Materials for Children reading project

This is a list all of the book I read for my Materials for Children class this summer. 45 books in total. I’ve only given you titles and authors because the write ups do not transpose properly for my blog. The ones I definitely recommend have recommended beside them.

  1. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
  2. The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles (Recommended)
  3. Africa Dream by Eloise Greenfield
  4. My Name is/ Me llamo Grabriella by Moniea Brown
  5. In My Family/En Mi Familia by Carmen Lomas Garza
  6. Radio Man by Arthur Dorros
  7. The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin
  8. The Chief’s Blanket by Michael Chanin (Recommended)
  9. Dumpling Soup by Jama Kim Rattigan (Recommended)
  10. The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks by Katherine Paterson (Recommended)
  11. Madeline’s Rescue by Ludwig Benelmans
  12. The Class from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler (Recommended)
  13. When Mom Turned into a Monster by Joanna Harrison
  14. The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco (Recommended)
  15. B is for Bookworm: A Library Alphabet by Anita C. Prieto (Recommended)
  16. The Treasury of Poetry for Children by Susie Gibbs
  17. The Random House Book of Poetry for Children by Jack Prelutsky
  18. Leaves from a Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson (Recommended)
  19. Bright Star Shining: Poems for Christmas edited by Michael Harrison & Christopher Stuart-Clark
  20. Eric Carle’s Animals Animals by Laura Whipple
  21. Allergic to My Family by Liza Ketchum Murrow
  22. Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World by Cynthia Chin-Lee (Recommended)
  23. Anastasia Has the Answers by Lois Lowry
  24. The Bridge to Never Land by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson (Recommended)
  25. The Butler Gets a Break by Kristin Clark Venuti
  26. The Case of the Gasping Garbage by Michele Torrey
  27. The Clueless Girl’s Guide to Being a Genius by Janice Repka
  28. The First Baking Book by Helen Drew (Recommended)
  29. Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci (Recommended)
  30. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (Recommended)
  31. The Hidden Message by Lois Walfrid Johnson
  32. The Hidden World of Fairies by Wending Darling, Tennant Redbank, and A. Picksey (Recommended)
  33. In the Realm of the Never Fairies: the Secret World of Pixie Hollow by Monique Peterson (Recommended)
  34. Loch by Paul Zindel
  35. Magic Below Stairs by Caroline Stevermer
  36. Merlin  by Jane Yolen
  37. The Monster Garden by Vivien Alcock
  38. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic by Betty MacDonald (Recommended)
  39. The Mystery of Drear House by Virginia Hamilton
  40. Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist: Flight of the Phoenix by R. L. LaFevers (Recommended, and part of a series)
  41. Pink Princess Cookbook by Barbara Berry (Recommended)
  42. Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George
  43. Redwall by Brian Jacques (Recommended)
  44. Two-Minute Bedtime Stories
  45. Vampires Don’t Wear Polka Dots by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones (Recommended, and part of a series)

© Cori Endicott July 19, 2013

YA Lit class project, pt. 2

This is part 2 of the reading did for my Young Adult literature class:

v  Title #13: Hatchet

  • a. Author: Gary Paulsen
  • b. Recommended Audience:      *****
  • c. Reading Recommendation:     Adolescent Boys
  • d. Curriculum Connections:         Character building, survival training
  • e. Review: Brian is lost in the wilderness when the small aircraft he is riding in crashes. He much learn to survive using the hatchet his mom gave him.
  • Evaluation: All the survival techniques he uses are real, accurately portrayed, and appropriate for the circumstances.

v  Title #14: Entwined

  • Author: Heather Dixon
  • Recommended Audience: High school girls
  • Reading Recommendation:         ****
  • Curriculum Connections: Family, trust, death, and obedience
  • Review: After their mother dies, twelve young princesses reluctantly begin their year of mourning whilst their absentee father goes off to war. The girls live for dancing, something that is now verboten. They find a hidden place within the palace where they are allowed to dance in secret, but what price will this freedom come at?
  • Evaluation: The girls must learn the hard way about being so trusting, and even though he may not show it, their father loves them no matter what.

v  Title #15: Sister Mischief

  • Author: Laura Goode
  • Recommended Audience: High school, LGBT teens, hip-hop lovers
  • Reading Recommendation:         ***
  • Curriculum Connections: LGBT, music theory, music appreciation and interpretation
  • Review: This book is about four friends who are trying to start a positive hip-hop club where straights and gays can come together in peace and safety to discuss the genre in their conservative, majority White town.
  • Evaluation: I personally did not care for the language, sex, and mild drug use in this book. However, this book is very positive towards gays and the gay youth may appreciate it.

v  Title #16: The Book of Mordred

  • Author: Vivian Vande Velde
  • Recommended Audience:           *****
  • Reading Recommendation:         Middle school and up
  • Curriculum Connections: British medieval history; Arthurian legends
  • Review: This book tells the history of Mordred from the points of view of three different women. It brings in some of the well-known theories regarding Arthur, Merlin, Camelot, and what happened to them all.
  • Evaluation: I’ve always been a fan of the Arthurian legends and the theories on what happened to the main characters. This would be a good addition to an Arthurian-love collection.

