Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Red Pyramid

The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1)Title: The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1) 
Author: Rick Riordan   
Publication Date: 2010  
Genre/Format: Adventure and Fantasy/Novel   
Summary: Carter and Sadie Kane are brother and sister but, after their mother's death, have been raised separately.  Sadie lives with their grandparents in England while Carter is off traveling non-stop with their father who is an Egyptologist.  The adventure begins when their father reunites them and they are plunged into a crazy adventure when their father wakes the Egyptian god, Set.    
What I Think: I have to say I wasn't sure I would like this series because it seemed like it might be too much like the Percy Jackson & The Olympians.  I loved that series and the idea for the story was brilliant.  Having red The Red Pyramid now, I would wholeheartedly recommend it!  I think I even liked this series better (...I have only read the first book in this series)!  I think Riordan did a great job with the characters and, as a teacher, I love how he incorporates Egyptian mythology.  It truly brought it to life for me and I think it would be great for kids.  Any kid who is looking for adventure would love this book!
Read Together: 4 - 6
Read Alone: 5 - 8 
Read With: Nonfiction about Egypt, Folk literature - Egyptian mythology, Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan, The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams by Rhonda Hayter  
Snatch of Text: "My name is Carter Kane.  I'm fourteen and my home is a suitcase." p. 2   
Reading Strategies to Practice: Activating Background Knowledge, Making Connections, Making Predictions, Asking Questions
Writing Strategies to Practice: Characterization, Perspective  
Writing Prompts: Choose a well-known character from literature or history and write from his or her perspective (either in their story or time in history, or in the present time); Read the above snatch of text and then write your own story for Carter; Read the above snatch of text and then use it as a model to write an attention grabbing first line.
Topics Covered: Egypt, Folk Literature - Egyptian mythology, Family, Trust, Confidence, Making Choices, Loyalty, Genres,  
Translated to Spanish: No

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