Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Book Share: The Fourteenth Goldfish

I am so excited to introduce to you a new weekly post.  Book Share Wednesday!  I'll post a book review or a lesson idea correlated with a specific book each Wednesday.  Some of the books will even be for newly or pre-published books!  Even better, on the third Wednesday of each month, Book Share Wednesday will be an open linky for anyone to link up their posts about a book or lesson idea for a book.  You can share picture books, novels or even professional development books.  

This first Book Share Wednesday post is all about a book that will be released on August 26, 2014.  It's one of the books for the Global Read Aloud this fall.  You can get more information about the Global Read Aloud here.  

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm is a light-hearted novel about discovering that anything is possible.  As Ellie works through the changes that come with moving from being a child to a teen, she realizes the joy in discovery and the possibility that lies within trying.  

The book has several themes and a couple of story lines that weave between each other.  It is very thought provoking and leaves the reader wondering a bit as Ellie thinks about the damaging side of some inventions that have changed our world for the better.  

The Fourteenth Goldfish will be a great independent, group or class read for grades 4-6 and some third grade students.  It would be a great teacher read aloud and lend to some good conversation.  I appreciated that I didn't have to worry about questionable language, themes, or scenes at any point in this novel.  It reflects reality with an element of fantasy that many students will be able to relate to without a depressive nature.  

I'll be reading this book to my 5th grade class starting October 6th during the Global Read Aloud and would love for any of you to join us.  Pre-order your copy now by clicking the book cover above.  We will be chatting about the book on twitter using #GRA14 from the @dillydabbles twitter account.  My class will also be blogging about classroom happenings from the same account using #sierrabonita5, we'd love to connect and join with you in sharing classroom experiences!

Please join us each Wednesday for a new book share, especially on Wednesday, August 20 for the inaugural monthly Book Share link-up.

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