Plant High School Media Center
Your 24/7 source for information! September 2015
Greetings for the 2015-2016 school year!
Taking names and making IDs!
Media Center Orientation Includes instruction on how to use the Gale district databases.
Book Review (written by Mr. Penn):
Noggin by John Corey Whaley (A Florida Teen Reads Book)
I chose this book to read first before all the other Teen Reads Titles because of the cover. Yes, I usually pick a book by its cover. Who doesn’t? The cover reminded me of all the 1970’s era G.I. Joes that lost their heads to reckless kids experimenting with firecrackers. And that image is fitting because that is exactly what happened to the main character Travis Coates.
Specifically, his head wasn’t blown off but it was removed from his old cancer-filled body and cryogenically frozen in the hope that he could someday be revived, come back to life, and finish the life he started.
Unlike many futuristic novels of late Noggin does not have an apocalyptic theme. Travis doesn’t fight an evil “faction,” or wave a magic wand, or even have to deal with global warming. The science fiction in Noggin is just this side of possible. Currently, one of the greatest baseball players who ever played the game - Ted Williams’s head is residing in exactly the same situation. Urban Legend has Walt Disney’s head frozenly floating around but that is fiction.
Whether we are very close to attaching a frozen head on a new body (like in the book) or not…the fact of the matter is that Noggin is a fun book with all the ingredients to lose your head over.