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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Roller Coaster Writers

This week's READ-4-LUCK pick is Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee.
"Twelve people set aside their fears and ride a roller coaster, including one who has never done so before."
Publisher: Harcourt, Inc.
Year: 2003
Word Count: 238
Book Level: 1.8

 This is definitely a book for picture looking. The people's faces are a hoot! SO much fun to read and LOOK at! We've read it several times.

PARENTS:  Easy book to spark conversation. So much fun to talk about people's feelings. I'm telling you, you won't get tired of reading this one.

 A great book for a writing lesson. Or even a reading lesson. Do a picture walk. Talk about what you think will happen next. Have your students write about something they did for the first time.

WRITERS:  A great book with very low word count. If you aim for the same, study this one. Read it slowly, see what phrases strike you, and pay attention to pacing and page turns. You could even write about something YOU did for the first time. Who cares if it's never published, when you write, you are honing your craft.

What's your favorite roller coaster? (Mine is the one at Ghost Town in Maggie Valley, NC. When I rode it, there were no lines and I did it 4-5 times in a row. Laughed the whole time!)


  1. I bow to the genius of Marla Frazee! How could you not fall in complete love with "Boss Baby" or "Stars"?

    I am not a Roller Coaster Rider in any way, shape or form. DD got me on the "Polar Coaster" at Storyland in NH a few times, but I draw the line at anything not designed for toddlers!

    Cathy54321 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  2. Ooo I need to get this one for sure!

  3. Oh, Julie, I forgot about THAT! Yes, you do!

  4. This sounds like a good one to study! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Sounds fabulous and definitely like a fun ride!! Just found your blog. Glad I did.


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