Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code
A book review from Rylie, 4th grade.

What are these two books about?
They are about a girl named Sophia and she’s in a coding club with her BFFs and they have the best times together. They hang out a lot, but then they’re participating in their first robot hackathon and they have to do lots of teamwork to be in this hackathon. They are excellent at coding and that’s all thanks to their coding teacher Mrs. Clark.

What did you like best about this book? Why?
All of it was just amazing I am speechless because of how much you learn about coding.
Who would like this book? Is it only for girls, or would boys like it too? Why?
Boys might not take this book because of its cover, it says girls who code but I think maybe a boy might like this book. I think any people who code will really like this.

What did the author of this book do to keep you interested?
After something there will a part that will be amazing and it was awesome I loved the book it was cool how you just keep on learning things. It’s really good.

What was your favorite part of the book and why?
All of it was amazing but my favorite part was chapter 4 because it was the most part of learning and understanding coding.

What did you learn about coding while reading this book?
You learn a lot about coding in this book like you could make a robot just by coding.

Team BFF: Race to the Finish! #2 by Stacia Deutsch; Foreword by Reshma Saujani

Code It! Create It! by Sarah Hutt

Social Media Impact

Hey friends! So, I took to Twitter and Instagram on Sunday night to ask what everyone's current FAVORITE middle grade chapter book and picture book are! The results blew me away, mainly because there are SO MANY overlaps! I love that everyone has a different reason for loving the same book, or that I found books I hadn't even heard of! 
You can find the thread HERE

If you are looking for some new classroom novels to put into your 4th/5th grade classrooms or picture books to use for #classroombookaday - I compiled the list for you! 

Cassie's Back to School Reads

Let’s be Real


               My reading life has definitely plummeted since coming back to work. Not only coming back to work, but also having a crazy two year old at home who constantly yells at me, “Mama, get up! No book!” Unless, of course, it’s a book HE chose and wants to read.

       This equal parts makes me happy that I am so much closer to home and get more time with Gunner and also sad that my Audible time is completely obsolete. I can’t believe in two months I only read EIGHT books total. This is not okay, but I’m trying! 
Okay -- let's talk about the books I have read. GIF format?! :) 

Good Dog by Dan Gemeinhart


Ban This Book by Alan Gratz


Caleb and Kit by Beth Vrabel

The Way to Bea by Kat Yah

Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

The War I Finally Won by KBB

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness


Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds


Student/Teacher Dual Review - The Swallow by Charis Cotter

Here we are looking scared because this book was creepy!

  • What is The Swallow about?
    • Finlay’s answer: The Swallow is about two kids, Rose and Polly who are completely different. Rose is a girl that looks like she could be a ghost.Polly is a girl that has a big family and likes to be alone.Together they start to solve a mystery what they find out will be strange.

    • Mrs. Kuehler’s answer: Two girls, Rose and Polly are neighbors and they couldn’t be more different. One is quiet and looks like she could be a ghost. The other is outgoing and energetic. The two do become friends and try to solve a mystery together. What they end up finding out will blow you away…

  • Who do you think would like this book? Do you have to enjoy scary books to enjoy this book?
    • Finlay’s answer: I think if you are the kind of person that likes scary books that have a big mystery you’ll like this book. This book has it’s scary moments and not that scary moments.

    • Mrs. Kuehler’s answer: I think fans of Goosebumps might like this if they want something a little more than just a scary tale. This book definitely had it’s moments where it was scary, but by the end it didn’t feel as scary and I appreciated that. You definitely don’t have to be a huge fan of scary books to enjoy this one.

  • There are two main characters in this book. How are they alike and how are they different?
    • Finlay’s answer: Well, Polly and Rose aren’t that alike. Rose is small and ghost like some people think that’s she’s scary.Rose has long crazy hair and a pale face.Polly couldn’t look more alive she has straight brown hair and rosy cheeks.Polly is always anxious or wanting to be alone. Rose can see ghosts and Polly wants to see ghosts. Rose wishes she didn’t see ghosts she hates seeing them.Polly wants to stand out but it seems like no one notices her. Rose wants to blend in but she stands out.

    • Mrs. Kuehler’s answer: Rose and Polly couldn’t be more different. Rose is okay with blending in and not standing out, in fact she tries hard not to stand out because she doesn’t want what happened to her aunt to happen to her. Rose can see ghosts, like her aunt could, and she hates it.  Polly works hard to stand out because she lives with a loud, boisterous family.  Polly is dying to see a ghost and wishes she could see them like Rose can.

  • Without giving anything away, was the ending a surprise?
    • Finlay’s answer: Yes, very.The twist was very surprising I thought if that was going to happen it’d be the other way around.The twist was kind of sad and exciting

    • Mrs. Kuehler’s answer: YES! I did not see the twist coming and that just made me love the story more. I like it when an author can surprise me.

  • If you were to talk with the author, what would you want to know?
    • Finlay’s answer: I would want to know where she got the idea for the twist and the characters.
    • Mrs. Kuehler’s answer: I would want to know if she based the characters of Rose and Polly on anyone she knows and where she got the idea for the book.

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IMWAYR 11.6.17

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It's been a few weeks since our last IMWAYR post. We're in the dredges of the school year, and it's generally around this time that my reading seems to slip. This year, it can't happen because I'm a CYBILS judge. Although you'll notice I'm reading a non-Cybils book right now. I've found that every 4-5 books, I need to read something just for me. 

I'm reading S.T.A.G.S., an edge-of-your-seat mystery that takes place over the course of a weekend at a Medieval estate in England. Greer, a pariah at her prestigious boarding school, receives an exclusive invitation for three days of "Huntin', Shootin', and Fishin.' Unable to turn it down, she finds herself in the middle of an ages-long tradition.

Amber is reading my favorite Neal Shusterman book. I have 6 copies of this book in my classroom and they are ALWAYS checked out. 

In a world ruled by the Thunderhead, Scythes hold a prestigious power-they have the ability to save or end your life. When Citra and Rowan are tapped to train for the Scythedom they begin to reveal corruption in their perfect world.

As always, be sure to check out Kelle's blog for more. And hopefully, we'll see many of you next week in St. Louis at NCTE!

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