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Book Talk Monday! (10/9 Edition)

Book Talk Monday Tuesday!

Son by Lois Lowry~

I was so excited when I found out that Lois Lowry was publishing another book in The Giver trilogy. I picked up Son on Sunday and am already halfway through it. Reading about the world of The Giver again is like picking up a conversation with an old friend; it doesn’t take long to get the chemistry going again. So far, it seems like Lowry has created yet another character, Claire, who is as real and fascinating as the others she’s created in this series. It’s inspiring to begin this book as we enter our character unit this year.

If you’re interested in this series, you should definitely start with The Giver. It sets the tone for the others, and will help you understand them more completely. It’s also a fantastic book on its own. It won the Newbery Medal in 1994. Here’s a great amateur book trailer that captures some of its big ideas nicely without giving too much away:

If you decide to read The Giver, you HAVE TO talk to me when you finish it. Some of my favorite conversations with readers are about the ending to this book. Personally, I love how Lowry wrote the ending – but not everyone does! 🙂


Monday Book Tally 10/1

Last week, I mentioned Rebecca Stead’s Liar and Spy during a mini-lesson. I finished it this week, and my post-it work involving Seurat’s painting definitely paid off! It will be in our class library this morning. I’m eager to hear some of your opinions about the book. I would also encourage you to follow the trail of post-its that I started with you in class.

This week, I’m reading some non-fiction. I bought Tony Wagner’s new book called Creating Innovators. I’m going to hear Wagner speak later this month, and his new book sounds interesting. I bought the e-book version that also has embedded videos and links. I like how a book about innovation is itself innovative!

So, now it’s your turn… I know from our discussions that many people finished books in the last week. Here’s our tally:

Core 1: 9

Core 2: 12

Core 3: 21

Core 4: 10

Here are a few popular titles:

Amulet series

Bone series

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Little House on the Prairie series

Cirque Du Freak series

Loser List series by H.N. Kowitt

The Elements by Theodore Gray

Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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