v  Title #17:      Race Across Alaska

  • Author: Libby Riddles and Tim Jones
  • Recommended Audience: High school
  • Reading Recommendation: ****
  • Curriculum Connections: Ambition, Training for an endurance race
  • Review:                This book is about the story of the first woman to win the Iditarod.
  • Evaluation: This book is inspiring and the format teaches as well as entertains.

v  Title #18: The Canterbury Papers

  • Author: Judith Koll Healey
  • Recommended Audience: High School
  • Reading Recommendation: **
  • Curriculum Connections: General Reading, Historical figures of France and England
  • Review:                A lesser French royal is called upon by Eleanor of Aquitaine to retrieve letter she had written to the Archbishop of Canterbury. These letters could bring down her son from the English throne is discovered.
  • Evaluation: This book was really difficult to get into. I didn’t really enjoy it.

v  Title #19: Magic or Madness

  • Author: Justine Larbaletier
  • Recommended Audience: Middle School and up
  • Reading Recommendation: *****
  • Curriculum Connections: General reading
  • Review:                A young girl and her mother are on the run from her wicked witch of a grandmother. When she ends up in her grandmother’s care, she escapes but some transports herself far away. There she must decide whether or not to go back to her grandmother or risk her life in the care of her bad-vibe-giving grandfather.
  • Evaluation: This book left so many questions unanswered. I hope there is a sequel that will answer my questions.

v  Title #20: Zazoo

  • Author: Richard Mosher
  • Recommended Audience: Immigrant and adopted kids
  • Reading Recommendation: **
  • Curriculum Connections: World War II, Vietnam War, Adoption, Hatred, Antisemetism
  • Review:                This is a story about a Vietnamese orphan who was adopted by a Frenchman and brought up in France. She befriends a strange boy who asks questions about another citizen. She does her own investigation and discovers the truth about her adopted parent and the village she was raised in.
  • Evaluation: The book was hard to get into and on more than one occasion I wanted to put the book down because I was bored.

v  Title #21: Speaking from Among the Bones

  • Author: Alan Bradley
  • Recommended Audience: High School
  • Reading Recommendation: ****
  • Curriculum Connections: General reading, Great for Mystery Lovers
  • Review:                Flavia de Luce is a mini Sherlock Holmes and had aided the police on several occasions when they don’t know in which direction to go in. When the church organist is found dead in the tomb of the church’s namesake saint, the questions begin to pile up quickly.
  • Evaluation: I was hooked from the first chapter. I will definitely be looking up the author’s other books.

v  Title #22: First People: an Illustrated History of American Indians

  • Author: David C. King
  • Recommended Audience: Middle School & High School
  • Reading Recommendation: *****
  • Curriculum Connections: American History, Native American History
  • Review: This book is very interesting. It goes over the history and theories surrounding all the Native American tribes and what the descendents are up to now.
  • Evaluation: This book would be good for research as well as general reading. There are lots of illustrations to facilitate understanding.

v  Title #23: Frozen Secrets: Antarctica Revealed

  • Author: Sally M. Walker
  • Recommended Audience: Late Elementary and Middle School
  • Reading Recommendation: *****
  • Curriculum Connections: Geography, Earth Science, International Relations
  • Review:                This book is about the history and evolution of Antarctica, and all the scientific research that is going on down there. Despite looking like a picture book, this book would be great as a research source or for general nonfiction reading.
  • Evaluation: This was a VERY educational book. What is going on down on Antarctica is proof of what happens when everyone comes together and work toward the greater good.

v  Title #24: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

  • Author: Laurie R. King
  • Recommended Audience: Middle School and up
  • Reading Recommendation: ****
  • Curriculum Connections: General Reading, Using a well-known literary character in a different setting with a different author
  • Review:                This story is written from the point of view of a fifteen year old girl who becomes friends with Sherlock Holmes after he’s retired from being a Consulting Detective, and he wasn’t fictional but really did live around the turn of the last century.
  • Evaluation: This book is an interesting concept. The story is dense and not a quick read.

Young Adult Lit class project, pt. 1

For my Young Adult Literature class this summer, I had to read 24 books total from various genres. The project was split into two parts. The following list is the first part of the project.

