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review 2017-03-25 17:58
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Because of Winn-Dixie - Kate DiCamillo

This book is about a young girl who moved to a new place with her father. The girl, India Opal Bologna, finds a dog at Winn-Dixie. She claims the dog as hers and takes him home. The dog, Winn-Dixie, assists Opal in many adventures and discoveries about he community around her. Opal makes many new discoveries about her neighbors that she had previously not known. She discovers the importance of learning about others' lives before she makes a judgement about them. People are the way they are for a reason. Although we may not know that reason, it is important to to judge others. You never know what they have been through. This book could defiantly be used in the classroom to encourage the class to get to know each other. You never know where a great friendship could lay. This book has a lexile level of 610L, so students in the 4th or 5th grade could read it.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-25 17:39
Bridge To Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

This book is about a boy and girl who become friends. They form a friendship unlike any other. To escape life, they then come up with a fictional land that they call Terabithia. At the end of the book, the little girl dies in a tragic accident while trying to go to Terabithia. The boy then learns to appreciate friendship, how to deal with a tragic lose, and how to stand up for one's self. This book is a wonderful teacher of the previous three lessons. Many children will go through a tragic lose at some point or another. This book is a great example of how to deal with that lose. This book has a lexile level of 810L, so students around the 5th or 6th grade should read it.

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review 2017-03-20 23:11
Among The Barons by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Barons - Margaret Peterson Haddix

This is the fourth book of the Shadow Children series. It revisits the character Luke, aka Lee Grant, and continues his fight as a third child. The name he is living under, Lee Grand, is the dead son of a prominent family. Luke then goes to live with the Grand family, whom he is highly suspicious and weary of. The plot deepens at this point in the series with this novel. Luke is also a lot different than when he was first introduced in book one. This book could be used more towards recreational reading than anything else. However, it still has academic aspects such as the issue of population police and problems and concerns that arise due to dictatorship nations. The lexile level is 650L so this book should be used in the 6th grade and above.

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review 2017-03-20 22:54
Among The Betrayed by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Betrayed - Margaret Peterson Haddix

This book is the third novel of the Shadow Children series. While the first two books are from the viewpoint of a boy named Luke, this one is different. It is tolled through the viewpoint of a girl named Elodie Luria, who goes under the assumed name Nina Idi. This character was arrested and imprisoned along with several other suspected "shadow children." In order for her to be spared, she must get the other children to confess to being third born. This book is just as intriguing as the first and second book. This book teaches the reader about what it means to fight for a cause that one believes in. This is also relevant to today's time. The most recent events I can think of is the controversy over the President and gender laws. Many people feel strongly for or against both items. Students will need to start learning what it means to believe in something and fight for that belief. The book provides an excellent basis for building the foundation for understanding what it means to believe and fight for something. Despite this lesson not necessarily being academically biased, it teaches about the importance of a person's ethical and personal beliefs. This book has a lexile level of 690L so it should be used in the 6th grade and above.

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review 2017-03-20 21:05
Among The Impostors by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Impostors - Margaret Peterson Haddix

This is the second book of the Shadow Children series. It is about Luke Garner's struggle to survive as an outlawed third child or "shadow child" and his fight against the government. During this book, Luke assumes a new identity as Lee Grant. While under this new identity, he portrays a student at a school for boys. While there, he is still fighting against the government. Much like the first book of the series, Among The Hidden, I think this book could go along with learning about the world and other cultures. Like the point I made in my previous review of the first book in the series, many countries today have population laws. One of those countries is Kenya. One of said population laws include how many children a woman is allowed to have during her lifetime. The idea behind their population laws is to improve the quality of life for the people of its nation. Like in the book, the government has a noble reason for imposing these types of laws. However, many people may disagree with the government imposing laws that could be considered somewhat invasive. This book could be used as an excellent tool in instigating higher thinking skills that require students to question their environment. Because of this, the teacher needs to be aware of the students', as a whole classroom, ability to use this type of higher level thinking. The lexile level for this book is 620L so it should be used in the 6th grade and up.

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