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Author

E, JR, C

Date Completed

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Shark attack of 1916
Lauren Tarshis
E/JR
summer

2

The FENWAY FOUL-UP
David A. Kelly
JR
summer

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Little Dog Lost
MARION DANE BAUER
JR
3 Weeks ago

4

White fur flying
Patricia MacLachlam
E
yesterday

5

Silverwing
Kenneth Oppel
read aloud

6

Bad kitty school daze

e
9/18/14
7
11
patricia reilly giff
JR
stopped reading
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Silverwing
Kenneth oppel
JR
10-3-14
9
Sunwing
Kenneth oppel
JR
?
10
Diary of a wimpy kid long hual
Jeff Kinney
JR
?
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Hi coach

I know the year is going by quick as soon as we know it we will the end of the year. I'm really enjoying the lost treasure of tuckernuck. Of coarse they will find the treasure and I think bud will keep all the treasure or they will use all of the treasure to save the school because Laurie will probably start to love the school







Hi Aydin

I can't believe how fast this school year is flying! I am so glad that we read Tortilla Sun too, and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. It reminded me how fun it can be to read a book out loud "cold"- like I have never read it before so I get to ask questions and make predictions right along with you guys. *I'd like to read another book by this author, Jennifer Cervantes,because I enjoyed the beautiful imagery she created when she described the village with such beautiful colors. On page 22 she describes Albuquerque from the airplane- "it looked like brown sandpaper stretched between a giant mountain in the east and a long green ribbon of trees in the west. The river beyond the valley curled back and forth across the landscape as if it were looking for a place to rest." That's one of the many beautiful descriptions I enjoyed.

I'm glad that we made the decision to read another MCBA. I like Tuckernuck so far. I wouldn't say I love it, yet. It's hard when a book doesn't grab you right away. I know many students have mentioned that this book is kind of hard to follow- and I agree. This might be another good reason that we are reading it together so that we can talk about and think about everything that is going on and help each other to understannd. Actually, I think one of the parts I'm struggling with most in the book are the main characters. When I read a book, I tend to like something about the main character right away- Ex. I love Shade and Marina.
In Tuckernuck, I like and feel sympathetic to Bud; his mom is gone, dad seems intense, and other kids seem to think he's kiss up. But Laurie, I just don't like her. I feel like she acts bratty like on page 40 where she says, "Sorry Bud no dice. I found it, okay? All you did was act like a klutz. This paper means treasure, and sorry, I'm not giving it up."

Do you this Laurie is bratty? Do you think Bud is annoying? Do you think they will change through this story?

I would love to hear about your guided reading book or other books you are reading too.

I would especially like it if you could find a quote like I did above to back up your ideas.

Your friend,
Mrs. P:)




Dear Mrs.P
I cant believe that the dad drown when saving the mom.


December 14, 2014
Hello Aydin!

I'm really enjoying Tortilla Sun too! I agree that many books have a problem where a kid especially has to live somewhere they don't want to- and I would add sometimes with a relative that they don't know that well. Those were interesting predictions about what will happen to Izzy's mom. I bet in the end they decide to stay and live in the village near the grandmother. I think the setting of this book, the little village in New Mexico, is important to the story as it's adding to the mystery and fantasy elements of the story. Izzy didn't know that her father had spent time there and that so many people would have known him and I predict that this is going to help her get to know the dad she never knew and maybe solve the mystery of the words on the baseball.


I enjoy that I am reading this with you guys for the first time- it adds to the adventure for me too!

I would like to think that I might get to read a book or two over vacation. It would be a great way to relax, but with the baby I'm guessing I might be too busy :) Sometimes right before Christmas, I like to read my favorite holiday sections of the "Little House" series. Do you know these famous books by Laura Ingalls Wilder? They are the description of her own growing up in the late 1800s in places like Wisconsin, Kansas and South Dakota. I enjoy how simple their life was and I love how she describes their festivities. For example- in
By the Shores of Silver Lake, pg. 180, "Frost was thick on the windowpanes and frost furred the cracks around the door. Thickly against the clear upper edges of the windowpanes the snowflakes fluttered. But lamplight was bright on the red-and-white tablecloth, and the fire glowed behind the open drafts of the stove."

Talk to you soon,
Mrs. P


December 3, 2014

Dear Mrs.P

I'm really exited to read Tortilla sun it sounds really good. It shows that there are other good books out there. I think ill read it my self latter on. Tortilla sun has good description it gives you small hints about what is going to happen. I feel like a lot of books have someone who has live somewhere they don't want to. Tortilla sun feels like it will go by very quickly. I predict that the mom will die and the main character will have to live with her grandmother for ever. or the mom will find a new husband.

