Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Title: My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir
Author: Samanthat Abeel
AR Level: 7.1
This is a beautifully written book about a girl that struggles with being a wonderful writer, highly creative, loved by her peers and teachers, but suffers from a complete lack of understanding of math. Her fear leads to panic attacks and social withdrawl from her peers. Once Samantha is diagnoised with a math learning disablilty the weight of the world is lifted from her shoulders. Special education classes becomes a saving grace for her.
This is a book that should be read by every teacher. The insights is provides into the mind of struggling students helps to put all we do in perspective and the need to see each student as an individual.
This is the book I finished over Thanksgiving Break. What have you been reading? Share with us!!
Monday, November 19, 2007
Title: Because of Anya
Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
# of Copies: 5
About this Book:
Ten-year-old girls don't wear wigs.
So why is Anya wearing one? That's what Keely wants to know. But when Anya's wig falls off in front of the whole class, Keely realizes what she really wants is to help Anya, even though she's not sure how -- and even though it means she'll have to do something she's afraid of: stand up to her friends.
As for Anya, she just wants her hair to grow back, but no one can tell her whether it ever will. How can she learn to accept her disease when she can't even look in the mirror?
Title: Sea of Monsters
Author: Rick Riordan
AR level: 4.6
# of Copies: 8
About the book:
Percy Jackson’s seventh-grade year has been surprisingly quiet. Not a single monster has set food on his New York prep-school campus. But when an innocent game of dodgeball among Percy and his classmates turns into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, things get … well, ugly. And the unexpected arrival of Percy’s friend Annabeth brings more bad news: the magical borders that protect Camp Half-Blood have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and unless a cure is found, the only safe haven for demigods will be destroyed.
In this fresh, funny, and action-packed follow-up to The Lightning Thief, Percy and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their camp. But first, Percy will discover a stunning new secret about his family- one that makes him wonder whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or a curse.