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Eleven This was the third book I read with my 4th grade book club crew this year, and I am happy to say that all of our book choices were brand new to me as well, which increased greatly the joy of reading with them.Eleven is the story of Sam, an 11 year old boy who is a struggling reader He stumbles upon an old newspaper clipping about him but can t unravel the mystery behind it without the help of the new girl at school Caroline is a bookworm who doesn t like to make close friends because her ar This was the third book I read with my 4th grade book club crew this year, and I am happy to say that all of our book choices were brand new to me as well, which increased greatly the joy of reading with them.Eleven is the story of Sam, an 11 year old boy who is a struggling reader He stumbles upon an old newspaper clipping about him but can t unravel the mystery behind it without the help of the new girl at school Caroline is a bookworm who doesn t like to make close friends because her artist dad moves their family around often Their unique friendship takes center stage for me,so than the mystery Sam is trying to understand.Totally a hit for intermediate 4th 6th grade students It reassures us that family and home can take on all kinds of shapes and forms and still make sense to the heart Eleven is a realy great book It is about this boy who goes up to the attic to try and find his birth day gift from his grampa but, instead he finds this newspaper clipping about some boy is missing or something.Well he is not really sure what it says because he can t read or not very well.If you wan t to heargo to your library to read it. Sam is almostwhen he discovers a locked box in the attic above his grandfather Mack s room, and a piece of paper that says he was kidnapped There are lots of other words, but Sam has always had trouble reading He s desperate to find out who he is, and if his beloved Mack is really his grandfather At night he s haunted by dreams of a big castle and a terrifying escape on a boat Who can he trust to help him read the documents that could unravel the mystery Then he and the new girl, Caroline, are paired up to work on a school project, building a castle in Mack s woodworking shop Caroline loves to read, and she can help But she s moving soon, and the two must hurry to discover the truth about Sam Snooping for birthday presents, eleven year old Sam MacKenzie stumbles upon a mystery a locked box and a yellowed newspaper clipping The younger Sam in the photograph is identified as Sam Bell Sam has always had trouble reading so the only other word he can decipher is missing He s desperate to find out who he is and if his beloved Mack is really his grandfather At night he s haunted by dreams of a big castle and a terrifying escape on a boat Who can he trust to help him read the documen Snooping for birthday presents, eleven year old Sam MacKenzie stumbles upon a mystery a locked box and a yellowed newspaper clipping The younger Sam in the photograph is identified as Sam Bell Sam has always had trouble reading so the only other word he can decipher is missing He s desperate to find out who he is and if his beloved Mack is really his grandfather At night he s haunted by dreams of a big castle and a terrifying escape on a boat Who can he trust to help him read the documents that could unravel the mystery When he and new girl Caroline are paired up to work on a school project, building a castle in Mack s workshop, Sam thinks she can help But, she ll be moving soon, and the two must hurry if they are to discover the truth about Sam s past.Book Discussion Questions for April 1 The number 11 appears many times throughout the book Why do you think this number is so important to Sam 2 Do you think Sam will really learn to read 3 Why does Caroline want her clay figure locked away in the castle 4 Why does Sam put a window into the little room in the castle for Caroline s clay figure 5 What is the significance of Boldt Castle 6 Onji and Anima aren t related to Sam and Mack, but they re still part of their family What makes a family Bonus Question If you come into the library and can answer the Bonus Question you ll earn a free book to take home please don t post the answer to the bonus questionpage 16 Q What is poking out of Sam s sandwich I ve been reading a lot of mystery lately.I ve probably readmystery in the last month than I have in the rest of my life combined And I think I like it.But this is my one caveat if you re going to promise me a mystery, then you d darn well better deliver the goods If you re going to present a twist, then it had better leave me open mouthed, doubled over, and gasping Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff left me shaking my head, rolling my eyes, and feeling cheated.The premise of the book is th I ve been reading a lot of mystery lately.I ve probably readmystery in the last month than I have in the rest of my life combined And I think I like it.But this is my one caveat if you re going to promise me a mystery, then you d darn well better deliver the goods If you re going to present a twist, then it had better