The Decoding of Lana Morris (2020)

The Decoding of Lana Morris A Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Book of the YearA New York Public Library Book for the Teen AgeSixteen year old Lana Morris wishes her life were different her Ice Queen of a foster mother won t leav
  • Title: The Decoding of Lana Morris
  • Author: Laura McNeal Tom McNeal
  • ISBN: 9780375831065
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Book of the YearA New York Public Library Book for the Teen AgeSixteen year old Lana Morris wishes her life were different her Ice Queen of a foster mother won t leave her alone, and she has no friends but the other foster kids she takes care of.Then she stumbles into a mysterious antique shop and trades her most valued possession for a sA Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Book of the YearA New York Public Library Book for the Teen AgeSixteen year old Lana Morris wishes her life were different her Ice Queen of a foster mother won t leave her alone, and she has no friends but the other foster kids she takes care of.Then she stumbles into a mysterious antique shop and trades her most valued possession for a single box of drawing paper thirteen thick, blank pages, like thirteen wishes waiting to be made Suddenly, impossibly, it seems Lana might actually have the power to change things But wishing isn t always as harmless as it seems
    What Is Decoding Understood Decoding is a key skill for learning to read It involves using letter sound relationships to pronounce written words Many kids learn to decode through structured literacy instruction A key skill to becoming a good reader is the ability to sound out words you don t know This process is called decoding. What is Decoding Reading Horizons Decoding is the process of translating print into speech by rapidly matching a letter or combination of letters graphemes to their sounds phonemes and recognizing the patterns that make syllables and words There is an area in the brain that deals with language processing and What is Decoding Definition from Techopedia Aug , Decoding is the process of converting code into plain text or any format that is useful for subsequent processes Decoding is the reverse of encoding It converts encoded data communication transmissions and files to their original states Techopedia explains Decoding Encoding decoding model of communication Teaching Strategies Decoding Text Decoding is an essential skill, because it is the foundation on which all other reading is built Primary students in grades K will need to know how to decode basic words and text in order to read and comprehend what they are reading. Decoding definition of decoding by The Free Dictionary Noun decoding the activity of making clear or converting from code into plain text a secret key or password is required for decryption decipherment, decryption coding, steganography, cryptography, secret writing act of writing in code or cipher. Decoding COVID NOVA PBS May , Transcript Decoding COVID PBS Airdate May , NARRATOR A world turned upside down KIZZMEKIA CORBETT, PH.D Viral Immunologist, National Institutes of Health We are in a dire Word Decoding and Phonics Reading Rockets Decoding is the ability to apply your knowledge of letter sound relationships, including knowledge of letter patterns, to correctly pronounce written words Understanding these relationships gives children the ability to recognize familiar words quickly and to figure out words they haven t seen before.
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    1. This is a wonderfully crafted teen novel, but sometimes I felt a little uncomfortable with sixteen year old Lana having to deal with so many problems her treatment by her jealous and unsympathetic foster mother, the inappropriate advances ambivalently encouraged by Lana by her foster father, the cruelty of the kids in town, and her eventually becoming the major caretaker for the four special needs kids in the foster home I loved the magical drawing kit and all its dramatic ramifications, but wha [...]

    2. Lana Morris is a sixteen year old foster child who lives with four other foster children in the home of Veronica and Whit Winters Lana s four foster siblings, Tilly, Carlito, Alfred, and Garth are snicks i.e SNKS or Special Needs Kids While at first, Lana is appalled to be living with snicks, she comes to love them, and finds that she assesses the goodness of others including the semi handsome boy next store by how they treat her foster siblings Lana wants to make all of their lives better, but [...]

    3. This starts out a little too gritty neglected kids with mean drug using friends and a spiteful foster mom Add in a 16 yr old girl falling in love with her 31 year old lecherous foster dad, and I almost stopped reading.But it got better The narrator develops a real friendship with the neighbor boy and actually starts liking the four special needs kids she lives with I like happy endings, but this ending is a little too super happy happy for my tastes everything turns out perfectly in a very short [...]

