*It isn't fair of me to rate this book. I have hung tight in the first two Secret Coders, but this one officially lost me with some of the coding whic*It isn't fair of me to rate this book. I have hung tight in the first two Secret Coders, but this one officially lost me with some of the coding which hurt the story for me, so I am definitely not the audience for this one. Do you know who the audience is? My students. They really liked the first one, will really like the second one, and I am sure will like this one also, so I have rated it what I assume my students will rate it. I will say, though, that the cliffhanger was good enough that I will definitely be picking up #4!...more
I plowed through this and the sequel because I loved the premise and the characters so much! I love that Frank and Sam represent such different types of kids within each of them and between each of them; I think so many readers will relate to their personalities. I also really liked how dinosaurs are introduced throughout the book without making the book didactical in any way. Instead it is educational and funny! This series is a wonderful introduction to early chapter books also because it is very engaging and will appeal to all kinds of readers. ...more
Science Comics: Volcanoes by Jon Chad was an interesting combination of science fiction and informational nonfiction. The story takes place in the futScience Comics: Volcanoes by Jon Chad was an interesting combination of science fiction and informational nonfiction. The story takes place in the future where a new ice age has set in and a society is looking for heat. When Aurora discovers a book about volcanoes she cannot stop teaching her siblings and guide about them because she feels like they can save their civilization. It is through Aurora that we learn about volcanoes in a very detailed way. I think the author did a good job combining nonfiction and fiction, and you definitely learn a lot about volcanoes during the story. ...more
*There are many things I really like about this series: 1) It is smart. 2) It is written for kids who are coders or noncoders. 3) It is interactive. 4*There are many things I really like about this series: 1) It is smart. 2) It is written for kids who are coders or noncoders. 3) It is interactive. 4) The characters are diverse and relatable. 5) It has math in it but without making it too obvious.
What I don't like about this series: 1) THE CLIFFHANGERS! ...more
This book surprised me! I cannot tell you what surprised me because I want it to surprise you, but the book ended up being very different than what I thought it was going to be. The book introduces us to Ben who is given a computer game to solve from his Uncle Henry. Ben just wants to impress Henry, so he vows to complete the game. Along with his 3 friends and his sister, Ben immerses himself in the game only to find out it is more than he could even imagine. The book has riddles, codes, and information throughout, and I definitely could see fans of Tombquest or 39 Clues enjoying this adventure. But, once again, this book isn’t as it seems!...more
Hatke does such an amazing job with such little words. He is able to really impact the reader without saying more than a word. I love that the protagoHatke does such an amazing job with such little words. He is able to really impact the reader without saying more than a word. I love that the protagonist is such a unique, strong, little girl and that she is so innovative. Great theme of friendship and determination. ...more
I am a huge fan of fairy tale retellings, and I am an even bigger fan of fairy tale retellings that take away the “whoa is me” aspect of the female protagonist. Interstellar Cinderella does just that. Deborah Underwood has given us a Cinderella that we all would aspire to be. She can fix rockets, has robots, and even is quite sensible when it comes to the prince. I am also very impressed with the rhyming of the text. It does not seemed forced and is actually quite humorous at times....more
I’m so glad Michele recommended this book to me! As soon as I finished, I had to go tell people about it because the concept is so crazy, I immediatelI’m so glad Michele recommended this book to me! As soon as I finished, I had to go tell people about it because the concept is so crazy, I immediately had to share it with everyone I could find! And the end is such a cliffhanger (though satisfying also) that you will want to pick up the sequel right away because you are going to want to know what happens to Eli and his friends. And now I am just waiting for book #3 to come out!!
I was very lucky to once again be able to write a teaching guide for Frank Einstein. To see specificI just love the mix of science, humor, and story!
I was very lucky to once again be able to write a teaching guide for Frank Einstein. To see specific class activities and discussion questions, view my teaching guide at the Abrams website: http://www.abramsbooks.com/pdfs/acade......more
I loved this Allison's story. It is a superhero's version of coming-of-age filled with action, emotion, and a truly well-written story. I will definitI loved this Allison's story. It is a superhero's version of coming-of-age filled with action, emotion, and a truly well-written story. I will definitely be continuing her story by checking out the webcomic. ...more
My Review: In the world of illustrated novels, we have many a class clown: Greg, Nate, George & Harold. But now we have our very own genius, and he is a genius that kids are going to love! This book combines the humor and fun plot that Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, and Captain Underpants have, but adds in science (though the kids reading it will be none the wiser). The way that Sciezska combines humor, adventure, twists & turns, and science is perfection that will have a whole slew of readers waiting for the next Frank Einstein book.
Teachers’ Tools for Navigation: This book has so much that a teacher could touch on while reading it. It would be a perfect book for a read aloud in reading with cross-curricular activities based on the book in science. I was very lucky to once again be able to write a teaching guide, this time for Frank Einstein. To see more specific class activities and discussion questions, view my teaching guide at the Abrams website. http://www.abramsbooks.com/academic/F......more
Can't decide between 4 & 5 stars--such a great book!
This is a book that keeps you reading. I couldn’t put it down. I found myself reading whenever I could (including times when I was holding my sleeping son or when I should have been sleeping). When you find out how Marina and Em are connected, it just blew my mind! I then had to find out how everything was going to turn out. I was just so impressed with everything:
First, the plot. It is so complex and intricate. You have to pay attention to keep up with the timeline, but it isn’t so bad that you’ll get lost. It is so admirable that the author was able to craft such intense timelines and intertwine them seamlessly.
Second, the language. I loved how Cristin Terrill wrote. The imagery throughout transported you into the story.
Third, the suspense. I just HAD to know what was going to happen!
Fourth, the characters. In a way that I’ve never experience before, Cristin Terrill truly gets you into the minds and hearts of the characters. You understand their motives, who they used to be, who they’ll become, all because of the way that Terrill tells the story and crafts her characters. You feel their heartbreak with them (and one particular realization that you find out in the very end just broke my heart and blew my mind), and you are so invested in everything they do.
Finally, the themes. The discussions that would come from this novel would be so interesting. Just the idea of power and corruption that is dealt with would lead to quite a debate.
Ricki also pointed out in her review how fun it would be to have students imagine what they would change if time travel existed.
This text would be a wonderful mentor text to discuss plot and character development, theme, and style. And most importantly, it will be a text that students will be intrigued with, not want to put down, and share with everyone....more