Saturday, April 24, 2010
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
India Opal just moved to a small town in Florida with her father who is a local preacher. Opal is a lonely girl whose mother left them when she was just three years old and a father more focused on charity work. When Opal finds Winn Dixie at the local market, her life begins to change. She slowly begins to make new friends and find a nice life in her new town.
I read this with my language arts students and I used the teachers guide as we went. The students really loved the book and we had a lot of really great discussions about the book. When we finished, we watched the movie version. The movie was great and very close to the book.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Peeled by Joan Bauer
Hildie Biddle lives in the heart of apple country in up-state New York with her mom, cousin Elizabeth and her uncle. All Hildie wants is to be a top notch journalist like her late-father and she takes her job at the school's paper, The Core, very seriously. Strange happenings in town at a local reportedly haunted house and it throws the small farming community into a ruckus. When the town paper, The Bee, starts cashing in on the action, Hildie, Elizabeth, and their friends know something is up. This is a fun Nancy Drew-esque romp.