Middler Books and More

This blog contains Bruce DuBoff's book reviews, info on other media, and related topics. It is a collaboration between the librarian and both the students of Pennsauken Intermediate School and Phifer Middle School in Pennsauken, NJ, and the general middler book reading community. The books featured here are appropriate for grades 5-8, though not all books reviewed here are appropriate for all of those ages.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Feed by M. T. Anderson (4 out of 4 stars)--This book rocks, as much as a book can. In its purest sense, it is a dystopia, or a vision of a flawed and ominous future in the tradition of Brave New World and 1984. It's the story of some teens who have a media feed in their heads and are constantly barraged by advertisements, fashion tips, trends, fads, and recommendations about every aspect of their personal and academic lives. Most people in this society have the feeds, and folks are gradually forgetting how to do things like read and write, because much of that stuff is done for them. Then the main character, Titus, meets a girl who cannot have the feed, and he learns a little about what the feed does to people, especially when the damage becomes more tangible and people start getting sick. Feed is a very powerful statement on media control. Big Brother is watching you!

1 Comments:

Blogger Ender Shan said...

Hey Mr. DuBoff,
It's Ender Shan. I just thought i should list some books that I've enjoyed for you:
Sea of Trolls-Nancy Farmer

The House of the Scorpion-Nancy Farmer

The DaVinci Code-Dan Brown

Angels& Demons-Dan Brown

Cirque Du Freak Series-Darren Shan

Ender's Shadow series-Orson Scott Card (Also there is an Enders Game series but i haven't read them yet)

Thanks,
Ender Shan

P.S. You like the name? Ender Shan get it. Ender's Shadow and Cirque Du Freak...nevermind.

P.S.S. You probably can guess who i am from the list but heres another hint: im in Mr. Raudenbush's 5-7 language arts class. Tell me if you find out.

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