leave me open mouthed, doubled over, and gasping Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff left me shaking my head, rolling my eyes, and feeling cheated.The premise of the book is that a young boy who lives with his grandfather begins to have strange dreams and memories of his past He remembers the number eleven, which he thinks is because he s turning eleven years old But dun dun DUN It s not Possibly because of the previous trauma in his life, Sam is having a hard time learning how to read He s the only kid in his class that can t read very well One day, he s in the attic and finds Mack s secret stash of Sam mementos What is this fascination with my Forbidden Closet of Mystery points if you can name that quote , amongst which is a newspaper clipping with a picture of Sam with a headline stating that he s missing and has a different last nameIntrigue Since he can t read the rest of the article, he makes friends with the new girl at school, Caroline, who helps him to read the clipping and research what really happened to him.I won t spoil the rest of the mystery, but I will say this some mystery.The ending of the book to me was like going to a mystery dinner theater and having the host declare And the murdered is someone in this very roomThe audience gasps By the way, the victim of the murder isn t actually dead This is just pretend, people Read the book You ll see what I mean.Ms Giff got me all riled up for nothing She promises this huge payoff by working up all this intrigue and tension, and she simply doesn t deliver.And this book doesn t even count as a Cannonball Read because it s not long enough.Phooey I ll be sticking with Trenton Lee Stewart and Ellen Raskin, thanks I personally did not like this book at all This is typically not a book I usually would go for but I decided to try it out to see if I had found a new genre that I had liked, but it was not very good I could see how if you liked mystery type books or possibly older fun history books how it would be a great pick for you Not the book for me. On the eve of his 11th birthday, Sam sneaks into the attic to try to find his hidden birthday presents and finds a lotthan he bargained for A mysterious collection of papers includes a newspaper clipping featuring a picture of him at age 3, along with the headline, MISSING Sam s comfortable life with his grandfather Mack and their friends suddenly seems suspect Is Mack really his grandfather Or did Mack kidnap Sam from his real family The papers in the attic aren t much help, beca On the eve of his 11th birthday, Sam sneaks into the attic to try to find his hidden birthday presents and finds a lotthan he bargained for A mysterious collection of papers includes a newspaper clipping featuring a picture of him at age 3, along with the headline, MISSING Sam s comfortable life with his grandfather Mack and their friends suddenly seems suspect Is Mack really his grandfather Or did Mack kidnap Sam from his real family The papers in the attic aren t much help, because Sam can t read.With the help of a new friend at school, Sam begins to piece together information from the papers Old memories begin to resurface as well, and Sam begins to realize that the place from which he was taken was not a good place, but he s still not sure where Mack fits into his life He begins to make references to the places named in the newspaper clipping, to see if his grandfather and their friends will react Eventually the truth is revealed, helping Sam to understand his disturbing memories of slamming doors and angry voices, as well as the meaning of the missing boy news clipping.This book moves fast maybe too fast The missing boy news clipping is introduced before we re even given a sense of Sam s home life, which is solid Characters are lightly sketched I also felt the children acted quite a bit older than 10 and 11, but maybe I m just behind the times , and the plot isloosely constructed than one might expect for a book that seems to be a sort of junior thriller I felt that everything was sort of glossed over There s not much suspense here, not even in the fragmented dream memory sections interspersed throughout the book.I did like the subplot of Sam and his friend having to build a castle as a class project Sam can t read, but he s a gifted carpenter , and I liked the way their friendship grew during the course of the book Overall, however, I m afraid this light read won t stay with the reader much past the end Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff is not the most stellar nominee for this year A book that tries to be too cryptic and mysterious for it s own good, Eleven jumps right into the story, skipping over any exposition that might help the reader place things in context On about page twenty, I was still trying to remind myself what the main character s name was That s a bad sign Eleven isn t a bad story, it s just trying too hard to be something it s not After reading the back of the book to m Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff is not the most stellar nominee for this year A book that tries to be too cryptic and mysterious for it s own good, Eleven jumps right