Reviews - Alexandra T. (thomasam)

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Chasing Redbird
Chasing Redbird
Author: Sharon Creech
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/22/2011


"This was my favorite book towards the end of elementary school. Zinny feels invisible in her own life, until one day she finds a path in her backyard that changes her summer and her life forever. This book deals with a number of adolescent issues, namely death and the guilt associated with it, but is the best book about becoming a young-adult "somebody" that I have ever read. DRA level 44, Guided Reading Level V"


Dear Mr. Henshaw
Dear Mr. Henshaw
Author: Beverly Cleary
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/22/2011
1 member(s) found this review helpful.


"This Newberry Medal book follows elementary student Leigh Botts as he writes letters to his favorite author, Mr. Henshaw. The book deals with Leigh's parents' divorce and the effect it has on Leigh's relationship with his dad. A great book for reluctant readers or students who need another outlet to express themselves. DRA level 40, Guided Reading Level Q"


The Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, Bk 1)
Review Date: 2/22/2011
1 member(s) found this review helpful.


"This is the first book of a fantastic series by Buckley. Daphne and Sabrina Grimm are descendents of the Brothers Grimm, scribes of Grimm's Fairytales. When they go to visit their grandmother, they learn about the strange adventures meant for Grimms as they encounter "Everafters", or Fairytale creatures. This is a great book to discuss genre and how genres intersect, and has kept my students on the hook. DRA 40 Guided Reading Level R"


The Hundred Dresses
The Hundred Dresses
Author: Eleanor Estes, Louis Slobodkin (Illustrator)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/22/2011
2 member(s) found this review helpful.


"This is a short, beautiful book about a poor, small town girl who claims to have one hundred dresses in her closet, yet every day wears the same one. The girls in class only notice her when they are teasing her, until one day, she stops showing up to school. The thing I love about this book is that it is told from the point of view of the popular girls who tease her. A great book for discussion of the golden rule and bullying– perfect for a read-aloud. DRA Level 34, Guided Reading Level O"


The View from Saturday
The View from Saturday
Author: E. L. Konigsburg
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/22/2011


"In this novel, four sixth-grade students form a group they call "The Souls." Along with their teacher, Mrs. Olinski, they use their various strengths and passions compete in the Academic Bowl. It's a great book for curious students who might be asking "What makes me special?" This book is GREAT for working on point-of-view, as its chapters alternate between first-person limited and third-person omniscient. DRA level 44, Guided Reading Level U"


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