What I'm Reading...
This blog is designed to share what I am reading. As I finish reading chapter books that are appropriate for elementary students, I will write about them here. Maybe something I read will spark your interest!
It's the seventh book in the Missing Series, and Jonah has now found out that he is the only one of the children found on the plane 13 years ago who has not discovered his original historical identity. Is it possible that he is the famous Lindbergh Baby, son of Charles Lindbergh, the first man to fly across the Atlantic Ocean from New York to Paris?
Revealed (Lexile: 800; Interest Level: Grades 4-7) by Margaret Peterson Haddix begins with Charles Lindbergh appearing in Jonah and Katherine Skidmore's living room! And, he kidnaps Katherine! Now Jonah has to figure out how to save his sister without letting his parents know that she is missing! To make matters even stranger (maybe worse?), Jonah's parents have turned back into 13 year olds! Now what should he do?
Getting help from JB and Angela, time travelers who have helped him out on all of his previous adventures, seems like a great idea until they show up as 13-year-olds, too! Taking refuge in a time hollow to think things through is a good first step, but action must also be taken. Follow Jonah on a crazy ride through time to discover his historical identity, figure out how to fix the time messes that Gary and Hodge are bent on making, and make allies in the unlikeliest of people.
Anyone who is already reading this series will undoubtedly want to continue toward the end. I can't wait to continue on with the final book, Redeemed. If you haven't started this series yet, but this sounds interesting, I definitely suggest you start with Found, the first book! (464 p.)
Imagine getting a chance to jump into your favorite book! Especially if you may have the chance to save everyone's favorite character! This is exactly the opportunity Owen encounters in Story Thieves by James Riley (Lexile: 750; Interest Level: Grades 3-6) when he learns that Bethany, a girl he barely knows from school, has the power to jump right into books.
Owen's plan is that he will make Bethany jump him into the Kiel Gnomenfoot book just in time to save the Magister and make himself a hero. However, the series isn't over yet, and Owen doesn't realize the consequences that his actions might have for both Kiel Gnomenfoot's world and his own. Making unlikely friendships and learning about the odd mix between our "real" world and the "fictional" world keep the reader turning the pages in this adventure story.
Sometimes, the plot is hard to follow, but if you stick with it, everything does make sense in the end, and overall, I have to say I enjoyed this first book in the Story Thieves Series. Fans of the Inkheart books by Cornelia Funke and anyone who has ever wanted to live inside a story may enjoy this book as well. (400 p.)
The very first winner of the John Newbery Medal in 1922, Hendrik Van Loon's The Story of Mankind (Lexile: 1260; Interest Level: Grades 5-9) gives a comprehensive history of the Western World from the Ancient Egyptians up to the "present" (which, of course, was just the beginning of the 1920s). The edition I read was the one updated in 1939 to briefly include the fact that World War II was brewing. Robert Sullivan and John Merriman have recently completed an 8th update to this classic, published in 2014, bringing the content up-to-date up through the most important events of the past couple of decades including the Cold War, the Internet, and Social Media.
I found it very interesting that the version I read had claimed to do a history of all of mankind, but qualified it as "pertaining to us," as it had a concentration almost entirely of Europe and North America. There was some passing reference to China (and Marco Polo), but no mention of the history of other countries in Asia. Aside from the slaves in Africa and the Egyptian civilization, there was no real coverage of the rest of that continent. I understand that more current revisions have included a chapter on China, but it still seems as though a lot of "mankind" has been left out.
Still, if you are interested in a very intense history, this book is written in a very conversational tone and is definitely aimed at young historians. I do recommend finding the most updated version, which I thought I had, but my audio version was apparently not the most current. (800 pages, in 2014 edition)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.
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