Sunday, 29 November 2015

Time to Pick A New Class Book! *Revised*

We have finished our class read aloud, a book I chose: Running to Extremes.

It is now time to pick another book, to start in January!

This time, students have provided reading suggestions. I've also provided a few. Here they are!

We are eventually going to vote via survey and analyze the data to determine our next class read. (We will create the survey together via google forms, to show how it is done...coming soon!)

Here are the choices! *drum roll please*

#1 Between Heaven and Earth 

DJ thinks of himself as a leader – always out in front, always in charge and able to accomplish anything.  So when he goes to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and scatter his grandfather’s ashes, he is sure it won’t be that difficult – how hard is a bit of hiking?  But DJ finds that it will take everything he’s got to make it to the top – and he’s going to need help.

#2 Animal Farm

It is about a group of animals who rebel against the humans from the farm they live on and run it themselves with hopes of being equal, free, and happy. In the end, however, the new rule becomes a cruel tyranny of its own led by the pigs. Written during World War II and published in 1945, it was not well received at first, but is widely accepted as a classic today. (from wikipedia)

#3 Pendragon: The Merchant of Death

Bobby Pendragon is a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old boy. He has a family, a home, and even Marley, his beloved dog. But there is something very special about Bobby. He is going to save the world. - (From djmachale books)

#4 Coraline

When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.
But there's another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Coraline will have to fight with all her wits and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life. (from Neil Gaiman's site)
#5 The Graveyard Book

After his family are killed, Bod is brought up in a graveyard by ghosts – an array of century-spanning characters who care for him, impart wisdom and even teach body-fading skills. But Bod sometimes goes beyond the graveyard into the world of the living – and here his life is under threat from the sinister man Jack, who has pursued him since he was a baby.

#6 Cinder

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl. . . .
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future. from 

#7 Ungifted

Donovan is definitely skilled . . . at getting into trouble. And when one of his thoughtless pranks accidentally destroys the school gym during the Big Game, with the superintendent watching, he knows he's in for it. Suspension at best, maybe expulsion. Either way, a lawsuit and paying for damages. But through a strange chain of events, his name gets put on the list for the local school for gifted students: the Academy for Scholastic Distinction. Donovan knows he's not a genius, but he can't miss this chance to escape.
Now, he has to figure out a way to stay at ASD ― and fit in with the kids there. And who knows, maybe his real gift will come to light . . .
#8 Wonder

I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse. 

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.  from


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