Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Another 2 Books Read!

I am happy to announce that I have completed another two SSYRA books!  I recently finished The Secret of Zoom by Lynne Jonell and 43 Old Cemetery Road, Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise
         The Secret of Zoom was an intriguing book about a girl name Christina and her scientific family.  She finds more than she bargained for (both good and bad) after an innocent visit to her attic.  This book was a little slow to start (for me) by my refusal to abandon it surely paid off! 
         Dying to Meet You was very different from the other SSYRA books I have read this summer.  This book is mostly written through correspondences between the characters.  It is filled with letters and newspaper articles, which makes it a quick read.  My favorite part of this book is the play on words that Kate Klise has used for the names of the characters of the town of Ghastly.  Some examples include, a real estate agent named Anita Sale ("I need a sale") and town citizens named Sammy Tarry ("cemetery"), Kay Daver ("cadaver") and Fay Tality ("fatality") just to name a few. Don't let the characters' names trick you this is a light and fun read.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Invisible No More!

        Have you ever felt invisible?  If you have, Captain Nobody by Dean Pitchford is the book for you.   This book is about a boy named Newton (yes, just like the fig cookie) who accidentally discovers the super hero within himself one Halloween night.  This book is filled with fun and adventure from cover to cover.  I absolutely loved this SSYRA book.  In fact, Captain Nobody may be my favorite of all of the books so far!  I think if you read this book you will enjoy it too : )

Saturday, June 25, 2011

My first post!

        I hope you are enjoying your summer vacation!  I know that I am.  I have already read five of the 2011-2012 Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) Books.  I have read and would highly recommend, The Magic Half by Annie Barrows, Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist: Flight of the Phoenix (the first in a series of books) by R. L. LaFevers, Extra Credit by Andrew Clements, Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff, and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin.  I have thoroughly enjoyed each book.  The common theme among them has been incredible friendships, which have come in some of the unlikeliest characters.  All fabulous reads!  So much so that I am off to Barnes & Noble to try and purchase my next book.  I can't wait!
        Our classroom website will be getting many revisions as I plan for next year.  Stay tuned and remember keep reading!!!