My Reading Goal
My goal this school year is to read 30 books. That averages out to about 1 book a week. I will meet this goal by reading at least 60 minutes a day and choosing books that are the correct reading level for me and are of interest to me. I will also read a balance of fiction and non-fiction books.
Monday, March 19, 2018
Friday, November 30, 2012
Flying Solo, by Ralph Fletcher, describes the adventures of a fifth grade class as they attempt to survive a day with no teacher and no substitute teacher. They are literally "flying solo". The story revolves around Rachel and how she is struggling with the death of a classmate, Tommy Feathers. The day alone gives the kids a chance to assert their independence and demonstrate their ability to be responsible as well as a chance to heal.
This book has many great themes, but integrity has to be the strongest. The kids have many opportunities to practice doing what they know is right. They must manage their impulsivity and stay on task even though no adult is monitoring them. I love the relationships that come out of this book.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Ungifted, a realistic fiction book by Gordan Korman, explains that stereotypes are not always accurate. Donovan, the main character, can only be described as a trouble maker. He wants to fit in, but he creates havoc wherever he goes because controlling his impulses is almost impossible. So, through a series of events, Donovan ends up "hiding out" at the district's school for the gifted. at the end, he learns many important lessons while at the school for the gifted.
One of the things that I enjoyed about this book was the way the chapters were organized. Each chapter is told from a different character's point of view. As a reader, you have the opportunity to "get inside" each character's thoughts. Ungifted is the perfect book for any middle school or upper elementary school student to read. Often, we judge other students based on outward appearances. Through the main character, the reader learns that labels are not always correct; gifted or ungifted, nerd or cool we all have something to offer.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Jeanne DuPrau does a great job teaching the lesson that working together is better than fighting. This book's message is one that many societies could benefit from. As usual, it is an innocent child that brings the two groups together and unites them after a disaster.
I look forward to reading the next book in the series, The Prophet of Yonwood, in order to learn how the city of Ember came to be.
Monday, October 8, 2012
This book had so many amazing lessons. I found myself stopping many times to reflect on powerful lines in the book. Such as, "When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind." (Wonder, pg. 48) As I read, I wondered why people are so quick to judge others based only on their appearance. How many great people do we miss because we don't take the time to get to know them?
One of the things that I loved about this book was the fact that it was told from many different perspectives. (Jodi Piccoult is an adult author that I enjoy reading who also uses this technique.) It is enlightening to hear the story told from Auggie, his sister, his friend, and other points of view. If you don't mind crying a little while reading, this is a book that you won't soon forget.
Watch the book trailer below for a taste of this book.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
I was completely drawn in by the characters in this book. I came to admire Seth's adventure and courage and Kendra's level headedness and strong sense of duty. Both of these characters learned important lessons throughout the story. I believe that Seth learned a greater sense of self-control, and Kendra actually realized the importance of sometimes taking a risk. These changes are evident in many of the characters actions. For example, Seth accidentally changes a fairy into an imp, but later he is relieved when the imp returns to her fairy form. Also, Kendra knows that she must risk visiting the fairy queen's island if she is to save her family. I'm sure that as I read the next books in the series, I will see these changes in Kendra and Seth's actions.
I highly recommend this book to readers that enjoy fantasy and adventure. It is surely a page turner and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.