Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Welcome!


What book are you reading right now?

What's the genre?
(That's a fancy way of asking What kind of book is it? What category is it?
Mystery, realistic fiction, historical fiction, adventure, sports...)

Tell us about the main character!

 

Unless you're a greenhorn, you know that an underlined word or phrase on the Internet is a hyperlink. That means we can't underline book titles like we do out on the trail.
So all you buckaroos, lasso the html code and put your book title...in italics!
Yee haw!


 
 

109 comments:

  1. Dear Sheriff Yollis and Sheriff Salsich,

    Wow! What a fantastic collaborative project!

    Mr Salsich and Mrs Yollis - I never knew you were such wonderful wild west actors! I couldn't stop smiling when I was watching your amazing video. :)

    I am just between books at the moment but I sure ♥ reading! I especially ♥ non-fiction books and biographies. I ♥ to go to our public library where there are so many terrific books to borrow!

    I can't wait to hear more about your reading adventures.

    Your reading buddy from down under,
    Miss McGeady

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  2. Dear Mrs. Yollis & Mr. Salsich,
    I loved this video. I think it is so great that two teachers across the country can work together on class projects and even make a video together. Teaching is so different from when I was in third grade. I love to read. I read a lot of books, but I need to find a new good one right now. I'm looking forward to seeing what the kids are reading! Maybe even the parents and teachers will have some good suggestions!
    Warmly,
    Marcie (Jaden's Mom)

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  3. Dear Sheriff Salsich and Sheriff Yollis,

    Once again breaking new frontiers!

    Right now I am reading a novel my 16 year-old daughter brought home from school called 'Talking to Adam' by Sarah Ell.

    Looking forward to reading more about reading!

    from Judy M♔Kenzie

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  4. Howdy Sheriffs,

    I am reading a book called Franny K. Stein Frantastic Voyage by Jim Benton. It is in the genre called fantasy because Franny can change her size and grow to be 50 feet and fight a 50' Cupid!

    The main character is Franny who is a mad scientist. She is in third grade, so she's probably 8 or 9 years old.

    The book is about Franny who distracts her dog/lab assistant Igor by making him watch T.V. Franny had been working on a doomsday bomb to protect her lab equipment from space creatures! She is a crazy girl! On the other hand, Igor was imitating everything he saw on T.V. For example, there was a show about grapes and Igor wanted to eat some grapes. Unfortunately, he ate the doomsday bomb! I won't tell you the rest...but you will ♥ it!

    Has anyone read this book?

    Miss McGeady, what does down under mean?

    Warmly,
    Grace ⎭

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  5. Dear Sheriffs,

    I'm reading Horrible Harry and the Ant Invasion by Suzy Kline. The genre is realistic fiction because it is about a boy named Harry and he doesn't have any special powers. He's just a plain, normal boy and nothing unusual happens. He got bit by a red ant. Ouch!

    I have a question for anyone. What is your favorite genre and why?

    Sincerely,
    Andrew

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  6. Howdy Sheriffs!

    My favorite genre is realistic fiction because I like reading stories that could really happen.

    The book I'm reading is Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary. The main character is Ramona and she is a kindergartner. So she is about 5 years old. She does funny things. For example, one time she was stomping in the mud and she got stuck! The traffic helper had to pull her out. He boots were left in the mud!

    I would love to have a friend like Ramona because she is really funny!

    Sincerely,
    Ileanna
    (from Sheriff Y★llis' class)

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  7. Dear Sheriff S★lsich & Sheriff Y★llis,

    I like this blog already because I like cowboys. I am reading a book called Catch That Pass by Matt Christopher. The genre is sports, and I know that because it is about football. It is about a boy named Jim who is on a football team, but is scared to be tackled so, he always drops interceptions.

    I play flag football and there is someone on my team who sometimes tackles people. I would be scared of being tackled, so I know how Jim must feel.

    Does anybody play football?
    Has anyone ever been scared of being tackled?

    Sincerely,
    Jaden★

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  8. Dear Sheriff Y★llis and Sheriff S★lsich,

    I have been reading a book called Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. It is in the genre realistic fiction. I know this because the main character, Peter, has no special powers whatsoever. I would not like to be Peter because he has a little brother named Fudge and he is very annoying. For example, he never listens to his brother. One time he jumped off a jungle gym and knocked out his two front teeth! However, if I was him, then I would have a pet turtle. ☺
    Here are some questions:

    Has anyone read this book?

    If so, did you like it?

    Your friend,
    Im★n
    (from Sheriff Y★llis' class)

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  9. @ Miss McGeady,

    Yee Haw! Thank you kindly for your high praise about our wild west acting. I was born in Montana, so I guess I have a little cowgirl in me! Plus, I do enjoy a good western movie every now and then!

    Everyone's invited to The Reading Roundup!, so please let your cowpokes know about it! The trail to Australia is a little too wet for our horses, but we can certainly meet up here to jaw about good books!

    Sincerely,
    Sheriff Y★llis

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  10. Dear Sheriff Yollis and Sheriff Salsich,

    Right now I am reading The Boxcar Children and the Mystery in the Corn Maze. It is in the genre realistic fiction because everything that occurs in the story could really happen.

    The book is about four siblings going with their grandfather to their grandfather's friend's home. The man that the house belongs to has a corn maze and many strange things were happening. For example, someone was putting toilet paper all around the maze. The Boxcar Children are trying to figure out the mystery, but if I were them, I would think it was Jack the owner of the corn maze's friend. I think he's responsible because he is acting like he is very happy that all of these bad things are happening and that the maze has to be closed down. I wonder if I'm right!


    Has anyone read this book? Has anyone read any other Boxcar Children books in the series?

