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. . .

     

    

 

 

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. . .

   

  

Treat Tuesday! 03.05.13

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It’s Tuesday! I am joining in the fun, created by Niki at Daydream Reader, called Treat Tuesday, where we snap a quick photo of what we are reading and a treat we are enjoying. And thanks to Shannon (aka Ms. Houghton) for the meme logo seen above. Inspired by my Twitter pal, Maria, I’m including what my kids are enjoying as well. Follow all the treat fun on Twitter under the hash tag #TreatTuesday.

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The Books

Small (age 8, third grade): Staying Together (Main Street Book #10) by Ann M. Martin. She absolutely adores this series.

Tall (age 11, fifth grade): Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star by Rachel Renee Russell. She dropped everything including her morning chores to read this one when she heard her sister had finished with it. Sigh. Worse problems to have, I know.

Me: Hide and Seek by Kate Messner. I am really looking forward to this one as I loved the last one. As The Book Fairy, I shared Capture the Flag with my daughter’s 4th/5th grade class, so they’re going to be thrilled to see this ARC when I’m done with it!

Photo by 101 Cookbooks

The Treat

Lemony Olive Oil Banana Bread from 101 Cookbooks. I wasn’t sure about the combination of lemons-bananas-olive oil, but it’s the best banana bread recipe I’ve ever made. I make it with and without the lemon glaze on top. I used Heidi’s photo because her bread looks way prettier than mine with her awesome photography and great vintage bread pan collection. Wander over to her site, even if you aren’t a cook . . . her photography of food and non-food things alike are stunning.

Hope you’re savoring whatever it is you’re reading and snacking upon!

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