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review 2018-12-30 23:01
The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse: A Chet Gecko Mystery - Bruce Hale
Set-up for the Chet Gecko Mystery series has Chet taking on a case at school where the little brother of a girl he likes is missing.  The doll does not give Chet all the info she has and he has to do a little detective work.  He gets a sidekick he didn't want with Natalie but it is a good thing she's there.  She's got the brains.
I enjoyed this book.  The world building is good.  It reminded me of a 1940's Film Noir movie.  I liked Chet's thought process.  He needs Natalie but eventually figures it out.  I loved the humor and cannot wait to read the rest of the series.
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review 2018-09-10 02:45
Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum by Meghan McCarthy
Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum - Meghan Mccarthy

Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum by Meghan McCarthy is a level 740L on the Lexile reading level scale. Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum is about not only the invention of gum because that has been around for centuries, but the invention of the best gum ever, bubble gum. It all started with an accountant at Fleer Gum and Candy started to mess around with different recipes. Students will be so engaged by this book, and maybe you can use this in science to learn how bubble gum is made. If it's not too complicated, maybe you could create some bubble gum in class.

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review 2018-09-10 02:14
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
The Snowy Day - Ezra Jack Keats

The Snowy Day is a level J on the Fountas and Pinnell reading level scale. The Snowy Day is about a boy named Peter who realizes that it has snowed while we was sleeping. To celebrate, he puts on his red snow suit and goes outside to play. He runs into some challenges though, like being hit by a snowball by one of the older kids, but he makes it through and dreams that the sun came out and melted all the snow. When he wakes up he realizes that it snowed again, and relived his adventures like the day before. You could read this to your students a day after a snow day, and ask students to draw or write about what they did or would do in the snow. You could also ask students to describe what they would wear if it was snowing.

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review 2018-09-06 19:52
Tuck Everlasting
Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt

Tuck Everlasting is a chapter book that explores the concepts of immortality, life, and death. These are pretty advanced concepts, so I would save this book for an upper grade. I may even let my advanced readers read this independently, or as a literature circle book. According to Fountas and Pinnell, this book would be leveled as a V Level book. This is because it require critical thinking and harsh themes.

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review 2018-06-15 23:42
STARLIGHT by Erin Hunter
Starlight - Erin Hunter

Book 4 of series 2 of the Warriors series has the clans finding new homes for themselves. While there are questions of StarClan's approval of the new land, each clan claims a part of the new land. Fighting over the territories becomes hard because the clans are used to working together but for some it is easy to go back to the old hostilities. Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw have their problems to work out while Leafpaw struggles with her feelings for Cloudfeather and his for her.

I like how the clans worked together and still, in some ways, continue to do so. Firestar is still the leader amongst leaders regardless of how other leaders want to go back to the old hostilities. But the younger generation is coming into their own. It will be interesting to see who becomes leaders and who turn traitor.

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