    Warmly,

    Adia ♣
    (Sheriff Y★llis' class)

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  11. @ Marcie, (Jaden's mom)

    Sheriff S★lsich and I are much obliged by your kind words about our video. The two of us have never met, and yet, here we are together in our own little western! Teaching is not only different from when I was a kid, it is different from when I started teaching. The changes in education within the last twenty, even ten years...nothing short of remarkable.

    Yes, there will be some great recommendations made...here at The Reading Round-Up!

    @ Judy M♔Kenzie,

    Welcome partner! Thanks for your kind words about the new frontier. Your little cowpokes are more than welcome to join right in here at... The Reading Round-Up!

    Sincerely,
    Sheriff Y★llis

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  12. Dear Sheriff Yollis and Sheriff Salsich,
    What a terrific blog idea! You folks certainly are leading the way in blogging and collaborative teaching approaches. Whenever I visit your sites, I always leave inspired and wondering how I can do a better job with the 4WS blog. I love this idea and would really like to do something like it myself with another teacher in the future. Do you have any tips on how I could get started? Congratulations on a job well done! I will be sure to share it with my class...they are going to LOVE this!
    From,
    Mrs. Webb-Scheers

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  13. @ Miss Webb-Scheers,

    Thanks for the kind words. I am very looking that I bumped into sheriff Yollis on the blogging trail a few years back, we have learned so much from each other.

    We would love to have your students leave comments on the blog as well if they are interested.

    I think the best way to work towards a project like this is to just keep making connections with other classroom blogs. You'll get a sense of which ones have similar goals and expectations as you, and also which ones inspire you with new ideas. Mrs. Yollis and I have done a few smaller scale projects over the last year, and this just kind of developed out of one of those.

    My students and I are really enjoying your blog, especially the student tutorials.

    Your blogging buddy,
    "Sheriff" Salsich

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  14. Howdy Sheriffs!
    I am reading a book called Vacation Under the Volcano a Magic Treehouse book. It is adventure fiction. The main characters Jack and Annie time travel so it couldn't happen in real life. In this book they go to Pompeii and the Roman Empire. It would be fun to be Jack and travel everywhere and have adventures. Does anybody have a favorite Magic Treehouse book?
    From,
    Ben
    Mrs. Yollis' student

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  15. Dear Sheriff Y♥llis and Sheriff Salsich,

    Wow! What a fabulous video ya'll made!

    I am reading Horrible Harry Goes To The Moon.

    The Author is Suzy Kline. This book's genre is fantasy, because harry said Neil Armstrong played golf on the moon! I know he didn't.

    I recommend this book because Harry, who is the main character, says he will go to the moon but instead meets them at the "moon watch" and surprises every one. It sure is a fun book to read.


    Warmly,
    Amitai (In Sheriff Yollis' class)

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  16. Howdy Sheriff Yollis and sheriff Salsich,

    I really like the video you made Mr Salsich and Mrs Yollis!

    The book that I am reading at the momment is... Poppy the Piano Fairy by Daisey Medows!!
    The main character is Poppy the Piano Fairy.

    The main part is Rachele and Kirsty help Poppy the Piano Fairy get her magic feather back from the ugly goblin.

    The genre is an adventure book it is very catchy!

    I have a question for you...
    Have you ever read Poppy the Piano Fairy before?

    From your blogging buddy,
    Jazmin (in 2KJ)!

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  17. Dear Mrs Yollis' class and Mr Salsich's class,

    I ♥ your new blog!
    It is awesome!

    I thought the video was fantastic! I ♥ reading! It's the best thing I could do at home.
    I'm in the middle of a wonderful book called 'Delphie and the Birthday Show'. The main character is Delphie. There is a set that I am collecting and it is called 'Magic Ballarina'.
    I am already up to reading my seventh book (well, I have skiped a couple because I could not find three, four, five and six at the shop).
    In the first story, she got some red ballet shoes, and now in all the books, she goes to a place called Enchantia, and there's always a problam to solve.
    I would have to say it is an adventure book.
    Have you ever herd of them before?

    Your blogging buddy from down under,
    Sophie

    P.S. Can't wait to read more from you cow boys and cow girls!
    Yee Haw!!!

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  18. Howdy Sheriffs,

    I'm reading a book called Go Girls. Its about a girl who broke her arm and helps out with getting some dogs washed. Its a bit hard for her because she can only use one arm for six weeks. My book is a chapter book.

    I have one question...

    Is your book a chapter book or not?


    Your
    Blogging
    Buddy
    In
    2KJ
    Georgia.

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  19. Dear Sheriff Salsich and Sheriff Yollis,
    What a great blog you have!
    The book I'm reading is Super Diaper Baby by George Beard and Harold Hutchins.
    It's when a baby save's the world with his dog.
    From Marcus

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  20. Howdy Sherrif Yollis and Sheriff Salsich,

    I love the idea of a blog where students and teachers can collaborate about books and reading. What an inspired idea!

    I could not stop smiling as I watched your video introducing and explaining the project! The students in 2KJ and 2KM also loved it and we enjoyed discussing the cowboy theme and the play on words words you used.

    At the moment I am reading a book titled At Home with the Templetons by Monica McInerney. I have read all of her other books too. Miss McGeady and I often swap books, we love to read!

    I look forward to reading all about the reading roundup with the third grade cowboys and cowgirls over there in the U.S!

    Your friend and fan,
    Miss Jordan

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  21. Howdy R,R buddies,

    I'm reading Stink and the Pirate Island by Megan Mcdonald.