    4. I liked this book, but I wish I knew about the characters For the most part, I couldn t really understand why some of the characters were doing what they were doing Lana, in the end but I thought it was a cute story I loved Lana s voice as the narrator, and Chet was pretty much the most hilarious part of the whole thing Something that bothered me about this story was that I could never really tell how Lana felt about the SNKs Maybe that s super dumb that I didn t pick up on her real feelings, b [...]

    5. Very realistic teenage voice But the emotional portrayal is all over the map and it is hard to see any real change in the main character or to even understand why she changed Ending leaves you wanting Note some very mild content may not be suitable for all readers.

    6. i really did like this book, especially lana s realtionship with chet, who was my favourite character but i was made uncomfortable during parts with lana and her foster father.

    7. I loved this book It was a little sad, but for the most part it was very happy I liked the ending, how it was a happy ending.

    8. You know that one book that gives you a feeling you can t really describe That s what I get from this book Not a bad feeling, though I love how this author focused on the characters, with the background story and all It was a little confusing because of all of the great details Maybe if you were a re reader which I am not you would really enjoy reading this book multiple times because there were so many details missed I m glad I picked up this book It was a little uncomfortable at first, but I r [...]

    9. This was a really moving book Beautifully written and a very lovely read The bad guys get their comeuppance, the good guys find a loving home, and there s a bit of the supernatural thrown in to make it all happen.

    10. Reviewed by Rusty Key Writer Jordan B Nielsen Recommended for Ages 16 and up for frank sexual discussion and general maturity level of themes and tone The story features a female protagonist and romantic elements, but the overall strength of writing and complexity of the characters should make this book appealing to boys as well as girls.One Word Summary Esoteric.Magical realism comes to the Midwest in this pleasingly offbeat story about a foster child who s suddenly given the power to see her e [...]

    11. A simple story depicting be careful what you wish for Not with dire consequences, just unexpected results Not really as fantastical as the blurb on the back makes it sound, but still a sweet story.

    12. Tom and Laura McNeal are the writing team who have also produced Crooked , Crushed , and Zipped , so they have experience in the teen drama field.Their latest novel, The Decoding of Lana Morris is hard to read The truths within are definite and our heroine has non stop struggles, but it produces a bittersweet outcome that makes the suffering worthwhile for the reader.Lana Morris is a ward of the state She has been shuffled around and has finally landed in a household of special needs kids Her wi [...]

    13. I flip flopped with how I felt about this book, and what rating I should give it The beginning was slow going and at times disturbed me It was somewhat creepy and icky And it had nothing to do with the snicks The snicks are what kept me reading because I was really interested in them It was Lana, the MC, that I couldn t understand I didn t understand her interaction with the normal cool kids she wants to hang out with Except for one, Chet, they don t directly talk to her and have her ride in the [...]

    14. 3.5 4 5 Read at my blog, Geeky Reading This book has been on my shelf for a very long time like, since before Borders closed , and I finally took it off and told myself to read it I was starting to think it would be pretty meh, a slow read, but I d had it so long I d practically forgotten it was there And it turned out quite a bit better than I thought it would be.It is a kind of slow read, slow paced, but it s a very good one It s a little eccentric, subtle, quirky, thoughtful It s very sweet, [...]

    15. Lana, a 16 year old foster child placed in a home with 4 Snicks special needs kids , grows and changes in this story from a defiant teen to a caring friend and family member Written in 3 parts, we first meet Lana as an unhappy foster child who happens upon a drawing kit that seems to make what she draws come true After her foster mother loses an arm in an accident, Lana must care for the other 4 children in the house In so doing, she comes to better understand them and herself.I appreciated all [...]

    16. I was shopping for books one day and I came across The Decoding of Lana Morris Foster child, Veronica Winters, wishes everything about her life was different She stumbles into Miss Hekkity s mysterious antique shop and trades one of her most valued possessions for a box of thirteen thick sheets of paper in a black leather case As soon as Lana s pencil meets these sheets, everything begins to change My favorite quote from the book was, She wanted the light headed happiness to go on and on, to kee [...]

    17. ah my beloved YA books, I have a whole new stack I wasn t the hugest fan of the previous books by this author team but they seem to be refining their skillz This book doesn t break new ground it has echoes of The Great Gilly Hopkins, The Pinballs by Betsy Byars does anyone remember that one and Pictures of Hollis Woods with a little fairy tale thrown in evil stepmother and magical wishes and all But it balances a social realism with a sort of whimsy in an interesting way and takes the character [...]

