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2013 Virginia Reader's Choice Titles for Middle School



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  • 1. 2013 VRC FOR MIDDLEVAASL YorkRegional SCHOOLMarch 22, 2013 Sabrina Carnesi Crittenden Middle School, Newport News, VA
  • 2. You’ll Like It Here (Everybody Does) by RuthWhiteWhile Meggie and David Blue are from another planet, theyre a lot likeEarth kids, with similar hopes and dreams, and cant wait to grow up.BUT they also have GROSSLY UNIQUE qualities, such as blue streaksin their hair that pop up randomly and language skills that sound likenothing on this planet…
  • 3. Running Themes:Uniqueness, being different, aliens, oppression, race,dystopian, coming-of-age, perfection, euthanasia Fashion City – Controlled by the Fathe Author  Review w/discussion questions - Contact: http://www.rut 1/youll-like-it-here-everybody-does- book.html Author’s Website: Synopsis  …The story takes these alien kids, along with their http://www.sch mother and grandfather, by accident, to a far planet in which the society is not only oppressive but hostile to achers/contrib individual freedom. People are kept submissive through utor/ruth-white drugs and brainwashing. The Blues, who have spent time in free societies recognize the upside-down-ness of this world. Theyre almost helpless to do anything, but do what they can, plan their escape, and vow to help others
  • 4. The Summer I Learned to Fly by DianaReinhardtThirteen-year-old Drew starts the summer of 1986 helping in her motherscheese shop and dreaming about co-worker Nick, but when her widowedmother begins dating, Drews fathers book of lists, her pet rat, andEmmett, a boy on a quest, help her cope.
  • 5. Author Dana Reinhardt’s Website - History of Humboldt Fog Cheese  The Warwick Cheese Shoppe (His Excellence Lord High) – Newport News, VA cheese-corner-happy-birthday- / humboldt-fog  Picture and List of Gourmet Cheese types from around the world - http://www.gourmet- cheese/gourmet-cheese- alphabetically-10081.aspx  Mice as pets (how to choose a Directions for origami paper pet mouse) cranes careofmice/a/mousecare.htm Paper-Crane  Supply and Demand
  • 6. Wonderstruck by Brian SelznickIts 1977, and twelve-year-old Ben has recently lost both hismother and his hearing. He leaves Minnesota for New York City,hoping to find his long-lost father, and meets Rose, anotherseeker, on the way
  • 7. Book’s Website -  Scholastic Site with Virtual Field Trip to the NYC Natural Museum ofAuthor’s History based on the book’s storyline - -  Animated ASL Site for practice -http://www.t  Scholastic Discussion Site w/downloadable guide -ofhugocabr selznick-discussion-guideut_brian_bi  Book Browse Questions and guide - selznick-discussion-guide  Vermont Department of Libraries – Copy / Paste / Download – page 31: - =11&cad=rja&ved=0CDIQFjAAOAo&url=http%3A%2F%2Flibraries.vermon Questions12- 13.pdf&ei=QMJAUZSdDqTb0wGrmoCYDw&usg=AFQjCNGUqEyhisK0p77 DH2jpy8CTrJGNWA&sig2=BEKNqmOWAgDcmjEkNaT89g
  • 8. The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutalThe competition to be selected to impersonate the kings long-missing son in an effort to avoidAscendance a civil war. One of the orphans is a defiant boy named Sage. As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conners sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery andTrilogy deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more(Volume 1) dangerous than all of the lies taken together.
  • 9. Book 2 in the Ascendance Trilogy Mother/Daughter Discussion Questions – Copy-Paste-Download b&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CDUQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.scho C_FalsePrinceQA.pdf&ei=dqc_UcjSO8fM2gX3toHgAg&usg=AFQjCN EJ1fRQzWJXb0YiDdGtTMMTFzKn4A&sig2=WN2z2z- cjbc7f2w6lIRFhA&bvm=bv.43287494,d.b2I Goodreads Multiple Choice Quiz jennifer-a-nielsen Mixed-Up Files Blog jennifer-nielsen/
  • 10. Hidden by Helen FrostPoet When fourteen-year-olds Wren and Darra meet at a Michigan summer camp, both are overwhelmed by memories from six years earlier when Darras fatheric stole a car, unaware that Wren was hiding in the back
  • 11. Vermont Department of Libraries – Copy – Paste – Download – page 13 :- Author’s  Haywood Union is a site filled with Website loads of study guides for middle school titles, arranged alphabetically http://www.h by author’s last name item.php?po stid=23 /2012-2013-dcf/home/frost-helen- hidden  Lee B. Hopkins Poetry Award Teaching Toolbox http://leebennetthopkinsaward.blogspo hidden.htmlComing Soon--July, 2013
  • 12. Storm Runners by Roland SmithTwelve-year-old Chase Masters travels the country with hisfather, a "storm runner," but he is tested in ways he nevercould have imagined when he and a new friend are caughtin a hurricane near St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • 13. Roland Smith’s Website Storm Chasers on Discovery - Stormchasers Showcase - 33 page guide on author’s curriculum page. Natural Disasters Requirements for effective Public Service Announcements Copy/Paste/Download CIIBEBYwBw& ndex%2Fdocs%2Fpsa_project.doc&ei=yXNDUcmrIuvi4AOtv4DgCA&usg=AFQjCNG 8vSjaVYBuswPQkR7cZVdTOqbF5g&sig2=K2- lsHvSlRQMEiLVQLA5UA&bvm=bv.43828540,d.dmQ Vermont Department of Libraries – Copy / Paste / Download – page 36: - ja&ved=0CDIQFjAAOAo& raries%2Ffiles%2Fcbec%2FDCFBookReviews%2526Questions12- 13.pdf&ei=QMJAUZSdDqTb0wGrmoCYDw&usg=AFQjCNGUqEyhisK0p77DH2jpy8C TrJGNWA&sig2=BEKNqmOWAgDcmjEkNaT89g
  • 14. A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue ParkBased on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigratingto America in 1996, began a project to dig waterwells in Sudan.