    I think this book is realistic fiction because Stink goes to a pirate island and does a treasure hunt. ;)

    From,
    Derek
    in Mr. Salsich's class

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  22. Dear Sheriff Salsich and Sheriff Yollis,

    I am so exited to be part of this blog! Right now I am reading The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by
    C. S. Lewis. The genre is fantasy because three kids go to a land were talking animals live. The land is called Narnia. The main characters in this book are:Lucy, Edmund,Eustace and Caspian.
    If you read it you will enjoy it!

    From,
    Margot in Sheriff Salsich`s class

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  23. Howdy sheriffs,

    I'm reading James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. The genre is fantasy. I know this because there is a GIANT peach.The main character is James.

    From
    Sam K. In Mr.Salsich's class :)

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  24. Howdy sheriff's,
    I am reading well I was reading The Magic Finger. The main character puts the magic finger on there neighbors and they turn into birds. This is not a true story because there is no such thing as a magic finger.


    From,

    Cassidy from Mr. Salsich's class :)

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  25. Dear buckaroos,

    I am reading James & the Giant Peach
    By Roald Dahl. The genre in the book is fantasy
    because there is a giant peach on a peach tree
    & when Aunt Spiker is at the peach tree she can
    See the peach growing very huge! And there are
    huge bugs in the middle of peach!


    from Autumn.

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  26. Dear RR Buddies,

    I am reading Mary Poppins by P.L Travlers.
    The genre is fantasy because Mary Poppins jumps into a painting and when people in the story laugh they float up. Also Mary Poppins can not only slide down the railing but she can can slide up the railing!

    From,
    :)Maggie in Mr.Salsichs class

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  27. Howdy buckaroos,

    I'm reading The Wonderful Tale of Henry Sugar by Roald Dahl. Roald Dahl books are really hilarious! :D His books can take you to Jamaica! The genre is realistic fiction because you can go to Jamaica and you can find silver if you look in just the right spot. Most of his books are fantasy because the Witches couldn't ever happen, and I'm really glad! Roald Dahl's books are suspenseful and spectacular!

    From Alison from Mr. Salsich's Class

    P.S. Have you ever read any of his books?

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  28. Dear R R buddies,

    I'm reading Wiley and Grampa's Creature Features #6 by Kirk Scroggs. I like it because it has a cat named Merle.

    From,
    Steven in Mr. Salsich's class

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  29. Howdy Sheriffs!

    I'm reading Flush By Carl Hiassen. It's a story about a boy named Noah and his family. A man named Dusty Muleman, is dumping sewage into the ocean! Noah's Father tries to catch him at night, then Noah and his sister Abbey try to catch him. Will they succeed ? You'll have to read the book to find out. :D

    The Genre of his book is realistic fiction.

    Happy Blogging!

    From Amanda, in Mr. Salsich's class

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  30. Dear Sheriff Yollis,

    I am reading A Dogs Life by Ann M. Martin.The genre is sort of realistic fiction because everything could happen but it's from a dog's point of view. So it's both fantasy and realistic fiction.The main character is a dog named Squirrel and she is a stray. She goes on a lot of adventures. She has a brother named Bone too. Thats all I Know so far.

    From,

    Alexandra
    (in Mr. Salsich's class.)

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  31. Dear reading cowboys and cowgirls,

    I am reading a book called Franny K. Stein and the Fran with Four Brains by Jim Benton. In the story she makes three robots to do her subjects for her which are Soccer, Bagpipe and, Cooking. The genre of the story is fantasy.The main character is Franny K. Stein with a lab assistant Igor.


    Your R.R buddy
    Tyler D in Mr. Salsich's class

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  32. Howdy buckaroos,

    I'm reading Geronimo Stilton #14 The Temple Of The Ruby Of Fire. I like it because they travel all over the world. I know it is fantasy because Geronimo is a mouse, and mice can't travel across the world having adventures.

    Your Jr. Sheriff From Sheriff Salsich's Class,
    Tommy

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  33. Howdy Sheriffs,
    The book I am reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. The genre is fantasy because a girl turns into a blue berry and a boy falls in the chocolate and gets sucked in by a tube.

    My favorite part in the book so far is when Charlie finds a dollar on the road. Then he goes in a store and gets two chocolate bars and the second one has the golden ticket!

    From,
    Sam C. in Sheriff Salsich's class

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  34. Dear sheriff Salsich and sheriff Yollis,

    The book I am reading is Stink #3 By Megan McDonald. I think this book is realistic fiction because he tries to make a stinky potion and a real boy could definitely do that!

    From,
    Madison in Mr. Salsich's class

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  35. Dear buckaroos,

    It's your old buddy Erik! I'm reading Dragonbreath Attack of the Ninja Frogs. The main character is Danny the dragon but he cant breath fire. The author is Ursula Vernon.


    Your buddy

    Erik in Mr. Salsich's class

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  36. Dear R. R. members,

    Right now I am reading a lot of books. The one I will tell you about is My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George also the author of Julie of the Wolves. The genre of this is survival because Sam Gribley runs away into the forest from a city. Have you read this book?


    From,

    Sam L. in Mr. Salsich's class

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  37. Dear buckaroos,
    I am reading Stink & The World's Worst Super Stinky Sneakers by Megan McDonald. Stink is realistic fiction. Have you ever read Judy Moody? Well, Judy Moody is Stink's sister.

    From
    Gus in Mr.Salsich's class

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  38. Dear Miss Jordan,

    It is great that you like the Reading Roundup Blog! We do too! When we saw the video, we were surprised that Sheriff Y★llis was out in the wild with her cowboy hat and bandanna! Sheriff S★lsich was surprising with his acting. We wish that we could act as good as they did in the Welcome video "together".

    Thanks for visiting!

    ★Adia, ★Hannah, and ★Iman
    Deputy Sheriffs

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  39. @Grace,

    That comment really interested us! Now we want to read Franny K. Stein. Jaden has never heard of it. Miriam has heard of it, but has never read one.

