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Welcome to Brevard School’s Sunshine State Young Reader’s Blog – Grade 6 – 8
Jun 26th, 2017 by Ana Woodbrey

Welcome to the Brevard Schools Sunshine State Young Readers blog – Grade 6 -8 for 2017 – 2018!

A Special Note:

The Sunshine State program is voluntary and intended to promote reading among students in grades 6-8.  These titles are selected for their wide literary appeal, variety in genre, connections to classroom, and multicultural portrayal.  Though these titles include a variety of reading levels that students may understand, they do not necessarily reflect the appropriate chronological age, developmental age, maturity level, or family values for all students, and are not necessarily recommended for everyone.  We encourage parents to read with their children or to pre-read the books since parents know best what their children are ready to read.

Students, consider your family values and your own comfort level as you make your reading selections.

To get started:

  1. Select the book you would like to discuss.
  2. Read the questions.
  3. Click on “comments” to view what others have to say about this book or to write your response.
  4. Communicate your thoughts using your best writing with support from the text.  Your teachers may grade your comments.  Be sure to use formal writing conventions rather than “chatspeak” or texting abbreviations on the blog.
  5. Sign your name like this:  first name + last initial + teacher + period + school name .  Here is an example:  SarahTMcCune2Hoover
  6. You will be asked for an email address in order to comment.  You may use your own email address or use:  ssyrabooks@yahoo.com
  7. This blog is monitored.  Be appropriate and thoughtful in your responses.

A Note on Netiquette:

Remember, this blog is monitored.  You may comment on reasons why you did or did not enjoy a book, respectfully.  This blog is not a platform for personal communications, and remember to use appropriate language and respectful vocabulary.

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Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington
Jun 26th, 2017 by Ana Woodbrey

Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington

2014, Amazon.com

  1. What does it mean to be courageous?  In which ways does Mysti demonstrate courage throughout the story?  Use details and examples from the novel to support your response.
  2. What are some qualities that make someone a good friend?  Think about Mysti’s friendship with Anibal and her friendship with Rama.  Provide examples from the story of ways in which these characters demonstrate their friendship.
  3. Agoraphobia, the fear of leaving one’s home, greatly affected Mysti’s mother and the rest of the family.  If you were Mysti what are some things you would have done to help your mother cope with her phobias?  Use details and examples from the novel to support your response.  
  4. The cover of this book features an image of a hot-air balloon.  What role does the hot-air balloon play in Mysti’s character development?  Use details and examples from the novel to support your response.
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Framed! by James Ponti
Jun 26th, 2017 by Ana Woodbrey

Framed! by James Ponti

2016, Goodreads.com

  1. The idea of TOAST is to add up a lot of little details to reveal a larger truth. What does it mean to ‘pay attention to details’? Give examples of details from the story.
  2. Florian says, “I notice things other people don’t. My brain’s weird that way. It spots details that seem insignificant and snaps them together like puzzle pieces.” Do you see his ability to think differently as an asset? Why or why not? Use details and examples from the story to support your response.
  3. After he shows her how he uses T.O.A.S.T., Margaret asks, “Can you teach me how to do that?” What is it about this ability that makes her desire to be able to apply the theory to the things which she is interested in discovering? From observing how Florian and Margaret use T.O.A.S.T., can you see yourself being interested in learning how to use it to discover more about the people and situations you are interested in?  Use details and examples from the story to support your response.
  4. How does knowing the identity of Margaret’s dad make the relationship between Florian and Margaret challenging? Why do you think he knows he has to keep this secret from her? Do you agree with his decision? Why or why not?  Use details and examples from the story to support your response.
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The Girl in the Well is Me by Karen Rivers
Jun 26th, 2017 by Ana Woodbrey

The Girl in the Well is Me by Karen Rivers

2016, Goodreads.com

  1. Do you think Kammie’s mom made the right choice in moving them to Texas? Why or Why not? What would you have done in Mom’s place? Explain.
  2. Why do you think Mandy, Sandy, and Kandy left Kammie in the well and didn’t immediately tell anyone? Would the story have changed if they had immediately tried to get help?  Explain your answer with specific examples from the text.
  3. If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make noise? Do you agree with Kammie and Mr. Thacker’s answer (page 50) or do you believe something else? Why or why not?
  4. Often parents make choices that directly or indirectly impact their children’s lives. How did Kammie’s dad’s choices impact her life in a negative way? Did his choices impact her life in a positive way? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
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The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Jun 26th, 2017 by Ana Woodbrey

