Posts Tagged ‘Katherine Applegate’

The one and only Ivan by Katherine Applegate is one of my all-time favourite books ever. It is also one of the top books for my year six school book club students.

I also used to work in a children’s bookshop part time and I would sell so many copies of the book quoting my favourite line to everyone.
“Humans waste words. They toss them like banana peels and leave them to rot.”

I love this trailer made by students led by middle school librarian Teresa DeLuca at Furnace Brook Middle School.

You can tell that the book has been well-read and much loved by the students with all the time and work that has gone in to their trailer. They have made the story accessible to everyone. Thank you for letting me share it here. You should feel very proud of this trailer.

Sit back, watch and enjoy. And if you haven’t read the book yet, then this trailer will certainly inspire you to go and find a copy.

 

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Wishtree

By Katherine Applegate

ISBN 9781250043221

Feiwel & Friends

Macmillan Publishers

Trees can’t tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . .

Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood “wishtree”—people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red’s hollows, this “wishtree” watches over the neighborhood.

You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red’s experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever.

This is a gentle, sweet and heart-warming book and I fell in love with Red and all the creatures and birds that inhabit Red’s branches and hollows. Red is old, more than two hundred rings old and very wise. Red has seen so many things happen over the years but none have tempted Red to break the forbidden rule more than what is happening now. I loved the language and the subtle messages. The book may be just over 200 pages long but the chapters are very brief, sometimes only a page long and there are some lovely illustrations but it really is a quick read with a powerful message.

There is an old Irish custom where people can leave wishes on a tree and for Red that has been happening in May for many, many years. Most wishes are superficial but others are heart-achingly honest like Samar’s, the young Muslim girl in this story. We are witness to racism, ignorance, wanting to belong, loneliness but most importantly, hope.

I wanted to hug Samar and tell her everything was going to be okay. I wanted to sit beneath Red’s big branches and watch the animals and birds coming and going. I wanted Red to be in my backyard.

This is one of those rare books that needs to be in every school and read to every child. Learning to accept each other and our differences is at the core of this book. A book that deserves reading over and over. I bought this book for my school library but will be buying my own copy as well. I may also have to buy multiple copies for our book club as there is so much to think about  and so much to love. It is a wee gem that warms the heart.

 

The trailer to this book is just beautiful.

 

Crenshaw

By Katherine Applegate

ISBN 9781250043238

23310699

 

 

One of my all time favourite books is The one and only Ivan by Katherine Applegate and I am so excited she has a new book coming soon. Katherine’s writing is always absolute quality and so deserving of her awards, particularly the Newberry Medal. I am so looking forward to Crenshaw.

Based on the blurb and reviews I just know that this book will move me just as Ivan did. Cannot wait for it to hit New Zealand shores.

           “Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There’s no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may   have to live in their minivan. Again.

Crenshaw is a cat. He’s large, he’s outspoken, and he’s imaginary. He has come back into Jackson’s life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything?”

 

The one and only Ivan
By Katherine Applegate

Wow! This book just blew me away. Like others I have known who have read this, it will leave you in tears. Sad tears and happy tears. This is such a beautiful and well written story that you cannot help but be moved. Ivan is a Silverback gorilla, caged for almost as long as he can remember. When a baby elephant arrives at his animal mall, it soon needs protecting. Ivan has to step up and he does. Powerful and simply one of the best books. A must read if ever there was one. Review to follow in the review pages. Thanks to Zac for sending me this copy. I need another box of tissues now!