker culture, and will be relevant to any librarians interested or involved in teaching and learning, including academic, public, school, and special librarians, and other educators."
As a new Maker Librarian, this really appealed to me. I have a great space, but I don't feel like I have the curriculum or data to really back up what I am doing. So I went into the conference hoping for some specific tips and strategies for making my Makerspace more curriculum-ready.

The keynote speaker was Heather Moorefield, professor of LIS at USC. She focused on what other libraries are doing with Makerspaces, especially in the realm of mobile makers. Here are some examples of what she shared: