Esperanza Rising

Esperanza Rising
Author: Pam Munoz Ryan
Publsiher: Scholastic Inc.
Total Pages: 262
Release: 2000
ISBN 10: 9780439120425
ISBN 13: 043912042X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Esperanza Rising Book Review:

Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression. Jr Lib Guild. Reprint.

Esperanza Rising - Literature Kit Gr. 5-6

Esperanza Rising - Literature Kit Gr. 5-6
Author: Chad Ibbotson
Publsiher: Classroom Complete Press
Total Pages: 55
Release: 2017-11-22
ISBN 10: 0228303249
ISBN 13: 9780228303244
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Esperanza Rising - Literature Kit Gr. 5-6 Book Review:

Experience the hardships of starting over during the Great Depression. The activities act as a great jumping-off point for teaching in a student-guided manner. Students put themselves in Esperanza's shoes and describe her changing viewpoints as she becomes exposed to the lives of those poorer than she once was. Determine whether a strike will cause conflict later in the story based on what is already known. Put events in order as they happen immediately following the death of Esperanza's father. Make predictions on the outcome of Esperanza's attempts to get a job. Compare the mythological story of the phoenix to that of Esperanza. Compare the different settings of the book, from Esperanza's home in Mexico to the work camps in California. Aligned to your State Standards, additional crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key are also included. About the Novel: Esperanza Rising tells the story of a young girl who's world gets turned upside-down, and must flee to America to start a new life. Esperanza Ortega grew up in luxury on her father's ranch in Mexico. She had servants, nice clothes and lavish parties. Her sheltered life comes crashing down when her father is killed by renegades while tending to a broken fence on his property. Their home is left to Esperanza and her mother, but the land is left to her father's stepbrothers. After their home is burned down, Esperanza, her mother and a few loyal servants flee to America to start better lives. Unfortunately for them, it's the Great Depression and their new lives won't be so great. Esperanza is immediately flung into poverty and struggles to adjust. When they make it to the States, Esperanza falls into a deep depression. When her mother becomes sick, Esperanza must grow up and learn to appreciate what she has. This riches-to-rags story shows that it's not what you possess that bring you happiness, but the people you share it with.

Paint the Wind

Paint the Wind
Author: Pam Munoz Ryan
Publsiher: Scholastic Inc.
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2012-11-01
ISBN 10: 0545281407
ISBN 13: 9780545281409
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Paint the Wind Book Review:

A sheltered girl. A wild horse. An unforgettable journey. Maya lives like a captive. At Grandmother's house in California, everything is forbidden: friends, fun, even memories. And her life is built on lies: lies Grandmother tells her about her dead mother, lies Maya tells to impress or manipulate. But then she moves to the vast Wyoming wilderness where her mother's family awaits - kind, rugged people who have no tolerance for lies. They challenge Maya to confront the truth about who she is. And a mysterious mustang called Artemisia waits, too. She holds the key to Maya's freedom. But to find it, Maya will have to risk everything, including her life.

Riding Freedom

Riding Freedom
Author: Pam Munoz Ryan
Publsiher: Scholastic Inc.
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2013-10-29
ISBN 10: 0545360293
ISBN 13: 9780545360296
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Riding Freedom Book Review:

A reissue of Pam Munoz Ryan's bestselling backlist with a distinctive new author treatment. In this fast-paced, courageous, and inspiring story, readers adventure with Charlotte Parkhurst as she first finds work as a stable hand, becomes a famous stage-coach driver (performing brave feats and outwitting bandits), finds love as a woman but later resumes her identity as a man after the loss of a baby and the tragic death of her husband, and ultimately settles out west on the farm she'd dreamed of having since childhood. It wasn't until after her death that anyone discovered she was a woman.

Barkus

Barkus
Author: Patricia MacLachlan
Publsiher: Chronicle Books
Total Pages: 56
Release: 2017-06-06
ISBN 10: 1452143463
ISBN 13: 9781452143460
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Barkus Book Review:

Meet Barkus. Barkus is loyal. Barkus is generous. Barkus is family. The exuberant Barkus and his lucky young owner whirl and twirl across the pages of this delightful pre-chapter book series from award-winning author Patricia MacLachlan. The accessible text is ideal for even the newest independent reader, while the warm, humorous story and energetic illustrations will appeal to picture book readers as well as advanced readers.

Henry and Mudge and the Happy Cat

Henry and Mudge and the Happy Cat
Author: Cynthia Rylant
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 48
Release: 2011-06-28
ISBN 10: 1442441194
ISBN 13: 9781442441194
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Henry and Mudge and the Happy Cat Book Review:

In this eighth book in the Henry and Mudge series, Henry and his dog Mudge take in a stray cat. It's not a pretty cat, but it is a happy cat and it loves Mudge!

