2007 Nutmeg Teen Book Award CT’s Teen Choice Award. AR: 6.6 Lexile:990. Mortal Engines Philip Reeve.
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2007 Nutmeg Teen Book Award CT’s Teen Choice Award
AR: 6.6 Lexile:990 Mortal EnginesPhilip Reeve In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answers in the perilous Out-Country, aided by one girl and the memory of another. • Curriculum Connections: • Robotics • Future Civilization • Darwinism • Flight
Useful links to be added to Webjunction Scholastic Great Britain http://www.scholastic.co.uk/zone/book_philip-reeve.htm Philip Reeve Star Chat http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/bluepeter/contact/starchat/preeve.shtml Rhode Island Teen Book Award Discussion Module (Questions and Activities) http://www.yourlibrary.ws/ya_webpage/ritba/ritba06/mortalengines.htm Scholastic UK Book Guide including synopsis, discussion questions, lesson ideas http://www.scholastic.co.nz/Resources/Notes/MortalEngines.doc Predator’s Gold (Sequel) Chapter One http://www.harperteen.com/global_scripts/product_catalog/book_xml.asp?isbn=0060721960&tc=cx Read Alikes: Airborn by Kenneth Oppel, True Sight by David Stahler, Singing the Dogstar Blues by Alison Goodman, The Kiln by Jennifer Anderson Activities: Old Tech bulletin board/display, Future Trends Debate, Darwin lesson, Nuclear Bomb study, Hiroshima, Contemporary Issues . . .
AR: 4.5 Lexile: n/a Jumpman Rule # 1: Don’t Touch AnythingJames Valentine When a defective time-jumping device strands Theodore, a teen from the distant future, in the twenty-first century, he is helped by two high schoolers--Jules, who is having time problems of his own, and Gen, an old friend Jules was about to ask out. • Curriculum Connections • Time/Space Continuum • Time Travel • Future Civilization • Science Trends • Disease Control
Useful links (to be added to Webjunction) James Valentine’s Website http://www.jamesvalentine.net/ SimonSays (Description, Awards, Excerpt) http://www.simonsays.com/content/book.cfm?sid=33&pid=489679 Einstein’s Big Idea http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/einstein/ American Museum of Natural History http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/einstein/ Read Alikes: Stravaganza City of Stars by Mary Hoffman, Brainboy and the Deathmaster, Singing the Dogstar Blues by Alison Goodman, Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde, The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer, The Time Machine by HG Wells Activities: Video Game Design, Propose a Jump Site, Einstein Activities . . .
AR: 5.1 Lexile: 760 AirbornKenneth Oppel Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface. • Curriculum Connections • Alternate Past • Flight • Species detection • Scientific Identification • Pirates
Useful links to be added to Webjunction Rhode Island Teen Book Award Discussion Module (Awards, Questions, Read Alikes) http://www.yourlibrary.ws/ya_webpage/ritba/ritba06/airborn.htm Kenneth Oppel http://www.kennethoppel.ca/ Unit on Airborn (Word Document with worksheets, activities, rubrics and more!) http://www.kennethoppel.ca/novel%20studies/airborn%20novel%20study.doc Read Alikes: Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve, Year of the Hangman by Gary Blackwood, Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins, The Xanadu Adventure by Lloyd Alexander, The Coral Coffin by Michael Dahl Activities: Design an airship, look up new species, draw a map of the island, foods with mango. . .
AR: 4.0 Lexile: 620 Vampire HighDouglas Rees When his family moves from California to New Sodom, Massachusetts and Cody enters Vlad Dracul Magnet School, many things seem strange, from the dark-haired, pale-skinned, supernaturally strong students to Charon, the wolf who guides him around campus on the first day. • Curriculum Connections • Vampires – horror stories • Mystery • School story • Self-identity
Useful links to be added to Webjunction From Random House http://www.randomhouse.com/teachers/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780385731171 Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award Nominee http://www.state.lib.la.us/empowerlibrary/2006%206-8%20Vampire%20High.pdf Gothic Fantasy and Suspense for Teens and Tweens http://www.cynthialeitichsmith.com/horrorteens.htm Booktalks Quick and Simple http://nancykeane.com/booktalks/rees_vampire.htm Douglas Rees http://www.douglasrees.com/ Read Alikes: Cirque du Freak Series, Vampire Plagues Series, Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja, Dangerous Girls by RL Stine, Charlie Bone Series, Activities: Water Polo or Game, Vampire Mythology, Build a mini-city
AR: 4.8 Lexile: 750 Under the Same SkyCynthia DeFelice While trying to earn money for a motor bike, fourteen-year-old Joe Pederson becomes involved with the Mexicans who work on his family's farm and develops a better relationship with his father. • Curriculum Connections • Migrant Workers/Illegal Immigrants • Farm life • New York state • Coming of age
Useful links to be added to Webjunction Cynthia DeFelice http://www.cynthiadefelice.com/ Booktalks Quick and Simple http://nancykeane.com/booktalks/defelice_under.htm Cynthia DeFelice About the Author http://www.fsgkidsbooks.com/authordetails.asp?ID=DeFelice William Allan White Discussion Guide http://www.emporia.edu/libsv/wawbookaward/curriculumguides/cg05-06.htm#grade6 Read Alikes: Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan, The Circuit : Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jimenez, Breaking Through by Francisco Jiménez Activities: Setting financial goals, Migrant workers in CT, x-treme sports - motocross, immigration in the news
