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Period 8 Library Binding – March 26, 2013
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From School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Bruce Logsdon's Period 8 session, held during the regular lunch period, is a place for Heller High School students to talk about their concerns and feelings. Logsdon, or Mr. Logs as he is called by his students, is gifted at getting teens to unburden themselves and speak honestly. Chief among his admirers is Paulie Bomb, whose unbridled honesty has cost him his relationship with his girlfriend, Hannah. When quiet, unassuming Mary Wells (called the "Virgin Mary" by other students due to her outwardly prudish behavior) goes missing, Period 8 must grapple with the fact that their safe space has been compromised. Issues centered on trust, forgiveness, extreme bullying, disturbing parenting, and reputations are prevalent throughout the story. Crutcher captures teen speak in a natural and realistic manner. Although the narrative begins at a deliberate pace, the drama over Mary's disappearance and incidents in the final quarter of the story ratchet up the intensity. Some sexuality and rough language are present, but it is never gratuitous or excessive. Mr. Logs is a positive portrayal of an involved teacher; he is dedicated to his students and genuinely concerned about them. However, his personal contacts with several students outside of school might, in real life, cause some concern among hypervigilant administrators and parents. Crutcher keeps readers guessing as to who is behind Mary's disappearance, and the portrayal of the psychopath is truly chilling. A must-have where the author's novels or psychological thrillers are popular.-Jennifer Schultz, Fauquier County Public Library, Warrenton, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Welcome to Period 8 lunch with Mr. Logs, where any topic is fair game, everyone can come, and the only rule is that nobody gets hurt. Here, truth is encouraged, but it has surprising effects. Paul finds that after he is honest, the girl he loves hates his guts. Student body president Arnie Stack uses his idea of truth to get elected, and “the Virgin Mary,” Mary Wells, only tells one side of her truth. When Mary goes missing, Mr. Logs and his Period 8 students set out to find her and plunge into danger that goes far beyond the classroom and challenges what they thought they knew. This is vintage Crutcher, with authentic dialogue, a school setting, lots of sports, and sympathetic characters that feel as if they had walked out of another Crutcher novel. This time, the suspense and action are ratcheted way up, though, and the result is a nail-biter with well-planted hints that lead up to a surprising, satisfying resolution. This book may win new fans, so be prepared to bring out the Crutcher canon. Grades 9-12. --Lynn Rutan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top customer reviews
What I like most about Period.8, as all his other books, is how real the characters are. Frankly, I'm jealous of the relationships that the characters have with each other and I wish I'd had a Period.8 when I was growing up. I didn't have the big issues like most of Crutcher's characters, I just want the connection they make with one another. But of course he is eloquent when writing these characters, he was a family and child therapist for over 25 years. So yes, the issues he writes about happens.
In Period.8 they talk about whatever they want, but it has to be real and true. But what isn't talked about in Period.8 is the problem. Chris slowly lets the clues out and we watch the story unfold.
Sports in this book? Of course! He has swimming, basketball, and a hint of wrestling. The scenes are vivid, the wording perfect, the actions of the characters shocking. The main theme going on here.... he hasn't done before, and as Laurie Halse Anderson stated on the back of the book jacket, the ending IS shocking. As is the beginning, in my opinion.
His absolute humor on names of characters and places make me snicker. Come on, "Heller High!" I also loved how he was able to show that some characters own up to their mistakes. That was a favorite of mine. Too often people blame others for their choices.
I would give more information from the book, but that would ruin it! There is a quote from the book on the back jacket cover, "They shed their clothes and quietly bury them beneath leaves and needles. The night air is cold and Paulie feels goose bumps rising. This is nothing, he thinks, compared to what it's about to be." I had a great time imagining where those lines connected to the book! I wasn't disappointed!
My last thought, if you think Crutcher's books are good, his presentations are the absolute best! Everything comes alive and he speaks as well as he writes. I use his books for the college courses that I teach and had him for a whole day at the college. When you meet Chris he has no ego. He loves his books, loves people, and wants young adults to know they aren't alone. Enjoy!!
I'm a picky reader. I put down a lot more YA fiction than I read from cover-to-cover. Boredom, predictable plotting, and clunky dialogue cause me to set aside most books after the first few chapters, so for me to finish a book and write a review for it says that it was an AMAZING journey, and that I lost myself in the story. What more can a reader ask for?
I loved the relationship between Paulie Baum and his teacher, "Logs". I loved the authentic dialogue and humor; the lessons Logs teaches his students and the weariness that I, as a long-time educator, know myself. I could "hear" the characters talking in my mind and I laughed aloud a few times.
I read PERIOD.8 in two days; would have finished it sooner than that if I had my way. I read it until I couldn't see last night, and getting back to the book was the first thing on my mind this morning.
YOU: reading this review: PICK UP PERIOD.8 TODAY. I'll go ahead and say this now: YOU ARE WELCOME for this recommendation.
Most recent customer reviews
The ending was shocking. There were some tiny clues but as the story panned out there was a definite twist.
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