The Dreamer

The Dreamer
Author: Pam Munoz Ryan
Publsiher: Turtleback Books
Total Pages: 373
Release: 2012-03-01
ISBN 10: 9780606239400
ISBN 13: 0606239405
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Dreamer Book Review:

A fictionalized biography of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.

Becoming Naomi Leon

Becoming Naomi Leon
Author: Pam Munoz Ryan
Publsiher: Scholastic Inc.
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2012-10-01
ISBN 10: 0545532329
ISBN 13: 9780545532327
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Becoming Naomi Leon Book Review:

A reissue of Pam Munoz Ryan's bestselling backlist with a distinctive author treatment and new cover art by Raul Colon. Naomi Soledad Leon Outlaw has had a lot to contend with in her young life, her name for one. Then there are her clothes (sewn in polyester by Gram), her difficulty speaking up, and her status at school as "nobody special." But according to Gram, most problems can be overcome with positive thinking. And with Gram and her little brother, Owen, Naomi's life at Avocado Acres Trailer Rancho in California is happy and peaceful...until their mother reappears after seven years of being gone, stirring up all sorts of questions and challenging Naomi to discover and proclaim who she really is.

Echo

Echo
Author: Pam Muñoz Ryan
Publsiher: Scholastic Inc.
Total Pages: 592
Release: 2015-02-24
ISBN 10: 0545576504
ISBN 13: 9780545576505
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Echo Book Review:

Music, magic, and a real-life miracle meld in this genre-defying masterpiece from Newbery Honoree Pam Muñoz Ryan! Winner of a 2016 Newbery Honor, ECHO pushes the boundaries of genre, form, and storytelling innovation. Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica. Decades later, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each, in turn, become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. And ultimately, pulled by the invisible thread of destiny, their suspenseful solo stories converge in an orchestral crescendo. Richly imagined and masterfully crafted, this impassioned, uplifting, and virtuosic tour de force will resound in your heart long after the last note has been struck.

With a Book in Their Hands

With a Book in Their Hands
Author: Manuel M. Martín-Rodríguez
Publsiher: UNM Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2014-06-30
ISBN 10: 0826354777
ISBN 13: 9780826354778
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

With a Book in Their Hands Book Review:

First Place Winner of the 2015 International Latino Book Award for Best Latino Focused Nonfiction Book Literary history is a history of reading. What happens during the act of reading is the subject of the branch of literary scholarship known as reader-response theory. Does the text guide the reader? Does the reader operate independently of the text? Questions like these shape the approach of the essays in this book, edited by a scholar known for his groundbreaking work in using reader-response theory as a window into Chicana and Chicano literature. Manuel M. Martín-Rodríguez has overseen several research projects aimed at documenting Chicana and Chicano reading practices and experiences. Here he gathers diverse and passionate accounts of reading drawn from that research. For many, books served as refuges from the sorrows of a childhood marked by violence or parental abandonment. Several of the contributors here salute the roles of teachers in introducing poetry and stories into their lives.

The Knights of the Kitchen Table #1

The Knights of the Kitchen Table #1
Author: Jon Scieszka
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2004-04-26
ISBN 10: 9781101077023
ISBN 13: 1101077026
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Knights of the Kitchen Table #1 Book Review:

Everyone’s favorite time-travelers are changing their styles! The Time Warp Trio series now features a brand-new, eye-catching design, sure to appeal to longtime fans, and those new to Jon Scieszka’s wacky brand of humor.

Mummies in the Morning

Mummies in the Morning
Author: Mary Pope Osborne
Publsiher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Total Pages: 80
Release: 2010-06-15
ISBN 10: 0375894209
ISBN 13: 9780375894206
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mummies in the Morning Book Review:

The #1 bestselling chapter book series of all time celebrates 25 years with new covers and a new, easy-to-use numbering system! Jack and Annie don't need another mummy. But that's what they get when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to ancient Egypt. There they meet a long-dead queen who needs their help. Will Jack and Annie be able to solve the puzzle, or will they end up as mummies themselves? Did you know that there’s a Magic Tree House book for every kid? Magic Tree House: Adventures with Jack and Annie, perfect for readers who are just beginning chapter books Merlin Missions: More challenging adventures for the experienced reader Super Edition: A longer and more dangerous adventure Fact Trackers: Nonfiction companions to your favorite Magic Tree House adventures Have more fun with Jack and Annie at MagicTreeHouse.com!

Little Bear's Friend

Little Bear's Friend
Author: Else Holmelund Minarik
Publsiher: Red Fox Picture Books
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2017-05-01
ISBN 10: 9781782955085
ISBN 13: 1782955089
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Little Bear's Friend Book Review:

One summer Little Bear makes friends with a girl named Emily. But when summer ends, Emily must leave. Little Bear is very sad-until he finds a way to stay close to his new friend even when she is far away!

