This novel takes place aboard a space shuttle in outerspace. Kieran and Waverly are two ordinary teens on the Empyrean who know they are going to getThis novel takes place aboard a space shuttle in outerspace. Kieran and Waverly are two ordinary teens on the Empyrean who know they are going to get married to each other someday. When the other spaceship (New Horizon) that is also bound for New Earth shows up it is a puzzlement. When they board the ship and kidnap all of the young girls including Waverly it becomes a nightmare. Kieran is left to run a ship full of boys, which Waverly tries to find a way for the girls to escape.
This book is full of topics that would be great for discussion such as religion, fertility, and leadership. It is the first book in a series. The next installment is slated to come open in summer 2012....more
I loved this book! I found it hard to put down because I just wanted to know what was going to happen.
Thomas wakes up in a moving box with no memory.I loved this book! I found it hard to put down because I just wanted to know what was going to happen.
Thomas wakes up in a moving box with no memory. The only thing he know is his name. When the box stops moving he finds himself in a place called the Glade. The Glade is home to other teenage boys who like Thomas have had their memory wiped. Each day the boys explore the maze surrounding the Glade trying to find a way out.
**** Adolescent Literacy Turning Promise into Practice is a great resource for teachers. It is written in a very user friendly manner. I particularly**** Adolescent Literacy Turning Promise into Practice is a great resource for teachers. It is written in a very user friendly manner. I particularly enjoy that it is meant to be a conversation between the reader and the book. It contains useful information and points to ponder from the leading experts in the field of language arts. The book addresses reading, writing, speaking, effective teaching, and even what it takes to be a literacy coach. While this book is geared towards middle school and high school teachers, teachers at any level would get something out of it. I enjoy finding out what the leading experts say should be happening at the high school and middle school level because it gives me an idea of what is going on in my profession in other grades....more
Taking the Lead on Adolescent Literacy is a great resource for anyone trying to bring about change in his/her school. The book lays out step by step hTaking the Lead on Adolescent Literacy is a great resource for anyone trying to bring about change in his/her school. The book lays out step by step how to build a literacy leadership team, write a literacy action goal, implement a plan to achieve the goal, and carry out the plan. The book also has some great rubrics to help literacy leadership teams decide what their goal should be. The book is laid out in a user friendly manner and is easy to read. ...more
*** This historical fiction novel makes the reader think about assimilation and family. Set in 1704 and based on true events this novel begins with the*** This historical fiction novel makes the reader think about assimilation and family. Set in 1704 and based on true events this novel begins with the kidnapping of many of the residents of Deerfield, Massachusetts by a group of Native Americans who were aided by the French. Among those taken and not killed is Mercy Carter, an eleven year old girl. The story follows Mercy as she hike with her captors to Canada. Along the way Mercy is left to deal with her thoughts. Will she be ransomed? Will she ever get to see her family again? Or will she assimilate into the Native American culture and begin a new life. Themes: family, survival, identity, culture, religion Characters: Mercy is an eleven year old girl who is taken by Native Americans. She is courageous and brave as she treks across the country in the cold. John, Sam, Benny- These are Mercy’s brothers. The children are all kidnapped but are separated from each other on the trek to Canada. Ruth is among the kidnapped children. She is very strong-willed and refuses to give in and conform to Native American ways. Tannhahorens is Mercy's Indian Master. He and his wife consider Mercy their daughter. Interesting information: There is an author’s note in the back of the book which tells you what happened to the real people this story is based on. ...more
***** Catching Fire is the second installment in the Hunger Games trilogy. The story picks up where the last book left off and does not disappoint. Kat***** Catching Fire is the second installment in the Hunger Games trilogy. The story picks up where the last book left off and does not disappoint. Katniss and Peeta have survived the Hunger Games only to find themselves enemies of the Capital. Katniss has angered President Snow and inadvertently started a revolution. To make matters worse the Quarter Quell or 75th Hunger Games is approaching and Katniss find herself facing another trip into the arena. Characters: Katniss is a strong, independent girl. She is not the best at public speaking. Peeta is determined to protect Katniss. He is kind and caring. Gale is Katniss’ hunting partner. He really wants a revolution. He enjoys giving his opinion on things. Genre: Dystopia/Utopia Themes: survival, revolution, control, love ...more
*** Honeysuckle House is a delightful tale of friendship told through the voices of Sarah and Ting.
Sarah is a Chinese American whose best friend, Vict*** Honeysuckle House is a delightful tale of friendship told through the voices of Sarah and Ting.
