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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

May 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2011-2012 | May - (Comments Off on Where the Mountain Meets the Moon)

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon book coverWhere the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. Little, Brown, 2009

1. How is Minli helped on her journey?
2. How do the stories that are told connect to Minli’s journey?
3. How does Minli’s mother change between the beginning and end of the story? Why do you think she changes?
4. What was your favorite part of the story?

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Loon Summer

April 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2011-2012 | April - (Comments Off on Loon Summer)

Loon Summer book coverLoon Summer by Sandy Gillum. Field Notes Press, 2008.

1. Do loons live near you? Why or why not?
2. How do the actions of people and other creatures affect the loons in the book?
3. What was the most interesting or exciting part for you?

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Star in the Forest

March 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | March | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Star in the Forest)

Star in the Forest book coverStar in the Forest by Laura Resau. Delacorte, 2010

1. How does Star help Zitlally deal with her father’s deportation?
2. How is Zitlally different with Crystal than she is with her friends at school?
3. Why do you think Zitlally’s family came to the United States, given how difficult the journey is?

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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?
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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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