Aug 142011
 

The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

EAN:978-0439023528
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published in: Unknown
Published: July 2010
Series: The Hunger Games trilogy

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.

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Jan 112011
 

Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo’s debut novel wins a 2001 Newbery Honor and is a NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Bestseller!
The summer Opal and her father, the preacher, move to Naomi, Florida, Opal goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket–and comes out with a dog. A big, ugly, suffering dog with a sterling sense of humor. A dog she dubs Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, the preacher tells Opal ten things about her absent mother, one for each year Opal has been alive. Winn-Dixie is better at making friends than anyone Opal has ever known, and together they meet the local librarian, Miss Franny Block, who once fought off a bear with a copy of WAR AND PEACE. They meet Gloria Dump, who is nearly blind but sees with her heart, and Otis, an ex-con who sets the animals in his pet shop loose after hours, then lulls them with his guitar.

Opal spends all that sweet summer collecting stories about her new friends and thinking about her mother. But because of Winn-Dixie or perhaps because she has grown, Opal learns to let go, just a little, and that friendship–and forgiveness–can sneak up on you like a sudden summer storm.

Recalling the fiction of Harper Lee and Carson McCullers, here is a funny, poignant, and utterly genuine first novel from a major new talent.
An unforgettable first novel about coming of age one sweet summer–and learning to love what you have.

Book Club Discussion Questions

Activity sheet

Teacher’s Guide

Readers’ Club activities

Cause and effect lesson plan

Discussion Guide

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Vocabulary lessons

Webquest for Because of Winn-Dixie

Create printable tests and worksheets from Because of Winn-Dixie questions

Writing encouragement for students

Activity Guide from Walden Media

Educator’s Guide

Information on topics related to the book

Book talks

Literature circle unit

Discussion questions

Character Education Lesson plan

Review and Discussion Questions

Figurative language lesson

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Jun 232010
 

Tomorrow, When the War Began (The Tomorrow Series #1)
by John Marsden

Australian teenager Ellie and six of her friends return from a winter break camping trip to find their homes burned or deserted, their families imprisoned, and their country occupied by a foreign military force in league with a band of disaffected Australians. As their shock wears off, the seven decide they must stick together if they are to survive. After a life-threatening skirmish with the occupiers, the teens retreat to their isolated campsite in the bush country and make plans to fight a guerilla war against the invaders. Writing in a distinct voice and showing rare intelligence and sensitivity, Ellie recounts their courageous battles against the Goliath in control of their land. She also records her feelings and observations about the romantic partnerships that develop within her small circle of friends, and shows how they mature and blossom during this time of crisis. Though readers are left wondering whether these heroes and heroines will survive (one is severely wounded at the end of the novel), Ellie’s uncommonly honest and clear narration makes this coming-of-age adventure a story they won’t forget. Fast-paced and provocative, it’s a natural for book talking.
Jack Forman, Mesa College Library, San Diego
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

A gripping tale, told with Marsden’s customary incisiveness.

The movie is due for release on September 2nd 2010

Teaching with Tomorrow when the war began
Introducing and teaching Tomorrow, When The War
Year 10 Context study: Close study of a novel and its author
Tomorrow When the War Began Booktalk
2007 Student Essays Tomorrow, When the War Began

May 162010
 

Precious’ producers adapting ‘Judy Moody’
John Schulz to direct pic based on popular book series

“Precious” producers Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness have selected their next project: family pic “Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer,” based on the popular childrens book series.
John Schultz (“Aliens in the Attic”) will direct from an adapted script by Kathy Waugh and Megan McDonald, author of the books. Schultz begins lensing in August in Los Angeles.

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Apr 042010
 

How to Train Your DragonHow to Train Your Dragon  (Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III)

Cressida Cowell

Young Hiccup may be the son of Stoick the Vast, chief of the Hairy Hooligans, but he isn’t exactly heroic Viking material.

When he and the other boys of his tribe are sent on a mission to fetch dragons to train, Hiccup comes back with the scrawniest creature ever seen. Toothless, as Hiccup names him, is also rude, lazy, and greedy, but when the tribe is faced with horrible danger, Hiccup’s unorthodox dragon-training techniques prove successful and he and his unique beast become true heroes. Sprinkled throughout with funny sketches, scribbles, and ink blots, this is a goofy and exciting tale of an underdog who proves that brains can be just as important as brawn.

Kids will hoot at the ridiculous names and sympathize with Hiccup’s exasperation with his truly obstinate but strangely lovable dragon. A delightful read that fans of Ian Whybrow’s “Little Wolf” series (Carolrhoda) will particularly enjoy.

