Monday, December 7, 2009


Students are always asking me to help them find good books to read. Mrs. Lantz and I have started booktalking during GOAL students' library time on Thursdays to recommend good books to students. I hope to update this blog every week with the books that have been shared, but the following is a list of all the books I've shared up to this point:

Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret

The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg

Pirates! by Celia Rees

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Singularity by William Sleator

No Talking by Andrew Clements

Cracker! by Cynthia Kadohata

Hattie Big Sky by Korby Larson

The Teacher's Funeral by Richard Peck

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney

Gods, Men, & Monsters from the Greek Myths by Michael Gibson

Mysteries of the Mummy Kids by Kelly Milner Halls

Boston Jane: An Adventure by Jennifer L. Holm

Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney

Phineas Gage by John Fleischman

Firebirds by Sharyn November

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park


  1. Thanks so much for booktalking my book MYSTERIES OF THE MUMMY KIDS. If there is anything I can do to help you get kids excited about books, let me know. I'd be happy to help.

    Best always,
    Kelly Milner Halls

  2. Wow! Thanks for commenting on my blog... my students and I were so excited to read it! And, thanks for your willingness to be involved with kids and reading.

    Best to you too!
    Tena Nelson

  3. Can I get NU points for commenting on this? because I think that I have books that some people might like to read. I personally like the authors Chris Crutcher, Mike Lupica, and John Feinstein. They all write about sports.

  4. Your comments are always appreciated and encouraged, but NUPoints are wonderfully random. In other words, no. :)

  5. I have read three of these books; Small Steps, Mysteries of the Mummy Kids, and Phineas Gage.

    Small Steps; I really liked this book because I enjoy reading about diseases. This book is about a girl who is just going on with a regular life when she gets polio. She dosen't know what she is going to do. She ends up being paralyzed and in a wheelchair.

    Mysteries of the Mummy kids; This book was really informational on how mummys come to be and related topics. The pictures were kind of disturbing to me but other than that the book was great.

    Phineas Gage; This book told the story of Phineas Gage. When Phineas is working with a company that works with explosives, he accidentially blows the metal rod through his head. The rest of his life takes place when he is being studied. Everyone was questioning why he didn't die. His injury really helped science study the human brain.