    We'd like to read about Franny K. Stein growing to be 50 feet and fighting Cupid! That sounds cool!

    Grace, have you read all of them in the series?

    Sincerely,
    ★Miriam and ★Jaden

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  40. Dear Jazmin,

    This is Adia and Hannah from Mrs. Yollis' class.

    We both have read a lot of books written by Daisy Meadows. For example, we've read Trixie the Halloween Fairy. Both characters are fairies, and they are both in the series. However, they are different because Poppy is into piano and Trixie is not. She likes to dress up. One outfit is and orange and black striped dress.

    Sheriff Y★llis had no idea that these girls are really fairies. They have magical powers that can transform people into fairies. She was shocked to hear that they are only 2 inches tall!

    We have a question:

    Have you read any other books from the series?

    Deputy Sheriffs,

    ★Adia & ★Hannah

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  41. @ Sophie,

    Thank you for your wonderful comment!

    We have never heard of that series. It sounds like a good one though. Are there any super powers in the book? If so, we think it might be fantasy.

    Warmly,
    ★Miriam and ★Jaden

    P.S. Jaden likes the excellent comments you publish on his blog.

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  42. Howdy Sherrifs!

    This a great new colaborative blog! The Reading Round-Up is a great name!

    I have been into Harry Potter books by J.K Rowling. I have read Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and I just finished Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on Monday. They are the first, second and third books. I have also watched the movies too.

    Harry Potter books are fiction and the genre is fantasy. The main character is Harry and he goes to a school called Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. On the way he meets two friends, Ron (Ronald) Weasley and Herminone Granger. They always find out mysteries in the castle of Hogwarts. and they always figure it out! Harry is also famous. His parents died by a very mean wizard called Lord Voldemort. Wizards and witchs don't speak his name so they call him You Know Who or You Know Who Must Not Be Named. He got a lightning bolt scare on his head from Lord Voldemort. Voldemort couldn't kill him because he lost all his powers.

    Good luck with the blog, it's awesome!

    Best Wishes,
    Millie (in 2KJ)

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  43. @ Andrew,

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. I really like Horible Harry. Last year, I read almost the whole series because we had about 40 minutes a day to read in my old teachers class. Sports is my favorite genre because I am very interested in sports and I like to play sports. Do you like sports?

    Warmly,
    ★Jaden

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  44. Howdy!!

    I just saw your reading round up and was amazed!! There is nothing like a great book!!

    I have a question: I enjoy reading mysteries or thrillers, does anyone have any suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Brad- Alexa's dad

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  45. Dear Sheriff Yollis,

    I think your Reading Roundup blog is great! The book I am reading is "Franny K. Stein mad scientest The Frandidate". The genre is science fiction because no one can invent a skin that you can wear and sense who other people like and then skin can change to that person. The main character is basically Franny K.Stein and Igor. Franny is in charge of the room/lab and Igor is her assistant. They work on scientific stuff and inverted the skin. I think the book is outstanding.

    From,
    Aaron

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  46. Unbelievable!!
    Mr Salsich and Mrs Yollis you must never sleep or eat. Just how do you find the time?

    In class today we read by David Legge. David also drew all of the pictures.
    The story is about a little girl who tries to work out what is wrong at her grandfather's house one day when she goes to visit him.
    We love to find all the things in the pictures that are bamboozling!

    If you were just to read Bamboozled without the pictures, it would come under the genre of realistic fiction. With the pictures, it is very much fiction.

    We don't want to give away too much of the story.

    from Mrs W & P-2 @ Harston PS.

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  47. @ Derek,

    This is Adia, Hannah, and Jaden from Sheriff Y★llis' class. Thank you for your cool comment.

    How does Stink get to the ☠ pirate island? We were thinking this might be fantasy. Can you please give us more information? ARG!

    From,
    ★Adia, ★Hannah, and ★Jaden
    Deputy Sheriffs

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  48. @ Sam

    We see that you are reading James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. Last year, at Jaden's old school 4th grade did a play on James and the Giant Peach and he has seen the movie.

    You mentioned the main character is James. Can you tell us a little about James? Is he someone you'd like to be friends with? If so, why or why not?

    Kind regards,
    ★Adia, ★Hannah, and ★Jaden
    Deputy Sheriffs

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  49. @Margot,

    That was an amazing comment!:)

    We have never heard of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by
    C. S. Lewis.

    Here are some books that we liked and maybe you will too.

    Miriam wonders if you've heard of a book called There is a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom ? by Louis Shacher. It is about a boy going into the girls' bathroom and it is fantasy.

    Alexa said, I have read Amber Brown. The author is Paula Danziger. It is about Amber going to Alabama to see Justin. Justin is Amber's friend. Amber's mother can not decide if she should marry Max. Max is Amber's mom's boyfriend. It is realistic fiction.

    We have a question for you:

    Have you ever read these books?


    Your blogging buddies,
    ★Alexa and ★Miriam

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  50. @Sam K.,
    I have read James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl too. In fact I read most of Roald Dahl's children's fiction books. My favorite Roald Dahl book is Matilda. I liked it because the main character of the book Matilda, also liked to read just like me. I also liked the ending of the story when Matilda's parents let her live with the teacher, Miss Honey. Miss Honey is a really nice teacher who takes care of Matilda and encourages her to read.

    I hope you will choose other books by Roald Dahl to read.

