Throwback Thursday Special: The Kingdom Keepers Series by Ridley Pearson

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Today’s Throwback Thursday selection (series)  is very special to me.  You see, I got to meet the amazing Ridley Pearson yesterday at his book signing.  This awesome author has written a series of books that has captivated the minds of people of all ages.  This series, The Kingdom Keepers  is a favorite in my own classroom. I can never keep his books on my shelves.  My students love his books and reread them often.  As you can see, Ridley is one of my favorite authors.  This series is now up to seven books.  I just got my hands on the new book,  #7 and cannot wait to read it.

 

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If you have never read this series, I recommend you do. If you are a Disney fan like me, you will love them even more.

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About The Author

Ridley Pearson is the author of more than twenty novels, including the New York Times bestseller KILLER WEEKEND; the Lou Boldt crime series; and many books for young readers, including the award-winning children’s novels PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS, PETER AND THE SHADOW THIEVES, and PETER AND THE SECRET OF RUNDOON, which he cowrote with Dave Barry. Pearson lives with his wife and two daughters, dividing their time between Missouri and Idaho.

http://www.ridleypearson.com/

Twitter:  @RidleyPearson 

Throwback Thursday – Holes by Louis Sachar

Today’s Throwback Thursday book selection is Holes by Louis Sachar.  My students recently read this book and really loved it.  I read this to my older son when he was younger and enjoyed watching the movie with him as well.  This is one of the books that I keep on my bookshelf at school.  It is a most enjoyable 5 star read.

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And so, Stanley Yelnats seems set to serve an easy sentence, which is only fair because he is as innocent as you or me. But Stanley is not going where he thinks he is. Camp Green Lake is like no other camp anywhere. It is a bizarre, almost otherworldly place that has no lake and nothing that is green. Nor is it a camp, at least not the kind of camp kids look forward to in the summertime. It is a place that once held “the largest lake in Texas,” but today it is only a scorching desert wasteland, dotted with countless holes dug by the boys who live at the camp.

The trouble started when Stanley was accused of stealing a pair of shoes donated by basketball great Clyde “Sweetfeet” Livingston to a celebrity auction. In court, the judge doesn’t believe Stanley’s claim that the shoes fell from the sky onto his head. And yet, that’s exactly what happened. Oddly, though, Stanley doesn’t blame the judge for falsely convicting him. Instead, he blames the whole misadventure on his “no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather.” Thanks to this benighted distant relative, the Yelnats family had been cursed for generations. For Stanley, his current troubles are just a natural part of being a Yelnats.

At Camp Green Lake, the warden makes the boys “build character” by spending all day, every day, digging holes: five feet wide and five feet deep. It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the treacherous warden is searching for something, and before long Stanley begins his own search—for the truth.

Fate conspires to resolve it all—the family curse, the mystery of the holes, the drought that destroyed Green Lake, and also, the legend of Kissing Kate Barlow, an infamous outlaw of the Wild West. The great wheel of justice has ground slowly for generations, but now it is about to reveal its verdict.

 

Have you read this book?

Take this fun quizhttps://www.goodreads.com/quizzes/4525-holes-quiz

Quotes from the book:

“If only, if only, the moon speaks no reply;
Reflecting the sun and all that’s gone by.
Be strong my weary wolf, turn around boldly.
Fly high, my baby bird,
My angel, my only”

“I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. Nothing in life is easy. But that’s no reason to give up. You’ll be surprised what you can accomplish if you set your mind to it.After all, you only have one life, so you should try to make the most of it.”

 

Happy Thursday!

~Susi

 

 

Throwback Thursday – The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Today’s Throwback Thursday read is The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.

 

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According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for “social”) has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he’s always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers–until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy’s skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser.

Written forty-five years ago, S. E. Hinton’s classic story of a boy who finds himself on the outskirts of regular society remains as powerful today as it was the day it was written.

How many of you read this book?  Did you watch the movie?  

This is another book that takes me back to my teens.  I do recall reading and enjoying this book.  If memory serves me, I was in junior high when I read it.

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The movie for this book released in 1983.  The movie featured a wonderfully talented and good looking cast of guys.  (Many of these guys adorned my teenage room, right off the pages of Teen Magazine)

Yes, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Rob Lowe, C. Thomas Howell and even Tom Cruise were in this flick.

