Family Book Club Announcement
Mr. Sangiuliano and I will be hosting the next family book club on Thursday, March 1st from 7:45am to 8:30am. This is a great opportunity for you and your child to be exposed to literature and open a wonderful dialogue. We have decided to read the book with the most holds this school year. We hope you can join us! If you are interested in ordering your own paperback copy you can go to Scholastic Book Clubs and use my class code: GTZ84 for Item #61T4. Please place your order by January 26 so that we can get the books and start reading!
by Gordon Korman
Goodreads summary: Chase’s memory just went out the window.
Chase doesn’t remember falling off the roof. He doesn’t remember hitting his head. He doesn’t, in fact, remember anything. He wakes up in a hospital room and suddenly has to learn his whole life all over again . . . starting with his own name.
He knows he’s Chase. But who is Chase? When he gets back to school, he sees that different kids have very different reactions to his return.
Some kids treat him like a hero. Some kids are clearly afraid of him.
One girl in particular is so angry with him that she pours her frozen yogurt on his head the first chance she gets.
Pretty soon, it’s not only a question of who Chase is–it’s a question of who he was . . . and who he’s going to be.
Watch a Restart book trailer.
This poetry book is on the list of RI Children’s Book Award nominees. If you are trying to be sure you read at least three titles to qualify to vote, this book would be a great choice!
Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems, (2016)
by Bob Raczka
Goodreads summary: Who says words need to be concrete? This collection shapes poems in surprising and delightful ways.
Concrete poetry is a perennially popular poetic form because they are fun to look at. But by using the arrangement of the words on the page to convey the meaning of the poem, concrete or shape poems are also easy to write! From the author of the incredibly inventive Lemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word comes another clever collection that shows kids how to look at words and poetry in a whole new way.
Check out author Bob Raczka’s website.
This is next series is beloved by so many of our readers. Fans of fantasy will really enjoy this. And now they are turning the series into graphic novel form which is equally exciting. I’m hoping the graphic novels may nudge some of our students to give this amazing series a try for themselves. Our talented fourth grader Eilidh (pronounced “Ay-lee”) created the fantastic book trailer below.
Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #1: The Dragonet Prophecy, (2018)
words by Tui T. Sutherland and pictures by Mike Holmes
Goodreads summary: Not every dragonet wants a destiny …
Clay has grown up under the mountain, chosen along with four other dragonets to fulfill a mysterious prophecy and end the war between the dragon tribes of Pyrrhia. He’s not so sure about the prophecy part, but Clay can’t imagine not living with the other dragonets; they’re his best friends.
So when one of the dragonets is threatened, all five spring into action. Together, they will choose freedom over fate, leave the mountain, and fulfill their destiny — on their own terms.
The New York Times bestselling Wings of Fire series takes flight in this first graphic novel edition, adapted by the author with art by Mike Holmes.
Watch the Wings of Fire book trailer by Eilidh.
This next book is on our HMS Mock Caldecott list. However, the other night a group of librarians and teachers chose it as the RI Mock Newbery winner for 2018. It’s on a lot of people’s radar and you probably want to check it out for yourself.
Her Right Foot, (2017)
words by Dave Eggers and pictures by Shawn Harris
Goodreads summary: “I want to hold this book in one hand and a torch in the other and stand on an island someplace so everyone can see.” —Lemony Snicket
If you had to name a statue, any statue, odds are good you’d mention the Statue of Liberty. Have you seen her?
She’s in New York.
She’s holding a torch.
And she’s in mid-stride, moving forward.
In this fascinating, fun take on nonfiction, Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris investigate a seemingly small trait of America’s most emblematic statue. What they find is about more than history, more than art. What they find in the Statue of Liberty’s right foot is the powerful message of acceptance that is essential to an entire country’s creation.
Watch the Her Right Foot book trailer.
Our readers are crazy about the Dog Man books so we are prepared with 5 copies of his latest graphic novel!
Dog Man and Cat Kid (Dog Man #4), (2017)
by Dav Pilkey
Goodreads summary: Hot diggity dog! Dog Man, the newest hero from Dav Pilkey, the creator of Captain Underpants, is back — and this time he’s not alone. The heroic hound with a real nose for justice now has a furry feline sidekick, and together they have a mystery to sniff out! When a new kitty sitter arrives and a glamorous movie starlet goes missing, it’s up to Dog Man and Cat Kid to save the day! Will these heroes stay hot on the trail, or will Petey, the World’s Most Evil Cat, send them barking up the wrong tree?
Watch the Dog Man and Cat Kid book trailer.