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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-06-04 16:35
It's those little quirks ...
The Widowmaker Unleashed - Mike Resnick

Have been reading, for the first time, Mike Resnick's four-volume "Widowmaker" series over the past few days. It's entertaining, basically a space western as most of it takes place in the author's vast Inner Frontier setting.

 

But volume three, "The Widowmaker Unleashed", deserves special mention for revealing an interesting quirk of the title character: along with banking much of his bounty money for his old age/retirement (a chronic health issue changes his plans and triggers the events that are the series), the man has stashes of real paper books (he doesn't like "reading pixels") stored on various planets which he plans to send for once he settles down so he can spend his time reading them (along with gardening and birdwatching). When he buys his first house, planning to live out his remaining years there, one of the priority renovations is building bookshelves in anticipation of his collection arriving. It's impossible for me not to love a fictitious character who does that. :-)

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review 2017-05-06 05:06
Reading progress update: I've read 187 out of 400 pages.
RoseBlood - Howard A. DeWitt

I really wanted to love this book, but I just couldn't get into it. I got too page 187 but just had to give up because I knew this book wasn't going to do it for me. Nothing was really happening and I was just so freaking bored. I gave the book 2 stars through, one because I did like the main characters. The second reason is that I did read the last three chapters, so I could see how it ended. I thought that part deserved another star.

Things I didn't like is that nothing  really excited me enough to make me want to finish this book, and because like I said above I was really bored. 

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review 2017-03-31 20:28
Fancy Nancy
Fancy Nancy - Jane O'Connor,Robin Preiss Glasser

Fancy Nancy is my favorite series for lower elementary grades. It tells the adventures of a young girl and it is an easy read. The students could read the story and do a lesson on adjectives. Also, the students could have a lesson on character analysis considering Nancy is a very interesting character. This story is also a good introduction to synonyms because there are many words in this book that may be new to most students. The class could explore these words and what they mean as well as create a chart to draw connections to similar words.

 

Lexile Level: 420L

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review 2017-03-31 20:20
The Recess Queen
The Recess Queen - Alexis O'Neill,Laura Huliska-Beith

The Recess Queen is a fun story to read to lower elementary grades. It is a story of a girl they call Mean Jean and how she treats others at recess. There are a variety of directions you could take this book. One is to have the students analyze the character of Mean Jean and tell how she is a bully. Also, the students could dig deeper into the central message of the story and the details that support that.

 

Lexile Level: AD450L

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review 2017-03-31 20:12
Miss Nelson is Missing
Miss Nelson Is Missing! - Harry Allard,James Marshall

Miss Nelson is Missing is a fun story about a teacher who is absent one day and has a mean substitute. This book would be a great read aloud for many things. One idea is to compare and contrast the teacher and the substitute. The students could also draw inferences from the actions of the characters to infer where Miss Nelson really is. It is also a good story to read to the students before they have their first substitute! 

 

Lexile Level: 340L

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