Author Archives: mpdavenport

About mpdavenport

Born and raised in good ol' St. Charles, IL

Dope Sick

Myers, Walter Dean. Dope Sick. New York: Amistad, 2009. Genre: Young adult fiction, fantasy. Audience: 14 and up Read-Aloud: Link Summary: Dope Sick tells the story of a teenage boy named Lil J.  His life is troublesome and he steals … Continue reading

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The Sign of the Beaver

Speare, Elizabeth George. The Sign of the Beaver. New York: Sandpiper, 1983. Genre: Young Adult pioneer/survival fiction Audience: 12 and up Read-Aloud: Link Summary: The Sign of the Beaver is about a young boy who becomes friends with a Native … Continue reading

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The House of the Scorpion

Farmer, Nancy. The House of the Scorpion. New York: Simon Pulse, 2002. Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction Audience: 14 and up Read-Aloud: Link Summary: The House of the Scorpion is about a boy named Matt that is used as a … Continue reading

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Mike’s American Born Chinese Blog

Yang, Gene Luen. American Born Chinese. New York: First Second, 2006. Genre: Young Adult Graphic Novel Audience: 6th-12th grade. Read-Aloud: Link to the read aloud Summary: American Born Chinese tells three separate stories throughout the graphic novel.  One story is … Continue reading

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Mike D’s Book Talk for An Innocent Soldier

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Mike D- Wintergirls

Book: Laurie Halse Anderson. Wintergirls. New York: Penguin Group, 2009. Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Realistic Fiction Audience: Grades 8 and up Read-Aloud:  Lia’s Cameo Summary: Wintergirls is the story of an anorexic girl named Lia.  Her ex best friend Cassie … Continue reading

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Mike D’s I Am the Messenger

Markus Zusak. I Am The Messenger. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002. Genre:  Young Adult Fiction Audience: 16 and up Read Aloud: Youtube Summary: After foiling a bank robbery, Ed Kennedy begins to receive secret messages of task he must … Continue reading

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