Book Log

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Book Title

Author

E, JR, C

Date Completed

1

Chomp
Carl Hiaasen
JR
Summer 2013

2

The Lost Children
Carolyn Cohagen
JR
Summer 2013

3

The Trouble With Chickens
Doreen Cronin
E
June 2013

4

The Red Blazer Girls The Vanishing Violin
Micheal D. Veil
JR/C
September 2013

5

Peter Nimble and his fantastic eyes
Jonathan Auxier
JR/C
October 30

6

Pictures of Hollis Woods
Patricia Reilly Giff
JR/C
October 28
7
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney
E
November 11
8
Smile
Raina Telgemeir
E
November 13
9
Three Times Lucky
Sheila Turnage
JR/C
December/January
10
The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
JR/C

11
Esperanza Rising
Pam Munoz Ryan
JR/C

12
Catching Fire
Suzanne Collins
JR/C
February
13
Mockingjay
Suzanne Collins
JR/C
February/March
14
Drama
Raina Telgemeir
E
March
15
Joruney to the River Sea

JR/C
March
16
Listening for Lions
Georgia Whelan
JR/C
May
17
Hatchet
Gary Paulsen
JR
June

Mrs. Palmieri recommends...

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Book Title

Author

1

Becoming Naomi Leon
Pam Munoz Ryan

2

Esperanza Rising
Pam Munoz Ryan

3

Paint the Wind
Pam Munoz Ryan

4

Chasing Vermeer
Blue Balliet

5

Once Upon a Marigold
Jean Ferris
February 21, 2014
Ava,

I am so thrilled that you are reading The Hunger Games! I have read the whole series and loved each of books! I am not sure if you have finished yet, so I won't spoil the ending! :) What do you think of Katniss and Peeta being broadcasted as a couple? Do you think it is all fake, or that there are some actual feelings there? Also, why do you think the district decided to change the rules? Do you think they suddenly care about the contestants or that they are just trying to put on an entertaining show?

When you finish the first book I definitely recommend seeing the movie (only if your parents approve, of course :)). It was so fun to see the costumes created for the people living in the capitol. They are all so outrageous and creative! Keep me updated when you finish the book so we can chat!

I hope that you enjoy the rest of your vacation and that we will see you back at school very soon!

Miss. Anderson


Hi Ms. Anderson!


The book I've been reading lately is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This book is about a girl named Katniss Everdeen who lives in District 12 in Panem. There are 12 districts in Panem, and one Captiol in the center. Every year in Panem, there is something called the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is a fight to the death where a chosen boy and girl are picked form each district and brought together to kill eachother in an arena. Of course, no one wants there child to be picked, but when the Reaping comes to District 12 and Katniss's younger sister, Prim is chosen to participate, Katniss steps in to take her place. The boy that was picked in District 12 is Peeta Mellark. He is the baker's son and dosen't have much skill except for hauling flour from place to place. He and Katniss have never really talked, but when there trainors want to broadcast them as a couple, the pair can only say yes. Once the games start, Katniss and Peeta seperate and go in oppsite directions. The number of tributes slowely starts to decease. 24, 16, 12, untill in gets down to 6. Then, there is a change in the rules. If both tributes are still alive, they can BOTH win. This makes Peeta and Katniss want to team up. But will they live to see that there wish is granted? I haven't finished the book yet, but when I'm done, i'll be sure to fill you in.

- Ava



November 14, 2013
Hello Mrs. P!

It stopped raining so I did go out trick or treating! I got loads of candy! I try to read big books and small books. The last couple books I have read were easy. It was nice to take a break from really long books and read some short ones. One of the books I just finished is called Smile by Raina Telgemeier. Lauren recommended this book to me last year and I never got a chance to read it. This book was about a girl named Raina who got hurt and knocked out her 2 front teeth. This story takes you from Raina in middle school, to Raina in high school. If I were the author I would not change the subjects so fast because Raina will be doing 1 thing then on the next page she will be doing something else without any clue that the subject changed. I think the author wrote this book to make sure kids understand that if you have to get brace, or headgear, or even a retainer, that shouldn't stop you from being who you are. Did you ever get braces when you were younger? This is my second time with braces! See you soon!


Yours Truly, Ava


November 11, 2013
Hi Ava-

So what was the verdict? Did you go trick or treating?

I noticed that the last few books on your log you have marked as JR/C- I'm curious how you differentiate between the levels for yourself?


October 31, 2013
Happy Halloween Mrs. P!

