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wormThe WJMS Book club met this afternoon from 3:45 until 4:30 in the media center.  Deliberating on several options (The Page Turners, Rowdy Readers, On the Same Page, Novel Noters, etc.), the 30 students in attendance decided to call this group the Book Worms.  We discussed the book club contract and how the club would operate during the year.  Not only will we meet as a group to discuss the books, students will be able to use this blog as a forum for discussion.  This will be especially helpful for those unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts. I talked about two books; one of which will be chosen as our first book.  I began with Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life As We Knew It by giving the kids a summary, showing them the book trailer, and reading a short passage.  They were enjoying the reading so much, you could have heard a pin drop in the room and they were disappointed that I stopped.  The group is really going to like that one.  The other option was Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix.  The students left the meeting asking when were the books going to be delivered.  I have a wonderful group of kids to work with and it looks like the book club is off to a good start.


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foundThirteen-year-old Jonah has always known that he was adopted, and he’s never thought it was any big deal. Then he and a new friend, Chip, who’s also adopted, begin receiving mysterious letters. The first one says, “You are one of the missing.” The second one says, “Beware! They’re coming back to get you.”

Jonah, Chip, and Jonah’s sister, Katherine, are plunged into a mystery that involves the FBI, a vast smuggling operation, an airplane that appeared out of nowhere — and people who seem to appear and disappear at will. The kids discover they are caught in a battle between two opposing forces that want very different things for Jonah and Chip’s lives.

Do Jonah and Chip have any choice in the matter? And what should they choose when both alternatives are horrifying? http://www.haddixbooks.com

Excellent book


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booksSo many students approach me during the year looking for a good book.  I decided to dedicate a post to books from our middle school library collection that I have read this year and recommend to my students.  I will continually add to the list so make sure to check back often.  I welcome suggestions for me to add to the list◊

Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E. L. Konigsburg
Storm Thief by Chris Wooding
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
So B. It by Sarah Weeks
Tangerine by Edward Bloor
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
Framed by Malcolm Rose
Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
Aquamarine by Alice Hoffman
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – Book Trailer
Pigman and Me by Paul Zindel
Peak by Roland Smith
The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Silver Child by Cliff McNish
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Savvy by Ingrid Law
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements
Flight #116 is Down! by Caroline B. Cooney

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turnabout1Did you ever see video run backwards so that it looks like something happened in reverse? There is a commercial that shows a fire, and it runs backwards so that the house becomes complete again. There is another that shows a messy stain on a shirt, and the tape reverses so that the stain disappears. Well, what if you could reverse the life of a human being in the same way, so that a person would grow young again? That is exactly what happens in this book.

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