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EL DEAFO

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Bell, C. (2014). El deafo. New York: Abrams.

Cece tells the story her hearing loss at a young age in the form of a graphic novel. Her experiences with the Phonic Ear are awkward and hilarious. Through her  hearing devices, she learns that she can hear the teachers everywhere and uses that to her advantage. Cece’s search to find her place in school and in the world is seen as she grows older and becomes more comfortable in herself. 

Textbook Assignment: 

Differences-

This story is in comic strip or graphic novel style about the hearing deficient, Cece.

How to Sell the Book-

El Deafo is the perfect graphic novel for the student who loves humor and loves to see an underdog succeed.

Three Books by the Same Author-

  1. Itty Bitty (2009)
    1. Different- not autobiographical
    2. Similar- illustration style
  2. Bee-Wigged (2008)
    1. Similar- autobiographical in a sense and same illustration style
  3. Food Friends (2006)
    1. Different- made for children of a younger age

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BROWN GIRL DREAMING

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Woodson, J. (2014). Brown girl dreaming. New York: Penguin.

Jacqueline is a young girl who uses poetic verse to tell of her travels from South Caroline to New York during the 1930s and 1970s. Her experiences with segregation and racism are evident throughout her story. There is also a mix of personal and familial issues expressed in her words during the Civil Rights Movement.

Textbook Assignment:

Differences-

Jacqueline Woodson uses poetry to tell about her own personal experiences as a child during the Civil Rights movement.

How to Sell the Book-

This book is perfect for a student who wants to learn about the history of the Civil Rights Movement from the perspective of  a child. It is also great for students who feel disenfranchised and need inspiration.

Three Books by the Same Author-

  • Between Madison And Palmetto (1993)
  1. Different- fiction novel about two friends
  • Feathers  (1992)
  1. Similar- same time period (1970s)
  2. Different- novel format; not autobiographical
  • Locomotion (1990)
  1. Similar- written in poetic verse
  2. Different- not autobiographical
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LOVE THAT DOG

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Creech, S. (2001). Love that dog. NY: HarperCollins.

The endearing tale of Jack, the young boy who isn’t sure about poetry, is heartwarming and inspiring. Through his teacher’s use of famous poems such as “The Red Wheelbarrow” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” Jack learns to love, understand, and even write his own poetry. The loss of his dog, Sky, because a source of inspiration and healing for Jack as his writes his poetry.

Textbook Assignment:

Differences-

The poems written by the narrator are a progression of Jack as he learns about famous poetry. The teacher in the story also alludes to these famous poems, which are included in the back of the book, as references for his to write his poems.

How to Sell the Book-

This collection of poems is a great read for young male student who is reluctant about reading and writing poetry. Following Jack’s thoughts is a great way to understand the feelings of a boy learning to express his feelings.

Three Different Books by the Author-

  1. Who’s That Baby (2006)
    1. Different- picture book for young children
  2. The Castle Corona (2007) (Illustrated by David Diaz)
    1. Different- fairytale style story in novel format
  3. Hate that Cat (2008)
    1. Similar- same poetic style as Love that Dog but a year later

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WONDERSTRUCK

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Selznick, B. (2007). Wonderstruck. NY: Scholastic.

Throughout Selznick’s work, Ben is searching for the father he never knew  while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. Ben’s story is told through prose while Rose’s is told through illustrations. Although taking place in two different time periods, their stories intertwine as they both end up at the American Museum of Natural History in search of solving their own puzzle.

Textbook Assignment:

Differences-

This novel is an intertwining story of two characters’ lives, Ben and Rose, told through pictures and words separately.

How to Sell the Book-

Wonderstruck is perfect for the student who loves a challenging read. Since the stories of Ben and Rose are told separately through words and pictures, Selznick’s storytelling creates a sense of mystery for the reader.

Three Books by the Same Author-

  1. The Marvels (2015)
    1. Similar- the same interweaving of two stories in pictures and prose

 

  • The Doll People (2003) Written by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin

 

    1. Different- different story structure with Selznick’s illustrations

 

  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret (2007)

 

    1. Similar- the same interweaving of two stories in pictures and prose

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