Books 1-12

  1. Title #1: The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds
    1. Author:                Paul Zindel
    2. Recommended Audience: High School
    3. Reading Recommendation: **
    4. Curriculum Connections: Family, Drama, Psychology, Science, Biology, Earth Science
    5. Review:                This play is about a young girl who is trying her best in school despite having self-centered mother who is constantly coming up with get-rich-quick-schemes.
    6. Evaluation: This play goes back and forth between the mother’s monologues about how she used to be something and still would be if it weren’t for her kids, and her children trying to have as normal of an adolescence as possible.
  2. The Chocolate War
    1. Author: Robert Cormier
    2. Recommended Audience: High School
    3. Reading Recommendation: ***
    4. Curriculum Connections: Peer Pressure, School Spirit, Manipulation, Fundraising
    5. Review: The annual chocolate fundraiser becomes interesting for the boys when the school’s enforcer group try to turn it into a farce and then a fierce competition.
    6. Evaluation: This book is told through multiple points of view from the boys in the book and gives an inside look at how they truly feel about the school fundraiser.
  3. Title: Amelia Lost: the Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart
    1. Author: Candace Fleming
    2. Recommended Audience: Middle School
    3. Reading Recommendation: ****
    4. Curriculum Connections: Biography, American heroes, U.S. History, Geography
    5. Review: This book combs through the historical data on Amelia Earhart and presents the information in a chronological order.
    6. Evaluation: The amount and the quality of the research done for this book is excellent and allows the book to be very informative.
  4. Title: House of Stairs
    1. Author: William Sleator
    2. Recommended Audience: Middle School
    3. Reading Recommendation: ***
    4. Curriculum Connections: Literature, Story Hour
    5. Review: This book fits right in with 1984 and Animal Farm.
    6. Evaluation: It was quite frightening how easily the author made it seem that humans can be trained and manipulated. Very thought provoking.
  5. Title: The Time Machine
    1. Author: H. G. Wells
    2. Recommended Audience: Middle School & High School
    3. Reading Recommendation: *****
    4. Curriculum Connections: Literature, British Literature, British Authors
    5. Review: An alleged time traveler regales his companions with his alleged travels to the future.
    6. Evaluation: This book is a classic and there are many cultural references today because of it, so it should be read.
  6. Title: One More River
    1. Author: Lynne Reid Banks
    2. Recommended Audience: High School
    3. Reading Recommendation: ****
    4. Curriculum Connections: Social Studies, History, Current Events/Recent Events
    5. Review: A Jewish-Canadian girl gets plucked out of her cushy life when her parents decide to immigrate to Israel.
    6. Evaluation: This book gives an inside look at what it is like to be only a river away from a culture that wishes genocide on you and what it is like to go through a war with the aforementioned culture.
  7. Title: Ender’s Game
    1. Author: Orson Scott Card
    2. Recommended Audience: High School
    3. Reading Recommendation: *****
    4. Curriculum Connections: Problem-solving, Peer Pressure, Manipulation
    5. Review: Gifted child Ender is chosen for training because of his aptitude to command the fleet of starships against an alien race bent on destroying humanity.
    6. Evaluation: This book keeps your attention and doesn’t hit you over the head with points, has subtlety.
  8. Title: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
    1. Author: Douglas Adams
    2. Recommended Audience: No one under High School
    3. Reading Recommendation: ****
    4. Curriculum Connections: Being yourself, Cool people shouldn’t always be followed, the Geeks are usually having the best time
    5. Review: Human Arthur Dent joins best friend and alien Ford Prefect on a Hitchhiker’s Trip across that galaxy with runaway Galaxy President Zaphod Beeblebrox who has just stolen the greatest starship to have ever been built.
    6. Evaluation: This book at times becomes very confusing to read, but never stops being interesting.
  9. Title: Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator
    1. Author: Jennifer Allison
    2. Recommended Audience: Middle School
    3. Reading Recommendation: *****
    4. Curriculum Connections: Family, Suicide, Mental Illness, Creativity, Ambition
    5. Review: An ambitious young girl goes to visit distant relations and helps solve a family mystery.
    6. Evaluation: This book teaches children, especially girls, not to be afraid to try new ideas and figure out your passions.
  10. Title: Who Am I Without Him?: Short Stories about Girls and the Boys in Their Lives
    1. Author: Sharon G. Flake
    2. Recommended Audience: African-American High School girls and boys
    3. Reading Recommendation: ***
    4. Curriculum Connections: Modern African-American culture, Relationships between boys and girls, Ownership, Self-esteem, Self-respect, Dating
    5. Review: This book gives semi-fictional accounts of the types of relationships young Africa-American teens go through.
    6. Evaluation: I found this book very sad and concerning. It really shows how good role models are needed for all youth.
  11. Title: The Case of the Baker Street Irregular
    1. Author: Robert Newman
    2. Recommended Audience: Middle School
    3. Reading Recommendation: ****
    4. Curriculum Connections: General Reading, Character Evolution with new author
    5. Review: An orphan is taken to London by his handler. The handler is subsequently kidnapped, leaving the orphan to fend for himself. He meets up with other street children and ends up doing a job for the infamous Sherlock Holmes. In the mean time, he is trying to get his own mystery solved.
    6. Evaluation: This book was a very interesting take on a well-known character by a new author. This author stayed true to the Holmes makeup.
  12. Title: The Silver Kiss
    1. Author: Annette Curtis Klause
    2. Recommended Audience: High School girls
    3. Reading Recommendation: ****
    4. Curriculum Connections: Family Illness, Hormones, Family Death
    5. Review: A teen whose mother is dying and her dad’s in denial befriends a vampire who is trying to track down and kill the other vampire responsible for killing his mother. They form a unique bond.
    6. Evaluation: This book stuck to the original canon for vampires. Not Bath and Body Works sparkle body lotion. This book also shows family dynamics when a loved one is dying.

© Cori Endicott July 19, 2013