Thursday, July 3, 2014

July Discussion for Grades 3-4 Book Club

In July, we discussed the book The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver. Kelsey, Rileigh, Cecilia, Natalie, Abigail and Estelle were present.

If I could be a character from this book it would be:
-I would be Mirabella because she wears wigs.
-I would want to be the Spindler Queen because it would be cool to be a queen for a day. You can direct your kingdom and make everything your way.
-I would be Liza because of all of the adventures she had.
-I would be Liza because she had so many adventures and she was brave. I would want to be the main character.
-I would be the broom. Because it's awesome.

Would you travel to Below in order to retrieve the soul of a loved one?
-Only if it wasn't my brother. He's really annoying. If it was Kelsey or Rileigh or a baby cousin, I would.
-It depends.
-If it was my sister, maybe. If it was my friend, then no. No way for my brother.
-I would travel for a friend and for my brother because life would be really boring without him. I would go for Estelle and Abby.
-I would go for my sister. I would not go for any boys. I would go for anyone sitting at this table.

Did you like the number of adventures that happened in the story (ie. the number of times that Liza almost died)?-I think that it was just the right amount of adventures. It made you want to read more.
-I thought it was too many adventures. There wasn't very much down-time in the story. You almost wonder when she is going to save her brother because she's always trying to not die.
-I liked all of the events because, without them, the book was really boring. I am glad that all of those things happened.
-Yes. Because.

What do you think about the ending of the book? Was it a good conclusion to all of the adventures?

-I don't think it was because I was expecting more. It leads up to such a good ending. But it just ends with her brother not remembering anything and waking up in bed.
-I agree with Natalie.

Do you think that the nice creatures from The Below (Mirabella, etc.) should have come Above to live?

-I thought that Liza would have kept Mirabella as a pet.
-I thought Mirabella would come above and visit.
-I though Liza would make a goodie-basket with pinks, a mirror, a new hat, a wig, etc. for Mirabella.

Do you think that Liza's fighting parents was put in the story for a specific reason?
-Yes. So she could give her mother the seeds of hope.
-And give her father the glasses.

Did you like the author's style?
-Yes. Because I like adventures and mysteries.

On a scale of 1-5, how would you rate this book?

-3 because I liked it but didn't.
-4 1/2 because I liked almost everything but the Spindlers. They freaked me out.
-I would give it a 4 3/4 because I really like adventure and mystery. 
-I would give it an 8 out of 5.

We will be reading Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer for Book Club in August. Please note that we will be meeting at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27 in order to accommodate vacation schedules. 

"In the little colonial town of Salem Village, Massachusetts, two girls began to twitch, mumble, and contort their bodies into strange shapes. The doctor tried every remedy, but nothing cured the young Puritans. He grimly announced the dire diagnosis: the girls were bewitched! And then the accusations began.

The riveting, true story of the victims, accused witches, crooked officials, and mass hysteria that turned a mysterious illness affecting two children into a witch hunt that took over a dozen people’s lives and ruined hundreds more unfolds in chilling detail in this young adult book by award-winning author and illustrator Rosalyn Schanzer."

April Grades 3-4 Book Club: The Collectors

For April's Book Club, we read The Collectors by Jacqueline West. Gavin, Kailynn, Luna, Mira, and Mark were present. This...