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Malcolm at Midnight

September 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in September | Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on Malcolm at Midnight)

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Malcolm at Midnight by W. H. Beck. Illustrated by Brian Lies. Houghton Mifflin, 2012

1. Malcolm gets involved in several different mysteries over the course of the story—Aggy’s disappearance, the missing ring, the cat on the fourth floor. How are these all connected?

2. How would you describe Honey Bunny (HB)? Why is he so distrustful of Malcolm? How does his opinion of Malcolm change by story’s end? How does your opinion of Honey Bunny change by story’s end?

3. What changes between Amelia and Jovahn by story’s end? Why does it change? Are there specific things that happen that make a difference in their relationship?

 

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

September 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in September | High School | 2013-2014 - (Comments Off on Me and Earl and the Dying Girl)

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. Amulet / Abrams, 2012

1. Greg tries to tell the reader he is not upset over Rachel’s death when he clearly is. What are ways the author makes clear through Greg’s actions that he finds what is happening to Rachel upsetting? What other things in his life does Greg try to deceive the reader about?

2. How did the use of humor affect you as you read a book about a dying girl? Can you point to one or two specific scenes where you thought the humor was surprising or especially effective?

3. If you had the chance to make a movie about one of your friends, whom would you choose and why? What are some scenes you would want to film, or information you would want to include, and what would these reveal about your subject?

 

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in High School | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime)

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightttime by Mark Haddon. U.S. edition: Vintage, 2004

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Code Talker

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in High School | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on Code Talker)

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Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac. Dial, 2005

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Rash

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in High School | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on Rash)

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Rash by Pete Hautman. Simon & Schuster, 2006

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Miracle’s Boys

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Middle School | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on Miracle’s Boys)

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Miracles Boys by Jacqueline Woodson. Putnam, 2000

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Red Glass

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Middle School | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on Red Glass)

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Red Glass by Laura Resau. Delacorte, 2007

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Rules

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Middle School | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on Rules)

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Rules by Cynthia Lord. Scholastic Press, 2006

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Love That Dog

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on Love That Dog)

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Love That Dog: A Novel by Sharon Creech. Joanna Cotler Books / HarperCollins, 2001

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A Friendship for Today

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on A Friendship for Today)

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A Friendship for Today by Patricia C. McKissack. Scholastic Press, 2007

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Ruby Lu Brave and True

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on Ruby Lu Brave and True)

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Ruby Lu Brave and True by Lenore Look. Illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf. An Anne Schwartz Book / Atheneum, 2004

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What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?

June 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2012-2013 | Summer - (Comments Off on What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?)

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What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Houghton Mifflin, 2003

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