Archive for November, 2010

The Other Side of the Island – 64

Friday, November 26th, 2010

The Other Side of the Island – By Allegra Goodman – This book is about a young girl who is always moving around with her parents. They finally arrive on one island and stay there. Their daughter Honor starts going to school. Honor doesn’t like that her parents are different. Honor does all that she can at school to fit in with the other girls her age who all have names that start with “H”. One day her mom tells her she is going to have a brother. Qiuntilian is born that things start looking better for the family. One night her parents don’t come home. Honor and Quintilian are forced to live in the orphan house. There Honor meets back up with a friend she used to play with Helix. Helix convinces Honor to sneak away during the next to storm to find both sets of their parents. Honor gets away and finds her parents. She has to go back to school though and act like she doesn’t remember anything so her parents aren’t found out. Helix and Quintilian sneak into the infirmary to talk with Honor. That night the night sky changes colors and Honor knows that her parents and Helix’s parents are ok and coming back to get them.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane- 63

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – By Kate DiCamillo – This is a book about a rabbit who goes on a journey. He starts out with the finest of everything with Abilene. He gets thrown off of a ship and is rescued by Lawrence. Lawrence and Nellie care for Edward, but change his name to Susanna. Edward is then taken out with the trash and dumped at the dump heap. Lucy, a dog, then saves Edward. Edward is name Malone by Bull. Edward travels for years with Bull and Lucy until one day they all get kicked off a train. As Edward falls down a hill an old woman picks up and finds a use for him as a scarecrow for her garden. The old woman calls him Clyde. Bryce comes to help the old lady in her garden and tells Edward he will come back for him later. Bryce wants to take Edward home to his dying sister Sarah Ruth. Sarah Ruth names him Jangles. Sarah Ruth dies, and Bryce leaves home with Edward. Bryce ties some strings to Edward and makes him dance to earn money for food. At the diner Bryce still doesn’t have enough for the meal, so the owner breaks Edward’s head. Bryce takes Edward to a doll maker. Bryce cannot pay for Edward to be fixed, so he gives Edward to the doll maker. Edward doesn’t want anyone to buy him until a young mother comes in with her little girl. Edward has found Abilene again.

Spy Force Mission Hollywood – 62

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Spy Force Mission Hollywood – By Deborah Abela – This is a book about a young girl spy. She lives with her mother, but her father wants her to come visit in Hollywood. Her mom says no because she is getting married again. Max’s aunt convinces her mom to let her go to Hollywood wither her and her husband. Once out in Hollywood things go bad, and Max has to start doing her spy work without letting her father know she is a spy. Great little book.

Beezus and Ramona – 61

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Beezus and Ramona – By Beverly Cleary – This is a great book for any girl with a younger sister to read. Beezus is always upset with Ramona for messing things up. Beezus can’t take Ramona to the library without things going bad. Beezus can’t play checkers with a friend without things turning awful. Beezus has to help their mom chaperone a party Ramona plans without asking anyone . Beezus starts to feel bad because she doesn’t love Ramona. On Beezus’s tenth birthday Ramona just really messes things up. Their mom and Aunt Beatrice talk about how they used to be when they were little. It gives Beezus hope that Ramona will one day grow up.

Battle Heroes Voices from Afghanistan – 60

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Battle Heroes Voices from Afghanistan By – Allan Zullo – This was an awesome book. It tells ten heroes’ stories from Afghanistan. It is an eye opening read about what our soldiers do to support our freedoms and those of other people.

The Adventures of Ook and Gluk Kung-FU Cavemen From the Future – 59

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

The Adventures of Ook and Gluk Kung-FU Cavemen From the Future – By George Beard and Harold Hutchins – This book is just crazy. You can tell right off it is by the Captain Underpants authors. They always have way too much fun writing gross books that kids are really drawn to. This book is about two cavemen that go through a time portal to the future and learn Kung-FU to save their cavemen village. It is a real page turner if you know what I mean.

No David! – 58

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

No David! – By David Shannon – This book has David’s mom telling him all the things that he should not be doing. He sure does get himself into a lot of trouble. It is a cute little book. I had my class read it out loud to me while I turned the pages.

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! – 57

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! – By Karen Beaumont – This book is so cute. As I was reading it aloud to my class I had to watch it when I got to the end. It is about this kid who gets in trouble for painting the house. He then decides to paint his body. He makes some rhymes about where he is painting. Just slow down your reading when you get close to the feet.

Chicken in the City – 56

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Chicken in the City – By Maria Fleming – This book is about nouns. I tells about a chicken who goes to town to see new things, but she learns that she likes things just the way they are at the farm.

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse – 55

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse – By Kevin Henkes – This is a great book about teaching students to make wise choices about bringing things to school. I actually had a situation the next day with a young boy who brought something he really shouldn’t have to school. I reminded him of the story we had read the previous day. We both just laughed.