These are memes started by Teach Mentor Texts and Book Journey, and I'm excited to participate, along with many other bloggers, in reviewing books I read the previous week. I'll be reviewing picture books through adult books.
Here are the books I read this week:
adventure, audio-book, fantasy-science-fiction, history, intermediate-kids-book, social-studies-connections
This story is lots of fun - action, adventure, time travel, history. The series is set up like The 39 Clues, each book written by different authors. This would be a great series to introduce to a kid who liked The Magic Treehouse series and needs more challenging material. Dak and Sera are friends who find a project that Dak's parents have been working on, and they complete it, realizing they have a time travel device. Soon they are swept up into an adventure that includes saving the world from the power-hungry SQ by going back in time to alter history. One of their first stops is to stop a mutiny involving Christopher Columbus. I didn't always love Dak's character, but I think kids will love the humor and action. I liked Kate Messner's Goodreads Review suggesting to pair this up with Georgia Bragg's HOW THEY CROAKED: THE AWFUL ENDS OF THE AWFULLY FAMOUS. I have that book in my classroom library, and kids could get good and grossed out at Columbus's chapter. Kate also has a great idea to use this book as a writing prompt: "What if..." How would changing one incident in history change the course of events? Great cause and effect activity!
2013-book, adopted-foster-child, fantasy-science-fiction, food, gifted-character, intermediate-kids-book, mock-newbery-2014, mood-tone, mystery, point-of-view