Thursday, October 18, 2018

Book Explosion: Histories and Mysteries with American Girl

  • Program Goals
    • Meet the needs of kids transitioning out of Rock 'n' Read
    • Encourage both voracious and struggling readers
    • Attendance: 5 (grades 5 and up)
Theme: Histories and Mysteries with American Girl

Projects
  • Finger knitting/braiding - yarn
  • Rainbow loom - maker kit
  • Mystery cards
Books (American Girl)
  • Like sisters: Emma moves in
  • A girl named... Misty
  • Samantha mystery: Clue in the castle tower
  • Marie-Grace mystery: Hidden gold
  • Kit mystery: Menace at Mammoth cave
  • Nanea mystery: Legend of the shark goddess
  • Rebecca mystery: showstopper
  • Luciana; Luciana braving the deep; Luciana out of this world by Erin Teagan
  • According to Aggie (graphic novel)
Books (Historical Fiction set in the USA)
  • Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Lucky broken girl by Ruth Behar (1960s)
  • True confessions of Charlotte Doyle (early 1800s) (YA)
  • Chasing secrets by Choldenko (1900 San Francisco)
  • Mighty Miss Malone by Curtis (Great Depression)
  • Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper (1930s South)
  • Salt by Helen Frost (American Revolution) (novel in verse)
  • Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale (Civil War) (graphic novel)
  • Detective's assistant by Kate Hannigan (Chicago, 1850s)
  • Full of beans by Jennifer Holm (Great Depression)
  • Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (1900)
  • Hattie big sky by Kirby Larson (pioneer) (YA)
  • Compass south by Hope Larson (1860s) (graphic novel)
  • Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine (Civil Rights)
  • Betty before X by Shabazz (Civil Rights)
  • Witch of blackbird pond by Elizabeth Speare (Colonial times/Salem witch trials)
  • Moon over Manifest by Vanderpool (WWII)
  • My year in the middle by Lila Quintero Weaver (Civil Rights, 1970s)
  • Countdown by Deborah Wiles (Cold War)
  • One crazy summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (Civil Rights/Black Panthers)
Books (Mysteries)
  • Leaving by Altebrando (YA)
  • Red Blazer girls by Michael Beil
  • Strike three, you're dead by Josh Berk
  • Book scavenger by Jennifer Bertman
  • Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (YA)
  • Peculiar incident on shady street by Currie (supernatural)
  • London Eye mystery by Siobhan Dowd
  • Into the lion's den by Linda Fairstein
  • Under the egg by Laura Fitzgerald
  • Absolutely, truly by Heather Vogel Frederick
  • Zap by Martha Freeman
  • Spy school by Stuart Gibbs
  • Van Gogh deception by Deron Hicks
  • Wig in the window by Kittscher
  • Case of the vanishing golden frogs by Markle (nonfiction)
  • Kiki Strike inside the shadow city by Kirsten Miller
  • Spirit hunters by Ellen Oh (very creepy)
  • Framed! by James Ponti
  • Enchantment lake by Margi Preus (YA)
  • Woof by Spencer Quinn
  • Westing game by Ellen Raskin
  • Impossible clue by Sarah Rubin
  • York: Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby (YA)
  • Murder is bad manners by Robin Stevens
  • Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Three times lucky by Sheila Turnage
  • Emperor's riddle by Kat Zhang
Books (Real Girls)
  • Path to the stars by Acevedo (biography, Latina)
  • Battle of Darcy Lane by Tara Altebrando
  • Pashmina by Chanani (graphic novel) (Indian)
  • Secret of danger point by Kim Dwinell (graphic novel)
  • Little leaders: Bold women in black history by Vashti Harrison (biography, African-American)
  • Ruby and Olivia by Rachel Hawkins
  • Sunny side up by Jennifer Holm (graphic novel)
  • Little white duck by Na Liu (graphic novel)
Resources
Evaluation
  • 10-18-18
    • Attendance: 7
    • Notes: One boy came (against his will) and mostly sat off at the end working on a Minecraft project and yelling occasionally that girls are stinky (I should interject here that two of the other attendees are his sisters lol). The group was a bit ragged - some had to leave early, some came late, we had some discussion about why boys don't read "girl" books even though girls read books about boys all the time and about how women aren't given equal time in history. A couple kids braided and used the rainbow loom - mostly I just booktalked.

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