Posts Tagged ‘Things Not Seen’

lifeThe WJMS Book Club met Thursday afternoon to discuss Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life As We Knew It. The group has been blogging about the book since they received it last month and the general consensus has been they loved it. Since survival is a big part of the book, I challenged the kids to put together a survival kit that would fit in a shoebox. The rationale for the small size was that in the event of an emergency, you may only have time to grab one thing. I then divided the large group into smaller groups to talk about the discussion questions. Since the one item students didn’t like about the book was the ending, I also had students to participate in a poll to predict what happened to Miranda’s family. I showed the students the author’s blog, gave a summary of the companion novel The Dead and the Gone, and talked about the last book in the trilogy coming out in April called This World We Live In. The group was very surprised to learn I had received an email response from the author about her new book. I told the club we may receive an ARC (Advance Reader’s Copy) of her new book before it comes out so that we will be able to find out Miranda’s fate before everyone else. She closed her email with a special hello to the Bookworms. To close the meeting I revealed our next book club selection would be Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements and showed them the book trailer. They are all looking forward to receiving the next novel.


About the Author
The Dead and the Gone
This World We Live In
Author’s blog


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thingsnotseenThings start to go wrong for fifteen-year-old Bobby Phillips the day he wakes up and finds he’s invisible. When his parents, the only ones who know his secret, are involved in a car accident and need a hospital stay, Bobby has a double problem: find a way to become visible again, and do it before the state authorities, who are worried about him being home alone, find out. Can Bobby and his blind friend-turning-girlfriend Alicia make him visible again before the nosy social worker causes problems for his parents?


Very good book

WJMS Book Club selection for 2009-2010 school year

Trivia Quiz


Lesson Plan

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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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