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Bad Kitty: Drawn to Trouble

JF Bruel    •    Humor/How-to

bad kitty drawn to trouble

Have you ever wanted to write a book?  If so, Bad Kitty: Drawn to Trouble is a book you will want to read!

In Bad Kitty: Drawn to Trouble, Nick Bruel uses his trademark humor to help young authors create stories of their own.  There are two really great reasons to read this book.  First, it introduces readers to elements of writing like characters, plot, setting and more.  Second, this writing guide is presented in an awesome Bad Kitty story!  Why read a how-to-write textbook that gives exhaustive-but-dry definitions of the elements of a story, when you could read Bad Kitty: Drawn to Trouble that introduces all of the major elements of a story through explanation and example?  It is a wonderful bonus that the examples are expertly woven into a hilarious power struggle between Nick Bruel (the author) and Bad Kitty (the strong-willed star) to determine Bad Kitty’s fate.  Who will win?  Will Bad Kitty bully Bruel into giving her a big bowl of kitty food?  Or Nick Bruel doom Bad Kitty to a diet of turnips?

This laugh-out-loud-funny book is a must read for both aspiring young writers and Bad Kitty fans alike!

Interest Level: grades 3-5  •  Lexile: 570L   •  AR: 3.5

Bruel, N. (2014). Bad Kitty: Drawn to Trouble.  New York, NY: Roaring Press Books.

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Heaven is for Real

133.9013 Burpo   •   Biography

Heaven is for real

At just three years old, Colton Burpo became deathly ill.  After a long and painful recovery, Colton began to tell his parents of the remarkable journey to heaven he took while undergoing life-saving emergency surgery.

Heaven is for Real is a powerful true account of a young boy’s life.  Weather or not you believe in heaven, you will be deeply moved by this slim volume.  Readers will first weep with the Burpo’s as Colton suffers in the hospital.  Readers will then cry tears of joy at the beauty and love in heaven as described by this remarkable child.

Interest Level: grades 6 and up  •  AR: 6.3

Burpo, T. & Vincent, L. (2010). Heaven is for Real. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

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To Dance: a ballerina’s graphic novel

JB Siegel    •    AR Reading Level: 3.8    •    AR Points: 0.5    •   Quiz #110718

todance.aspxThis is the story of a girl who loves to dance.  She fills every empty space she can find with dance.  When a doctor diagnoses her with flat feet, her mother suggests that she take a dance class to fix her flat feet.  The little girl loves this idea, and she soon begins to study ballet. As she grows older, her family moves from Puerto Rico to New York so that she can study ballet at the finest school of ballet in America.  Her life revolves around dancing.  She reads about ballet and watches movies about ballet.  She even schedules her school day around her ballet classes.  By the time this girl is in her teens, she is performing on the stage with famous dancers like Mikhail Baryshnikov!  When her parents marriage begins do dissolve, dance becomes her refuge and escape.

This graphic novel tells the true life story of the author, Siena Cherson Siegel.  It is poignant and inspirational.  The beautiful illustrations are graceful and full of movement.  These illustrations are enhanced through the use of a beautiful color pallet that uses soft pastel colors in combination with bright splashes of color to add joy and emotion through out the book.  This book is a must read for young ballerinas, and is also recommended for young girls in general, because it will inspire readers follow their dreams, to delight in their passions, and to achieve success through hard work and dedication.  This book is an absolutely beautiful work of art!

Genre: Autobiography  •  Interest Level: grades 4-8

2007 Sibert Honor Book

Siegel, S. (2006). To Dance: a ballerina’s graphic novel. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

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