Saturday, July 6, 2013

My Latest Read

For the past two years I have been using Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen as a read aloud.  Last year, I bought the four other books in the series (The River, Brian's Winter, Brian's Return, and  Brian's Hunt).  I couldn't keep them on the shelves after that, much less grab one to read myself. This summer, I wanted to start reading the other books in the series. I started with Brian's Hunt (guided reading level R) because I wanted to see if you needed to read the books in order after the first one.  You really don't, but I could see where it would be helpful to have a little more background information.

Brian's Hunt (Brian's Saga Series #5)

I enjoyed reading this book.  It makes a great book for independent reading because students already have a strong understanding of the Brian from the read aloud.  One caution: at one point in the story there is a rather vivid description of a bear attack. I plan on warning students ahead of time about this.  However, the overall themes are strong: the bond between a boy and his dog and people doing what it takes to look out for each other.

Have you read any books from this series?
Let me know what you think.

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