Okay, seriously this time... it's time to get more consistent with the blogging again. I apologize to those who have come to visit my posts and not gotten a return visit from me. I am back on the horse and planning to do better.
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Not completely sold on this one. While the story was interesting, it felt a little busy. I did like learning new Spanish phrases, but all the asterisks to tell me the meanings got in the way of the story sometimes. Interested to see what kids think. This one is AMAZING! So incredibly funny. A fabulous adaptation of Macbeth that I think will also appeal to kids who don't know the original.
Lovely tale with beautiful illustrations. So nice to visit with Ivan again! Excellent back matter, too. I really loved this one. I have a student who is currently fascinated with Franklin, and he enjoyed this peek into Franklin's younger years.
Middle Grade Novels
Look for this new book by Kate Messner in January! Messner captures the life of a high-anxiety kid perfectly. Coping with school, friendship, and family problems makes Ava anxious. Is it worth it to have something that can give you all the answers? Does knowing make life less stressful? I have so many students that jumped into my head as needing this book right now. Time to start spreading the love!
A short and simple historical fiction novel with a huge soccer focus. I had a student in mind for this one, too, and I didn't even need to hand it to him. He spotted it on the shelf and devoured it in one sitting. His evaluation? Five stars. There seem to be few books set in this time period in Soviet Russia, and this is a perfect introduction.
Wow. Just amazing. How had I not experienced this story before? Impressive as an audiobook, powerful as a narrative of Germany in World War 2.
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