Monday, April 28, 2014


The following book talk has been submitted by sixth grader Jaden P.

Legend by Marie Lu is a dystopian book like The Hunger Games and Divergent. This book takes place in the future where everything is different. The Colonies and Republic are at war while a raging plague is all over the area. The characters are June Iparis, a Republic prodigy, and Day Wing, a criminal legend. June is trying to find Day to take revenge for her brother's death, but a twist happens sending them on their journey.

For me, this book is amazing! I think the book was written well and had great details. I love that the book is set in the future so I can see the things that have changed. The characters are strong and powerful in this book, and that's another reason I like it. I am recommending this book because it is a great read. The reader gets to see into the minds of two people. It's very interesting to see two completely different lives intertwine to make the story.

Readers can find the Legend series website HERE.

Be sure to watch the Legend book trailer.  The book trailer for the second book in the series, Prodigy, can be watched HERE. The third book, Champion, also has a book trailer which can be found HERE.

Thank you, Jaden, for sharing this book! This series is going on my summer TBR list!

Happy Reading!
Mrs. Tyo

P.S.  Reading is like breathing chocolate air!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Vanishing Coin

New drawings by Eric Wight? Yes, please!
The illustrator of the popular Frankie Pickle series makes a return in a new series authored by Kate Egan and Magician Mike Lane.  The Magic Shop series looks to be a promising one for budding magicians and readers alike.
In The Vanishing Coin (Book One), fourth grader Mike is having no luck in school. He finds himself in the office continuously because he cannot sit still in class. It's so bad that his parents won't let Mike play soccer.  Fourth grade is not looking so great.
Mike and Nora, a neighbor, stumble upon a quaint shop called the White Rabbit.  Part magic store, Mike meets Mr. Zerlin and is in for a magical transformation.
Not only will readers enjoy Mike's story, they will also learn some secrets to magic tricks included in the book.  My students had a fun time with "Can you cut a hole in this paper big enough to walk through?"
Happy Reading!
Mrs. T
P.S.  Reading is like breathing chocolate air!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Friday Reading Squiggles

What fun!
Last Friday, each sixth grader received a paper with a squiggle. A squiggle is nothing more than a random scribble that the students then turned into a picture or symbol about the book they were currently reading.  (I use a resource book called Squiggles: So Much Writing, So Much Fun, So Much Creativity by Patricia Pavelka.  Honestly, though, a simple scribble on a blank sheet of paper would work just as well.)  
The squiggle that the students used on Friday can be seen in most of the pictures below as two bold lines. After the students finished their illustration, each reader had a chance to share it with the class giving a quick book commercial at the same time. Not only did we see amazing creativity, we put some new books on our TBR lists as well!  
 Forest and stars from "Coyote and the Pebbles" (Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection by Matt Dembicki)

 Here is an important scene on the island of Chuuk in When the Butterflies Came by Kimberley Griffiths Little.
Philip, Daisey, and Logan stand outside of the candy factory and talk before going inside and learning how to make candy.  (The Candymakers by Wendy Mass)

 Fisher is on a mission to find the Western Ark.  (The Boy at the End of the World by Greg van Eeekhout)
This boat plays a significant role in The Healing Spell by Kimberley Griffiths Little.
Happy Reading!
Mrs. T
P.S.  Reading is like breathing chocolate air!