My new moniker, the Book Pusher, must be one that has passed down through our ancestry, because today we visited the Mother of the Book Pusher- Gram. She has much more Middle School reading expertise, as she has been in the business for almost 35 years. Like the seasoned professional book pushing ninja that she is, she worked book recommendations into our lunch conversation and had the Boys choosing books from her library before they even realized what had hit them. <POW!> And they BOTH were excited! One (who will not be named) was even so excited about his selection that he started reading it in the car on the way back home (and is on page 74- I peeked).
Here's C.J.'s review:
Today I read Notes From the Midnight Driver. I'm reading it because my grandma gave it to me. Also because its from my favorite author (Jordan Sonnenblick).
Notes from the Midnight Driver
is about a high school student named Alexander who is mad about his
parents getting divorced so he gets drunk and wants to give his dad a
piece of his mind. But since he's drunk he can't make it past his block
and smashes into a lawn gnome on his neighbor`s lawn. As a punishment he
has to visit the old folks home and spend 5 hours a day with a guy
named Sol (who is really good at poker). So far I am half-way through
the book and I am really enjoying it.
Mom's note: Now,
I'm not really thrilled about this whole drunk-driving thing, but Gram
assures me that it is a really great book. I'm going to trust her,
since she is older and wiser than I.
Today we also went to the orthodontist.
Here is the review from the brace-face:
Hi this is P.J. The book I read was Eyewitness books Vietnam War.
I chose this book because I have wanted to know about the only war
America has lost in history. After reading this book I now know why
America went into the war and how they lost it. The reason they lost it
was because America relied mostly on air support and when the Vietnam
soldiers sneak attacked American bases, you can't call in air support on
your own base. (can you?) I would give this book a 9 out of 10 because
it was a very good book and had a good sense of information. P.S. Today
I went to see my grandma and she has a very good relation with books.
She is a Reading teacher and today she recommended the book Dead End in Norvelt, which I will be posting about tomorrow and I can't wait to read it!
Biblionasium: Where Kids Flex their Reading Muscles.
As a parent, I have hesitated to release my kids into the world
of social networking. The Boys have not asked for facebook accounts,
and that is just fine with me. However, I do see the value of using
social media for an educational purpose like this. Biblionasium was
created with the intent of providing a safe environment for parents and
teachers to share and recommend books that are appropriate for the kids
in their lives. For a more detailed description of the platform, the
benefits of using it, and the built in safety measures, click here.
you are interested in my two cents, I personally like it because I know
that I am the only adult who can interact with my Boys. I set up the
account, and therefore I control it. I can set reading goals for them
with rewards (if I choose), but they were so excited about having a
place to catalog and review books online, I don't feel the need to set
up artificial prizes for them. They set up their cool Avatars and added
the books that they read, but together we can search and recommend
books for each other from tens of thousands of titles that are in the
system. It is a virtual book pusher. Stealthy. Ninja-like. I like
Books reviewed/mentioned today:
Sonnenblick, Jordan. Notes from the Midnight Driver. New York: Scholastic, 2006. Print.
Murray, Stuart. Vietnam War. New York: DK Pub., 2005. Print.
Gantos, Jack. Dead End in Norvelt. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011. Print.