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text 2018-03-01 19:23
First Reads (formerly "Kindle Firsts") for March 2018
Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen - Hannah Howard
True Fiction - Lee Goldberg
Trespassing - Brandi Reeds
Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men - Harold Schechter
Digging In - Loretta Nyhan
A Glimmer of Hope - Steve McHugh

Amazon prime members can get a free kindle edition ARC* of one of these Amazon published choices (or a discounted hardcover ARC).  See https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/firstreads 


(SIde note, still the Amazon,com bug with 2017-2018 books -- I had to add all 18 of 19 editions of these to the library plus none would "+" to this post or show in search by ISBN or ASIN -- and the 19th was a kindle edition someone added cover-less while I was working on these.)


*well, Trespassing - Brandi Reeds  is a reprint.

Source: www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/firstreads
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review 2018-02-26 13:50
Hooray for Reading Day!
Hooray for Reading Day! - Margery Cuyler,Arthur Howard

This story is about a girl named Jessica that worries about everything, especially reading. She had trouble reading and sometimes the other kids would laugh at her. She learned that she was going to have to read in front of all the parents at "Reading Theater Day" and she was terrified. She decided to practice by reading to her dog Wiggles. She was comfortable reading to her dog. I would use this story to help encourage children to read. I would have reading buddies (stuffed animals) for the students to practice reading to and hopefully build their confidence.


Lexile Measure: AD380L

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review 2018-02-26 05:39
Outsmart Gritch the Witch
Piggie Pie! - Margie Palatini,Howard Fine

How will hide from a witch? Gritch the Witch wants to make piggie pie, but Gritch does not have all of the ingredients. Gritch travels to a farm to gather her ingredients, but the pigs see her coming. The pigs disguise themselves as different animals to hide from the witch. The book provides many opportunities to do activities with your students. I would have my students disguise a pig and write a story about the pig and its disguise. 


Reading Level: Lexile 490L


Grades K-3

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review 2018-02-25 02:29
The Liar's Girl
The Liar's Girl - Catherine Ryan Howard

After reading the blurb for this one, I was hoping for an edge of your seat thriller, but to say that the story moves at a snail's pace is an understatement. As if that weren't enough, the switches from past to present and back again, as well as those moving from Alison to the killer were abrupt enough to be distracting. Other than a couple of mildly creepy scenes with the killer, there's little in the way of  action until the end when we do get a couple of pages of what I would consider gripping and fast-paced. By that time, we have our big reveal on the killer's identity, and while they weren't completely new to the story, they were darn close. Enough so that it was next to impossible to make an accurate guess, which is one of the things that draws me to a mystery/thriller. In my opinion, the best part of the whole book was the last couple of pages where we do get an interesting twist in the story, but since that twist is only revealed to the reader, it has zero impact on anything else that's happened. In the end, this was a disappointing story with an even more disappointing conclusion. 

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review 2018-02-24 21:37
Practice Makes Perfect.
Hooray for Reading Day! - Margery Cuyler,Arthur Howard

This book gives a wonderful representation about the fears that come along with reading out loud. Students can greatly benefit from this book and relate to it. It also shows the worries that students can encounter in their life. I love that it shows how these reading fears can be overcome and worked with as students get better with practice. This book would be great to show students that all readers are different and you could have your students practice in pairs reading sentences out loud to each other at centers. 

Grade Level: Pre-k-2

Lexile Measure: AD380L

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