Hi friends,

I am Sigy George, librarian by choice and profession.I have been working as a school librarian for the past 8 years This blog is just basically where I share my experiences as a librarian; the Book talks I attended with students and what insight I got from them. I wish this to be a place where students can find things that interest them and help them to read more. A place where parents too find tools that help develop love for reading in their children.

An avid reader myself I find there is still love for reading among children.It just needs to be encouraged and looked after like new saplings.

I have made a beginning and hope to be able to develop a reading culture among some children.

Books for me are friends and keeping them down after finishing them is like saying goodbye to one’s friend.

READ THEM LOVE THEM

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  1. Thank you for your rating of my novel The War Blog. Do you intend to write a review? I am wondering if you listened to the music and if so whether you liked it. I would love to send you an advance copy of my next book which will be released in late June. It is called No Fences in Alaska.

    • Hi Glen. I am midway writing a review for your book. Yes I have listened to all the songs and found them to be very appropriate for the times we live in. I would be glad to receive your next book and would definitely review it on my blog and Goodreads.

      • Great! I look forward to your review. As soon as I have a final copy of my next novel from my publisher, I will send it to you.

  2. Hello Sigy,
    Thank you for your insightful and honest review of my book. I have received many comments about this book, as you can see if you read the reviews on Goodreads. All the negative comments surprised me because prior to publication, I had received three 5-star reviews from Readers’ Favorite, so I thought other reviews would be good as well. Not. Not to make excuses, but I do want to point out several things. Most every event in the book happened in one form or another during my years of teaching in rural Alaska and Native villages. In fact, the events were much worse and more plentiful than the book describes. Within my first month of teaching, two high school girls in a very small school claimed that two high school boys had raped them. You and others have said that every girl in the book has been raped or abused. Not true. Haley and Stacey and Brittany and the rest of their friends have not been raped, except for Sue. Junae was abused, yes. And her mother many years ago. Beth, the teacher, was abused in her youth, but not Jody or any of the others. The only rape in the village is Gena’s. Kuutuuq and her sister and many others have not been raped. Regarding breast size: Crystal is very small and flat-chested. She is obviously unhappy about this. So I think a girl like this would pay attention to other girls’ breast size. And our culture emphasizes it continuously. And the girls in her original school do continue the movement after Crystal leaves. They fight back in her absence, inspired by her. The incident with the erasers in her shirt actually happened. The song writing service response to Crystal’s lyrics for 21 Forever were actually made to me. The lady used the s-word. I never thought that readers would think I was advocating half-brother sexual relationships. But I do think Crystal would try to comfort her dear friend Kato by saying that society should not deprive him of his love for Kele. After all they did not know each other for 17+ years. Imagine the horror they both would feel in discovering they were brothers. So does that make their love instantly disappear? Regarding whether drugs came first or rape/abuse came first, who knows? There is so much drug use among teens anywhere, but in Alaska it is rampant, much more than adults/parents realize. I do agree the book has too many characters and the two entirely different settings complicate things, but this was the story that kept my interest for 2 1/2 years. I wrote the book for teens, not adults, especially teens with lower reading abilities, because that group is who I taught. I wanted to make the action constant so they would stay interested. So far, I have not found a teen who did not like the book. It is being used in two schools here in Alaska. A librarian in Fairbanks wants to make the book required reading in their district. I have much experience with the topics depicted in this book, not only with kids I taught but my own family. My eldest daughter died from drug and alcohol abuse. I do wish Crystal Rose existed. I wish I had taught her. She would have made a huge difference in the lives of kids, maybe the world. But even she could not escape her own body shaming. How could any girl in our current culture?

    This is way too long to leave as a comment on your blog, but I had no email address to reply to. So please read my message and reject it so it doesn’t interfere with your blog and reviews. I do appreciate your understanding and honesty. You were able to recognize the good points, acknowledge the faults with fairness and empathy (unlike some who have attacked me personally for being a man—how could I possibly write about such topics???). Of all the reviews on Goodreads, including other 5 star, yours is the most effective at describing my book.

    My next book—No Fences in Alaska—is much better, I assure you.

    Thanks,
    Glen

    • Hi Glen,
      I am glad that you took time to set aside my doubts. I truly appreciate the efforts. It is disheartening that you were witness to all that happens in the book. Sorry to hear about your daughter.My email id is: sigy.george9185@gmail.com. We can correspond via mails. Looking forward to your new book. All the best.

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