Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Ms. Reed Told Me to Read It

I've been reading this book called The Road from Coorain lately (by lately I mean for the last month or so). I have about six pages left, and I'll probably finish reading it tonight, but before I finish it and write a review of the book, I thought that I would give you a little background about how I decided to read this particular book.
When I was in fifth grade, I lived in Tokyo, and attended the American School In Japan (ASIJ for short). It was a pretty large school, containing about 130 kids in a grade, all the way from Kindergarden to 12th grade. I loved ASIJ. There was a HUGE playground, the classes were fun, and the people were really nice. I had a teacher called Ms. Reed, the greatest teacher that I've ever had. She made everything fun. She was energetic, fair, and loved to read. There would be times where she would sit at the front of the class and read us great books like The Giver and Tuck Everlasting. Every day, she would give us a whole period to write, which was, naturally, my favorite class.
One day as the year was coming to an end, Ms. Reed stood up in front of the class and held up The Road from Coorain. She told us that she had just finished reading it. She told us that she thought that we, especially the girls, should read it sometime in our futures. It was an inspiring book, she said, could teach anyone where determination could take you. When a girl named Ann asked when we should read it, she told us that we should read it when we were in eighth grade. Not now, because we were a bit too young to appreciate it, yes, eighth grade. I never wrote the name of the book down, and I thought that I would forget about it, but somehow, I've remembered to read it.
So when I was in eighth grade, I borrowed The Road from Coorain from the library. I read it for a month, but never had the chance to finish it, so I returned it, having only read the first half of the book. A couple of months ago, I decided that I would read the book again. This time, I decided, I would finish the whole thing. So instead of checking it out from the library, I went to Barnes & Noble and bought it. It sat on my nightstand for about two months before I picked it up and started to read it.


  1. Aki, I miss you. I love your blog. I especially love this entry because you make me sound WAY nicer than I actually am; the best authors always take liberties with the truth, yes? You write beautifully and say intelligent things, still. Keep up the great work.