Tuesday, October 14, 2008

TY Extended Essays 2

More recommendations of books being read for the Transition Year Extended Essay project.

Winta Bairu is reading The Outsiders, by S.E.Hinton : "As part of my essay, I have been reading this book, which takes us back to the 1950s, when Greasers and Socials (Socs) fought on the streets. This is an enduring story with distinctive qualities in the characters on both sides of the neighbourhood conflict. All you can hope is that these characters realize that if a Greaser bleeds, so will a Soc. Both feel the same pain."

Robbie Hollis has been reading John Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, recently released as a film : "This book is about a boy whose father is a Nazi. He is very high ranking. The family are moved to Auschwitz in Poland, and Bruno, the boy, hates it there, until he meets a friend called Shmuel on the other side of a fence. The book is about their secret friendship, which must remain just that - secret. The novel is very well written, in the third person but from Bruno's viewpoint. He doesn't understand why these people are on the other side of the fence, but slowly discovers the horrors of the Final Solution."

Below, the trailer for the film :

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