    From,
    Miriam "☆"

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  51. Dear Sheriff Yollis and Sheriff Salsich,

    I just finished reading Horrible Harry in Class 2B last night. It was probably realistic fiction because all these things could happen but they did not. The main character is Harry and he loves to do horrible things. In one chapter he makes these people that are supposed to invade the room but everyone thinks they are cute. Yesterday my grandma got me the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid called Diary of a Wimpy Kid:The Ugly Truth. It just came out yesterday. I am on page 100. There are about 215 pages in the book! In this book since Rowley and Greg are not best friends anymore Greg is trying to get a new best friend and Rowley already has one. Has anyone gotten the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid?

    Sincerely,
    Jaden

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  52. Dear Mrs.Yollis,

    I thought you had a great cowboy voice. I think we are going to have a awsome time sharing this blog together.

    From,
    Sam K.

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  53. @ Sam K.,

    Thank you kindly for your high praise about my cowboy accent! Much appreciated!

    I have a compliment for you! I noticed that you used the HTML code to put great in italics when you said I had a great cowboy voice. You are a super blogger!

    We are very excited about sharing this blog with you too! :-)

    Sincerely,
    Sheriff Y★llis

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  54. Dear Sheriff Yollis and Sheriff Salsich,

    I love your video! In the video you said that you will teach us how to use context clues at The Reading Roundup. I know how to use context clues. You use it by looking at the sentence and finding clues that help you figure out what the word means.

    The book in my saddle bag is Your Mother Was A Neanderthal. The book is about three boys going back in time to the Stone Age and find Joe's(one of the three boys) mom as a Neanderthal.

    The genre is adventure and fantasy.

    The three boys are the main characters. One knows magic, one always wears a baseball hat, and one needs glasses.

    From,
    Ella in Mrs. Ranney's class

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  55. @ Ella,

    Thank you so much for visiting and for leaving such a quality comment! Yee Haw!

    Your definition of a context clue is a bull's-eye! I have a question for you...could you share a word or two that you figured out using context clues? Maybe you could teach us a thing or two!

    I have a question about your book Your Mother Was A Neanderthal. How do the boys go back in time?

    Sincerely,
    Sheriff Y★llis

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  56. Dear Reading Round-Up buddies,

    I am so excited that our new blog is off to such a great start! Right now we have a whopping 55 comments! Sheriff Yollis and I certainly have some great blogging buddies to ride the trail with.

    This is a great post to get ideas about new books to read. There are so many excellent recommendations, and a wide variety of books. It does look like there are some popular books and series that several students like though:

    Franny K. Stein by Jim Benton
    Stink by Megan McDonald
    ☆ Fantasy books about fairies

    Many of the students in our class are reading books by Roald Dahl because we are enjoying The BFG as a read aloud. I love that book! (I wonder, can anyone tell me what "frobscottle" is? Or a "trogglehumper"?)

    Keep up the great reading buckaroos!

    Happy trails,
    Sheriff Salsich

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  57. Dear Sophie,

    This is Adia, Hannah, and Iman from Mrs. Yollis' class. What a spectacular comment! We ♥ to read just like you!

    We have never heard of the series that you were writing about called Magic Ballerina. Someday, we hope to read it because you think it is so wonderful.

    Our favorite series is The Boxcar Children. The books are very interesting because there is always a mystery to solve and we ♥ mysteries. They are called the Boxcar Children because they were orphaned and lived in a boxcar. A boxcar is an enclosed railway car with a sliding door on one side. This is a definition sentence! We've been learning about definition sentences in class. :-)

    Their grandfather found them and they now live with him. What a happy ending!

    Have you ever read any books from the series?

    Hope to hear from you soon!

    Deputy Sheriffs,

    ★Adia, ★Hannah, and ★ Iman

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  58. @ Deputy Miriam and Deputy Jaden,

    Thank you for commenting back to me! You are great Deputies! I hope some day I am will be one too.

    The Franny K. Stein books are really good and I recommend them. No, I have not read the whole series, but I would like to.

    Do you recommend any books?
    How do I become a Deputy?

    Best wishes,

    Grace

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  59. @Ella,

    We have never heard of the book Your Mother Was A Neanderthal but, we would defenitly love to read it!

    Iman is reading a book called Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. It is about A boy named Peter who has a little brother named Farly Drexel Hatcher but they call him Fudge. It is a realistic fiction because all the things that happen can really come true.

    Miriam is reading There is a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom The book is by Louis Sachar. The
    book is about a boy that doesn't study well, and his friend goes into the girls' bathroom accidentally. It is realistic fiction because somebody could accidentally go into the girls' bathroom.



    From,
    ★ Iman and ★ Miriam

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  60. Dear Sheriff Yollis and Sheriff Salsich,

    Yee-Haw! I am so thrilled to stumble across this new project. My students and I love reading and many of my fourth graders have rounded-up 30 or more Reading Counts point this year, alone! I am sure they will enjoy sharing some of their favorite books with ya'll.

    I, myself, love to read. It's one of my favorite hobbies, in fact. I enjoy fiction the most. I love learning about different cultures or time periods through the books I read. I suppose you might call my favorite genre "historical fiction."

    Do ya'll enjoy historical fiction?

    Take care, ya hear?
    Mrs. Madden
    Sumac

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  61. Dear Mrs. Yollis's class,
    This is Ben, Miriam's cousin, and I am currently reading Changes by Jim Butcher. It is a fantasy novel about wizards, vampires, and magic. I enjoy reading fantasy novels because anything is possible in a fantasy story. Many of the monsters and creatures in the novel aren't real, but the author describes them with so much detail that they seem real. Someday I hope to write my own fantasy novel, that will entertain hundreds of readers, just like Jim Butcher does with his novels.

    If you were to write your own fantasy book or story, what would it be called, and what would it be about?

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  62. @Ben (Miriam's cousin),
    I also like scary fantasy stories. I can't wait to read one of your stories. If I would write a fantasy story it would be about large wild animals that are scaring all the people and how a little girl defeated them.

