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Addison Cooke and the Tomb of the Khan - Review and Tour

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“What to give the kid who’s read all the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson books? Try  Addison Cooke. ”  –Parents Magazine   ADDISON COOKE AND THE TOMB OF THE KHAN By Jonathan W. Stokes Teacher review:  The first thing that got me hooked in wanting to read this series was the description of " The Goonies meets Indiana Jones."  My only downfall is that I'm not 100% sure half my students know what the Goonies are or even Indiana Jones for that matter so that would lead into a whole different discussion.  Addison Cooke and the Tomb of the Khan is the second installment in the series. As a teacher, series are a dream for  majority of stories. Especially those that involve adventures and journeys led by a kid their age.  The imaginative description of Addison's adventures are sure to have kids hooked from the start. Not only are they trying to keep treasure from falling into the wrong hands, they also have rescues that have to occur. This story is ACT

Girls Who Code

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Girls Who Code A book review from Rylie, 4 th 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

Social Media Impact

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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

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Let’s be Real via GIPHY                 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 via GIPHY Ban This Book by Alan Gratz via GIPHY Caleb and Kit by Beth Vrabel via GIPHY The Way to Bea by Kat Yah via GIPHY via GIPHY Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste via GIPHY The War I Finally Won by KBB via GIPHY A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness via GIPHY via GIPHY Long Wa

Student/Teacher Dual Review - The Swallow by Charis Cotter

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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

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

"The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street" one line reviews

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 Hello!  My fourth graders are listening to The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsey Currie and we are about halfway through the book (LOVING IT!). As class, we all wrote one line reviews expressing what we think so far of the story...  Enjoy!  Mrs. Kuehler - Super-duper scary (in a good way) and is making my skin crawl! Aden - It sounds so creepy (in the best way possible!) Rylie - It’s very intense and super scary and it’s making me have goosebumps. It’s super creepy gives me shivers. Chris - It’s scary and   its   making me feel like my house is haunted. I turned my Xbox off one time and it came   back on. Drake - Very scary and quirky. It makes my heart beat very fast. Emma - It is very intense and I feel like I’m in the story.    It gives me goosebumps and I can’t believe that her sketchbook has been drawn in!!?!? Walker - It sometimes really freaks me out, and other times I am not scared at all. Anna - It is thrilling because you

Alone Spotlight Tour & Giveaway

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"A bloody, wonderfully creepy scare ride." –Kirkus Reviews Synopsis: This must-read for lovers of Stephen King's  The Shining  will leave readers breathless as Seda and her family find themselves at the mercy of a murderer in an isolated and snowbound hotel. When her mom inherits an old, crumbling mansion, Seda's almost excited to spend the summer there. The grounds are beautiful and it's fun to explore the sprawling house with its creepy rooms and secret passages. Except now her mom wants to renovate, rather than sell the estate—which means they're not going back to the city...or Seda's friends and school. As the days grow shorter, Seda is filled with dread. They're about to be cut off from the outside world, and she's not sure she can handle the solitude or the darkness it brings out in her. Then a group of teens get stranded near the mansion during a blizzard. Seda has no choice but to offer them shelter, even though she kn