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  Posted by Jemi , 18 April 2012 · 246 views

[font=Calibri][i]As a writer, my A to Z challenge is going to be about books, characters, TV shows and movies that have impacted me somehow. Enjoy! Be sure to check out [/i][url="http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/"][i]Lee’s blog[/i][/url][i] to find more bloggers taking on this challenge![/i][/font][b][i]Pern[/i][/b]

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Parallel Earth Resources Negligible. That’s the name and the acronym for the planet Anne McCaffrey created. It rivals Middle Earth as my favourite fantasy setting. The dragons and their riders fight a recurring menace from the sky – thread. This thread devours anything alive – and is a fantastic villain. Pern’s society is incredibly complex - and its history is fascinating. If I could live in a book for a while, this is the world I would choose. Dragons. Fire lizards. Telepathic communication. Love it!

[i][b]Would you like to be a dragon rider? [/b][/i]
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Outsiders

  Posted by Jemi , 17 April 2012 · 274 views

[font=inherit][i]As a writer, my A to Z challenge is going to be about books, characters, TV shows and movies that have impacted me somehow. Enjoy! Be sure to check out [/i][/font][url="http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/"][font=inherit][i]Lee’s blog[/i][/font][/url][font=inherit][i] to find more bloggers taking on this challenge![/i][/font]
[font=inherit][i][b]The Outsiders [/b][/i][/font]
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[font=inherit]I didn’t read this book as a kid – and I wish I had. I’ve read this one to all my grade 8 classes over the years. It’s one of those books that can make a reader out of someone who has never found stories that interesting. Ponyboy draws in readers with the contrasting aspects to his personality – tough gang member, sensitive thinker. There’s one scene that will cause absolute silence in a grade 8 classroom and will cause every single member of the class (including me) to have tears in their eyes or on their cheeks. If you’ve read it, you know the scene. That book has made it okay for boys in my class to feel – and to discuss those feelings aloud. Awesome. [/font]
[font=inherit][b][i]Any books you know that make boys comfortable discussing their feelings?[/i][/b][/font]
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Never Cry Wolf

  Posted by Jemi , 16 April 2012 · 244 views

[font=Calibri][i]As a writer, my A to Z challenge is going to be about books, characters, TV shows and movies that have impacted me somehow. Enjoy! Be sure to check out [/i][url="http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/"][i]Lee’s blog[/i][/url][i] to find more bloggers taking on this challenge![/i][/font][b][i]Never Cry Wolf[/i][/b]

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Wow. This book was my first introduction to Farley Mowat’s work. It’s based on his experiences being sent to the Canadian north to find out why the wolves were destroying the herds of caribou. Mowat lived in the remote parts of our country for a year and found out the wolves were doing nothing of the kind. It’s an incredible tale – even better because it’s true. So many great scenes that had me laughing out loud. And it’s another book that will make you think – and quite possibly change your perspective. This is not the only time this incredible author will show up in my challenge posts!

[b][i]Do you know any of Mowat’s work? Have you seen the movie based on the book?[/i][/b]
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Maniac Magee

  Posted by Jemi , 14 April 2012 · 272 views

[font=Calibri][i]As a writer, my A to Z challenge is going to be about books, characters, TV shows and movies that have impacted me somehow. Enjoy! Be sure to check out [/i][url="http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/"][i]Lee’s blog[/i][/url][i] to find more bloggers taking on this challenge![/i][/font]
[font=Calibri][b][i]Maniac Magee[/i][/b] [/font]
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[font=Calibri]This is another book I read aloud as often as I can. It’s usually the first book I read in the year. The story has so many layers! On the surface, it’s a funny story about a kid who likes to run and is trying to find a home (his parents died when he was young and his aunt & uncle are too bizarre to live with). But it’s about so much more – love, friendship, courage, and above all racism and family. This is another book that spawns incredible discussions in the classroom. The kids are always amazed at how life ‘used to be.’ And they’re very glad that racism doesn’t exist anymore. And, yes, the students in my room don’t always speak English at home, they have all varieties of glorious skin colours and they don’t understand racism at all. I love my job![/font]
[font=Calibri][b][i]Do you know of any other books that handle serious topics with a light-hearted manner?[/i][/b][/font]
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Lord of the Rings

  Posted by Jemi , 13 April 2012 · 241 views

[font=inherit][i]As a writer, my A to Z challenge is going to be about books, characters, TV shows and movies that have impacted me somehow. Enjoy! Be sure to check out [/i][/font][url="http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/"][font=inherit][i]Lee’s blog[/i][/font][/url][font=inherit][i] to find more bloggers taking on this challenge![/i][/font][font=inherit][b][i]Lord of the Rings[/i][/b] [/font]

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[font=inherit]You knew I had to include this one! I read the books immediately after I finished The Hobbit in grade 5 or 6. I read them multiple times in the years that followed. The scope of Middle Earth is incredible and so beautifully realized. I can drop into that world again, and again and again. When the movies came out, I was terrified. I don’t usually like movie versions. But, wow! Jackson and company captured the essence of Middle Earth. The play of light and shadow in the movies is one of my favourite parts. It echoes the morality of the books and characters, and makes the movies beautiful to watch over and over again. [/font]

[font=inherit][i][b]Which movies do you like to watch because they are so beautifully done?[/b][/i][/font]
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(To) Kill a Mockingbird