The Knight at Dawn

The Knight at Dawn
Author: Mary Pope Osborne
Publsiher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Total Pages: 65
Release: 1993
ISBN 10: 067982412X
ISBN 13: 9780679824121
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Knight at Dawn Book Review:

Eight-year-old Jack and his younger sister Annie use the magic treehouse to travel back to the Middle Ages, where they explore a castle and are helped by a mysterious knight.

Mouse Soup

Mouse Soup
Author: Arnold Lobel
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2011-06-28
ISBN 10: 006197417X
ISBN 13: 9780061974175
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mouse Soup Book Review:

Another sweet bedtime story about Mouse, from Arnold Lobel, the beloved author and illustrator of the Newbery Honor and Caldecott Honor award-winning Frog and Toad books. Weasel is ready for his dinner, and poor Mouse is it. Can Mouse stop Weasel from serving up mouse soup for supper? The clever mouse tells the weasel four stories to make the soup tasty—then manages to trick the weasel and get home safely. Arnold Lobel's Mouse Soup is a Level Two I Can Read book, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help. Whether shared at home or in a classroom, the engaging stories, longer sentences, and language play of Level Two books are proven to help kids take their next steps toward reading success.

The Not-So-Jolly Roger #2

The Not-So-Jolly Roger #2
Author: Jon Scieszka
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2004-04-26
ISBN 10: 1101077670
ISBN 13: 9781101077672
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Not-So-Jolly Roger #2 Book Review:

Everyone’s favorite time-travelers are changing their styles! The Time Warp Trio series now features a brand-new, eye-catching design, sure to appeal to longtime fans, and those new to Jon Scieszka’s wacky brand of humor.

Merci Suárez Changes Gears

Merci Suárez Changes Gears
Author: Meg Medina
Publsiher: Candlewick Press
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2018-09-11
ISBN 10: 1536204099
ISBN 13: 9781536204094
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Merci Suárez Changes Gears Book Review:

Winner of the 2019 Newbery Medal Thoughtful, strong-willed sixth-grader Merci Suarez navigates difficult changes with friends, family, and everyone in between in a resonant new novel from Meg Medina. Merci Suarez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, Merci has never been like the other kids at her private school in Florida, because she and her older brother, Roli, are scholarship students. They don’t have a big house or a fancy boat, and they have to do extra community service to make up for their free tuition. So when bossy Edna Santos sets her sights on the new boy who happens to be Merci’s school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, Merci becomes the target of Edna’s jealousy. Things aren't going well at home, either: Merci’s grandfather and most trusted ally, Lolo, has been acting strangely lately — forgetting important things, falling from his bike, and getting angry over nothing. No one in her family will tell Merci what's going on, so she’s left to her own worries, while also feeling all on her own at school. In a coming-of-age tale full of humor and wisdom, award-winning author Meg Medina gets to the heart of the confusion and constant change that defines middle school — and the steadfast connection that defines family.

Refuge

Refuge
Author: Anne Booth
Publsiher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Total Pages: 32
Release: 2016-10-18
ISBN 10: 0316362239
ISBN 13: 9780316362238
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Refuge Book Review:

This timely gift book offers a moving new perspective on the nativity story-evoking the struggle of Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus as refugees traveling in a strange land, seeking the protection and kindness of strangers. Everyone may already know the story of how Jesus was humbly born in a manger, but Refuge is a lyrical depiction of what came next: the new family's travels through the desert, fleeing Herod's soldiers in order to find a safe place to welcome their son into the world. A poetic and refreshing look at the classic Christmas story that's never been more relevant, Refuge asks readers to consider the modern day implications of being forced to flee your home country.

The Road

The Road
Author: Cormac McCarthy
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2007-03-20
ISBN 10: 0307267458
ISBN 13: 9780307267450
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Road Book Review:

NATIONAL BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE The searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son's fight to survive. A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other. The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation. A New York Times Notable Book One of the Best Books of the Year The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The Denver Post, The Kansas City Star, Los Angeles Times, New York, People, Rocky Mountain News, Time, The Village Voice, The Washington Post

Henry and Mudge Get the Cold Shivers

Henry and Mudge Get the Cold Shivers
Author: Cynthia Rylant
Publsiher: Live Oak Media (NY)
Total Pages: 329
Release: 1999-09
ISBN 10: 9781591125723
ISBN 13: 1591125723
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Henry and Mudge Get the Cold Shivers Book Review:

For use in schools and libraries only. A series about an only child and his huge best friend, a mastiff named Mudge.