    From,
    Sarah

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  63. Dear Sheriff Yollis,

    Thank you for the nice compliment.

    One example of context clues is:
    "Her sister annoyed her and made her irate". I didn't know what irate meant, but I saw the word annoyed so I figured out it meant mad.

    The boys in my book went back in time by a magic, blue book with strange silver designs.

    See you next time I stop at this part of the trail,
    Ella in Mrs. Ranney's class

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  64. @Mrs. Madden,
    I also like historical fiction. Mary Pope Osborne the author of the popular series The Magic Tree House, also wrote a historical fiction series called Dear America. Each book is written in the form of a diary taking place during the time of an important historical event. I read the book titled My Secret War. It was about a girl called Madeline who lived during World War II.

    I would recommend this book to everyone.

    From,
    ★ Miriam

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  65. @Ben (my cousin),

    I don't like scary books and probably would not enjoy reading the books that you like. I like stories with happy endings.

    If I where to write a fantasy book, it would be a funny story about friendly aliens that save the planet from bad humans destroying the planet. The story would definetly have a happy ending and will make you laugh.

    From
    ★ Miriam

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  66. @Mr Salsich,
    I have also read the BFG which stands for the Big Friendly Giant. The word frobscottle was a delicious drink that was fizzy and refreshing that the giant drank instead of eating children. The giant also had big ears and could catch dreams. A trogglehumper is a nightmare or a bad dream. The giant hated to catch those.

    I hope your class enjoys reading this book.

    From,
    ★ Miriam

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  67. Dear Ella,

    What a spectacular comment you wrote! Wow you are an outstanding writer!

    I have never read the book Your Mother was a Neanderthal. What is a Neanderthal? I am going to look out for that book when I go to the Calabasas Library. It sounds like a terrific book to read.

    I noticed that you said that one of the main characters needs glasses. So do I! Does that boy wear reading glasses or the other kind? I don't wear reading glasses, because I only have a problem with seeing distance, NOT seeing close up.

    I also noticed that one of the boys knows magic. That is amazing! I would love to know magic, so I could turn my brother Stefan into a monkey. :-)

    There are some questions I would like you to answer:

    Do you think it is cool that the boy has magic powers?

    Would you like to know magic?

    From Deputy Sheriff,

    Adia ★ ♥ ♣ ♦ ★

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  68. Dear Ella,

    What a spectacular comment you wrote! Wow you are an outstanding writer!

    I have never read the book Your Mother was a Neanderthal. What is a Neanderthal? I am going to look out for that book when I go to the public library. It sounds like a terrific book to read.

    I noticed that you said that one of the main characters needs glasses. So do I! Does that boy wear reading glasses or the other kind? I don't wear reading glasses because I only have a problem with seeing distance, NOT seeing close up.

    I also noticed that one of the boys knows magic. That is amazing! I would love to know magic, so I could turn my brother into a monkey. :-)

    There are some questions I would like you to answer:

    Do you think it is cool that the boy has magic powers?

    Would you like to know magic?

    From Deputy Sheriff,

    Adia ★ ♥ ♣ ♦ ★

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  69. Dear Georgia,

    What a fantastic comment! Actually, I have never read the book Go Girls.

    You mentioned that the girl in the story had broke her arm and had to have it in a cast for six weeks. That's funny because in kindergarten I broke my arm and I had to have it in a cast for seven weeks.

    You also said that the girl had dogs. Sadly, I don't have a dog but someday I hope to get one. Do you have a dog? If so, what type of dog is it?

    To answer your question, I am reading a chapter book. It is called The Boxcar Children and the Mystery in the Snow.


    I will not tell you what it is about because I would like you to find out about it yourself. Please write a comment to me if you do read the book.

    Deputy Sheriff,

    Adia ★ ♥ ♣ ♦ ★

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  70. Dear Sheriffs,

    I am reading Tigers At Twighlight. It is by Mary Pope Osborne. The book is about Jack and Annie visiting a jungle in Africa. They get chased by a lion and then they find elephants and get on top of them. Jack and Annie do that because tigers do not attack elephants. In the middle of the night, a lion gets trapped. Jack and Annie undo the trap and then the lion attacks them. To find out more you need to read the story.

    Has anyone read this book? Has anyone read any others in this series?

    Sincerely,
    Jaden

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  71. Dear Madison,

    We have read Stink #3 and we ♥ it!

    Our favorite part is when Stink enters the super stinky contest, but sadly he does not win.

    Thank you for taking the time to write a comment to the Reading Roundup!

    Deputy Sheriffs,

    ★Adia and ★Hannah

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  72. Dear ★Jaden,

    I also love football! I don't play it but, I like watching football with my dad. Did you know soccer is called football in some states. Here in America it's just called soccer. Do you play soccer? Have you ever read the book Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing If you scout around in all these comments you will see what the book is about.

    Sincerely,
    ★ Iman

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  73. Dear RR,

    Right now I am in the computer lab!

    The book I am reading is Pinky and Rex. It is realistic fiction because they can't fly or they don't have magic powers. Everything in it is real.

    From,
    Grayson

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  74. Dear RR,

    Right now I am in the computer lab!

    The book I am reading is Pinky and Rex. It is realistic fiction because they can't fly or they don't have magic powers. Everything in it is real.

    From,
    Grayson

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  75. Dear Millie,

    You are a great writer. Not only do you do long comments, but all of them are quality comments.

    We have not read all of the Harry Potter books but we have read the first one in the series. Are the first three books good books?

    We hope you can visit the Reading Roundup again and leave many more quality comments! We hope to write to you again.

    "See" you later!