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More information on the book

Jan 042010
 


Fantastic Mr. Fox

~ Roald  Dahl

Illustrated by  Quentin Blake



Format: Paperback 96 pages



ISBN-13:
978-0142410349

Released:   August 16 2007

Publisher: Puffin

Ages: 9-12

Themes: animals

Price: $7.50





In the tradition of The Adventures of Peter Rabbit, this is a “garden tale” of farmer versus vermin, or vice versa. The farmers in this case are a vaguely criminal team of three stooges: “Boggis and Bunce and Bean / One fat, one short, one lean. / These horrible crooks / So different in looks / Were nonetheless equally mean.” Whatever their prowess as poultry farmers, within these pages their sole objective is the extermination of our hero–the noble, the clever, the Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Our loyalties are defined from the start; after all, how could you cheer for a man named Bunce who eats his doughnuts stuffed with mashed goose livers? As one might expect, the farmers in this story come out smelling like … well, what farmers occasionally do smell like.

This early Roald Dahl adventure is great for reading aloud to three- to seven-year-olds, who will be delighted to hear that Mr. Fox keeps his family one step ahead of the obsessed farmers.

When they try to dig him out, he digs faster; when they lay siege to his den, he tunnels to where the farmers least expect him–their own larders! In the end, Mr. Fox not only survives, but also helps the whole community of burrowing creatures live happily ever after. With his usual flourish, Dahl evokes a magical animal world that, as children, we always knew existed, had we only known where or how to look for it.

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Fiction Activities
Vocabulary List for Fantastic Mr. Fox

Lesson Plans for Fantastic Mr.Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox A matching game to reinforce characters in
this popular Roald Dahl novel.
http://www.quia.com/custom/2198main.html

Reading Quiz  http://www.puiching.edu.hk/~pc-ckc/fox.htm

Novel Study  http://www.tlt.ab.ca/projects/Div1/Grade3/fantasticfox/foxy.html

Vocabulary PowerPoint   FantasticMr. Fox

EThemes  http://www.emints.org/ethemes/resources/S00000553.shtml

Rainbow Journey Two  http://www.e-magine.education.tas.gov.au/n-touch/surftherainbow/projecttwo/fox.htm

Lesson Plans http://www.mce.k12tn.net/reading48/lesson_plans_for_fantastic_mr.htm

Vocabulary Exercises Activity1 http://www.shorncliss.qld.edu.au/000884.asp
&  Activity 2
http://www.shorncliss.qld.edu.au/000885.asp

Fantastic Mr. Fox NovelStudy  http://www.tlt.ab.ca/projects/Div1/Grade3/fantasticfox/foxy.html

Novel Study http://www.lgsd.k12.nf.ca/imc/PrimaryNovels.asp

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Jul 232009
 

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan

The escapades of the Greek gods and heroes get a fresh spin in the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, about a contemporary 12-year-old New Yorker who learns he’s a demigod.

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Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is scheduled to release on February 12, 2010 in the United States.

Read an extract

Hear the first part of the book, as read by the author.

  • Video interview with Rick in North Carolina

  • Video interview with Rick in Cincinnati

For Teachers …

  • The Lightning Thief: A Teacher’s Guide.

A complete Lightning Thief unit

  • The Lightning Thief: A Reader’s Guide.

  • Rationale. A curriculum rationale, based on NCTE models, for those teachers considering Percy Jackson for classroom use.

  • Literature Circle Questions

  • Biographical Information on Rick Riordan.

  • A Readers Theater from Lightning Thief.

  • Percy Party event guide.

  • Project ideas.

Jul 172009
 

‘Potter’ pic charms box office

‘Half-Blood Prince’ full-bodied with $22.2 mil

Those who grew up on Hogwarts’ most famous boy wizard may have gotten older — millions are now young adults — but they appear to have lost none of their loyalty to Harry Potter.

The public — and Hollywood — are used to the long lines outside moviehouses and bookstores whenever a “Harry Potter” film or novel is released, but no one expected the massive box office start for Warner Bros.’ “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”  >>>

Apr 222009
 
Hole by Louis Sachar

Hole by Louis Sachar

“If you take a bad boy and make him dig a hole every day in the hot sun, it will turn him into a good boy.” Such is the reigning philosophy at Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention facility where there is no lake, and there are no happy campers.

HTML clipboard“It’s a strange story, but strangely compelling and lovely too.”

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