into the story, skipping over any exposition that might help the reader place things in context On about page twenty, I was still trying to remind myself what the main character s name was That s a bad sign Eleven isn t a bad story, it s just trying too hard to be something it s not After reading the back of the book to my students and summing up in one sentence what I had learned half way through the book, they all wanted to compare it to Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix Unfortunately, there s not much of a mystery and certainly not any adventure in Eleven It s a solid story of a boy trying to find exactly where his roots are and how he ended up where he is, but Giff tries too hard to make the number eleven be some mysterious clue and insists that we wonder if the main character is even related to the man he lives with All of this is an attempt to build up to an ending that is less than climactic There s no real drama to what actually happened to our protaganist, so why try to build up the whole book that way Just approach itlike a realistic fiction book and cut out the cryptic poetry at the beginning of each chapter, the story would be better served by it I absolutely adore and love Pictures of Hollis Woods by the same author, and was excited to read Eleven And though I didn t love it as much, it still had her signature style of making kid characters that are believable.Here we have Sam, who is about to turn eleven years old, and it s the day before his birthday and he justhasto know what his presents are He climbs up the pipe to the basement, but rather than finding his presents he sees a newspaper clipping with his picture on it But it s I absolutely adore and love Pictures of Hollis Woods by the same author, and was excited to read Eleven And though I didn t love it as much, it still had her signature style of making kid characters that are believable.Here we have Sam, who is about to turn eleven years old, and it s the day before his birthday and he justhasto know what his presents are He climbs up the pipe to the basement, but rather than finding his presents he sees a newspaper clipping with his picture on it But it says his name is Sam Bell and not MacKenzie, and the headline has the word MISSING Sam has never been good at reading, so he needs to enlist the help of somebody who can read That someone is Caroline Together they will find out the secret of that night, and grow to become good friends What confuses most about this book is the cover The only correlation would be that there is a girl and boy, but the dark place with various wooden beams doesn t show up anywhere, and gives you the impression that this is a darker book The mystery part of the book was ok probably what really brought the book down for me , but what was done well was Sam s character I could feel his passion for woodworking and how reading would never be his strength, but he learns he has the things that matter I loved Sam s family consisting of Mack, Onji, and Anima, and they all really understand and care for him.For me it always comes back to family and good friendships, and this book tells that story through the eyes of an eleven year old boy named Sam I am very impressed with this book What makes this such an appealing story for young adolescents is that they want to know who they are The question of Sam s identity from the very beginning captivates the reader The subtle symbolism of eleven, and the exploration of it, is accessible at a variety of levels One device that maintains the suspense and creates transition is the dream sequence between the chapters Very effective.I found Eleven to be an engaging mystery, one that I had almost fi I am very impressed with this book What makes this such an appealing story for young adolescents is that they want to know who they are The question of Sam s identity from the very beginning captivates the reader The subtle symbolism of eleven, and the exploration of it, is accessible at a variety of levels One device that maintains the suspense and creates transition is the dream sequence between the chapters Very effective.I found Eleven to be an engaging mystery, one that I had almost figured out by the end The characterization is well done, and the developing friendship between Sam and Caroline is realistic to that age


About the Author: Patricia Reilly Giff

PATRICIA REILLY GIFF is the author of many beloved books for children, including the Kids of the Polk Street School books, the Friends and Amigos books, and the Polka Dot Private Eye books Several of her novels for older readers have been chosen as ALA ALSC Notable Books and ALA YALSA Best Books for Young Adults They include The Gift of the Pirate Queen All the Way Home Water Street Nory Ryan s Song, a Society of Children s Book Writers and Illustrators Golden Kite Honor Book for Fiction and the Newbery Honor Books Lily s Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods Lily s Crossing was also chosen as a Boston Globe Horn Book Honor Book Her most recent books are Number One Kid, Big Whopper, Flying Feet, Eleven, Wild Girl, and Storyteller.


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