A Request- Looking for Stephenie Meyer/Summit Entertainment for a Last Wish

I am posting this for a friend.  She is desperately trying to get in touch with someone at Summit Entertainment who can arrange a special viewing of Breaking Dawn for a family friend who is dying.  I am hoping that someone out there can get this letter into the hands of someone who can help.  If you can help at all, please email my friend Vicky directly at dibonavl@gmail.com.

I can also give you a phone number where you can reach Vicky directly.

 

Dear Stephanie Meyer,

I am writing to plead for your help. Since I can remember, Diane has been in my life. She is best friends of both my mother and aunt, and in the recent years, has become a very loved friend of mine as well. She is a beautiful, strong, and loving woman. Diane is dying.

7 years ago, Diane was diagnosed with breast cancer. She fought it, and won. On her 5-year anniversary of being breast cancer free, she took those closest to her out for a nice lunch at a fancy restaurant, me included. The day was fantastic. She glowed with pride, accomplishment and most of all, life. A year or so later, she started having horribly, debilitating pain in her leg. Many tests later revealed the worst, another bout of cancer. This time however, the prognosis was not at all promising. Diane, the strong fighter that she is, got repeated opinions until she finally found a doctor willing to attempt to surgically remove the tumors. The surgery was successful, in that it did not kill her. But within months, the tumors came back, more vicious and angry than ever. She tried radiation, which seems only to anger the tumors more. She then tried the dreaded chemo. Diane hated chemo since she went through months of chemo to kill the breast cancer. And despite the discomfort, pain and suffering, she feared loosing her hair. But she tried chemo. This had no effect on the cancer, except to ruin her hair.

Diane is now fighting for each day. We have had many bonding moments talking about your Twilight series over the many years and this is why I need your help. Diane loves all the Twilight books. Your series has even inspired her to start writing a series of her own over the past years. But I fear she will not make it to see the Breaking Dawn movies. As it is, even if she does survive until November, she cannot sit in a movie theater to watch the movie. Her tumors have now spread to her back and are the size of apples, and growing every day. Hospice services are being arranged and she has been given weeks to a few months left to live.

Is there anyway a preview of the final movies can be shown to her? She loves watching movies and T.V. shows because for a few moments she can focus on the T.V. and ignore the pain. I and no one else have to be there, just simply Diane. If you met her, I know you would love her. I am going to try to send this letter to everywhere I can to try to get it to you, so I apologize in advance if you get this repeatedly. I know you are very busy, but if there is anything you can do, Diane is worth it and would appreciate it more than you can ever imagine.

If this is in your power to arrange, my email address is dibonavl@gmail.com.

Thank you in advance for anything and everything you can do to help me do this for Diane.

A fan but more importantly a friend, who is soon losing a better friend,

Vicky DiBona

 

Thank you to anyone who can help!

Happy Birthday to Me!

 

 

Happy Birthday to Me!

 

 

 

 

The Power of a Book

When I was in middle school, my mother used to yell at me for reading.  It sounds crazy, right?  But sometimes she was right. (I won’t agree that she was right all the time!)  In the days before cell phones and e-readers, I carried a book with me everywhere.  Ok, sometimes more than one book. :)  I am the oldest of six, so as a child I was always at someone’s basketball or soccer game.  It was a way of life.  But what middle schooler enjoys watching their siblings at practice?  Boooring. So I brought my book(s) with me.

Those books meant I was far and away from the physical place where I sat.  My mother told me I was anti-social.  And maybe she was right.  I remember her telling me that classmates walked by and said hello without any acknowledgement from me.  I was sitting there, reading my book, and had no idea they had been there.  I was in my own world.  I was in my book’s world.

Those books transported me from the loud gym, the hot soccer field, the hard bleachers, to worlds all their own.  It’s been many years since I was in middle school, but I can still list some of the books that I carried with me. (I was a big rereader).  I read the entire The Complete Anne of Green Gables series multiple times.  Instead of sitting in the cold gym, surrounded by the crashing of basketballs and the sounds of sneakers squeaking on the floor, I was sitting in a rowboat on the Lake of Shining Waters.  I was with Anne, my kindred spirit, exploring Prince Edward Island.  Those books had the power to transport me out of New Jersey and into Prince Edward Island.

I also love L.M. Montgomery’s lesser-known series, the Emily series. As a young tween, I stumbled upon two old books in my grandmother’s house.  They were published in 1925 and 1927, and the romantic in me fell in love before I realized they were written by one of my favorite authors.  I read and reread those two books over and over, for years.  They connected me to my grandmother, and to the person who had owned them before her.  Someday, I will pass them on to my own children.

Someday, those books, and those two girls- Anne and Emily- will hopefully be kindred spirits for the girls who come after me.

Someday, another young girl will find the two books in the picture. Maybe on an old bookshelf, or in a closet.  Maybe in a trunk, or an attic.

And some other young reader will know the power of a book to transport one to another world.  The power of a book.

 

 

 

Check out today’s hosts:  Carol at Rasco from RIF and Donalyn Miller, the Book Whisperer!

E-readers in Their Bookbags (and Purses, and Gym Bags, and Lockers)

Over the past two years, I have seen more of my students carrying e-readers, so the most recent NYTimes article  “E-Readers Catch Younger Eyes and Go in Backpacks” did not surprise me.  Last year, as a sixth grade teacher, I had 1-2 students in each class who asked permission to use their e-readers during independent reading (Kindles and Nooks).  They always caused a buzz the first time they came in, with other students (and even teachers!) crowding around, oohing and ahhing.  After that, they were just another format in the classroom.

This year in high school, I started the year with about 6% of my class using e-readers (mostly Kindles).  After Christmas vacation, I had an even larger percentage using Kindles, iPads, and Nooks.  I think I am up to around 10-12% of my class using e-readers.  I do notice more of my students reading the classics offered for free download, but that could also be a result of my 40 Book Reading Challenge, which requires that they read 3 canon classics.  However, the e-readers make it easier for my students to access the classics.  And this might be crazy, but I also think my students download the classics because a lot of them lack covers or consist of solid color covers.  There is not “judging a book by its cover” because it doesn’t really have one.  Thus, they go into the book without any preconceived notions about it being boring.  Not for nothing, but so many of the classics have atrocious covers that do not attract modern teen readers.  E-readers take that out of the equation!

I am also seeing them read new books, downloading recommendations from friends and books that I booktalk in class.  They also pass the e-readers around, letting friends borrow them to read books.

I’m still a holdout.  I use my iPad to carry books on vacation, but otherwise I stick to paper copies.  I can’t put e-copies in my classroom library.  :)  However, I am a fan of anything that gets kids reading, so keep buying your kids those e-readers!  And publishers, make your newest YA and middle grade titles available as e-books.  If you sell it, they will buy it!

 

Busy as a Bee!

I probably won’t be around a lot this week.  Why, you ask?  Well, this coming Sunday I am getting married!  Needless to say, planning has cut into my reading and blogging time. ;)  However, I will try to post a few reviews this week, along with a giveaway!

Back in Action….For Real!

Apologies for the extended blog break.  While I figured I would be posting only sporadically in June due to the typical “end of the year” cleanup, it intensified beyond my preparations.  But school ended this week, I ran around like a nut finishing up some other plans, and now I finally have settled into “summer”.  This week I am diving into my summer reading, diving back into blogging, and getting ready for next year!

Coming soon….

I will be back over the next few days.  I am consumed with shutting down school, entering grades, and packing up my classroom right now.  I barely even have time to read!

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