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The Runaway Racehorse


Bibliographic Information: Roy, Ron. (2002). The Runaway Racehorse. New York: Scholastic.

Brief Annotation: Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose are excited to attend their first horse race. After arriving at Uncle Warren’s house the fastest horse, Whirlaway, goes missing. After a few hours, Whirlaway returns, but he isn’t his usual friendly self. Will Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose be able to figure out what happened to Whirlaway?

Genre: Mystery

Grade Level: 2-4

Readers who will like this: Children who like to solve mysteries; children who like horses; children who like a series of books.

Rating/Response: 4 I really enjoyed this book! It kept me on my toes the whole time, trying to figure out who stole the horse. This would be a great book to read aloud to the class, which could include some great class participation.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Have you ever solved a mystery? What did you do? What steps did you take to solve the mystery?

Posted by: Jill Valerius

Gooney Bird Greene


Bibliographic Information: Lowry, L., & Thomas, M. C. (2002). Gooney Bird Greene. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Brief Annotation: Gooney Bird Greene just moved to Watertower, but she loves to be the center of attention. Therefore, Gooney Bird is more than willing to share her “absolutely true” stories with her new class, although they do not always sound so believeable.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 2-5

Readers who will like this: Children who like stories; children who like girls as the main character; children who are at a new school

Rating/Response: 4 This book is a good introduction to writing or telling a good story. It inspires readers to be individuals and see the world in their own unique way.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What types of things do you think are needed to write a good story?

Posted by: Laura Meyer

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane


Bibliographic Information: DiCamillo, K. (2006). The miraculous journey of Edward Tulane. Massachusetts: Candlewick Press.

Brief Annotation: Edward Tulane, a toy rabbit, is adored by a little girl but only seems to love himself. However, one day the little girl loses Edward, and Edward’s new journey takes him to unexpected places.

Genre: Fantasy

Grade Level: 3-5

Readers who will like this: Children who like adventure; children who have ever had a special toy, especially one that was lost; children who like dolls

Rating/Response: 4 This unique book is written in such a way that many individuals can relate to it, since most people have also had a special toy at some time. Best of all, it cleverly shows readers the true definition of love.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Are there any special lessons that have been passed down to you from someone in your family? What lessons do you want to pass down in the future?

Posted by: Laura Meyer

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas


Bibliographic Information: Boyne, J. (2006). The boy in the striped pajamas. New York: David Fickling Books.

Brief Annotation: Nine-year-old Bruno lives in Berlin, but his father suddenly receives a promotion that forces the family to move. While exploring his new home, Bruno befriends a little boy living in very different circumstances. Unfortunately, their friendship leads to unexpected consequences.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Grade Level: 6-8

Readers who will like this: Children interested in the Holocaust; children who like stories with a little boy as the main character

Rating/Response: 4 This touching book puts the experience of the Holocaust in a heart-wrenching perspective. It beautifully captures the boys’ unexpected friendship in order to emphasize the cruelty of the situation.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What do you know about the Holocaust? How do you think it would feel to be a Jew at that time?

Posted by: Laura Meyer

Soul Surfer

Bibliographic information: Hamilton, Bethany, Sheryl Berk, and Rick Bundschuh. Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board. New York: Pocket ; MTV, 2004. Print.

Annotation: This book is about a young woman who got attacked by a shark while surfing in Hawaii. It tells the story of her faith in God, support from her family, and her determination to surf again.

Genre: nonfiction

Grade Level: 4-7

Readers who will like this book: Anyone who is interested in sharks and true stories about overcoming obstacles.

Personal response rating: 4, the story has a great message and can be used as an inspiration to students who may face everyday challenges.

Question to ask before reading: What is resilience?

Posted by: Mikayla Curtis