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Book Review and Prompts – Call of the Klondike

Call of the Klondike: A True Gold Rush Adventure (Meissner and Richardson, 2013) I’d recommend this book for a a nonfiction literature circle in grades 5 (savvy readers) through 8 (striving readers). It would also be worthy of doing a book talk and placing in a prominent space in the classroom library –in hopes that …Read more

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Be a Nonfiction Book Whisperer – Please!

Anybody read The Book Whisper: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child (Miller, 2009)? Miller reminds us that one of the best ways to teach reading is to provide space and time for students to do a LOT of reading of high-quality texts. She challenged her students to read 40 books in a year and …Read more

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Review and close reading excerpts – Titanic: Voices From the Disaster

“Don’t you know what happens in the end?” My husband could not understand why I wanted to leave the dinner table early to finish this book.   Yes, of course, I know the ending, but Hopkinson’s writing had me in its grip – one of the reasons this book was awarded a Sibert Honor Award for …Read more

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Interview with Marc Aronson, author of Master of Deceit

In a previous blog, I reviewed the YA nonfiction book Master of Deceit: J. Edgar Hoover and AMERICA in the Age of LIES by Marc Aronson, a gripping chronicle of J. Edgar Hoover’s ascent to Director of the Bureau of Investigation in 1924 and his continued reign for the next four decades. Since authority and …Read more

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