Monday, April 27, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 4-27-15

Thanks to our dynamic hosts: Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kelle at Unleashing Readers.
Head to either blog to find reviews as well as dozens of links to other blogs filled with reviews!

Books I Read this Week:

(ARC details)
The Friendship Riddle by Megan Frazer Blakemore
Bloomsbury, 2015
Mystery
368 pages
Recommended for grades 4+

More on this to come! I am saving my review for the book's birthday on May 5th!

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Dial Books, 2015
Graphic Novel: Realistic Fiction
240 pages
Recommended for grades 4+

This is by far, my favorite roller derby novel ever! Ok, ok, it's the only one I've ever read, but I know it would be my favorite, even if I'd read others.
Vibrant colorful and expressive drawings jump off the page, I became so wrapped up in Astrid's world and perspective, that like her, I didn't even notice some of her shortcomings until we were both smacked in the face with them.
Strong themes of hard work and friendship make this the perfect book for...everyone.
If you're a classroom teacher and want to add this to your classroom library, be warned that there is a minor female development reference, and Astrid shares a less than positive nickname she was given in 2nd grade. Sound out her name, slowly, you'll get the first part. Otherwise, I should think this book is in all public libraries, because it is phenomenal!

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Have a wonderful week!



Sunday, April 12, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 4-13-15

Thanks to our dynamic hosts: Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kelle at Unleashing Readers.
Head to either blog to find reviews as well as dozens of links to other blogs filled with reviews!

Sunday was a glorious spring day, I'm still reveling in it!

Books I've Recently Read:

Just Jake  by Jake Marcionette
Grosset & Dunlap, 2014
Realistic Fiction
160 pages
Recommended for grades 3+

Jake is a mover and a shaker. The real Jake, that is. After hearing that his book made the 2015-16 Maine Student Book Award List, he was hitting up our e-mail, telling us that he is GOING to win that award! I have to admit, after corresponding with Jake I found myself warming up to his book more than I initially did. 
Jake moves to a new state and wants to rebuild his popularity. The book is filled with Jake thinking he's awesome, which is fine, we should all think of ourselves as awesome, but I was a bit put off by the ranking of his classmate's popularity. I could just envision kids taking this to the halls and hurting feelings. Hopefully not! When using this book in schools it is going to be inspirational for kids to see that a sixth grader wrote and published a book!

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Feiwel & Friends, 2014
Realistic Fiction
226 pages
Recommended for grades 5+

Shortly after meeting Rose (Rows) you (ewe) will fall in love with her. You will meet Rain (Rein, Reign) and fall in love with her, too (to, two).
Will the constant homonyms bother you? Perhaps. Then you would be feeling at least a tiny bit like her father. But you might (mite) not  (knot) come to the point of balling (bawling) your fists up, ready to strike. 
This book will tear (tare) you apart, and then slowly put you back together again.
Ann M. Martin, she gets me every time.

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