Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Keeper of the Night written by Kimberly Willis Holt

Keeper of the Night is a 4th grade A.R. book, and it is worth 5.0 points. In the three years that I have been working in the elementary library I have decided that my favorite author is Kimberly Willis Holt. I love everything that she has written and I think you will too.

Webber's Reviews- I don't have any reviews written by the Webbers because.........I have begged them to read it, but I am guessing the cover turns them away. I am determined to get one of my fifth grade girls to read it before the year is over!!!!

Other Kimberly Willis Holt Books

Part of Me

Mister and Me

My Louisiana Sky

When Zachary Beaver comes to Town


Piper Reed books

Mrs. Rose's review - Keeper of the Night is about a young girl in Guam whose Mother committed suicide. The family runs a small store. The story is about how the young girl has to take care of her brother, sister, and Dad. Her Dad does not handle the situation very well, and she struggles to fit anywhere after this happens. Each chapter is about how she grows each day, and how things get easier with time but things will never be the same as before.

Hugo Cabret written and illustrated by Brian Selznick


Hugo Cabret is the ultimate book for the upper level elementary student that wants to look like they are reading a big, thick book. It is a 5th grade level book and it is worth 4 points. It is 533 pages long, but it mostly beautiful pencil illustrations. The book won the Caldecott Award in 2008, which is the most prestigious award given for illustrations.

I forgot to set the book out when I asked the students to write review for the books so I do not have any student reviews.

Mrs. Rose's Review - Hugo Cabret was a wonderful book. It had outstanding illustrations, and a great story to go along with it. It is about a 12-year-old orphaned boy that is a young thief in the 1930's in a Paris train station. He is living in the station secretly. He works on a project that he later finds out that it was started by his father. He works on it throughout the book by stealing items to make it work. It is a very heartwarming story that I would suggest for boys or girls.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Gary Paulsen is one of my favorite Elementary-Junior High level authors. His books are written for boys, but I think that nearly all of the girls would enjoy his books. Hatchet is a fifth grade book, and it is worth seven points. The fifth grade reading teacher recently read this book to the fifth grade class and they loved it!!!! I received about twenty five reviews on it. Way to go Mrs. Neinast!!!!

Webber's Reviews

5th Grade

Ashley wrote that Gary Paulsen wrote a book that made you feel like you were in the book. Brian was trapped in the wilderness because the plane crashed. He had to live like he had lived there for years. He was there for 42 days. He found a supply box, a gun, emergency transmitter, pots, and food in the crashed airplane. He didn't feel the same, he felt different.

Audra wrote that she liked it because he had a plane crash and he had to survive in the forest. All the tools he had was his hatchet. He got hurt alot, but he toughed it out. At the end, he got in the plane and got a survival pack and was rescued.

Jennifer said that the book was interesting. She liked it because he crashed and he lived. It was about how he caught the fish and the fool birds. He had to drink water from a lake and he threw up.

Samantha wrote that Brian had a crash into a forest. He had to survive until he was found. He had to eat raw meat. His weapon was a hatchet. He had to find food and drink lake water.

Angelica said that Hatchet is a good book because Brian is in a plane crash and lands in a forest. He has to try to survive. He has to eat raw fish, and raw turtle eggs. At the end, Brian gets saved because he found an emergency transmitter in the plane and thought it was broken but it wasn't. Another pilot and saved him. He also said he would to to the forest again and try to survive in the winter.

Mrs. Rose's Review- Hatchet is about a young boy whose parents recently divorced. He is flying in a small aircraft to see his father. The pilot has a heart attack and the plane crashes. The boy survives but has to learn how to take care of himself in the wilderness.

How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O' Connor

There are several books in the library that I really loved when I read them, but this is one that I read recently and really enjoyed it. The book is a fourth grade level book that is worth five points. I recommend this books to the fourth and fifth grade girls. Not many students have read this books so I only have a couple of reviews.

5th Grade

Isabel H. loved the book. It had information about how to steal a dog but not really. It was about a little girl that wanted to live in a real house. She lived in a car though. At the end of the book she didn't really steal a dog, but her mom did get a job and a house.

Brooke wrote that it was a good book. It was about a girl that was poor and she stole a dog to try to get money for her family. She loved the book because it was cool and sad.

