P.K. Pinkerton and the Pistol-Packing Widows by Caroline Lawrence

I really like P.K. Pinkerton and the Pistol-Packing Widows. The boy was 12 years old and his name is P.K. Pinkerton (private eye.) In the beginning of the book he was mugged and abducted by a lady named Opal Blossom who had found out he was a private eye. She asked P.K. to spy on her fiance who was P.K.’s best friend, Poker Face Jace. Jace had taught him everything there was to know about poker. I shouldn’t tell too much about the book. Hope you like it!

5 out of 5 stars

Review by Lillian, 4th Grader

Four 2015 Award Winners!

Yesterday the American Library Association (ALA) announced several award winners for 2015. Here are the highlights:

Newbery Medal: 

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

A novel in verse about two twin boys in junior high, the sons of a former pro-basketball player and basketball players themselves, who start to grow up and apart.

Caldecott Medal:

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend written and illustrated by Dan Santat

An imaginary friend journeys to the city from an island to find the child to whom he is meant to be matched.

Coretta Scott King Award (Author):

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

African-American author writes about her experiences as a young Black woman in the 60s and 70s through poems.

Printz Award:

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Twins Noah and Jude each tell half of the story as they grow up and fall in love.

Black History Month: Chapter Books for Older Readers

As your older readers move past picture books, even as an in-class tool, you may struggle to keep Black History Month fresh and relevant for your students. Here is a selection of chapter books that can supplement your in-class instruction in an interesting and age-appropriate way. If you’re looking for a list of teaching aids for Black History Month, check this post.

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