Your friend Aydin

November 30, 2014

Dear Aydin,

One of the other MCBAs I read this summer was Capture the Flag. This story captured my attention right away as I have been to see the flag that they were describing being stolen. The real "Star Spangled Banner" is famous for surviving the War of 1812 and can now be seen at a very cool exhibit at the American History Museum (Smithsonian) in Washington D.C. One thing I really like about this book was how it started out with a lot of action and adventure and pulled you as a the reader right in. One thing I would have changed about the story was that it was slow in the middle and I had to push myself to stay interested and to finish it. I assumed that the author would make this into a series and I was interested to find her next two books are called Hide and Seek and Manhunt. I like that her book titles seem to match with games that kids like to play- clever. This book reminded me of several other series where kids work together to have some awesome adventures- like Chasing Vermeer and I.Q. Both books involve stolen famous artifacts or artwork, and if you like creative adventures with kids trying to solve the mysteries you would probably like these books too.

Would you say Fantasy is one of your favorite genres? Do you enjoy animal books? I'm trying to think of some other books that you might really enjoy to read. One of the books that I think you might want to check out is Airborne. This is the second major series written by Kenneth Oppel. This book is definitely a little fantasy, but also feels like a little historical fiction. In it, you need to imagine that airplanes have never been invented and instead people travel the world in giant airships (blimps) which are kind of like cruise ships.The main character is Matt, who's a cabin boy on the "Aurora" an airship, but he dreams of more. Like Shade, he doesn't have a dad and he feels this loss very badly. This book has some very interesting creatures, and pirates! You should check it out!

Talk to you soon,
Mrs. P

November 25,2014

Dear Miss P,

I'm so glad that you read Silverwing, cause I just loved hearing it and reading Sunwing on my own. It was cool to talk about it with Alex and Ryan and have a little secret reading club who met by the mailboxes. The character I disliked was Arcadia because she was bossy and controlling to any new bats who arrived in that forest. She didn't like any bats especially Shade telling her what to do. My favorite character's are Shade,Marina and Ariel.
I like how shade and Marina are always competing.

your friend, Aydin


November 21, 2014

Hi Aydin-

I will do my best to choose an MCBA that would interest the whole class. I see that you have four stickers on the chart, so you only need one more which is great! Maybe you can still set a personal goal of reading another.

I know that you've been reading up a storm, especially all the books in the Silverwing series. Maybe you could tell me a little about what you like about them. Do you enjoy the animals having adventures? Do you like the fantasy element of it? *My favorite character in Silverwing is Marina. I enjoy that she has many opinions and is always saving Shade when he makes impulsive decisions.** *If I could talk to Marina, I would ask her why she always has to rub in Shade's face that she is older and wiser then him.

I see you abandoned Eleven. Maybe you will revisit it sometime- It's a satisfying feeling when you abandon a book but go back and finish it later. As I look at your book log, I see a lot of Easy and Just Right books and wonder if it's time to Challenge yourself with a "C" book. I will put a few choices in your bin.

Right now I am slowly reading The Mark of Athena. I really enjoy Rick Riordan's books (The Lightning Thief, Lost Hero, etc.) I have always LOVED Greek Mythology and was excited to discover a series that included it in modern day situations. I say I am slowly reading as I find myself dozing off at night and also that I'm getting a little bored with the series. I typically love books that are in a series (do you like books in a series?) because I like to have characters that I'm familiar with and can get to know over a series of books. Sometimes I think authors who write very popular series (like J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter) start to write books that get too long and maybe could stand to be edited/revised to make them a more concise story.
The Mark of Athena feels like it's just a recycled version of his other books. Demi god kids having adventures, fighting monsters, trying to solve some giant quest or task by the end of the book. I dislike these parts of the book because I feel like I'm bored of the same thing happening over and over again. I've been told by other kids that I should stick with this book and the rest of the series, and I probably will. I just feel a little stuck right now.

Talk to you soon,
Mrs. P.




Septemder 24, 2014

Dear Mrs.p,

Do you know what MCBA you will be reading next. Please pick one that i have not read yet because they are to long and i dont want to read somthing that is relly long and im no inestred in it.


September 24, 2014

Dear Mrs.P,

Silverwing is adventeres and exiting because its very detailed. I got to the third chapter in Eleven. Eleven sounded good when you talked about it. Its really good so far im enjoying the book alot. The tittle of the book says to me a boy who is 11.I think the ilestrations in Silverwing are good. ps by ilestrations I mean the cover.



September 1, 2014
Dear Aydin,

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