  Posted by Jemi , 12 April 2012 · 235 views

[font=Calibri][i]As a writer, my A to Z challenge is going to be about books, characters, TV shows and movies that have impacted me somehow. Enjoy! Be sure to check out [/i][url="http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/"][i]Lee’s blog[/i][/url][i] to find more bloggers taking on this challenge![/i][/font]
[font=Calibri][b][i]To Kill a Mockingbird[/i][/b] [/font]
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[center]([url="http://www.harperlee.com/"]source - Harper Lee's site[/url])[/center]

[font=Calibri](Shhh, don’t tell anyone I cheated!!!! But the 2[sup]nd[/sup] word can work for K! Right? Right! Thanks!) [/font]
[font=Calibri]I didn’t read this book until I was an adult. It wasn’t part of our Canadian curriculum. It should be. It should be part of everyone’s world. Such a POWERFUL book. So many layers. Scout. Boo. Atticus. Reading. Racism. Wisdom as opposed to knowledge. Kindness. Life. Death. Integrity. Honesty. Honour. Love. Justice. And probably a whole lot more. This is a gentle book in rhythm and in heart, but it runs so very deep and touches so very deep. [/font]
[font=Calibri][b][i]Any books you think everyone should experience?[/i][/b][/font]
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Joey Pigza

  Posted by Jemi , 11 April 2012 · 237 views

[i]As a writer, my A to Z challenge is going to be about books, characters, TV shows and movies that have impacted me somehow. Enjoy! Be sure to check out [url="http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/"]Lee’s blog[/url] to find more bloggers taking on this challenge![/i]
[b][i]Joey Pigza[/i][/b]
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Such an incredible character! I’ve been a teacher for a long time. I’ve never had a class without at least 1 student with ADHD. In fact, there are usually 3 or 4 kids with this condition. Society has a mostly negative attitude towards people who have ADHD. I try to help kids realize there are lots of positive aspects – creativity, a fluid brain, an ability to make quick and accurate connections between seemingly disparate items. Joey Pigza showcases all of this – all sides of the reality. And to boot, the kid has a heart the size of Jupiter. It's nice for kids to read about such a positive character.

[b][i]Do you know of any other characters who have ADHD? Or characters who aren't always what we expect?[/i][/b]
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In Death

  Posted by Jemi , 10 April 2012 · 249 views

[i][font=inherit]As a writer, my A to Z challenge is going to be about books, characters, TV shows and movies that have impacted me somehow. Enjoy! Be sure to check out [/font][/i][url="http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/"][i][font=inherit]Lee’s blog[/font][/i][/url][i][font=inherit] to find more bloggers taking on this challenge![/font][/i]
[font=inherit][b][i]In Death series[/i][/b] [/font]
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[font=inherit]I talk a lot about kids’ books. They really are a passion of mine. But, my favourite books to read for myself are romantic suspense. Nora Roberts/JD Robb does this extremely well. I love the Eve Duncan In Death series. Eve’s one of the most complex characters I’ve ever met. I also love the setting – 2060ish in New York City. Robb has created a very realistic near future – neither utopian or dystopian. I wouldn’t be in the least surprised that many of her predictions turn out to be right on. [/font]
[b][i][font=inherit]What book or show do you think portrays a realistic vision of our future?[/font][/i][/b]
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(The) Hobbit

  Posted by Jemi , 09 April 2012 · 291 views

[i][font=inherit]As a writer, my A to Z challenge is going to be about books, characters, TV shows and movies that have impacted me somehow. Enjoy! Be sure to check out [url="http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/"]Lee’s blog[/url] to find more bloggers taking on this challenge![/font][/i]
[b][i][font=inherit]The Hobbit[/font][/i][/b]
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[font=inherit]So hard to choose for H! (Harry Potter & Hatchet were my next two top picks!) [/font]
[font=inherit]The Hobbit was my first venture into the world of high fantasy. My parents gave me a beautiful boxed edition when I was in grade 5 or 6. I fell in love. Bilbo is a fantastic character and his journey (both internally and externally) is a lot of fun to follow. Tolkien's words and lyrical phrasing enthralled me. I've just finished reading this aloud to my class - in anticipation of the movie coming out this year. I love the trailer - looks like this movie is going to be just as good as Lord of the Rings - and that's saying something in my opinion! [/font]


[b][i][font=inherit]Are you waiting impatiently for the movie version of The Hobbit?[/font][/i][/b]
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(The) Giver

  Posted by Jemi , 07 April 2012 · 433 views

[i][font=inherit]As a writer, my A to Z challenge is going to be about books, characters, TV shows and movies that have impacted me somehow. Enjoy! Be sure to check out [/font][url="http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/"][font=inherit]Lee’s blog[/font][/url][font=inherit] to find more bloggers taking on this challenge![/font][/i]

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[font=inherit]Lois Lowry. Genius. I read this book every 2nd year (I usually have some kids 2 years in a row so I can’t read it every year). This is one of those books with an ending that will blow your mind and make you want to scream. And it will keep you thinking and wondering for days. (If you’re crazy enough to visit me every day in April so far, you know this is a trend for me.) It’s usually the first book my students read/hear that has a utopian world - and this is NOT a place they’d love to be. It's a great opening into dystopian stories for them. We have the most amazing discussions about choices and emotions and love and risks when I’m reading this book. Awesome! It’s also a highly challenged book – a lot of people want it pulled off shelves. More great discussions about that! [/font]

[font=inherit][b][i]What are some of your favourite banned books?[/i][/b][/font]
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