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Any thoughts on The Outsiders?

I think this is a Young Adult read all teens should read.

Leave a comment.

Happy Thursday!

~Susi

Throwback Thursday – Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Today’s Throwback Thursday post takes me back to high school. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is a classic.   It was a required reading back then, and still is today.

Honestly, this book was one of those I dreaded. I wasn’t interested in the content of the book. In fact, I managed to skip out of class during the time the teacher was having literary discussions on it.  I do recall buying the Cliff Notes version and yes, I actually passed the exams.  (Thanks Cliff Notes.)  Of course, I did watch the movie at the end of the semester.  Now, many years later, I can see the literary value behind this book. I chose this as my Throwback Thursday read after spotting it on my son’s shelf.

How many of you have read this book?  Did you read the Cliff Notes version?  Did you watch the movie?

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Dark allegory describes the narrator’s journey up the Congo River and his meeting with, and fascination by, Mr. Kurtz, a mysterious personage who dominates the unruly inhabitants of the region. Masterly blend of adventure, character development, psychological penetration. Considered by many Conrad’s finest, most enigmatic story.

 

Throwback Thursday – Snoopy and the Red Baron

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For this week’s Throwback Thursday post, I selected Snoopy and The Red Baron by Charles Schultz.  This is another one of those books that I loved to read with my friends when I was in the 3rd grade.  Actually, I remember vividly, the exact location where my teacher kept it on her shelf. She had specific rules about keeping her bookshelf tidy.  (Now I know where I got some of my teacher traits from.)

I came across an article the other day that mentioned the book.  My memories were rekindled.  It is funny how a book can take you back in time to your younger years. Books are truly a portable form of magic. Memories of a time when kids read and played outside floated in my head.  I even recall acting out this book with the boys. Ok, so I had some tomboy moments.  (smirks)

Is there a book or series of books that takes you back in time to your young reader days?

Leave a comment, I’d love to read all about it.

Happy Thursday!

~Susi

Throwback Thursday- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

For today’s Throwback Thursday Post I decided to showcase another one of my favorite books I grew up with.  Not only was this one of my favorites, but my own children have enjoyed reading it countless times.  This is one of those books that I keep on my bookshelf at home and in my classroom.  Roald Dahl is another one of my favorite authors.

My children and I gave this book 5 stars!

And…the book is better than the movie!

Did you read this book as a child?  What are your favorites?

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The mysterious Willy Wonka makes the most amazing and almost magical chocolate candies in the world. No one has been allowed inside his factory for years, then Mr. Wonka invites five lucky children to visit his marvelous factory. Five Golden Tickets are hidden inside five random candy that could be anywhere in the world.

Discover the secrets of Wily Wonka’s factory from Oopma-Loompas to Snozzberries, from Everlasting Gobstoppers to the best way in the world to mix chocolate. You will be amazed, astounded and entertained by Mr. Willy Wonka and his wonderful chocolate factory.

Throwback Thursday Read- Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret.

It is Throwback Thursday so I thought about the books that I read as a child.  I was fortunate to have a librarian living across the street when growing up.  She would always bring me the latest books for me to read.  I still recall reading Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys Series among so many other fantastic books.  It is because of this librarian, Lorraine, that I developed the love of literature.

One of my favorite books, which I must have read over 100 times with my friends was Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume.  Judy Blume has always been one of my favorite authors of children’s books.  Even today, she is still a favorite in my own classroom.  As an educator, Judy Blume books are all over my classroom and are read on a daily basis.

So, I am curious. What books take you back to your childhood?  It’s Throwback Thursday.  Share your favorites in the comments.

~Susi

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Synopsis

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” No one ever told Margaret Simon that eleven-going-on- twelve would be such a hard age. When her family moves to New Jersey, she has to adjust to life in the suburbs, a different school, and a whole new group of friends. Margaret knows she needs someone to talk to about growing up-and it’s not long before she’s found a solution.

“Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret. I can’t wait until two o’clock God. That’s when our dance starts. Do you think I’ll get Philip Leroy for a partner? It’s not so much that I like him as a person God, but as a boy he’s very handsome. And I’d love to dance with him… just once or twice. Thank you God.