I wish that it wasn't raining outside. I might not go trick or treating! If I end up going, i'm going as a 50's girl! I'm so happy that we are going to read Sunwing next. Silverwing was awesome. I just finished reading an MCBA called Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes. This book is about a blind boy named Peter who is raised into a life of crime. One day, Peter comes across 3 magical pairs of eyes that each have a special power. The character I like best is Peter because he is very brave and has learned how to rely on his other senses. I thought this book was unrealistic when Peter traveled to the Vanished kingdom with his friend Sir Tode, who is a cat, man, horse. I noticed that the author was really descriptive with important characters, even though Peter couldn't see them. Would you read this book?

Your amazing student, Ava



October 31, 2013
Hi Ava-

Happy Halloween! Are you going trick or treating tonight, what are you being?

Im glad that the class decided we should read Sunwing next. I think it makes the most sense while the characters are still fresh in our minds, and I'm sure that people are dying to know what will happen between Shade and Goth and whether or not Shade will find his father, Cassiel, once and for all! You might remember that at the beginning of Silverwing we had alternating chapters from Shade and Marina's perspective and then Goth and Throbb. I will give you a big hint that things get a little more complicated in Sunwing, as we end up having Shade chapters, Goth chapters, and Marina chapters! Lots to keep track of. I will also tell you that Chinook is a much more important character in this book then he was in Silverwing.

Thanks for a little bit of info about The Vanishing Violin and I appreciate that you noted that there were parts that were hard to follow. That's really important as a reader that you can notice and identify when parts are hard for you, and then you have to figure out what you should do in order to help it make sense. I think that this is a series- do you think you'll read any more of these mysteries?

I wish I had more time to read MCBAs or any book for that matter- been kind of busy;) I would be happy to give you some recommendations. I'm going to write a couple titles up in your recommendation log, and then come grab me between guided reading groups and I'll pull them for you, and give you some more info.

Your friend,
Mrs.P


October 10, 2013
Hi Mrs.P-
I think we should start reading Sunwing after Silverwing. I love the series, and i'm almost done with my 4th MCBA. Anyways, you were asking about The Red Blazer Girls and the Vanishing Violin? It was very good! This book is about 4 girls named Sofie, Rebecca, Margret, and Leigh-Ann who go to a privet school and solve mysteries together. I found this book hard to follow at times because in the middle of the story when a local violin shop gets robbed and the girls are already on the hunt for another violin. It's hard to keep up with 2 violin mysteries at a time. The character I like best is Margaret because she is so smart and can tackle any logic related crisis.I think the author wrote this book to empower girls to never back down from a challenge ( or in this case a mystery ) even if things get harder along the way. I think you would enjoy this book a lot. I know you have been trying to read lots of MCBAs, are their any that you would recommend for me to read next?



October 5, 2013
Hi Ava-
I'm so glad that you are enjoying Silverwing. When I first read this book, I don't think I ever thought that I would ever root for bats, but I do every time! I hate how the pigeons treat Shade and Marina and love your point about the bacon. So true! I guess that's just nature!

We know that your prediction was right that Goth and Throbb being so much bigger were able to easily catch up with Shade and Marina (and the fact that they were reinvigorated by their meal of all those banded bats). We just started the chapter "Rat". They have flown from the top of the world, to the sewers underneath. They don't seem to be getting a very warm welcome by the rats, and Lucas's prediction about how they look alike might have something to do with that. I can't believe that we only have around 50 pages left of this book! I wonder if people will want me to start reading Sunwing right away or switch to an MCBA?
I see that you finished The Vanishing Violin. I don't know much about that story, maybe you can tell me a little about it in your next letter.

Your friend in reading,
Mrs. P :)


October 1, 2013
Hello Mrs.Palmieri
I love Silverwing so far! I enjoy how in this book, your taking a look at the supposed " bat world " and the conflicts they have with the birds and the beasts.I like the part in the book when Shade and Marina are held captive by a pigeon army in the city because of Throbb and Goth's feast on pigeon. I think its gross to just kill things and eat them! At least when I eat bacon, it was killed before hand! Also, the author got me interested when Shade got blown away by the storm. He should have listened to his mom, but if he did, he wouldn't have met Marina. I predict that Goth and Throbb are not that far from Shade and Marina because Goth and Throbb are fast and are not giving up on those bats. I can't wait to finish Silverwing!

Your favorite and only DelloRusso, Ava








September 26, 2013
Dear Ava,

I am so excited to be sharing Silverwing with you this year as a read aloud. This is definitely one of my all time favorite books, which is probably why I can’t imagine starting a school year without sharing it with my class. *The genre of this book is definitely fantasy since I don’t believe that bats and owls have wars or detailed adventures together. I also consider this to be a genre of my own invention- called Animal Adventure. I love the character Shade; he’s one of my all time favorites. *If I could talk to Shade, I would ask him if he thinks it was worth it to break the law and see the sun, especially after what happens to his colony as a result. What do you think of Silverwing so far?

Your friend in reading,

Mrs. Palmieri J