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Genre Quiz Revisions
If you would like to raise your quiz grade, complete these genre revisions. Attach them to your quiz and put it in the “Turn In” box by Monday. Directions: Use your notes to locate key words about genres from the blurbs below. For example, your notes say that the characters in Fantasy books often have talking animals, so you would highlight “talking bird” in the Dealing with Dragons blurb. Highlight as many of these types of words as you can find for ONLY THE GENRES YOU MIS-IDENTIFIED. 1. The Oxford Italian Dictionary (Reference) The ideal language reference from the first name in dictionary publishing From Oxford University Press, the first name in educational and reference works, this dictionary provides the essential Italian vocabulary needed by students, travelers, and business people. The Oxford Italian Dictionary features: • 50,000 words and phrases translated • English-to-Italian and Italian-to-English • Pronunciation • Verb tables • Up-to-date terminology ________________________________________________________________________ 2. Dealing with Dragons (Fantasy) Patricia C. Wrede Meet Princess Cimorene—a princess who refuses to be one. She is everything a princess is not supposed to be: headstrong, strong-ish, smart… And bored. So bored that she runs away to live with a dragon. And not just any dragon, but Kazul—one of the most powerful and dangerous dragons around. Of course, Cimorene has a way of hooking up with dangerous characters, and soon she’s coping with a witch, a jinn, a death-dealing talking bird, a stone prince, and some very oily wizards. If this princess ran away to find some excitement, it looks like she’s found plenty! ________________________________________________________________________ 3. Letter’s from Rifka (Historical Fiction) Karen Hesse “America,” the girl repeated. “What will you do there?” I was silent for a little time. “I will do everything there,” I answered.

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Rifka knows nothing about America when she flees from Russia with her family in 1919. But she dreams that in the new country she will at last be safe from the Russian soldiers and their harsh treatment of the Jews. Throughout her journey, Rifka carries with her a cherished volume of poerty by Alexander Pushkin. In it, she records her observations and experiences in the form of letters to Tovah, the beloved cousin she has left behind. Strong-hearted and determined, Rifka must endue a great deal: humiliating examinations by doctors and soldiers, deadly typhus, separation from all she has ever known and loved, murderous storms at sea, detainment on Ellis Island—and as if this is not enough, the loss of her glorious golden hair. Based on a true story from the author’s family, Letters from Rifka presents a real-life herone with an uncommon courage and unsinkable spirit. ________________________________________________________________________ 4. Falling Up Poems and Drawings by Shel Silverstein (Poetry) Millie McDeevit screamed a scream So loud it made her eyebrows steam. She screamed so loud Her jawbone broke, Her tongue caught fire, Her nostrils smoked… Poor Screamin’ Millie is just one of the unforgettable characters in this wondrous new book of poems and drawings by the creator of Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic. Here you will also meet Allison Beals and her twenty-five eels; Danny O’Dare, the dancin’ bear; the Human Balloon; and Headphone Harold. So come, wander through the Nose Garden, ride the Little Hoarse, eat in the Strange Restaurant, and let the magic of Shel Silverstein open your eyes and tickle your mind. ________________________________________________________________________ 5. The Janitor’s Boy (Realistic Fiction) Andrew Clements Ordinarily, no one would have imagined that Jack Rankin would vandalize a desk. But this was not an ordinary school year for Jack… When Jack Rankin learns that he is going to spend the fifth grade in the old highschool—the building where his father works as a janitor—he dreads the start of school. Jack manages to get through the first month without kids catching on. Then comes the disastrous day when one of his classmates loses his lunch all over the floor. John the janitor is called in to clean up, and he does the unthinkable—he turns to Jack with a big smile and says, “Hi, son.” Jack performs an act of revenge and gets himself into a sticky situation. His punishment is to assist the janitor after school for three weeks. The work is tedious, not to mention humiliating. But there is one perk—janitors have access to keys, keys to secret places… In this novel by the author of Frindle, a boy’s explorations lead him to surprising new discoveries about himself and his father. ________________________________________________________________________
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6. Soccer (Informational) Hugh Hornby DK Eyewitness Books Here is an original and stunning new guide to the international sport of soccer. Fullcolor photographs of players in action, soccer uniforms, equipment, and memorabilia present a unique picture of the game and the people who play it. SEE • • • • Zinedine Zidane lift the 1998 World Cup how a soccer field is made legendary players in action the offside trap being sprung.

LEARN • how to take a penalty kick • which is the largest soccer stadium in the world • where Ronaldo, the great Brazilian star, learned to dribble a ball • how the World Cup trophy was stolen DISCOVER • who scored the first World Cup hat trick • when a ball is in or out of play • when a throw-in is illegal • what a sweeper does • how soccer players stay in shape and much, much more ________________________________________________________________________ 7. Space Race (Science Fiction) Sylvia Waugh Every night before going to sleep, eleven-year-old Thomas Derwent says to his father, “Nallytan, Valteen mesht.” This is a familiar phrase, though Thomas doesn’t know exactly what it means. It’s the one thing he remembers from the language of the Other Place, and he’s never thought much about it. Until now. Now his father has told him they’re leaving. Not just leaving the small town in England where they live. Thomas and his father are leaving Earth and returning to the Other Place, the planet of Ormingat from which they came five year ago. Thomas can’t remember anything about his life there. All he knows is his life on Earth, and he can’t imagine leaving the places and people he loves so much. But the only option is to stay behind. Alone. From Sylvia Waugh, the author of The Mennyms, comes a fresh and heartwarming story about your world changing. Or when you’re changing worlds. ________________________________________________________________________

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8. Bad Boy (Biography/Autobiography/Memoir) Walter Dean Myers Into a memoir that is gripping, funny, heart-breaking, and unforgettable, Walter Dean Myers richly weaves the details of his Harlem childhood in the 1940s and 1950s: a loving home life with his adoptive parents, Bible school, street games, and the vitality of his neighborhood. Although Walter spent much of his time either getting into trouble or on the basketball court, secretly he was a voracious reader and an aspiring writer. But as his prospects for a successful future diminished, the values he had been taught at home, in school, and in his community seemed worthless, and he turned to the streets and his books for comfort. Here in his own words is the story of one of the strongest voices in children’s and young adult literature today. ________________________________________________________________________ 9. Murder at Midnight (Mystery) Avi A deadly plot to overthrow King Claudio is unfolding in the Kingdom of Pergamontio, Italy. Mangus the Magician has been marked as an easy scapegoat for the traitor lurking within the king’s court. Against all odds, and certainty, his faithful new servant boy, Fabrizio, sets out to solve the mystery and prove his master’s innocence before the stroke of midnight… lest Mangus face death and Fabrizio become homeless once more. Murder, conspiracy, betrayal, and an artful blend of Renaissance history with magic and intrigue make for a gripping and suspenseful page-turner from master craftsman Avi.

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