Wednesday, January 22, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Ok, so it's Wednesday, but here's what I'm reading anyway.

My son is a huge fan of The 39 clues and we are always listening to one in the car. This is the second time we've listened to this one in particular but it's a good one!

Secret of the Night Ponies is another from the Crown list. I am frantically trying to finish these so that I can finish the test which will be given in February. 

Finished this one this week. It's another from the Crown list. 

AR level: 5.1
Grade appropriate: 3rd grade and up

Overall: 3/5-- This book was fine, but not outstanding in any way. It's about a girl who's father is instrumental in the beginning of the Revolutionary War. She and her siblings are left behind with the slaves to run the homestead.
Creativity: 2/5-- It feels very similar to many of the historical fiction written about this time.
Characters: 3/5-- I like Annie fine, but there's not much depth to any of the other characters.
Engrossing: 2/5-- I made myself finish this one so that I could write the questions for the Crown test.
Writing: 2/5-- Nothing special
Appeal to kids: 3/5-- Some kids are really into historical fiction and they will like this book. It will remind them of others that they have read and there's a lot of comfort in that.
Appropriate length to tell the story: It was short and so didn't require a lot of commitment.

Language: none
Sexuality: none
Violence:mild, While the father is away a drunk man comes to the door threatening the family for the father's "treachery" against England. The brothers chase him away and one ends up shooting and killing him. It is not witnessed by Annie and so not described in detail, just talked about after the fact.
Drugs/Alcohol:mild, the only mention is the drunk man who threatens the family.

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