Auntie Book Fairy — Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner

Today, I am visiting my nephews’ classrooms as Auntie Book Fairy. I visit T’s fourth grade classroom to share Capture the Flag and A’s third grade classroom to share Ranger in Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail, both by Kate Messner. I will book talk each title and leave copies of each to be a part of their classroom libraries.


 Ranger in Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail

Kate Messner

Scholastic Press, 2015

You can watch a brief trailer on the book here.

A little bit about the story from the publisher:

Meet Ranger! He’s a time-traveling golden retriever who has a nose for trouble . . . and always saves the day!

Ranger has been trained as a search-and-rescue dog, but can’t officially pass the test because he’s always getting distracted by squirrels during exercises. One day, he finds a mysterious first aid kit in the garden and is transported to the year 1850, where he meets a young boy named Sam Abbott. Sam’s family is migrating west on the Oregon Trail, and soon after Ranger arrives he helps the boy save his little sister. Ranger thinks his job is done, but the Oregon Trail can be dangerous, and the Abbotts need Ranger’s help more than they realize!

Why I like it:

  • It has a wee bit of magic with the time-traveling dog, but it is also packed full of adventure and interesting stuff about history.
  • Kate Messner makes really exciting books that make me want to keep reading as one chapter ends.
  • I like books where I learn new stuff as I go, but it is still really entertaining.
  • It’s a series! Danger in Ancient Rome is set to come out this June.

You might like it if . . .

  • You like adventure books like The Magic Tree House series.
  • You like dogs.
  • You like learning about history.

Visit the author’s website when you have permission from your teacher or parent!

Other books you might like. . .

     

    

 

 

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Auntie Book Fairy — Capture the Flag by Kate Messner

Today, I am visiting my nephews’ classrooms as Auntie Book Fairy. I visit T’s fourth grade classroom to share Capture the Flag and A’s third grade classroom to share Ranger in Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail, both by Kate Messner. I will book talk each title and leave copies of each to be a part of their classroom libraries.


 Capture the Flag

Kate Messner

Scholastic Press, 2012

You can even read two chapters from the book right here! How cool is that?

Why I like it:

  • It is super exciting! Almost every chapter ends in a cliff hanger that has you itching to read the next chapter.
  • The characters, Anna, Jose, and Henry are kids, but they’re smart and resourceful when dealing with some pretty bad guys.
  • I love the setting of Washington, DC, The Smithsonian, and the innards of the airport.
  • It’s a series! Hide and Seek (2013) and Manhunt (2014) are just as exciting, but this time the stories take place in Costa Rica and Paris, France.

You might like it if . . .

  • You like mystery books, including Nancy Drew, Sammy Keyes, or John Grisham’s Thedore Boone: Kid Detective series
  • If you like thrilling books with great chase scenes!

Extra! Extra! Want more?

Authors really do use writing planners and organizers! Check out these notes, timelines, and story maps that Kate used while writing Capture the Flag. She even explains what each paper is here.

Or be sure to stop by her the author’s website when you have permission from your teacher or parent!

Other books you might like. . .

   

  

October Book Fairy Visit!

As The Book Fairy, I recently made a visit to my youngest daughter’s 5th grade classroom to share Jonathan Auxier’s spooky and delightful The Night Gardeners, a tale set in Victorian England. Auxier has crafted a story that quickly draws you in and entertains you to the very end, all the while creating detailed scenes and memorable characters. I know spooky books aren’t for all, but this is one even adult readers will enjoy, as well as strong readers 4th grade and up. Click here to head to my Book Fairy website to learn more about the story. It’s a perfect read for a stormy week!