AR: 5.5 Lexile: 870 Mississippi Trial, 1955Chris Crowe In Mississippi in 1955, a sixteen-year-old finds himself at odds with his grandfather over issues surrounding the kidnapping and murder of a fourteen-year-old African American from Chicago. • Curriculum Connections • Emmett Till (1941-1955) • Racism • Civil Rights • American history • Mississippi • Trial
Useful links to be added to Webjunction PowerPoint from NCTE http://english.byu.edu/Novelinks/reading%20strategies/Mississippi%20Trial,%201955/NCTE%20Indianapolis%202004.pdf Chris Crowe http://www.chriscrowe.com/ PhotoStory of Emmett Till story http://www.panopt.com/photogra/withers/fulewtill12.html Lots of Activities at BYU Novellinks http://english.byu.edu/Novelinks/Novel%20Pages/Mississippi%20Trial%201955.htm State Library of Louisiana Center for the Book http://www.state.lib.la.us/la_dyn_templ.cfm?doc_id=417 Booktalks Quick and Simple http://nancykeane.com/booktalks/crowe_mississippi.htm A Crime That’s So Unjust Interview with Crowe http://www.zinkle.com/p/articles/mi_qa4063/is_200304/ai_n9183635 Read Alikes Monster by Walter Dean Myers, The Legend of Buddy Bush by Sheila P. Moses, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor, Storm Warriors by Elisa Carbone
AR: 6.0 Lexile: 510 MilkweedJerry Spinelli Captures the hardships and cruelty of life in the ghettos of Warsaw during the Nazi occupation of World War II, through the eyes of a Jewish orphan who must use all his wits and courage to survive unimaginable events and circumstances. • Curriculum Connections • Holocaust • World War II • Gypsies • Nazi Life • Orphans
Useful links to be added to Webjunction Random House http://www.randomhouse.com/teachers/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780375813740&view=tg Random House Teacher Guide http://www.randomhouse.com/teachers/pdf/milkweed.pdf TeacherVision Interview http://www.teachervision.fen.com/page/26381.html Chapter Discussion Questions and More http://www.roberthjackson.org/documents/MilkweedTeachersguide.pdf About the Author from KidsRead http://www.kidsreads.com/authors/au-spinelli-jerry.asp Read Alikes: Torn Thread by Anne Isaacs, Daniel’s Story by Carol Matas, Shadow of the Wall by Christina Laird, Run, Boy, Run by Uri Orlev, Activities: Survival, Orphans, Holocaust read alikes, Identity, Grateful For. . ., Name symbolism
For Freedom: The Story of a French SpyKimberly Brubaker Bradley AR: 4.0 Lexile: n/a Despite the horrors of World War II, a French teenager pursues her dream of becoming an opera singer, which takes her to places where she gains information about what the Nazis are doing--information that the French Resistance needs. • Curriculum Connections: • World War II • Spying – Espionage • Opera • France
Useful links to be added to Webjunction Random House Reader’s Guide http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780385729611&view=rg Bookclubs with discussion questions http://www.bookclubs.ca/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780440418313&view=rg Great Guide from South Caroline Junior Book Award http://www.scasl.net/bkawards/JBA%20ACTIVITY%20GUIDES%202005_2006.doc Discussion Questions http://homepage.mac.com/crowleyvt/dcfaward/dcf/pages/2005/DCF%20BookTalks.pdf Kimberly Brubaker Bradley http://www.kimberlybrubakerbradley.com/index.htm Read Alikes: The Enemy by James Riordan, A Pocket Full of Seeds by Marilyn Sachs, The Good Liar by Gregory MacGuire, Resistance by Janet Graber Activities: Secret codes, Listen to opera, Dealing with trauma
AR: 3.6 Lexile: 510 Say YesAudrey Couloumbis In her efforts to hang on following the disappearance of her stepmother, Casey resorts to anything including robbery. • Curriculum Connections • Teen life • Family problems • Survival • Ethical choices • Friendship
Useful links to be added to Webjunction Audrey Couloumbis Homepage http://www.audreycouloumbis.com/ Say Yes Discussion Questions http://www.audreycouloumbis.com/yes_book_students.shtml About the Author http://www.chronogram.com/issue/2005/08/bookshelf/ Read Alikes: Crossing Montana by Laura Torres, Zero at the Bone by Michael Cadnum, Missing Matthew by Kristyn Dunnion, In the Key of Do by Carole Frechette, Following Fake Man by Barbara Ware Holmes Activities: Stranger Danger, Police Guest Speaker, Foster Care in CT
AR: 5.1 Lexile: n/a Inventing ElliotGraham Gardner Elliot, a victim of bullying, invents a calmer, cooler self when he changes schools in the middle of freshman year, but soon attracts the wrong kind of attention from the Guardians who "maintain order" at the new school. • Curriculum Connections • Bullying • Self-identity • Cliques • School • Family Issues
Useful links to be added to Webjunction Graham Gardner http://www.bbc.co.uk/blast/writing/profiles/wprofile_ggardner.shtml Author Profile http://www.heinemann.co.uk/authors/gardener.doc Good to Read .org http://goodtoread.org/books.cgi/initial/I/inventing-elliot Richie’s Picks http://www.richiespicks.com/users/stories/picks/inventing_elliot.html Booktalks Quick and Simple http://nancykeane.com/booktalks/gardner_inventing.htm Read Alikes:TheChocolate War by Robert Cormier, Sleep Rough Tonight by Ian Bone, Hit Squad by James Heneghan, Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja, Plague Year by Stephanie Tolan Activities: Bullying Policies, Identity/, “Mob Mentality,” Sister School Exchange, Makeover