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First Book of the Summer….

24 Jun

Hello friends! It feels like the school year just ended a few hours ago! Wait! It did! 🙂 But I’ve already read my first book of the summer! I read Tea Party Rules, by Ame Dyckman. This year we read two other books by this author: Boy + Bot and Wolfie the Bunny. I knew that I was going to really enjoy this one, too.

What would you do for some delicious cookies? 🙂 And what is YOUR first summer read?
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Our favorite…

22 May

What is your favorite book that you’ve read this year?

March Book Madness!

17 Mar

Have you seen the bulletin board behind Mrs. Rinella’s desk? The next round of voting begins Wednesday! Many students were shocked that The Crossover didn’t make it out of the first round! What surprised you?

Vote Here! 

Half a World Away, by Cynthia Kadohata

4 Nov

Half a World Away, by Cynthia Kadohata    This is the book I’ve started reading now. Two fifth grade students suggested I give it a try, and they were right! The main character is kind of tough to relate to, but he’s certainly interesting. This book is very different from any other books I’ve ever read before, so I’m anxious to see if I still like it in a few chapters. I’ll tell you a little more about what it’s about when I am a little further into it. 🙂

Have you ever read a book you weren’t sure about just because a friend recommended it? Leave a comment below!

Third Graders!

25 Jun

Tell me about the best book you read this year, or about a book you want to read this summer!


Happy Reading!

Spring Break: Book-a-Day!

14 Apr

Happy Spring Break! I know many families travel over spring break, but I’m staying home and traveling through books. I’m planning on reading one book every day this week. What are YOUR reading plans?

The first book I’m reading is The Mouse With the Question Mark Tail, by Richard Peck. So far I really like it! If you like the Poppy books, you’ll definitely like this one! I’ll let you know what I think when I finish!

Happy reading!


Not So Scary Ghosts

8 Jul

Summer is a good time to stretch your reading and try books that you wouldn’t normally pick up. This week I’ve read two books involving ghosts – but they’re probably not what you are thinking. 🙂 

Small Medium at Large

The first book is Small Medium at Large, by Joanne Levy. I chose to read this book because I thought the title and cover were very interesting. Do you know what a “medium” is? It doesn’t just mean a shirt size! A medium is someone who can communicate with dead people – or ghosts! When Lilah Bloom, a regular 12-year-old girl, discovers her new talent after being struck by lightning at her mom’s wedding. 

One of the things I really like about this book was how surprisingly realistic it is. Lilah seems like a totally normal girl, dealing with totally normal problems (parents, friends, boys, school). It just so happens that she can also talk to her dead grandmother, and any other spirits who happen to be around. This book snack is perfect for fans of realistic fiction in grades 4-6 who want to try out a science fiction book. 


The second book I read was Radiance, by Alyson Noel. This short novel really surprised me because I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. The main character, Riley, isn’t technically called a ghost in the book, but it takes place after she dies. When Riley is 12 years old, her family is in a car accident and only her sister survives. Riley is having a hard time adjusting to her new surroundings, and is finally given a job to do. I can’t really tell you much more except that it involves returning to earth to help other souls choose to “move on.” Some parts of this book are a little scary, so I definitely recommend this book snack to students in grades 5 and up. It is part of a series, so you can keep snacking if you enjoy it! 🙂


Welcome Summer!

17 Jun

I love summer because I get to catch up on all the great books I miss throughout the school year! What books did you discover this year that we need to make sure to read over the summer? Leave a comment below!

The best book I read this year was Capture the Flag, by our visiting author, Kate Messner!

Be sure to check back over the summer to see what I’m reading, and let me know what YOU discover! 🙂 See you in September!

Seven Wonders: The Colossus Rises

31 Mar

Have you ever read anything by Deborah Ellis?

24 Mar

Hello my friends!

Over the past few weeks, I have read several books by Deborah Ellis. I’ve read her trilogy that includes The Breadwinner, Parvana’s Journey, and Mud City. I’ve also read No Ordinary Day, which takes place in India, rather than Afghanistan. All four of these books are realistic fiction, but they’re not your typical school stories. Realistic fiction takes on a whole new meaning when you are reading about real life halfway around the world. 

In the Breadwinner trilogy, we experience life through Parvana, a young girl living in Afghanistan under Taliban rule. An interesting thing about this book is that it was first published just before 9/11, so the Taliban was not well-known, especially to American students. Women had to stay inside and didn’t have the same rights as men. Girls couldn’t even go to school, and most books were against the law. When Parvana’s father disappears in the middle of the night, she must find a way to earn money to get food for her family. How can she do that when she can’t even leave the house?

No Ordinary Day takes place in India, and is a very different story. Valli is an young girl who scavenges chunks of coal to help her family. What she doesn’t know, is that she’s an orphan, and her family doesn’t want her. Valli decides she must try to make a life for herself, even though she has almost no education and no idea where to go. Will she survive on her own, or will she run into even more trouble?

One reason I really enjoyed these books is the settings. So many of our most popular realistic fiction books take place in America, Canada, or maybe England. This is a true glimpse at what life is really like in other places for kids who could be just like YOU. Reading books like this makes us better people because they help us understand how other people live.

The next time your teacher suggests a realistic fiction book, surprise them by picking something unusual and out of the ordinary. Pick something by Deborah Ellis.