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Dream with Stargirl

Dream with Stargirl

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli explores the power of individuality. It is a great book to use in your classroom or homeschool for a whole class novel study, small book groups, or individual book studies.

Stargirl was first published in 2000. Stargirl showcases nonconformity vs. the tense and emotional desire to be popular. It drives the messages that popularity is fleeting and cruel, and it’s always better to stay true to yourself to succeed.

Summary of Stargirl:

*From the book jacket

Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’ s heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first. 

Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different, and Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal. In this celebration of nonconformity, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the perils of popularity and the thrill and inspiration of first love.

 

 

I offer a complete novel study to accompany Stargirl for use in the classroom or homeschool. The unit includes both a printable format and a Google Drive™ format for use in a paperless classroom or with Google Classroom.

 

Stargirl is a great novel to use to help early adolescents understand that the drive to be “popular” isn’t worth betraying yourself. What makes you special is what makes you great.


It’s Time For a Lemonade War!

It’s Time For a Lemonade War!

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies is the story of sibling rivalry and the road to entrepreneurship at its finest. It is a great book to use in your classroom or homeschool for a whole class novel study, small book groups, or individual book studies. It’s easy to incorporate economics lessons into Language arts with this fun, easy to relate to book.

The Lemonade War was first published in 2007 by Jacqueline Davies. It has won multiple awards and branched off an entire series. It pits brother, Evan, who is “people smart” against his sister, Jessie, who is “book smart”. Which “smart” will win the war?

From the Book Jacket:

For a full hour, he poured lemonade. The world is a thirsty place, he thought as he nearly emptied his fourth pitcher of the day. And I am the Lemonade King.

Fourth-grader Evan Treski is people-smart. He’s good at talking with people, even grownups. His younger sister, Jessie, on the other hand, is math-smart, but not especially good with people. So when the siblings’ lemonade stand war begins, there really is no telling who will win—or even if their fight will ever end. 

 

 

I offer a complete novel study to accompany The Lemonade War for use in the classroom or homeschool. The unit includes both a printable format and a Google Drive™ format for use in a paperless classroom or with Google Classroom.

The Lemonade War does a clever job of introducing marketing tips for any business, definitions of business terms, charts, diagrams, and even math problems while exploring the depths of true sibling rivalry and respect. It’s a great multi-curricular novel to bring into your classroom.


On the Run with Maniac Magee

On the Run with Maniac Magee

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli explores the themes of racism and homelessness in an engaging, humorous, and interesting way. It is a great book to use in your classroom or homeschool for a whole class novel study, small book groups, or individual book studies.

Maniac Magee was first published in 1990. Among the many awards bestowed upon the novel, it won the acclaimed Newbery Medal in 1991, has been named one of the “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children” by the NEA, and was ranked #40 of the all-time best children’s novels by the School Library Journal.

Summary of Maniac Magee:

*From the book jacket

Jeffrey Lionel “Maniac” Magee might have lived a normal life if a trolley accident hadn’t made him an orphan. After living with his unhappy and uptight aunt and uncle for eight years, he decides to run- and not just run away, but run. And this is where the myth of Maniac Magee begins, as he changes the lives of a racially divided small town with his amazing and legendary feats.

 

 

I offer a complete novel study to accompany Maniac Magee for use in the classroom or homeschool. The unit includes both a printable format and a Google Drive™ format for use in a paperless classroom or with Google Classroom.

 

Maniac Magee is a great novel to use as a scholarly tool to address racial and class issues with young students in a poignant and humorous way.