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review 2018-09-11 11:16
Gorgeous and Flavourful
Akata Witch - Nnedi Okorafor

This one was fast fun and a different flavour on the usual tropes of it's genre. Big on representation, and an interesting peak into a rich and varied culture and myth set that I confess I know nothing about.


The kids feel a bit older than they are (might be a cultural thing), and this thing of putting the end of the world responsibilities onto the children's shoulders is one that constantly sticks in my craw now that I'm older, but I happen to know it was the bomb when I was a kid (Harry Potter, I'm looking at you) so the one star demoted might be an "unintended audience" thing.


Wondering what else I can get my hands on from the area, which this book's popularity might make easier, so kudos too for broadening horizons and opening markets.


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review 2018-09-09 21:43
Bud, Not Buddy - Christopher Paul Curtis

Bud is a child in the system with a vivid imagination. Bud escapes from the system and goes off on a journey to find his dad.  

Students would identify the theme, character, setting, and plot of this story. Students could discuss the many characters that Bud meets during his journey. 

Lexile Level: 950L

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-09-09 21:14
The Giver - Lois Lowry,Ron Rifkin

This is a story about a boy named Jonas who lives in a "Utopian" style community. This community is closed up from the rest of the world. As Jonas grows up to the age of 12 he gets a job. His friends get normal jobs within the community but Jonas is given the job of receiver. The receiver is given memories about the past. The giver delivers the past to Jonas through touch. Jonas experiences things such as color and snow for the first time but he also experiences war and death. Jonas realizes how bad the community is and runs away with a baby named Gabriel before the community kills the baby. They find a house that is decorated with lights. 

Color is a big part of this book. I would give each student a colored piece of paper and have them write about why the color means to them. I would also have them write what they think it would be like if we didn't have the color. This book should be used in 6th grade or above as it deals with euthanasia. 

Lexile Level:760L

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review 2018-09-09 21:03
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

This book is about a spoiled little girl who's parents died of a horrible disease. She is sent to live with her widowed uncle. There she goes on many adventures and finds a few new friends. 

This is a book for upper elementary. I would use this lesson in association with history. This book was set in the late 1800s  to the early 1900s. The class would discuss the time period and what it might be like back then. The class would also discuss what was going on during this time in history. 

Lexile level: 640L

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review 2018-09-09 20:34
Coming to America: The Story of Immigration
Coming to America : The Story of Immigration - Betsy Maestro,Suzanne Ryan

Coming to America: The Story of Immigration is a wonderful book to help students learn about immigration. The text tells the story of various immigrant groups coming to America and the challenges that they faced. The text also celebrates their cultural contributions to our country. As an extension activity, students could be put in small groups where each group researches one of the cultural groups mentioned in the text in depth and then presents their findings to the class. 


Guided Reading level: O

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