Thursday, February 26, 2009
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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
In OPERATION REDWOOD four young kids take on big business to save a forest full of giant redwood trees. Debut author S. Terrell French has written an adventure filled with creative ideas, spunky ambition, and a love of the environment.
Julian Carter-Li is staying with his uncle and aunt while his mother travels to China to photograph Buddist temples. Things are not going well. Julian doesn't seem to be able to do anything according to the strict rules his aunt has established, and his uncle seems constantly disappointed in him. In fact while alone in his uncle's fancy office, Julian stumbles across an extremely insulting email. It appears that his uncle believes Julian is unruly and "sullen" just like his late father. Julian can't believe what he is reading.
Another email that attracts Julian's attention is from a young girl complaining that IPX, his uncle's company, is planning to destroy an area of redwood forest known as Big Tree Grove. Although he has never met this girl named Robin, Julian can relate to her anger that a huge company like IPX that already has more money than he can imagine, would want to destroy something as important and historical as the redwoods just to make more money selling lumber.
Julian keeps the emails he reads a secret until he hears his aunt's plans to send him off to Math Camp for the summer. He appeals to his friend Danny for help. When he tells Danny about the emails, Danny begins to concoct a plan that would keep Julian from spending his summer doing math calculations and instead possibly saving the redwoods.
What follows is a daring adventure. Julian and Danny scheme to get Julian out of the city and off to Big Tree Grove where he can help Robin protect her old-growth forest. They may be just a few young kids, but they have big ideas. Even when their plans seem to be wrecked by Julian's annoying and interfering aunt, they manage to use creativity and determination to keep their eye on the goal.
OPERATION REDWOOD provides excellent reinforcement for conservation lessons and the importance of preserving our natural habitats. It would work for readers in the 8-13 age group for independent reading or as a great classroom read-aloud.
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Friday, February 6, 2009
SOMETHING INVISIBLE by Siobhan Parkinson
Nobody ever blamed Jake for what happened.
DEADLINE by Chris Crutcher
My plan was to focus my senior year on information I could use after graduation when I set out for Planet Earth from the Pluto that is Trout, Idaho, population 943.
ALCATRAZ VERSUS THE EVIL LIBRARIANS by Brandon Sanderson
So, there I was, tied to an altar made from out-dated encyclopedias, about to get sacrificed to the dark powers by a cult of evil Librarians.
WAKE by Lisa McMann
Janie Hannaigan’s math book slips from her fingers.
WNGS by E.D. Baker
Tamisin Warner first saw real goblins the Halloween she was eleven.
THE LATENT POWERS OF DYLAN FONTAINE by April Lurie
I can tell you from experience that a jail cell is not a place you’d like to visit.
SHOCK POINT by April Henry
It was the rough hand over her mouth that convinced Cassie Streng that what was happening was real.
THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman
There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.
CHEATED by Patrick Jones
“It’s really simple, kid,” the investigator barks at me from across the table.
PROM by Laurie Halse Anderson
Once upon a time there was an eighteen-year-old girl who dragged her butt out of bed and hauled it all the way to school on a sunny day in May.
BORN TO ROCK by Gordon Korman
The thing about a cavity search is this: it has nothing to do with the dentist.
DOORMAT by Kelly McWilliams
My best friend thinks she’s pregnant.
BLOOD BROTHERS by S. A. Harazin
I hurry down the cold hospital corridor and barge through the automatic doors of the emergency department.
WICKED: PRETTY LITTLE LIARS series by Sara Shepard
Wouldn’t it be nice to know what people are thinking?
UNBELIEVABLE: PRETTY LITTLE LIARS series by Sara Shepard
Ever wish you could go back in time and undo your mistakes?
FLAWLESS PRETTY LITTLE LIARS series by Sara Shepard
You know that boy who lives a few doors down from you who’s just the creepiest person alive.
PERFECT: PRETTY LITTLE LIARS series by Sara Shepard
Have you ever had a friend turn on you?
THE DANGEROUS DAYS OF DANIEL X by James Patterson
I wish that I didn’t sometimes, but I remember everything about that cursed, unspeakable, unhappy night twelve years ago, when I was just three years old and both of my parents were murdered.
TANTALIZE by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Lousy idea, us sitting on the railroad tracks.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
One of my students suggested that I post the current book I'm reading aloud in class. Not a bad suggestion, I guess, so here goes.
I'm reading THE SLEDDING HILL by Chris Crutcher. I don't read this one every year, but I think the group of students I have this year can handle the more complex nature of this book.
Summary from the book jacket-
Billy Bartholomew has an audacious soul, and he knows it. Why? Because it's all he has left. He's dead.
Eddie Proffit has an equally audacious soul, but he doesn't know it. He's still alive.
These days, Billy and Eddie meet on the sledding hill, where they used to spend countless hours -- until Billy kicked a stack of Sheetrock over on himself, breaking his neck and effectively hitting tilt on his Earthgame. The two were inseparable friends. They still are. And Billy is not about to let a little thing like death stop him from hanging in there with Eddie in his epic struggle to get his life back on track.