Sarah is a Chinese American whose best friend, Victoria, abruptly moves away leaving her feeling alone. Ting (or Tina) has just moved to America from China. She is missing her best friend Mu Ying and is finding it hard to adjust to life in America. When Tina joins Sarah’s class at school the two are paired together because they are both Chinese. Sarah is reluctant to forge a friendship with Tina since Tina speaks Chinese and Sarah does not. Sarah is also still clinging to the hope that Victoria will return. Tina is a shy girl who is having difficulty adjusting to life in America. She speaks some English but her parents do not. Tina misses her grandparents and uncle who are still in China. As time goes on both girls begin coming to terms with change and learn to nurture new friendships. This realistic fiction novel deals with friendship, immigration, change, family dynamics, heritage and traditions. ...more
***** Heartbeat by Sharon Creech is a heartwarming read that tackles an assortment of topics without being preachy or overly dramatic. The novel is wr***** Heartbeat by Sharon Creech is a heartwarming read that tackles an assortment of topics without being preachy or overly dramatic. The novel is written in prose and the text structure helps capture the rhythm of Annie’s life for the reader. Annie is a twelve year old girl who loves to run. She is also dealing with many changes in her life. Her mother is pregnant and Annie will soon be a big sister. Annie’s grandpa lives with the family and is starting to show signs of memory loss. Annie’s running buddy and friend, Max, has started to act differently too. He has become obsessed with running on the track team and it is causing some tension between him and Annie. How will Annie handle all the change in her life? Annie loves to run barefoot. She is very thoughtful and one might describe her as wise beyond her years. She knows who she is and is not afraid to tell people what she wants. Max feels as if he has nothing going for him. He loves running but not necessarily for the same reasons Annie does. He feels trapped by his life and thinks running will help him escape. Genre: realistic fiction, alternative text Themes: friendship, families, aging, change, school Interesting Information: Footnotes are introduced to reader in this text as well as using a thesaurus to replace tired, overused words. ...more
**** The Westing Game is a mystery that keeps you guessing right up to the end.
In this Newbery Award winning novel, sixteen people find themselves co**** The Westing Game is a mystery that keeps you guessing right up to the end.
In this Newbery Award winning novel, sixteen people find themselves competing for Samuel Westing fortune. Each heir is paired up with another heir and given 10,000 dollars and a set of clues. Through a blizzard and three bombs the heirs work with their partners to find the answer so they can win Mr. Westing’s fortune. Along the way each heir realizes that his/her partner has more to offer then he/she originally thought. Themes: forgiveness, friendship, strategy, Genre: mystery, written before I was born, Award winner Characters: There are sixteen major players but the four listed below are the most important in my opinion. Turtle Wexler- The second child in her family she is overshadowed by her beautiful older sister Angela. Turtle’s mother does not pay much attention to her. Turtle is known for her temper and the hard kicks she gives out to those who anger her. Turtle is very intelligent and has good intuition. Angela Wexler is beauty who is engaged to Denton Deere (a doctor). Angela is tired of everyone deciding her life for her and is looking for some independence. Sydelle Pulaski is a secretary who is starving for attention. She is Angela’s partner in the Westing game and is very interested in piecing together the clues. Judge Ford- She is one of the only heirs who actually met Samuel Westing. As a child she lived in the Westing mansion. Judge Ford knows how much Samuel Westing liked games and strategy which makes her suspicious of the whole situation. She is determined to figure out who murdered Samuel Westing. Interesting Information: This novel won the Newbery Award in 1979. There are multiple references to the game of chess. I read this book ages ago and found myself unable to remember what had happened so the end was a great surprise. ...more
**** Snake and Lizard is a wonderful book. The book emphasizes that even the most different of creatures can be friends. Snake and Lizard are two very**** Snake and Lizard is a wonderful book. The book emphasizes that even the most different of creatures can be friends. Snake and Lizard are two very different reptiles. Through a series of short adventures/stories Snake and Lizard show us that you hardly have to have anything in common with someone to become his/her best friend. All you have to do is be willing to accept and appreciate your differences. Snake and Lizard get to know each other while having an argument about Snake’s tail. From there they develop a friendship, move in together, and try to help each other out as they start a business giving out advice. Snake is a calm and slightly self-centered. Lizard is lively and unruly. Genre: fantasy Themes: friendship, acceptance Interesting information: The author, Joy Cowley, is a very famous author of early readers for children. She is from New Zealand. ...more
**** This picture book offers the reader beautiful illustrations which accompany a powerful story of sacrifice and compassion. I found myself wonderin**** This picture book offers the reader beautiful illustrations which accompany a powerful story of sacrifice and compassion. I found myself wondering what was going to happen next as I read.
A young mouse sets off on a long journey to reach the far-off land the elder mice tell stories of. Along the way he mets others in need who he helps and obstacles. Through it all he never forgets his ultimate goal of making it to the far-off land.
Jumping mouse is a compassionate young mouse who sets out to find the far-off land. He has faith in himself and in his quest.
Magic Frog helps the young mouse by giving him the name Jumping Mouse. He is wise and magical.
Fat Mouse is a fat lazy mouse who gave up on his dreams long ago.