    18. The Decoding Of Lana MorrisThis book is very heartwarming in an indirect way The main character is Lana Morris who is a foster child in the SNICK house where all of the foster children have a mental issue She can t stand her foster mom, has a crush on her foster dad, and takes care of her foster siblings She buys this paper and finds out that it has magical powers when you draw When you draw it the thing really happens She finds this out and tries to use it wisely but is not completely sure how [...]

    19. I ended up liking this story of Lana , the Foster , mainly because Lana is so likable Actually all the main characters are well drawn a pun there which you will get after you read the book And Lana s brave defense of the Snicks is a pleasure to read But this book was confusing to me Was it a fairy tale with the dust devil bringing magic Was it a fable with the wishes coming true, but in unpleasant ways Lana couldn t decide what was happening, and neither could I I do not know if that was authors [...]

    20. The Decoding of Lana Morris by Laura and Tom McNeal will change your mind about who counts as a misfit in society, and what constitutes a family Lana is a foster teen in a house with four special needs kids snicks to their worthless foster mom Although she finds it difficult to find her place at first, eventually Lana comes to regard the snicks as really special, and people worth knowing A strange trip to a strange antique store provides some creepiness, as well as hope for Lana, and the snicks, [...]

    21. I really enjoyed this book The only reason it got 3 stars instead of 4 is because I didn t like that it is found in the Young Adult section There are some things that happen in the book that I would have had no problem with if they had been approached differently But maybe that s just me I recommend this book for sure Just be sure to read it first before you let your teenage daughter read it.I don t want to give anything away so if you want to know exactly what things I m talking about just send [...]

    22. I thought this book was really clever because it put you at a viewpoint of such a hopeful girl, that living in a special needs foster home didnt seem that bad There was also a supersticious sense to this book but it was integrated really well making it seem almost like reality instead of some tacky magic book I would reccomend this book, but maybe to a younger audience for it seemed like middle school literature In the end I must say The Decoding of Lana Morris was a little cheesy because it end [...]

    23. Interesting POV choice third person present, with quite a bit of psychic distance I sort of wanted to shake the main character for her relationship sense or lack thereof , and there was a bit of a squick factor with the foster father The concept was nice, though, with a girl who at first looks down on the special needs kids she lives with, but then decides they are her family, and then she discovers a pad of paper that grants wishes when you draw on it, and has to decide how to use her wishes.

    24. This is the story of 16 year old Lana Morris, a girl in a foster home Lana lives in a home with several other children, all of whom have special needs There s drama between the foster mother, who clearly is in it for all the wrong reasons After Lana buys a drawing kit in an antique store, she realizes the set holds power and can make wishes come true Lana also learns that sometimes your wishes don t turn out as you had hoped.This was a sweet book, but nothing special.

    25. Lana has been bumped from foster home to foster home most of her life In her current situation, she lives with several special needs kids, a domineering foster mother, and a foster father that she begins to have feelings for She loves to draw, so when she discovers a kit filled with fancy drawing paper, she s ecstatic What she doesn t know is that everything she draws ends up happening in real life Once this is discovered, she looks for a way to make all of the foster kids happy.

    26. Overall, I liked this book, although there were some things I found annoying and or skeevy The relationship with Wade really was inappropriate, and I don t feel like that was addressed enough Or maybe it bothered me because the adults in Lana s life seemed to blame her for it, and that was never addressed either And the podcasts were annoying.

    27. This book is about a girl in an orphanage with people for special needs, even though she doesn t have any special needs herself When she goes into town one day, she buys a mysterious Ladies Drawing Kit and discovers that whatever she draws happens, and whatever she erases disappers This book was really interesting

    28. Lana Morris is in foster care with a bunch of developmentally disabled teens Her foster mother is mean and she has a crush on her foster father She grows from someone willing to do anything ride in the trunk of a car to be accepted to accepting herself and the other foster teens for who they are Good book.

    29. To be completely honest, I didn t like this book that much I loved the character, but felt like the authors included too many of them I also didn t like it because you know when you see a person and you get a feeling that you don t like them Well, it was the same feeling with me after I finished reading it.

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