Posts Tagged ‘Wendelin Van Draanen’

I met with the Book Club this past week to give them their third book of the year….Wendelin Van Draanen’s The Running Dream. The selection is realistic fiction and I hope they like it as much as I do.

Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She’s not comforted by the news that she’ll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run?

As she struggles to cope with crutches and a first cyborg-like prosthetic, Jessica feels oddly both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don’t know what to say, act like she’s not there. Which she could handle better if she weren’t now keenly aware that she’d done the same thing herself to a girl with CP named Rosa. A girl who is going to tutor her through all the math she’s missed. A girl who sees right into the heart of her.

With the support of family, friends, a coach, and her track teammates, Jessica may actually be able to run again. But that’s not enough for her now. She doesn’t just want to cross finish lines herself—she wants to take Rosa with her.

Excellent Book

I couldn’t find a book trailer that I liked for this one so I decided to create my own.


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flippedWhen Juli met her new neighbor Bryce, in second grade, she fell in love and he felt exactly the opposite. She loved his bright blue eyes and long black hair. He was the most popular guy in school.  He hated her ‘know-it-all attitude’ and thought she was just plain weird.  She knew the answer to everything and raised chickens in her backyard. For the past five years Juli has been chasing after Bryce while he has been avoiding her. Then everything flips. Bryce does some things that he regrets and causes Juli to hate him. Juli says, “I felt a cold, hard knot tighten in my heart. I was through with Bryce.” At the same time Bryce falls in love with Juli and  realizes there’s more to her than meets the eye.  Bryce says, ” I’d spent so many years avoiding Juli that I never really looked at her, but now I couldn’t stop.” Will they end up together or will she hate him forever? Find out in Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen.

Very good book

Can’t see the video below? Try this link.

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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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