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

2016, Amazon.com

  1. This novel highlights many themes to include:  good vs. evil, love, friendship, and rebellion against tradition.  In what ways do the characters and plot express these themes?  Use details and examples from the story to support your response.
  2. The author tells this story from the perspectives of all the characters.  What effect does this have on the plot and the audience?  How would the story be different if it were only told from Luna’s point of view?  Use details and examples from the story to support your response.
  3. Which scene in the story is your favorite?  Which scene in the story is a turning point in the plot?  Use details and examples from the story to support your response.
  4. How does the way in which the characters see themselves differ from how others see them?  Use details and examples from the story to support your response.
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How to (Almost) Ruin Your Summer by Taryn Souders
Jun 26th, 2017 by Ana Woodbrey

How to (Almost) Ruin Your Summer by Taryn Souders

2016, Amazon.com

  1. Chloe was put in a camp she didn’t want to go to. She was forced to deal with it. Have you ever been in a situation that you just didn’t want to be in? How did you handle it?
  2. How did Chloe turn around her attitude toward being at camp?  Use details and examples from the story to support your response.
  3. What were some of the situations Chloe found herself in that caused trouble for her? How could she have avoided those problems?  Use details and examples from the story to support your response.
  4. Chloe has to find a way to cope with the “camp diva”. How would you deal with someone with whom you could not relate? How did Chloe deal with this situation?  Use details and examples from the story to support your response.
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It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
Jun 26th, 2017 by Ana Woodbrey

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

2016, Goodreads.com

  1. Zomorod (aka Cindy) makes some very good friends throughout the story.  In what ways do Cindy and her friends demonstrate their friendship for each other?  What are some things she does to fit in and build friendships?  Use details and examples from the story to support your response.
  2. Cindy’s family states that they don’t necessarily practice their religion, but they do practice “kindness”.  In which ways do characters in the story demonstrate kindness?  Use details and examples from the story to support your response.
  3. Cindy often complains that she has to translate to the English language for her mother.  Why does Cindy feel this way?  In what ways do you think Cindy could help her mother better understand the English Language?  Use details and examples from the story to support your response.
  4. This novel includes a lot of humor.  What are some scenes that you thought were funny?  How does the humor add to the novel?  Use details and examples from the story to support your response.

 

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The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson
Jun 26th, 2017 by Ana Woodbrey

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

2015, Amazon.com

  1. Piper discovers that she is a synergist.  In what ways does she use this “power” to benefit herself and other characters?  In what ways would you use this “power” if you possessed it in today’s world?  Use details and examples from the story to support your response.
  2. Why did Aron’s stop trading iron with the Merrow Kingdom?  What effect does this have on the citizens of the territories?  Use details and examples from the story to support your response.
  3. The characters in the story belong to a variety of social classes.  What effect does this separation of social classes have on the characters in the story and how they interact with one another?  Use details and examples from the story to support your response.
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Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
Jun 26th, 2017 by Ana Woodbrey

Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

2015, Pintrest.com

  1. Do you think Cassie’s father made the right choice keeping secrets from her or should he have told her the truth?  Use details and examples from the story to support your response.
  2. Cassie, Simone, and Asher use secret tunnels under Rome. If you had a secret tunnel under your house, where would you want it to lead?  Use vivid, sensory details to describe your location.
  3. “The choices we make determine our fate,” said the old woman at the train station. What does this mean? Do you think it’s true?  Use details and examples from the story to support your response.
  4. With the spear, Cassie can change the outcome of future situations. Would you like to have this power? How would you use it?  Use details and examples from the story to support your response.  
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The Nerdy Dozen by Jeff Miller
Jun 26th, 2017 by Ana Woodbrey

The Nerdy Dozen by Jeff Miller

2014, Amazon.com

  1. Would you participate in the mission to recover The Chameleon?  What would you do that is different or similar to what Neil did in the book?  Use details and examples from the story to support your response.
  2. What potential dangers could there have been if the invisibility technology had fallen into the wrong hands?  Use details and examples from the story to support your response.
  3. Do you think video games help you in real-life situations?  Explain your response with examples.
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