Sunday, November 16, 2014

Author Studies

Selznick, B. (2007). Wonderstruck. NY: Scholastic.
This is the tale of two children in two different places who have many questions about their lives.  They set off alone on a journey to get answers about their lives.  Through the amazing artwork and thoughtful text, we are taken on a journey that weaves through time. We slowly learn about the characters and many mysteries are solved.
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Creech, S. (2001). Love That . NY: HarperCollins.
Love that dog is a simple story told by a young boy who writes short poems to his teacher.  Even though Jack hates poetry, he learns to understand poems and write short poems with great emotion. As he writes his poems, we slowly learn about what is important to him and events in his life that have been hard for him.
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Gaiman, N. (2008). The Graveyard Book. NY: HarperCollins.
Bod is a young boy the lives in the graveyard.  He was raised by the ghosts that haunt the graveyard. He has to quickly learn how to understand how be among the living and the dead and survive the dangers that lie in  both worlds.
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Holm, J. (2014). Comics Squad: Recess! NY: Random House.
This is a hilarious graphic novel that has many short stories from all your favorite author's from this genre. Each story  includes every student's favorite part of school...recess!   This is a very entertaining and quick read...comic book style!
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Collins, S. (2004). Gregor the Overlander. NY: Scholastic.
Gregor is a young boy that starts his usual chore of doing laundry in his apartment building when something amazing happens.  Gregor and his baby sister fall through the grate in the laundry room and land in a mysterious world far underground.  The strange world he lands in is on the brink of a war.  Gregor now begins a journey to save the underworld and find some answers of his own.
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Hale, S. (2008). Rapunzel's Revenge. NY: Bloomsbury.
Rapunzel's Revenge is a graphic novel that is a bit different from your typical Rapunzel fairytale. Rapunzel doesn't wait around to be rescued from the tower, she rescues herself.  She then teams up with Jack to rescue others and do good deeds all over the land.
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Landry, D. (2007). Skulduggery Pleasant. NY: HarperCollins.
Skulduggery Pleasant is a walking, talking skeleton.  He is also a sarcastic and talented detective for the magical world that is all around us but don't see.  With the help of a very crafty 12 year old, Stephanie, they work together to save the world from the evil magical leaders that threaten to destroy it.
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