Jul 072011
 

The news in my mail box today is: “In an effort to combat childhood obesity and summer learning loss, the Department of Justice joined the U.S. Department of Education to address young audiences throughout the nation as part of the Let’s Read. Let’s Move. campaign.”

My humble comment is, “Bravo, that’s a good thing.”

The book “Louisiana v. Vincent Simmons: Frame-up in Avoyelles Parish” deeply goes into a variety of issues. In the center of the story are three teenagers whose lives changed forever on a Sunday in May 1977. The criminal case puts the reader on a roller coaster ride. The more one reads, the more the world seems to be upside down. It provides insight into a world most people do not know much about. It shows what can happen to children and their lives when adults fail in their judgments.

Louisiana v. Vincent Simmons” is written in simple language and I think one can recommend the book to 15+ year-old-readers. Happy Summer Holiday!

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