Gateway to Reading: 250+ Author Games and Booktalks to Motivate Middle Readers

260p. index. Libraries Unlimited. 2013. pap. $45. ISBN 978-1-61069-423-0. ebook available. LC 2013008684.
The introduction states that in 1950 the average 14-year-old had a language storehouse of 25,000 words; by 1990, it was reduced to 10,000. This book aims to enhance literacy and comprehension in a fun way. Teachers and librarians will find games, activities, and booktalks for 40 popular authors. They can use them with students or modify them based on their own ideas. Chapters are organized alphabetically by authors from Avi to Laurence Yep. Answer keys are provided for all activities. The final chapter lists the book titles and publication information for the 40 authors discussed in the book. A good resource for teachers, librarians, and book clubs.—Melissa Stock, Arapahoe Library District, Englewood, CO

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