Fall Break Reading Challenge

Fall Break Reading Challenge

How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks

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How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks is the start of a new trilogy. Birdie is the apprentice to Alfred Bunce, a bogler. Mr. Bunce’s job is to kill bogles or monsters that eat children. Birdie, his apprentice, is used as baits to lure the bogles out so that Alfred can kill them. Add Mrs. Eames, a socialite who is interested in bogles, Sarah Pickles a women who uses children as pick pockets to earn her living and Dr. Morton who ? A fun read. 

Remember that to ask about Arthur and Merlin.

Retelling of Fairy Tales

I just finished reading East by Edith Pattou. It is a retelling of the Norwegian fairy tale, East of the Sun, West of the Moon which is similar to Beauty and the Beast. Rose is the last daughter of a very large family. They are very poor and barely have enough food for everyone. Since she was a very young child, Rose has been being watched by a white bear. One evening the bear approaches her father to say that if Rose goes with him, the family will be rich. The adventure begins with Roses decision. An excellent retelling of a classic fairy tale.

Remember to ask about Merlin and Arthur when you return to school.

Comment and let me know what you are reading. Right now I am reading How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks, Amulet Keepers by Michael Northrop and a few more I can’t find right now. Happy reading and don’t forget to log your reads.

Don’t forget to log your summer reading

Summer is getting away and we all should be reading. I have finished 10 books so far and have another 10 started. I am reading some old, just finished The Cay by Theodore Taylor, published in 1969. The theme of race relations is still valid for today. With all that is going on in the news we need to remember that we should be able to interact with each other with kindness and justice.

I am also reading some free downloads I found, one is Monsters’ Anonymous Club by J.T. Lipp. Great read about a group of kids who hunt down ghosts and solve their problems.

I am also reading some books written mainly for adults. I love the show Rizzoli and Isles and have started that series of books. I am also waiting for a new book by one of my favorite authors, Janet Evanovich.

I have also read a book by Arthur Conan Doyle (the author of Sherlock Holmes) where he defends the existence of fairies. This was a free download from the site gutenberg.org (Project Gutenberg). Project Gutenburg is a site where you can download free books. Most of their offerings are books that no longer have copyright restrictions. A few authors offer their books free on Project Gutenberg so check it out and see if you can find anything there to read.

So keep reading or start if you haven’t yet. Get that imagination going and remember to sign in and record your minutes.

Ask Mrs. Roberts who Merlin and Arthur are when you get back to school and win a special prize.

Lunar Chronicles

I just finished the book Cress by Marrisa Meyer, the third book in the Lunar Chronicles. The series starts with Cinder, a retelling of the Cinderella story. It is set in the future, in New Beijing. Cinder is a cyborg and lives with her two step-sisters and step-mother. She is a mechanic, fixing androids and other mechanical items. The people of Earth and the people of Luna (the moon) are not really friends. The Queen of the Luna is evil and wants to take over the earth, and she wants to do it by marrying the young emperor of the Commonwealth. The story continues in Scarlet, the retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and Cress, the retelling of Rapunzel. The last volume of the series is Winter, which comes out in November 1915. I can’t wait to read the end of this story.

More to Read

One of the most popular book series is the Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. We can’t keep them on the shelves, sometimes it seems as if everyone wants to read them. To keep everyone happy while they wait for a copy of the Wimpy kid to come in I have made a list and display of books similar to it. Included in the list is The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume and Heads and Tails by Jack Gantos. Check out this list for more titles.

If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid you might like

Spring Break Reading Challenge

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I have stacks of books that I need to read. I am so happy it is going to be Spring Break so I can get some of my reading done. I hope to read at least 10 books over the break. Why don’t you join me in this endeavor?

Read one book and turn in the Spring Break Reading Challenge bookmark, and you will get a piece of candy.

Read two books and turn in the bookmark, get two pieces of candy and a paw track.

Read three or more books and get more candy and paw tracks. All bookmarks must be turned in by Friday, April 11th to be included in this challenge. Books do not need to be on your lexile, read for fun, read for the joy of reading.

Spring Break Reading Challenge
Use the above link to print out more bookmarks.

Happy Reading!!!
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Authors with Georgia Connections

Here  are a few authors with Georgia connections.

James Dashner
*  The Maze Runner
*   The Scorch Trials
*   The Death Cure
*   The Kill Order
*   A Mutiny in time   
Olive Anne Burns
*  Cold Sassy Tree
Jimmy Carter
*  An Hour Before Daylight
*  Living Faith
*  Always a Reckoning
*  Sources of Strength
*  Talking Peace
Carmen Agra Deedy
*  Agatha’s Feather Bed
*  The Library Dragon
Joel Chandler Harris
*Dearest Chums and Partners
*  The Favorite Uncle Remus
*  Uncle Remus
*  The Complete Tales of Uncle Remus
Gail Lange Karwoski
*  Miracle
*  Surviving Jamestown
*  Tsunami
Carson McCullers
*  The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
*  The Member of the Wedding
Caroline Miller
*  Lamb in His Bosom
Margaret Mitchell
*  Gone with the Wind 

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Shelia P. Moses

*  The Legend of Buddy Bush
*  The Return of Buddy Bush
*  I, Dred Scott

Doris Buchanan Smith

*  Dreams & Drummers
*  Last was Lloyd
*  Return to Bitter Creek
*  Kick a Stone Home
*  Kelly’s Creek
*  The Pennywhistle Tree
*  A Taste of Blackberries

Robert Burch
*  Homefront Heroes
*  Ida Early Comes Over the Mountain

* Queenie Peavy
*  Christmas with Ida Early
*  King Kong and Other Poets
*  Skinny
*  Tyler, Wilkin, & Skee
*  D. J.’s Worst Enemy
*  Doodle and the Go-Cart
*  The Hunting Trip

*  Hut School and the Wartime Home-Front Heroes

*  Renfroe’s Christmas

*  Skinny

*  Simon and the Game of Chance

The One and Only Ivan

And the winner of the 2013 Newbery Award is The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

Ivan is a gorilla who lives in a shopping mall. He has as companions an elephant and a dog. Other animals come and go. He is visited each day by a young girl named Julia, who sits in front of his domain doing her homework while her father cleans the mall. Julia and Ivan have one special thing in common, they are both artists. Ivan has loved to draw since he was a young gorilla in Africa. He used mud as his paint and used many surfaces for his art including his mother’s back. He and his twin sister were captured and brought to America. Unfortunately his sister died before they arrived. Ivan sent his early years living with Mack, the man who owns the mall. When he got too big to live in a house, Mack took him to the mall to perform and make money. This story is told by Ivan himself. The special thing about this book is that Ivan is Atlanta’s own gorilla. He came here to live in the 90’s when people realized that animals should not live in malls. This is a great read.

Sports Fiction

Sports Fiction

Like sports? Want to read a fiction book that has a story about your favorite sport? Try the books on the above list. Remember, if you are having a hard time finding a book you enjoy, look at your interests and see if you can find a book about that. Once you find a book you can enjoy, you can always find more.