Monday, May 12, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Genre: Realistic
AR level: 3.6
Grade appropriate: 2nd and up           

Overall: 4/5-- A sweet little book about a girl who's best friend has deserted her for another friend and she turns to reading to cope. She eventually learns that there is a lot going on in this girl's home life although it doesn't go into much detail.

Creativity: 3/5-- Very similar to many books about this age group, but I loved the way Anna read well-known and loved books.

Characters: 4/5-- I liked Anna and her sweet little family. I really liked Ray the crossing guard. This reminds me of my own son who has befriended the custodian at his school.

Engrossing: 3/5-- It's short and so it holds your attention.

Writing: 4/5

Appeal to kids: 5/5-- It's the kind of sweet little book that many 2nd-3rd grade girls really identify with.

Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5

Language: none
Sexuality: none
Violence: none
Drugs/Alcohol: none



Genre: Science Fiction   
AR level: 5.9
Grade appropriate: 4th and up
In library? Yes! We have 4 copies and they are constantly checked out.

Overall: 5/5-- I really did love this book. I was not really looking forward to it, but several of the kids had been telling me how great it was and it’s on the Bluebonnet list this year so I gave it a whirl. Was pleasantly surprised.

Creativity: 5/5-- It’s a dystopic book set under the ocean. Didn’t see that one coming!

Characters: 5/5-- I did truly like the characters. They were likable but still realistic with flaws and lots of mistakes.

Engrossing: 5/5

Writing: 5/5

Appeal to kids: 5/5-- Never on the shelf.

Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5-- A good way to judge this for me is “How many kids are turning this book in unfinished?” Answer: None.

Language: none

Sexuality: mild-- The heroine gets kissed twice.

Violence: medium-- They do have to fight for their lives. A mother gets killed in the beginning trying to save her daughter and there is plenty of fighting against sea creatures looking for a good meal.

Drugs/Alcohol: none

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