Mrs. Rose's review - A little girl's parents get a divorce and the dad leaves them without any money and no place to live. Mom can't find a good job, so they have to live in their car. The little girls sees a reward sign for a lost dog. She decides that she could steal a dog, and get the reward money for a lost dog to help pay the bills. You will have to read the book to see if she really steals the dog.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Hank the Cowdog


Hank the Cowdog books are written by John Erickson. Mr. Erickson has written fifty books about Hank and his life on the ranch. The books are 4th and 5th grade level books. They are 3-4 points boooks, and are a good series for students that love animals.

Webber's Reviews

I had three 4th grade students that wrote a review, but I have no idea where I have put them. As soon as I find them, I will post your reviews!!!

I found them!!! I just need the Thanksgiving break. They were in the drawer that I had searched in several times.

4th Grade

Zachary writes that Hank the Cowdog is for everyone. He solves cases and he always has a case to solve. I like the part where Pete told him their was a pot of chicken.

Madison wrote that you should read Hank the Cowdog books. They are about this dog named Hank. My favorite book in the series is Hank the Cowdog and Monkey Business. The part that I like the best is when the box opens and the monkey jumps on him. I like that all of his books have a song.

Mrs. Rose's Review - Hank is a cowdog that lives on a ranch. He is the narrator of these stories, and he is a mess. He likes to think that he is head of security at the ranch, but he doesn't always do a good job. He believes that he doesn't do anything wrong though. The stories make me laugh out loud because I live on a farm with three cowdogs, and I can see each of their personalities in these dogs in the story.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Warriors Series by Erin Hunter


The Warriors Series are great books for the upper level elementary student that loves animals and mythical stories. The A.R. level for most of these books is fifth grade and they are 10-12 point books. The boys really enjoy these books, but I have seen a few girls that read them, and really enjoyed them. The books are written by Erin Hunter. She has written several other series such as the Power of Three, Manga, Seekers, and many more.

Webber's Reviews

4th Grade - Dylan's review - Cinderpelt let out a weary sigh. She had come to shake rocks as fast as her uneven legs could run and did her best to patch u the worst of Bright Paw's injuries with cobwebs to stop the bleeding and poppy seed for the pain. At last the apprentice had recovered enough to be dragged back through the forest to camp and now she lay unconscious in a nest amonth the ferns near Cinderpelt's den.

Tate's review - Warriors are very good books. You fell like you are one of the cats in the story. You see what is happening when a scripter said "Lion blaze's pelt bristled. " I feel my neck hairs bristling so you really think you are there.!!!!!

5th Grade - Matthew F. says that the Warrors series is a captivating (for people like me) story. The series is about the Warrior cat Firestar. In these books you will figure out that some of the clans live off of lies. As you go throught the series the cat named Rusty turns into Firepaw, Fireheart, and finally Firestar.

Bryson's favorite Warrior book is Ice and Fire. They are the best books ever. Firepaw becomes Fireheart. Windclan comes back, and NIghtpelt becomes Nightstar.

Mrs. Rose's Review - The books are about a cat named named Rusty who laters is named Firepaw and then Fireheart. He is house pet that joins one of the clans of wild cats that live in the woods. He has to overcome the ThunderClan cats because they don't like pets. He has to prove his worth as a warrior and as a friend.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black


The Spiderwick Chronicles are written and illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. These books are short fourth grade level AR books. I suggest that after you read the series, you rent the movie because the books are always better than the movie.
Spiderwick Series
Field Guide
Seeing Stone
Lucinda's Secret
Seeing Stone
The Wrath of Mulgrath
Others Spiderwick books in our Library are:
Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles series
The Field Guide
The Webber Reviews
4th Grade - Colin thought the Spiderwick books were interesting. He wrote that number five was the best book in the series. The books had all kinds of adventures in the woods. They tried to save their mom from the evil clutches of the goblins, and then they fought against the giant goblin. They saved the magical creatures after that.
Brenden E. liked the books because they have interesting characters and creatures. One of the characters is Tibbletack and another creature is a goblin.
5th Grade - Julissa wrote the reason I liked the book is because of the giant. My favorite book in the series is The Nixie's Song. It has lots of adventure, and that is the reason that she likes it.
Keric's favorite book was The Wrath of Mulgrath. The reason he liked it was that it has violence, cool characters, and cool places.
Mrs. Rose's review - The books are about three kids that have to move into an old house because their parents got a divorce. Their Mom didn't have enough money so they moved into their Great Aunt's old house that had been put into the nuthouse. They thought their Aunt was crazy, but they start hearing things as soon as they move in the house too. You will have to read more to see what they find.