Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Back to Reviewing Books

I was gone on vacation for 10 days, so now I'm to back to reviewing books. Later tonight I will post my next one.

I have asked Andrew L. to be one of my guest reviewers and he has agreed. Be on the look out for an upcoming blog entry from him.

If you were one of my students this past year and would like review some books this summer,
let me know by emailing me at my school address.

Until later!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Summer Reading Suggestion #2

Newly released Ghost Hunter is the sixth and last book of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series. Torak encounters Eostra, the Eagle Owl Mage for a final confrontation with the last Soul Eater. Will Torak fulfill his destiny? Will he die as prophesied?

You really need to read the books in order to get a sense and feel of the settings and character development. The setting is in prehistoric times where people live in clans and are very superstitious. Each clan has a Mage, similar to a medicine man of the Native Americans. The Mage, male or female, not only heal, but have the ability to read signs and to reveal prophesy.

The first book, Wolf Brother, is a bit confusing as you try to understand the vocabulary. Because it is set in prehistoric times, the author has the characters describe things in nature, without actually giving the common names we use today. The first book also sets the stage for the quest that Torak must undertake, that of killing the Soul Eaters who plan on taking over the world.

Other books in the series include Spirit Walker, Soul Eater, Outcast, and Oath Breaker.
Read one, read them all!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Summer Reading Suggestion #1

Over the next few weeks, I will be posting reading suggestions for my students. I have already suggested some of the ones I will be posting, but I wanted to remind them of these great books.

First this week is The Kane Chronicles. This is the next series by Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series. The Kane Chronicles have to do with Egyptian gods and goddess. In the first book entitled "Red Pyramid", Carter Kane and his sister Sadie, try to rescue their father from the evil Egyptian god Set. Little do they know that each has unique powers and that they are descendants of a long line of Pharaohs. Their newly found powers help them on their quest to free their dad. What's the twist? Set is not the only Egyptian god they encounter.

If you like action, mystery, Egyptian mythology, and fantasy, then this is the book for you! I can't wait until the next installment of the Kane Chronicles.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Last Day of School

A sea of ORANGE! These are the T-shirts that Anne Juhlmann and her family donated to the sixth graders in honor of Sam, whose favorite color was ORANGE! Sam would have been a sixth grader this year. We thank them for such a lovely gift. Students wore the shirts to the zoo...an easy way to spot them!

Have a great summer!