April #SharpSchu Book Club

April 30, 2015 | Poem in Your Pocket Day

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A Poem in Your Pocket by Margaret McNamara & G. Brian Karas

7:00-7:15 PM CST: We will discuss A Poem in Your Pocket.

7:15-7:30: Margaret McNamara (using the Twitter handle @BrendaBowen) will answer your questions.

Usher in National Poetry Month with Mr. Tiffin and his students, stars of the hugely popular How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? and The Apple Orchard Riddle.

Once again, Margaret McNamara sets her playful, child-friendly story in the classroom, and this time, poetry—from metaphors to acrostics to haiku—is the name of the game. The focus here is on Elinor, whose confidence falters as she tries to write something "perfect" for Poem in Your Pocket Day and impress a visiting poet. G. Brian Karas's accessible, adorable illustrations add to the fun.

Includes a list of Mr. Tiffin's tips for celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day.

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Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

7:30-7:45: We will discuss Roller Girl.

7:45-8:00: Victoria Jamieson will answer your questions.

For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid’s life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship. As the end of summer nears and her first roller derby bout (and junior high!) draws closer, Astrid realizes that maybe she is strong enough to handle the bout, a lost friendship, and middle school… in short, strong enough to be a roller girl.


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Illustration Credit: Dave Roman