    Deputy Sheriffs,

    ★Adia and ★Hannah

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  76. Howdy sheriffs,

    I'm reading a book thats called Franny K. Stine. The genre is fantasy. It is fantasy because she can travel in time to the past and the future.

    I like fantasy books because I like made up stories like Franny K. Stine. I have some questions for you.

    1. What is your favorite genre?

    2. What is your favorite book?

    3. Why did you pick that genre?

    4. Why did you pick that book?

    From,
    Nicolas

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  77. Dear RR,


    Wow! That was an amazing collaborative project! I just finished the book called Forever Amber Brown. The genre is realistic fiction. It was an amazing book. Now I'm reading a Judy Blume book. The genre is fiction. it is a really good book.

    I have a question for you:
    Have you ever read any of these books?


    ★Warmly,
    Alex★

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  78. Dear RR,


    Wow! that was an amazing collaborative project! I just finished the book cald Forever Amber Brown the genre is realistic fiction.. It was an amazing book. Now I'm reading a judy Blum book. The genre
    is fiction. it is a realy good book.
    I have a question for you:
    Have you ever read aney of these books?


    ★Warmly,
    Alex★

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  79. @Alexa,

    I remember reading Amber Brown
    too. Right know I am reading Frindle. It is about a boy named Nick that plays tricks on teachers to making them mad. Nick calls a pen frindle which makes the Laungue Arts teacher mad. Who ever
    says frindle has to stay after school. I am not going to tell you
    the rest but it is really good.


    From,
    Miriam

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  80. Dear Marcus,

    I have never heard of Super Diaper Baby by George Beard and Harold Hutchins. I think that it actually might be illustrated by Harold Hutchins. Can you give me more information?

    Wow! I can't believe a baby would save the world with his dog! How totally amazing!

    Deputy Sheriff,

    Adia

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  81. Howdy Y'all!
    I think the idea of a blog to share about books is a great idea!

    @Mille I read the Harry Potter series also. In the U.S. we call "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone". We do that because when people printed the book they didn't like that so they changed it to the Sorcerer's Stone. I am on the fifth Harry Potter "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix". It is very good so far and I can't wait to finish it!

    Yours Truly,

    Deputy Jamie (from Mrs. Ranney's class)

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  82. Dear ★Jaden,

    I also love football! I don't play it but, I like watching football with my dad. Did you know soccer is called football in some countries . Here in America it's just called soccer. Do you play soccer? Have you ever read the book Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. If you scout around in all these comments you will see what the book is about.

    Sincerely,
    ★ Iman

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  83. @ Nicolas,

    I have not read Franny K. Stine, but I would really like to read it. I always see someone in our class with the book.

    Currently I am reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Ugly Truth. It is about a boy named Greg who lost his best friend Rowly, and is trying to find a new one. I just got it today, and am starting to love it!

    Sincerely,
    ★Iman

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  84. Parisa (Iman's mom)November 16, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    Dear Sherifs,

    I am currently reading An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon. It is the latest edition of a series of books about time travel. More specifically, the characters keep traveling back and forth between the eighteenth and twentieth century. The genre is historical fiction, but the content takes you to a world of mystery, action, and adventure.

    Sincerely,
    Paris★ (Iman's mom)

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  85. Dear Sheriff Yollis and Sheriff Salsich,

    The book I am reading Is Three cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson. The genre is non fiction.

    Greg Mortenson is an American who helps build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan through his charity, Pennies for Peace. Most of the schools are for girls because Greg Mortenson believes that educating them helps the community more. When girls grow up and become mothers they teach their children.

    I really like the book. It makes me feel happy because Greg Mortenson is helping many children who are not as lucky as we are. I think it's sad that children in Pakistan and Afghanistan don't have schools. I hope that he keeps building schools for them.

    I am proud of our school because last year we donated money to Pennies for Peace.

    Have you read this book?

    Have you heard of Pennies for Peace?

    Sincerely,
    Hannah

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  86. Dear Mrs. Yollis:

    I am Andrew Levin's grandmother, and I have just finished reading again A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I have been in a book group for 15 years and reading is very important. When we visit Andrew, I like to bring books to him and read aloud with him. Warmest regards.

    Ada Levin
    Scottsdale, Arizona

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  87. Dear Sheriff Yollis,

    I have Spy Dog Superbrain in my saddle bag. There is a series of Spy Dog books. Spy Dog books are from England. The genre is fiction, because it is about a dog that is super and that could stop bad guys and stop a kid from having his brain in a jar.

    So far, the book has been good.

    Sincerely,

    Andrew

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  88. Howdy Partners,
    Wow! I think that the slide show Sheriff Salsich and Sheriff Yollis made was excellent! I think that you had very great sheriff voices. The book I am reading right now is called Confetti Girl. My book is really awesome so far. I have noticed that the main character is a girl, and one of her hobbies is to collect socks of all different kinds! She has a drawer for socks that have holes. She also has a drawer for other kinds of socks. I think that reading is so fun! I will always love to read!

    Your Friend,
    Carly

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  89. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I am reading a book called Pinky and Rex. It is about going to the museum. I really like it.

    From, Grayson

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  90. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I am reading a book called Junie B. Jones is Captain Field Day. In the story Junie B. Jones was chosen to be Captain Field Day. I LOVE the book.

