Cinder: A book review

Thanks to my new job at a middle school, I have the opportunity to read more books that I ever dreamed. It was easy for me to make friends with the librarian (and the kids that would rather be there than in my class). The first suggestion I got from my new friend was the Lunar Chronicles.

When she started explaining it to me, I wasn’t convinced it would be something I’d like. I mean, Cinderella, but she’s a cyborg?

What?

Because I love fairy tales, I gave it a chance.

Oh. Em. Goodness.

I was floored by this book.

*Some Spoilers Ahead*

Cinder, a cyborg living with a woman that was forced to take her in after Cinder’s adopted father dies, is the top mechanic in her city and she’s only a teenager. The plague is taking many of the citizens in New Beijing including her younger step sister. Thinking that it’s Cinder’s fault, her stepmother gives her away to the medics for testing in order to find a cure. While under quarantine, she finds that she can’t get the disease.

But that’s not all she learns.

She’s not just a cyborg. She’s a Lunar cyborg. She’s not a person of earth, and Lunars not legally allowed to live on Earth. Since she can’t remember her life before she was 11 years old, she never suspects a thing.

The queen of Luna, the country on the moon, Levant is trying to buddy up to the new Emperor of New Beijing, Kai, after his father dies of the plague. In Levana’s attempt to create a partnership with Luna and Earth, Cinder figures out what her true plot is. She wants to marry Kai, kill him, and then take over Earth.

Can Cinder save the world?

The way that the author, Marissa Meyer uses the nuances of the original story and shadows them in her series is just wonderful. Are you a fan of the show “Once Upon a Time”? This book reminded me a lot of that series because it’s not just Cinderella’s story, but you also get glimpses of Red Riding Hood’s story (hers is the second book of the series, “Scarlet) as well as Rapunzel’s (but she goes by Cress and is the center of the third book by the same name).

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PlayMakers Club

I’m new to this whole, teaching thing, but so far I’ve been lucky enough to have a great experience at my school. With our schedule everyday, we have time set aside for different things and Thursdays are “Club Days.” The club that I host is something I call PlayMakers Club.
Do you remember the show Z Games from Zoog Disney? Basically, it was a show where kids could show the backyard games they made up. Then, the kids in the studio would be given 3 or 4 random things and they had to make a game out of it.
That’s what we do in PlayMakers Club.
Week 1, students got into groups of 3 and had 20 minutes to devise a game using 2 hole hoops, 1 foam frisbee, a scooter, and a pickle ball racket. After those 20 minutes, everyone shared their games, describing the rules, scoring, and penalties. All 3 games invented were different. We talked about the things the games had in common and then voted on the game we wanted to play. The game was “Frisbee in the Hoop” which was designed by Jonathan, Kylar, and Deen. All players sit on scooters and try to get the foam frisbee into the opposing team’s hoola hoop at the other end while the goalies try to keep the frisbee from entering the hoola hoop.
After playing the game for 15 minutes or so, we reconvened and discussed any changes we wanted to make to the game. We decided that falling off of your scooter did not mean you were out of the game until the next score, but instead, you have to pass it. They also wanted to make the goalie’s box smaller in order to score more goals.
This is a great way to get students to think outside of the box and use their imagination. I’m totally going to use this idea for my actual PE classes.
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