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Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall

February 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | February | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall)

Bad News for Outlaws book coverBad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Carolrhoda, 2009

1. What character traits helped Bass Reeves be a successful Marshall?
2. How was the time of Bass Reeves similar to today? How were they different?
3. One line in the book says, “Bass Reeves was respected, and he was hated.” How can both be true?

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Zora and Me

January 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | January | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Zora and Me)

Zora and Me book coverZora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon. Candlewick Press, 2010

1. What do you think is the most important lesson Zora learned?
2. What is the relationship between truth and storytelling?
3. What did Zora learn from asking questions and listening to people around her?

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The Thumb in the Box

December 1st, 2011 | Posted by in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | December | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on The Thumb in the Box)

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The Thumb in the Box by Ken Roberts. Groundwood, 2002

1. How are this town and the people who live there unique.
2. How did the village get more than the pump?
3. Who are the tricksters in this story?

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Rickshaw Girl

November 1st, 2011 | Posted by in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | November | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Rickshaw Girl)

Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins. Charlesbridge, 2007

1. How did Naima change throughout the story?
2. How does Naima’s art help her and her family?
3. How did Naima and her family’s ideas about girls change from the beginning to the end of the story? Why do you think they changed?

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This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness

October 1st, 2011 | Posted by in October | Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness)

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This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness by Joyce Sidman.
Houghton Mifflin, 2007

1. What makes apologizing difficult?
2. When is it easier to forgive someone? When is it hard?
3. Has there been a time recently when you’ve had to apologize or forgive someone?Icon for the Intermediate (Grades 3-5) readers

Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians

September 1st, 2011 | Posted by in September | Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians)

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Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians by Jarrett T. Krosoczka. Alfred A. Knopf, 2009

1. How do you read a graphic novel differently from a traditional novel that’s all words?
2. Why did the librarians want to take over the world?
3. How do the pictures help tell the story? Icon for the Intermediate (Grades 3-5) readers

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