    From,
    Alie

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  91. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I am reading the book Pinky and Rex and the School Play. In the story, Pinky is nervous about the school play. I really love the story.
    Your friend,
    Ruth

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  92. Dear RR,

    I am reading Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the UFO. In the story Cam Jansen finds floating lights in the air and she doesn't know what they are. I am really enjoying the book so far.
    From,
    Ryan

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  93. Dear RR,

    I am reading Cam Jansen and the Mystery of Flight 54. It is interesting when Aunt Molly loses her suitcase. I think the suitcase got taken by a different passenger.
    From,
    Andrew

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  94. Dear Mrs.Yollis,
    I'm Ben's cousin Julie. I'm reading a book called Babushkas Doll. It is a non fiction book about a young girl who is selfish, mean, and rude.She finds her grandmother's doll and it comes to life and makes her do many things. The young girl then got her lesson and learned to be nice and helpful.

    from, Julie

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  95. Dear Mrs. Yollis and Mr. Salsich,
    This collaborative project is fabulous and such a great example of how technology can be a wonderful invention!
    I just started a new book called, The Fences Between Us by Kirby Larson. It's a new book in the Dear America series published by Scholastic. I am looking forward to reading it because I love to read anything Kirby Larson has written and also because the book is set in Seattle. I live about 20 miles east of Seattle and this book will help me learn about what happened to Japanese-Americans in Seattle after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. I look forward to hearing more about your reading adventures!
    From, Mrs. Hembree

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  96. Dear Sheriff Yollis,
    I am reading the book Clementine.
    I love it so far because it is a funny story.I think it is realistic fiction.


    Your Friend,
    Grace

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  97. @ Grace,

    That is a great comment that you made. We both have never read Clementine. It sounds like it is a very good book. What is it about?

    Warmly,
    J★aden and Alex★

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  98. Dear Margot,

    This is Deputy Sheriffs Alexa and Adia.

    Thank you for your comment!

    You are a great commenter and we think you should earn your own blog.

    We have never read the book you were mentioning about.

    Soon we hope to read the book.

    We will look at the library when we go next week.

    We will look forward to reading the book!

    Thanks for your comment!

    Deputy Sheriffs,
    ★Alexa and ★Adia

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  99. @Brad (Alexa's dad),

    This is Alexa, Adia, and Nick.

    We absolutely loved your comment!

    We hope you can visit the Reading Roundup again.

    You are awesome!

    We noticed that you like the kind of books that are mysteries and thrillers.

    Our favorite kind of books are realistic fiction and mysteries!

    A suggestion for realistic fiction is the book series The Boxcar Children and Franny K. Stein.

    Have you ever read any of the books in the book series that we just mentioned?

    If you haven't, soon you should get a chance to.

    We have a question:

    Can you give us a suggestion for a book that is in the genre of realistic fiction or/and mystery?

    Deputy Sheriffs,
    Adia, Alexa, and Nick

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  100. @Ileanna

    I think it is hilarious that Ramona's boots got stuck in the mud!

    @RR

    I just finished the book I was reading called Pressure Play by Matt Christopher. It was a marvelous book! I can't wait to start my next one.

    All the best,
    Deputy Jamie

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  101. Dear RR,
    The book I just finished reading is called Frindle, and it is a phenomenal, and delightful book. I think that I should tell you why the book is called Frindle. The book is called Frindle because a boy made the word up and started using the word, and his teacher did not like it.
    Yours Truly,
    Carly

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  102. @Carly

    I have also read Frindle. It was a phenomenal book and Andrew Clements is an awesome author.

    I am currently reading Travel Team by Mike Lupica. He has written many other sports books and I can't wait to read them all!


    Happy New Year!

    All the best,
    Deputy Jamie :)

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  103. Dear Reading Round Up,
    I got a new book in my saddle bag.I have the book Seiries of unfortunate events. It's a tear dropper when the boudelaire children lose their parents. It was a knee slapper when Klaus packed every (ugly shirt Mrs.Poe bought for me)part. I'm going to read the entire series. Check out our blog the classroom connection. See ya, from your cowboy, Nicholas (in Mrs. Webb-Scheers class)

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  104. Hello Reading Round-up kids,

    My name is Ethan. We used lost of your ideas on our blog because they are cool. We live in Comox which is on Vancouver Island. The island is on the west coast of British Columbia. I love reading and my favourite books are Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Geronimo Stilton. What are your favourite books?

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  105. Mrs. Yollis and class,

    We read Reading Round-up lots. We stole one of your ideas. The one we liked best was the one where you made a slide show with your class. My favourite books are the Magic Treehouse series because they hook the reader and you can't wait to read more. What is your favourite book to read?

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  106. Dear Sheriff Yollis,
    I’m reading Song Lee in Room 26 by Suzy Kline. I have one more chapter left. I’m so close from finishing the book, and an amazing video. So far it is a fantastic book.

    Warmly,
    Edo

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  107. Howdy Sheriff Yollis and Sheriff Salsich!

    Right now I'm reading Summerland which is an amazing book about a boy who doesn't like baseball very much, but is playing on a team anyway. Then, he finds a strange creature who tells him that there are four different worlds, but the boy doesn't believe him even though the boy hasn't told the creature that he doesn't believe him.

    That's as far as I've gotten, so when I finish, I'll tell you more.

    Has anyone else read Summerland?

    Warmly,
    Deputy Jamie :)

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  108. Hello! This is a wonderful project! I'm wondering how you made these videos? I use a PC and am very interested in creating similar high quality videos. Can you help? Thank you!
    Aimee Randall
    Jericho, VT

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  109. Dear Sheriff Yollis and Sheriff Salsich,

    I am truly amazed at the work that has obviously gone into planning and preparing your blog site - and what a wonderful experience for your students!

    I've just begun blogging with my students and look forward to using your site as a goal for my class to work towards. Thank you!

    I love to read - with my class, my own children and by myself. I'm reading "The Iron Man" with my grade 5 students, and just finished reading "The Help". I've now decided "The Shack" might be an interesting change.

    Thanks again for the opportunity to see great teaching in action.

    Ms. Chalk,
    Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

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