Thursday, January 14, 2010


Today was Library Day in GOAL. That means more booktalks! Here are the books I discussed with my students today...

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick

Blood Red Horse by K. M. Grant

Iowa Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities, & Other Offbeat Stuff by Dan Coffey and Eric Jones

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and its sequel, Catching Fire

Have you read any of these books? 40 NUPoints for commenting with a review to these or any of the books I've discussed in class (40 points for the first book review... 20 points for each additional review). Click the "booktalks" label to see the other booktalk posts.


  1. I've read four of them:

    Hattie Big Sky-I love this book! It's about a girl from Iowa. It's set back in kind of an old-western setting. It was the around the 30's or 40's. Hattie the main charracter make a big move from Iowa to Montana to start her own plantation(like a farm). And it covers the trials of being on her own. It's a really good book.

    Small Steps: This book kind of surprised me because I wasn't sure how well I'd like it. It an autobiography and there are a lot of funny commentaries. It's like the author can always find a way to make light of a very serious situation.

    The Mysterious Benedict Society: This book is crazy! I LOVE IT! Its one of those that you can't put down because you want to know what on earth is going on. It's appeals to a lot of readers. It's Adventure, Mystery, and it has so many twists and turns that you just might get whip lash(not really). It is an amazing book and I suggest it to everyone. Especially if you want to keep your brain going. There's a lot of riddles and 'Oh Duh' moments that you'll have even as a reader.

    The Invention of Hugo Cabret: This book has the best illistrations that's NOT a picture book. The story isn't long and it's a quick read no matter that it has so many pages. I really liked it and I loved how the charracters seemed so real and the illistrations fit with how I imagined it perfectly. It was well written and illistrated.

  2. I read She Said Yes by Misty Bernall. It's about a girl that got shot because of her belief in God. Misty is her mom, and she tells Casey's story. Her life and her unlikey turn to God. It's a good book.

    I also read Move Heaven and Earth, by Christina Dodd. It's a romance book set in Historical times. It's a longer, more adult book. I think it's really good. It's about a war-torn battle hero and his unlikley nurse. I love that book. Couldn't put it down.

    I read Song of the Sparrow, and I don't remember who that's by. It's another historical book about a girl named Elaine who had to follow her brothers and father into the war. She plays as a nurse and a seamstress. I love that book because she plays hero in the end.

    I read Adam Copeland on Edge, by Adam Copeland. It's a biography. It's about Adam's career in wrestling. I was interested most of the book, but some were... just ugh. I don't like biographies much though, so...

    Those are some of the good books I read.

  3. Hunger Games sounds sooo intense. I would go insane in a situation like this!
    And the book Iowa Curiosities, sounds pretty interesting. I wonder if any of them would make a good vacation spot....

  4. I've only read freak the mighty, but it's a pretty good book. I hated the ending, though. It was so SAD!!!!!

  5. I also read the graveyard book, and it was definetley a good book. with so much suspense in it, it was such a good read! do you think he'd want to be buried in the same cemetery that he grew up in?

  6. Hunger Games was a good book. It really was intense. The second book was just as good though.

  7. I have read Iowa Curiosities. It was a good book. This book tells cool but interesting facts about counties and towns. It is a really good eye-opener on what is in Iowa.

  8. I am going to read The Hunger Games really soon! It sounds like my kind of book. I am really into action.

  9. I also think that Blood Red horse sounds good! I read about the Crusades before.....eck.

  10. Sorry. Thso last 2 comments were mine. Miss Nelson, the waiting list for The Hunger Games is HUGE! I have to wait for almost a month!

  11. Actually, I read The Hunger Games over the weekend. It is now my favorite book. I love the alliance Rue and Katniss make!