UNCAGED / SINGULAR MENACE series reading information

John Sandford is a popular writer of mysteries and thrillers and UNCAGED is the first book in his new series: The Singular Menace

UNCAGED is a NYTimes Best Seller.

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bookcover of UNCAGED (The Singular Menace #1)  by John Sandford and Michele CookUNCAGED
(The Singular Menace #1)
by John Sandford and Michele Cook

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3.83 avg rating — 214 ratings 

NOT for the Squeamish. Animal torture and human torture.

Kids versus corrupt companies.  Shay and Odin are orphans living with foster parents.  Oden is older and when he turns 18 he joins a radical animal rights group.  The group breaks into a lab and finds some horrific stuff.

Odin, who is a high autistic, makes a frantic call to Shay and tells her he's scared and needs to hide. Shay takes off to find him, knowing that nothing will stop her from saving her brother.

Reading Information:
Page Count: 416
no Accelerated Reading information currently available
 Lexile: 870L
--other reviews available
--audio version available
--sample e-chapters available

compiled by Pam
updated August 2014

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  • GARY PAULSEN books at the 3rd Grade level (Young Children)

    Gary Paulsen is so prolific that we couldn't reasonably squeeze all of his books at the 3rd Grade level onto one page. (Imagine the scrolling... and scrolling!) So we are breaking them down into groups based on interest level.  NIGHTJOHN, for example, is definitely not for little ones.  It's a Young Adult book with some heavy themes.

    The books on this list are at the Third Grade Reading level, but they are for young children.


    bookcover of Full of Hot Air by Gary PaulsenFULL OF HOT AIR
    Launching, Floating High, and Landing

    4.4 STARS from 5 GoodReaders

    Couldn't find a copy to review so we'll have to resort to the backcover description which says, "Gary Paulsen knows a lot about hot air ballooning, and he shares the information in witty high style. Illustrated with glorious color photographs taken by an internationally known balloonist."

    No longer in print. This book is available on the used market --and at some lucky libraries.

    Reading Information:
    Word Count: 782
    Accelerated Reading level: 3.0 / points: 0.5
    AR quiz: 7567


    bookcover of WORKSONG by Gary PaulsenWORKSONG
    illustrated by Ruth Wright Paulsen

    3.53 avg rating — 34 ratings

    People work. And in this book Gary and his wife, Ruth, celebrate all the different sorts of jobs and work that people do.

    Personally, I like the artwork more than the poem.  But this is still a lovely book to share. One that can get conversation flowing...
    It is keening noise and jolting sights,
    and hammers flashing in the light,
    and houses up 
    and trees in sun,
    and trucks on one more nighttime run. 
    sample page #1 from WORKSONG by Gary Paulsen

    sample page #2 from WORKSONG by Gary Paulsen

    Word Count: 177
    Page Count: 32
    Accelerated Reader: 3.1 / points: 0.5
    AR quiz: 35675
    Lexile: AD290L

    bookcover of DOGTEAM by Gary PaulsenDOGTEAM
    illustrated by Ruth Wright Paulsen

    3.54 avg rating — 61 ratings

    In Dogteam, Paulsen draws upon his experience as a musher to bring to life a night run. The air is crisp..., frigid, and the dogs are eager to run. You will feel like you are whisking over the snow, past shadowed trees and wildlife on a moonlit night.

    I really like this book. Here is a sample of the verse:
    Wolves.
    They come alongside in the moonlight,
    moonwolves, snowwolves, nightwolves,
    they run with us,
    pace the dogs, pace our hearts and our lives
    and then turn, turn away into the blue dark.
    Ruth Wright Paulsen accompanies her husband's text with perfect images that capture the cold and motion and excitement of racing through the dark.

    sample page #1 from DOGTEAM by Gary Paulsen

    sample page #2 from DOGTEAM by Gary Paulsen

    Word Count: 469
    Page Count: 32
    Accelerated Reader: 3.2 / points: 0.5
    AR quiz: 61739
    --sample pages available


    bookcover of CANOE DAYS by Gary PaulsenCANOE DAYS
    illustrated by Ruth Wright Paulsen

    3.72 avg rating — 67 ratings

    Canoe Days takes a look at the life in and around a lake. The book begins with at paddler launching a canoe. It talks about the wonder of silence and beauty of sliding across the water. Children get to see a pike moving in the murky depths, and animals like foxes and racoons that frequent the shore in search of food and a drink.

    The colors in Canoe Days are sunny. Bright blues and cheerful greens that are evocative of spring and summer. The text is lyrical and describes what the paddler hears and sees.

    Sample:
    Sometimes when it is still so still,
    you can hear the swish
    of a butterfly's wing --

    sometimes when it is that still I take the canoe
    out on the edge of the lake.

    One stroke of the paddle and we are gone, the
    canoe and me, moving silently.
    sample page #1 from CANOE DAYS by Gary Paulsen

    sample page #2 from CANOE DAYS by Gary Paulsen

    sample page #3 from CANOE DAYS by Gary Paulsen

    Word Count: 379
    Page Count: 32
    Accelerated Reader: 3.5 / points: 0.5
    AR quiz: 31078
    Lexile: AD840L
    --sample pages available


    To Find Gary Paulsen books at the 2rd Grade level, click here.

    compiled by Pam
    updated July 2014

    GARY PAULSEN BOOKS at the 2nd Grade reading level

    Gary Paulsen has written some lovely books for very young readers. These books can be shared and integrated in social studies and science classes. They can also be used as practice readers.

    There are no books at the 1st Grade level, but here is a delightful Non-Fiction book at the 2nd Grade level which is available in Spanish as well as English.  To Find Part I of Gary Paulsen books at the 3rd Grade level, click here.

    bookcover of THE TORTILLA FACTORY by Gary Paulsen
    3.66 STARS from 28 GoodReaders
    All 5 STARS from Amazon Reviewers

    THE TORTILLA FACTORY is a beautiful little book from the Paulsens. With warm artwork and poetic text it describes how tortillas come from corn which is grown in the soil. And how that corn, when ground, makes its way from the fields to the kitchen table.

    The Black Earth sleeps in winter.
    But in the spring the black earth
    is worked by brown hands
    that plant yellow seeds,
    which become green plants in rustling in the wind
    and make golden corn to dry in
    hot sun and be ground into flour
    for the tortilla factory.
    This slim volume is not only a great poetic read-aloud, it's useful. With text and pictures it introduces young children to patterns of life that they might not be aware of. It describes how the planting of corn is cyclical and in the rhythm of the seasons; and how the ground corn grain moves through our society so that it eventually nourishes those who grow it.

    THE TORTILLA FACTORY
    also here

    Reading Information:
    Word Count: 142
    Page Count: 32
    Accelerated Reader: 2.7 / points: 0.5
    AR quiz: 18383
    --sample pages available
    --other reviews available

    sample page #1 from THE TORTILLA FACTORY by Gary Paulsen



    bookcover of Tortilla Factory by Gary PaulsenLa Tortillería

    Brief Description: Las tortillas son clásicas de la cultura mexicana, ¿cómo se hacen? ¿con qué se hacen? Conoce esto y más en este interesante y poético libro.

    Reading Information:
    Word Count: 142
    Page Count: 32
    Accelerated Reading level: 2.7 / points: 0.5
    AR quiz: 18383 SP
    Lexile: 510L

    sample page #2 from THE TORTILLA FACTORY by Gary Paulsen

    To Find Gary Paulsen books for young children at the 3rd Grade level, click here.

    compiled by Pam
    updated July 2014