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A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
Bomb: The Race to Build -and Steal- the World’s Most Deadliest Weapon by Steve Sheinkin Reading America: History for Young Adults A Smithsonian digital resource covers all excavations detailed in this title: http://anthropology.si.edu/writteninbone/index.html Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland The Secret in the Cellar, a webcomic based on the chapter “The Body in the Basement”: http://anthropology.si.edu/writteninbone/comic/ Sally M. Walker is the author of 91 distinct titles for children: "Because my parents valued learning and exploring, they encouraged me to ask questions and seek answers. And also to recognize the “story” in everything I discovered. I love doing research, because research is all about “story.” In fact, finding the story is a lot like…daydreaming! Back in elementary school, when my parents allowed me the freedom to daydream, it laid the foundation for an important part of my creative process." "Parents often ask what they can give a child who wants to be a writer. The first thing is a library card. Paper and pens are another. But time is the most valuable gift that anyone can give to a budding writer." Sally M. Walker
Cybils Award Nominee for Middle Grade/Young Adult Non-Fiction (2009),
An ALA Notable Children's Book for Older Readers (2010),
TAYSHAS High School Reading List (2010),
ALA's Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults (2010),
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Nominee (2010) Awards Compare your expectations of the book with your reading experience.
Was it compelling? Would young adults find it compelling (for the same or different reasons)?
Is there any reason you might encounter censorship issues in promoting this book?
Define this book's perfect reader. Discussion
Newbery Honor (1999),
Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award Nominee (2001)
1998 National Book Award Finalist
ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Riverbank Review 1999 Book of Distinction
A Long Way From Chicago (1998)
A Year Down Yonder (2000)
A Season of Gifts (2009) "Ironically, it was my students who taught me to write. They taught me that a novel must entertain first before it can be anthing else. I learned that there is no such thing as a 'grade reading level'; a young person's 'reading level' and attention span will rise and fall according to his degree of interest. I learned that if you do not have a happy ending for the young, you had better do some fast talking." Richard Peck Awards Grandma Dowdel Series Richard Peck was born in 1934, and modeled Grandma Dowdel on his own grandmother, living in a small town near Decatur, Illinois. He taught highschool English for years before retiring to write YA novels. Discussion Los Alamos In this book, readers learn about the Great Depression through a fictional narrative. How can historical fiction be an effective strategy for learning history?
Name some story elements with which today's readers will identify.
The book's protagonists grow a year older with each chapter. Do you notice signs that the characters are maturing? For what age range would you recommend this book? Let's Take a Break
"I guess the real question is: why are traitors so compelling? It’s partly that, as a writer, you get a character who’s doing something dangerous, secret, and controversial, and that certainly helps create engaging scenes. And also, these kinds of characters challenge us to see things from multiple points of view, and maybe even force us to rethink our assumptions of right and wrong." Steve Sheinkin Horn Books describes Sheinkin's books as "packed with action and drama," combining "meticulous research with page-turning narration." What makes Bomb so compelling? Awards
Newbery Honor (2013)
Voya Perfect Ten (2012)
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction (2013) National Book Award Finalist (2012)
CYBILS Top 5 Finalist (2012)
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award (2013) Discussion, 1 This book has been recommended specifically as an excellent way to satisfy Common Core non-fiction content requirements. What are some ways this book could be incorporated into a middle/high school curriculum? (See http://media.us.macmillan.com/teachersguides/9781596434875TG.pdf for some great ideas.) How are photos used to enhance the story? Are they used effectively?
Sheinkin is fond of using multiple perspectives to tell his story. In Bomb, we learn about the American drive to build the atomic bomb, the American drive to impede the Germans from building the bomb, and the Soviet drive to steal the bomb from both the Americans and the Germans. Is Sheinkin's organization of multiple perspectives effective? Discussion, 2
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Gconversations. "Richard Peck Talks about What He Thinks Is Important to Be a Writer with Interviewer Tim Podell." YouTube. YouTube, 11 Dec. 2012. Web. 07 Apr. 2013.
Grabarek, Daryl. "Steve Sheinkin Writes a Thriller." School Library Journal. N.p., 4 Sept. 2012. Web. 07 Apr. 2013.
Kennedy, Sharon, and Erica Rand Silverman. "Teacher's Guide." Macmillan. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Apr. 2013.
Parravano, Martha V. "Five Questions for Steve Sheinkin." The Horn Book. N.p., 11 Nov. 2012. Web. 07 Apr. 2013.
Peck, Richard. A Long Way from Chicago: A Novel in Stories. New York: Dial for Young Readers, 1998. Print.
Resources "Richard E. Peck." Richard E Peck. Richard Peck, n.d. Web. 07 Apr. 2013.
"Sally M. Walker :: Biography." Sally M. Walker :: Biography. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Apr. 2013.
Sheinkin, Steve. Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon. New York: Roaring Brook, 2012. Print.
Sheinkin, Steve. "SteveSheinkin." SteveSheinkin. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Apr. 2013.
"Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History." Written in Bone: Forensic Files of the 17th-Century Chesapeake. Smithsonian, n.d. Web. 03 Apr. 2013.
Walker, Sally M. Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda, 2009. Print.
"Why I Like Traitors." I.N.K.: Steve Sheinkin. N.p., 12 Sept. 2012. Web. 07 Apr. 2013. The Case for Young Adult Non-Fiction Public Librarian Serving the young adult leisure-reader of non-fiction
Encouraging non-fiction leisure reading
Maintaining a thorough and compelling collection of award-winning non-fiction
Awareness of local school curriculum and subject needs
Awareness of Common Core requirements
School Librarian Serving the student reader by supporting curriculum needs
Serving the teaching staff by supporting curriculum needs
Maintaining a collection that meets Common Core requirements
Maintaining a thorough and compelling collection of award-winning non-fiction
Serving the young adult leisure-reader of non-fiction
Class Activity Divide into three groups: Colonial Era, Depression Era, and World War II Era. Using internet resources, create a list of recommended titles that pair well with your featured title. As a group, discover a title for a reading level just above and just below your featured title, and at least one historical novel on your topic. Justify your choices to the class. Common Core requirements, award-winners, compelling narrative, and reputable reviews should influence your choices. Building Your Collection