  • 15. Click on the picture to go to the Water for South Sudan site./ Quizlet – A Whole Page of Activities including Flashcards Click on  picture Sedgwick Library Media Center Learning Commons – below to go West Hartford, CT - Resources for School-wide Reading to the  author’s  website: p=55744582&N-play=0&N-s=1_6064066&N-u=1_669715 University of Grassland Press Teacher Notes (pdf Download – copy/paste link /click for download) This is a middle school in Australia  web&cd=1&ved=0CDUQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.uqp.uq. 0Long%2520Walk%2520to%2520Water.pdf&ei=4M8_UYmZC8iu2A WE6YCQBQ&usg=AFQjCNHoTDqVNJgHGzgRAgshLVRWR7X6a Q&sig2=I7x9ylmszM8_qV2tpZN6jg&bvm=bv.43287494,d.b2I
  • 16. Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt1968. While Doug struggles to be more than the thug that his teachers and the policethink him to be. He struggles with his family problems, a dad who is abusive, a brotherwho is a bully. Doug also has an older brother Lucas, who returns from Vietnam adifferent person. Despite all this Doug learns that he can rise above his home situationand still have a future, especially when he finds an unlikely ally in Lil Spicer, as theyexplore John James Audubons art.
  • 17. John JamesThe Artic Tern The Apollo 11 Crew Joe Pepitone Audubon  PDF Download: Copy/Paste/Click DownloadAuthor’s DUQFjAA& educatorsguide.pdf&ei=6NI_Ue2FEsej2QXM54CgDA&usg=AFQjCNEVztDGkZ5sU2rIy _kF27HKn6a_yA&sig2=mhurcu8H82p2anLkedpLMA&bvm=bv.43287494,d.b2Ihttp://www.h  Publisher’s Study Guide for  Allen Public Library Discussion Questions  King’s Wing Website  The National Audubon Society  Apollo 11   Vermont Department of Libraries – Copy / Paste / Download – page 30: - Gary D. Schmidt &ved=0CDIQFjAAOAo& s%2Ffiles%2Fcbec%2FDCFBookReviews%2526Questions12- 13.pdf&ei=QMJAUZSdDqTb0wGrmoCYDw&usg=AFQjCNGUqEyhisK0p77DH2jpy8CTr JGNWA&sig2=BEKNqmOWAgDcmjEkNaT89g
  • 18. Quarterback Season by Fred BowenThe Fred Eighth-grader Matt Monroe keeps a journal about his teams football season. As the fall football season unfolds, the team has more than its share ofBowen surprises and unexpected challenges, as well as plenty of victories and upsetsSports Story on and off the field - all of which Matt records and analyzes in a journal he keeps for his English class. By the last kickoff of the season, Matt has learnedSeries that a team is only as good as the sum of its parts and that playing together is the only way to win.
  • 19. Written in Journal Form / Good for theReluctant Readers / Fast Read / Good RoleModels  4-page Study Guide that connects toInstant Common Core StandardsReplay by QB Season Writing Lessons - Fred BowenGreen BayPackard  Author’s WebsiteJerry Kramer  Green Bay Packard Jerry Kramer’s Diary, as mentioned in the story, Instant Replay (1968) DF5uTQjc  Integrity Book Blog feedback m/2011/11/quarterback-season-by-fred- bowen.html
  • 20. Wonder by R. J. PalacioTen-year-old Auggie, born with extreme facial abnormalities,must struggle with the taunting and fear of classmates as heenters a private school in Manhattan in an attempt to live anormal life.
  • 21. “Everyone deserves a standing ovation because we Auggieisms all overcometh the world."  Links and support in “Kids” Wing’ siteR. J.’s  From author’s site  Literacy Midsouth Organization campaign/discuss-the-book/  Random House Guide – download - /url?sa=t&rct=j&q=wonder%20discussion%20questions&source=web&cd=2&sqi=2&ved=0CDQQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.html content%2F%2Fuploads%2F2012%2F05%2FWonder_EG_WEB.pdf&ei=BstIUaOzLtG14APe24CIBA&usg=AFQjCNE7i8CPr7Y- SxztA3ZFuHVg_75x6A  Discussion Questions on About. der-By-R-J-Palacio.htm  Take the Choose Kind Pledge Now!