Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Princesses and the Frogs… AFFL Style

Hello Fantasy Lovers,

We here at AFF have been talking about Adam Gidwitz‘s visit to our local Indie book store, Quail Ridge Books, in October and reading both his stories and some of the original Grimm Brother tales.

This past Wednesday we read a couple of versions of The Frog King.  One had the prince and princess living happily ever after and the other had the princess throwing the frog against the wall.  Can you guess which one AFFL liked better?

Here is one version of the quote we liked so much.

Then she was terribly angry, and took him up and threw him with all her might against the wall. “Now, thou wilt be quiet, odious frog,” said she. But when he fell down he was no frog but a king’s son with beautiful, kind eyes.

The version we read said horrible, not odious, but we still got the gist.

Check out our Frog King videos… We had a lot of fun, and got some aggression out!

Remember Adam Gidwitz will be at Quail Ridge Books on October 16 and Lisa McMann’s new Unwanteds book comes out next Tuesday (Sept. 3)


So I went to see Adam Gidwitz last night and he was a great speaker.  Those lucky 6th graders over at Daniels Middle got to hear him at school that morning…lucky.  So here is the proof of my visit.

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Read on,

Mr. H


Final T-Shirt Design and Next Read

Hello Fantasy Lovers,

Yesterday afternoon we finalized our T-shirt idea and passed out the order forms.  This being the final year of the AFFL we thought it might be cool to add each member name to the back of the shirt.  That does bring the cost up to $15, but I think it will look great.  I have attached the order form for anyone who was absent or anyone who might have misplaced it.

Remember the front will say AFFL where Jamestown High is and the back will be Anti Ferriter Fantasy League in orange and AFFL with signatures in white.

AFFL T shirt form 2013-14

We also talked about our next read and most agreed that it should be Unwanteds #3 The Island of Fire by Lisa McMann.  That book is scheduled for release on September 3, but you can read a sneak peek from Lisa McMann’s Website here.

Let me know if you have any questions and check back soon as our Princess and Frog videos are being processed… They are VERY funny.

Mr. H



Our First Meeting

OK AFFL Members,

Today was a good meeting and I am jazzed about a few of our decisions.  Remember you are charged with three tasks in the next two weeks.

Task number One… You need to talk with your parents about your interest in our AFFL t-shirt.  The shirt will most likely cost $12, just like last year.

Task Number Two…. You need to vote (in the comments) for one of the following shirt designs.  Remember to include your color desires.

  The text would read “9 out of 10 talking fish agree that AFFL is really Great.”


The text would read “Keep calm and be AFFL and then under that would Read Anti Ferriter Fantasy League”

The text would read AFFL with Anti Ferriter across the top and Fantasy League under the big lettering.

Task Number Three… Find something to read revolving around the Grimm Fairy Tales.  You can find A Tale Dark and Grimm, or In A Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz, or you could read some original Grimm Brothers works.  Here is another link to the Grimm Brother’s works.  I think you all need to pay close attention to The Frog King, as we might be working with that tale in two weeks!

Actually you have Four Tasks… Don’t forget to return you green video permission form so I know who goes in front and who goes behind the camera at our next meeting.


Now for my tasks.

I will monitor the voting for t-shirt designs and let you know what design is the winner at our next meeting (Aug. 28).  At that meeting I will hand out order forms if you are interested in buying a 2013 shirt.

I will also be reading Original Grimm Fairy Tales and looking for ideas that would make interesting videos.  I think you might join me in this venture.

Remember our goal is to read up on Grimm Tales and prepare for the visit of Adam Gidwitz at Quail Ridge Books on October 16th.  You might want to talk to you parents about getting to Quail Ridge that Wednesday (it is our last week of track-out).

Lots to do my little AFFL students.

Read on,

Mr. H