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Recently, a reader requested some links to free lesson plans and activities for “Your Move” by Eve Bunting. When time permits, sometimes I can fill those types of requests.
This is one of those times and also because Eve Bunting is one of my favorite children’s books authors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Move by Eve Bunting
Illustrated by James E. Ransome
Harcourt Brace, 1998
Grades 1-5
When ten-year-old James’ gang initiation endangers his six-year-old brother Isaac, they find the courage to say, “Thanks, but no thanks.”

Teaching Resources

  • Lesson Plan focuses on peer pressure with questions and activities. Elementary School District 102, IL
  • Lesson Plan includes activities focusing on themes related to justice on page 23. Plea.org
  • Lesson Plan focuses on responsibility. Thinking Restoratively
  • Lesson Plan focuses on before, during and after reading. Mat Mentor

 

 

 

 

 

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The movie based on the young adult book The Maze Runner by James Dashner comes to theaters on September 19.

maze runnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner  Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.
Delacorte Press, 2009
Grade 7+
2011 ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Fiction
VOYA 2009 Best Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

 

Here’s some free teaching resources to get book discussions started.

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The movie based on the young adult book If I Stay by Gayle Forman comes to theaters on August 22. When you head back to school, you might want to add this exceptional book on this year’s reading list.

Here’s some free teaching resources to get book discussions started.

 

If I StayIf I Stay by Gayle Forman
While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weights whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.
Dutton Books, 2009
Grade 9+

 

 

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Divergent

Many of the latest book-to-movie adaptations are coming from books written for young adults. The film adaptation of Divergent by Veronica Roth starts tomorrow, and I will be in the ticket line for sure.

I thought I would list some links to free teaching resources for this title in case you’re using the book in your classroom or book club.

DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth
Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011
In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all. (Annotation source: Library of Congress)

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Video Resources

Video Interview  with the author about the book. YouTube

Book Trailer

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Movie Trailer

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Journey by Aaron Becker
A young girl, having escaped from her loneliness through a door she drew on her bedroom wall, is captured by an evil emperor and must find a way to escape.

Candlewick Press
Grade 1-4

Starred Reviews and Recognitions:

  • Amazon.com Best Books of the Year
  • Horn Book Fanfare
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books
  • New York Times Notable Children’s Books
  • New York Times Best Illustrated Books
  • School Library Journal Best Books

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Teaching Resources

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EAPNominees for the 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Awards have been announced by the Mystery Writers of America (MWA).

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BEST JUVENILE

Strike Three, You’re DeadStrike Three, You’re Dead by Josh Berk
(Random House Children’s Books – Alfred A. Knopf BFYR)
Lenny Norbeck and his friends The Mikes set out to investigate the suspicious death of a young pitcher at a Phillies game.
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Moxie and the Art of Rule BreakingMoxie and the Art of Rule Breaking by Erin Dionne
(Penguin Young Readers Group – Dial)
Instead of spending a carefree summer exploring downtown Boston with best friend Ollie, thirteen-year-old Moxie must solve a famous art heist in order to protect those she loves from her ailing grandfather’s gangster past.
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P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified ManP.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified Man by Caroline Lawrence
(Penguin Young Readers Group – Putnam Juvenile)
After escaping the ruthless desperados, master-of-disguise P.K. Pinkerton has now set up a Private Eye business in Virginia City and is ready when a young maid named Martha approaches him for help in escaping a killer.
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Lockwood & Co. The Screaming StaircaseLockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
(Disney Publishing Worldwide – Disney-Hyperion)
Follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London.
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One Came HomeOne Came Home by Amy Timberlake
(Random House Children’s Books – Alfred A. Knopf BFYR)
In 1871 Wisconsin, thirteen-year-old Georgia sets out to find her sister Agatha, presumed dead when remains are found wearing the dress she was last seen in, and before the end of the year gains fame as a sharpshooter and foiler of counterfeiters.

  • Teaching Guide includes pre-reading, discussion questions, and activities. Random House

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BEST YOUNG ADULT

All the Truth That’s In MeAll the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry
(Penguin Young Readers Group – Viking Juvenile)
Judith can’t speak. But when her close-knit community of Roswell Station is attacked by enemies, Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice.

  • Teacher’s Notes include an introduction, pre-reading, and activities. HarperCollins

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Far far awayFar Far Away by Tom McNeal
(Random House Children’s Books – Alfred A. Knopf BFYR)
When Jeremy Johnson Johnson’s strange ability to speak to the ghost of Jacob Grimm draws the interest of his classmate, Ginger Boltinghouse, the two find themselves at the center of a series of disappearances in their hometown.
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criminalCriminal by Terra Elan McVoy
(Simon & Schuster – Simon Pulse)
Eighteen-year-old Nikki’s unconditional love for Dee helps her escape from her problems, but when he involves her in a murder Nikki winds up in prison, confronted with hard facts that challenge whether Dee ever loved her, and she can only save herself by telling the truth about Dee.
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How to lead a life of crimeHow to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller
(Penguin Young Readers Group – Razorbill)
A teenaged pickpocket, haunted by the ghost of his brother killed by his father, is recruited for Mandel Academy, a school for criminals where only one student survives each semester.
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Ketchup cloudsKetchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
(Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Zoe, a teenager in Bath, England, writes letters to a death-row inmate in Texas, hoping to find comfort in sharing her guilty secret over the death of a friend with someone who can never tell her family.

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The movie version of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak will be released in theaters beginning November 8 depending upon where you live.

This has been one of my most favorite books, and I have been anxiously awaiting the film.

Book Summary: Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

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Teaching Resources

Official Film Website

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