Here are the questions and answers. I provide the titles in parentheses but did not provide those to the kids when posing my questions so they would be surprised by the books themselves.(Links are to my reviews on my book blog.)
Say What? by Margaret Peterson Haddix) or not speak at all (No Talking by Andrew Clements)?
Class's answer: Speak in a secret language.
A. Magic coin
Marty McGuire by Kate Messner) or turtles (The Birthday Storm by Sharon Draper)?
A. Turtles (unanimously!)
Scab for Treasurer by Trudy Trueit)?
The Case of the Diamond Dog Collar by Martha Freeman) or a found diamond (Bogus by Karla Oceanak)?
A. Lost diamond
The kids' votes were pretty heavily one-sided, which I attribute to peer pressure as much as to their actual interests, but I didn't hear a single complaint about a vote not going someone's way. They were invested heavily in the books and a lot of great discussions arose about everything from what can happen on a camping trip to what you can do to make amends after telling a friend's secret. When we finished the questions, we went back to talk about the books they did not pick in the initial question and answer round. Then I gave them a handout of all the book titles and allowed them to look at the books themselves. Eight of the students chose books for me to keep on hold for them at the children's desk so they could come in later in the week or next week to pick them up. The titles the kids chose were:
- Search for the Black Rhino, Curse of the Pirate Mist, and The Lost Jewels of Nabooti (These were Choose Your Own Adventure books I displayed but did not booktalk.)
- Half Magic
- Scab for Treasurer
- Say What?
- Babymouse, Mad Scientist
- The Case of the Diamond Dog Collar
This was a great format for a book talk, and it's absolutely how I will do my booktalks from now on. I think some things could be made even better, but it was a great first experience, and I can't wait to do it again for more classes!
Click here to download my handout.