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review 2019-01-23 04:21
The Poet X
The Poet X - Rosa Elizabeth Acevedo Marin

This was a beautiful book. I bought it for my daughter for Christmas, but then listened to the audiobook from the library because I wanted to hear the author read it (and I didn't want to swipe my daughter's Christmas present before she had a chance to read it. Really, I swear.) I got to work early the other day and was glad nobody was around to see me crying towards the end — this is tough to listen to at times as a Mom, and yes, I know I have no business reading YA books but I do anyway. And, when it's perfect like this one, I completely forget I'm a Mom, and I am yelling in my car, "STOP! Don't do that, you're gonna regret that," and I realize I am yelling at the Mom and I am sixteen all over again.

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review 2019-01-23 03:54
Ms. Harris' Overview of The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book is a spooky book that may reach out to boys in your classroom. This could be a book you read to your class during Halloween or the Day of the Dead. The Graveyard Book is about a young boy who becomes adopted by ghost. He goes through a LIVING experience to find out who he really is and why he is here. This book is placed at a 5.1 reading level but may be suggested for audiences who are not traumatized by ghost stories. An activity to get your students engaged in is to write the next book or the next chapter of the book. This will allow your students to recall what decisions where made and what was important in the book. If the students would want to dress up as characters around Halloween (make sure principal approves first) and share their stories during reading time. 

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review 2019-01-23 03:40
Ms. Harris' Overview of Bridge to Terabitha
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabitha is a wonderful book that opens up a new realm to students imagination. This book is about a young boy who becomes close friends with a girl who challenges him to discover who he really is. This book has some language that may have to be discussed with students and parents before reading. Suggested to read as a whole group. Bridge to Terabitha is a 4.6 reading level. An activity for students to participate in is to write "what if's" in Jess's perspective. "What if" Jess did not follow his art passion? "What if" Jess showed up at the right time? Etc. Warning: This book makes me cry.

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review 2019-01-23 03:30
Ms. Harris' Overview of Miss Nelson is Missing
Miss Nelson Is Missing! - Harry Allard,James Marshall

Miss Nelson is Missing is a fun book for teachers and students. It is a book full of mystery and laughter. This book is rated at a 2.7 (2nd grave, 7th month) reading level. This is personally one of my favorite books that I remember reading when I was younger. This book will allow students to engage in conversation and may help the teacher out a little (you will just HAVE to read to find out what I mean). A great activity for this reading is to have the students go on a "hunt". 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-01-22 23:27
Ms. Harris' Overview of Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace - Mary Hoffman,Caroline Binch

Amazing Grace proves that you can be anything you want to be. This is a great book to promote literacy and reach out to any girls who feel like they are not able to do something because they aren't male. Amazing Grace is on a reading level of 3.5 (3rd grade, 5th month). A fun activity to do with this book is to allow the students to watch Peter Pan and/or have them act out a play of Peter Pan. 

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