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Camper’s Choice – Grades 4-5 — 7 Comments

  1. This story is told from the creative perspective of a tree—an oak that is over 200 years old. The unique narrator enhances the story telling because it shares the history of the neighborhood, including the actions and attitudes of people of past and present. Because she is part of nature, she is able to interact with the animals that use her for shelter.

    This book would be good to use to discuss topics such as acceptance of other cultures, friendship, wishes, and how neighborhoods can change over time. A discussion could also focus on the relationship and importance of the tree to the neighborhood. I had a bit of a tough time accepting how the tree broke “nature rules” and told the neighbor boy and girl the story of Maeve from long ago. It had been fun seeing how the tree worked with the animals in attempt to get the neighbor boy and Samar to talk in hopes of becoming friends. The history was necessary for the kids to know, but I wish it could have happened without the tree actually talking with the kids. This approach ruined a bit of the mystery of nature for me, though perhaps students would be more forgiving than me.

  2. I really enjoyed reading “All rise for the honorable Perry T. Cook”! Author Leslie Connor graced us with a endearing story about Perry; a child born in a prison to his Mom who has been incarcerated. We need more books about this topic.
    It was so warmly written, it is a rare book in which the reader feels like they personally know the main character, as a personal friend. It was hard to put down, and I didn’t want it to end.
    This book has plenty of adversity, but Perry faces it all with optimism and fierce strength and love.

  3. I read the book Finding Gobi: The True Story of one Little Dog’s Big Journey… I loved it! I am a dog lover and love true stories. This last year I have had so many request for non fiction stories about dogs. And I know my kids will love this one as much as I did! The tale of friendship between Dian and Gobi was so amazing… 5 stars

  4. I read GHOST: Running for his life or from it? by Jason Reynolds, upon the recommendation of my librarian sister. It was a quick read that captivated me right from the start! My sister tells me he is a prolific writer and I would love to read his other books as well! The storyline is a high school boy who lives in the ‘hood runs for his life when his alcoholic dad gets drunk and points a gun at he and his mom. From that point on, the main character knows he can RUN! He gets in trouble at school frequently but meets up with some kids on a city track team. The don’t impress him with their speed, but he does capture the attention of the coach with his speed. The coach gets him, gets where he is from and truly is a great coach! He makes a huge difference in Ghost’s life!

  5. I read the book “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” by Kelly Barnhill. This book was about a village that left a baby in the woods every year so that the witch in the woods would leave the village alone. However, the witch ends up being good and actually takes the babies to another village to be raised by loving families. However, one time she accidentally gives one of the babies magic and ends up raising the baby as her granddaughter. I think that this book would be a good classroom library book or read aloud book. It is a fun read, but also includes many different discussion points about good versus evil, hope versus sorrow, friendship, family, and forgiveness.

  6. I read the book POSTED by John David Anderson. I was first turned on to this book because of another book he had written that I had really enjoyed, Ms. Bixby’s Last Day. Cell phones are banned in the middle school because of inappropriate use. When the kids have no way to communicate, someone leaves a post-it note on another student’s locker….then it all starts! At first, it is all very innocent, but it becomes inappropriate just as the cell phones had. It shows the power of words and how once something is said or written – it can’t be taken back. The characters are all very relatable, especially the new girl as she tries to fit in. There are so many great discussion points in this book! I plan to use it as a read-aloud in my 6th grade classroom.

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