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The Wanderer

Bibliographic Information: Creech, S. (2000). The Wanderer. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers

Short Annotation: Sophie was given the opportunity to go out to sea with her Uncles and Cousins to go visit Bompie who lived in England. They would be gone for months, but Sophie was really eager. Though it took a while for them to get started going out on sea because they needed to prepare everything, but once they got out there, Sophie was excited and couldn’t wait to get to England. But of course, with every adventure, challenges come along the way.

Genre:  Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Grade level: Third grade.

Audience: Students would enjoy this book.

Personal response and rating: I give this book an eight. I really liked how Sophie wanted to go out on open sea, with her Uncles and Cousins. Going to England on a boat, would be adventurous because you would see things that you couldn’t see every day. Sophie was given an experience of a life time and she enjoyed every minute of it.

Question: Have you ever been on a boat?

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The Great Hamster Massacre

Bibliographic Information: Davies, K. (2010). The Great Hamster Massacre. New York, London, Toronto, Sydney: Beach Lane Books

Short Annotation: Anna and Tom have always wanted a pet hamster. They kept begging their mom for one, but she kept telling them no. One day, she finally gave in and bought them each a hamster. One of their hamsters had babies, but when Anna and Tom woke up, they found them dead. Anna and Tom must figure out what happened to their hamsters.

Genre: Nonfiction.

Grade level: Second to Third grade.

Audience: Students would like this book.

Personal Rating and Response: I give this book a rating of seven. I liked how these two children  wanted to find out what happened to their pet hamsters and they did not give up until they found out what happened.

Question: Do you have any pets?

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Where the Wild Things Are

Bibliographic Information: Sendak, M. (1963). Where the Wild Things Are. United States: Harper and Row

Short Annotation: Max was sent to his room after showing bad behavior in his house. When he was in his room, it turned into a jungle. In this jungle, he met a bunch of different creatures, known as the wild things. They made him the king of the jungle. When it was time for him to go home, they did not want him to leave, even though he wanted to.

Genre: Nonfiction.

Grade Level: Third grade.

Audience: Students would like this book.

Personal rating and response: I give this book a rating of seven. I think how this book showed how imagination can play a great part in a young child’s life but can also serve as a life lesson.

Question: Do you use your bedroom as an imaginative place?

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The Hungry Coat

Bibliographic Information: Demi (2004). The Hungry Coat. New York, London, Toronto, Sydney: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Short Annotation: Nasrettin was invited to a party at one of his friend’s homes. Once he got there, he was ignored the entire time. He went home and came up with a solution to fix the problem. The next day he went back, and was invited in and everyone talked to him this time. His figured out that people admired his coat, but not his personality.

Genre: Folklore.

Grade Level: Third to Fifth grade.

Audience: Students would like this book.

Personal Rating and Response: I give this book a rating of seven. I liked how Nasrettin showed and taught his friends a lesson. They admired his coat but not his personality. He told them that what someone wears should not matter, but it’s the personality that matters. He taught that lesson to them and they learned to appreciate him better.

Question: Do you respect your friends?

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As Luck Would Have It

Bibliographic Information: San Souci, R.D. (2008). As Luck Would Have It. Atlanta: August House LittleFolk

Short Annotation: Jonas and Juniper were left at home after their parents went to take care of their sick grandmother. They had to be responsible and take on the daily chores. Things kept going wrong for them, then to top it off they were robbed. Jonas and Juniper must figure out how to get their money back as well as fix their mistakes before their parents come back.

Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction.

Grade Level: Third to Fifth grade.

Audience: Students would like this book.

Personal Rating and Response: I give this book a rating of eight. I liked how this book showed two young teenagers taking on the responsibilities of the household chores when their parents were away. I liked how they took care of their actions by fixing whatever mistakes they had made.

Question: What kind of chores do you have to do?

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The Knight, the Princess of the Magic Rock

Bibliographic Information: Azizi, S. (2012). The Knight, the Princess of the Magic Rock. Bloomington, Indiana: Wisdom Tales

Short Annotation: One day a knight named Bijan was sent to help farmers. Along the way, he came upon a castle, where a princess was. They ended up falling in love and the princess’s father found out and trapped Bijan under a rock. Now the princess must figure out a way to save her true love.

Genre: Folklore.

Grade Level: Third grade to Fifth grade.

Audience: Students would like this book.

Personal rating and response: I give this book a rating of seven. I liked how this book portrayed a love story and how the princess was willing to save the prince from underground.

Question: Who do you love?

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The Origin of Life on Earth

Bibliographic Information: Anderson, D. (1993). The Origin of Life on Earth. MT. Airy, MD.: Sights Productions

Short Annotation: Obatala was sent down from the sky to earth one day. Once he was on earth, he began to form life. He created plants, land, and even humans and this was done through seeds, palm kernels and maize.

Genre: Folklore

Grade Level: Second through Third grade.

Audience: Students would like this book.

Personal Rating and Response: I give this book a rating of five. I liked how this book showed a different view of how life was formed.

Question: How do you think earth was created?