9.19 {BookFlix Friday} #BoyProject #MazeRunner and Open House Video

Today is

Few things can draw a reader to a new book like a book trailer can. Each Friday I will endeavor to bring a couple to you—some new or recent, some teasers of upcoming books, and a few “classics”. Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!



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Description

For anyone who’s ever felt that boys were a different species….

Wildly creative seventh grader Kara McAllister just had her best idea yet. She’s going to take notes on all of the boys in her grade (and a few elsewhere) in order to answer a seemingly simple question: How can she get a boyfriend?

But Kara’s project turns out to be a lot more complicated than she imagined. Soon there are secrets, lies, and an embarrassing incident in the boy’s bathroom. Plus, Kara has to deal with mean girls, her slightly spacey BFF, and some surprising uses for duct tape. Still, if Kara’s research leads her to the right boy, everything may just be worth it. . . .

Full of charts and graphs, heart and humor, this hilarious debut will resonate with tweens everywhere.

 

When you read this book, see me for SWAG that the author, Kami Kinard, sent for you.

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And now, the book that has become a movie:

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Don’t worry, I didn’t forget.

Here is the video we showed at open house.

9.15 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #ListenSlowly + TomAngleberger

Guess what today is!

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{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week

& the titles we are currently reading.}

This meme is originated by Jen and Kellee at TeachMentorTexts. Thanks!

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Listen-Slowly
   I was expecting a book similar to Inside Out and Back Again, Lai’s award winning first novel in verse. Listen, Slowly was nothing like it. If you’re looking to take a trip to Vietnam with all of your senses, this is the right book for you. Mai Mai is a quirky, interesting character who describes her settings and observations in great detail. She is also a lover of language. This often digresses into explaining the different diacritical marks used in Vietnamese, a very complicated language. Mai Mai shares a lot of inner monologue and running stream of thought through the course of the book. Often it is interesting and clever. At others, it borders on overkill.
   Overall, I kept reading because I was anxious to find out what was going to happen with Mai Mai’s Grandmother’s search for her long-lost husband. The ending included some wisdom about the ebb and flow of life and death, and the presence of happy and sad events and emotions in our lives. I already shared that part with a friend of mine.
Summary from Barnes and Noble:

This remarkable novel from Thanhhà Lại, New York Times bestselling author of the National Book Award–winning and Newbery Honor Book Inside Out & Back Again, follows a young girl as she learns the true meaning of family.

A California girl born and raised, Mai can’t wait to spend her vacation at the beach. Instead, though, she has to travel to Vietnam with her grandmother, who is going back to find out what really happened to her husband during the Vietnam War. Mai’s parents think this trip will be a great opportunity for their out-of-touch daughter to learn more about her culture. But to Mai, those are their roots, not her own. Vietnam is hot, smelly, and the last place she wants to be. Besides barely speaking the language, she doesn’t know the geography, the local customs, or even her distant relatives. To survive her trip, Mai must find a balance between her two completely different worlds.

Perfect for fans of Rita Williams-Garcia and Linda Sue Park, Listen, Slowly is an irresistibly charming and emotionally poignant tale about a girl who discovers that home and culture, family and friends, can all mean different things.

 

How many books have my students read? What are they reading?

Check out the reading totals and the handy SpinCam!

Click on each picture to see a 360º view of students and their books:

Period 1&2

7 books

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Period 5&6

13 books

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Period 9&10

13 books

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Parents are invited to participate in our journey as well.

For every parent who leaves a comment on TODAY’S POST with what you’re reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…

Let’s have a look back to check for parent comments.

Before I share my current and on-deck reading with you, check this out…

I shared with you on Thursday that I was going to see Origami Yoda author Tom Angleberger on Saturday since he was at Clarence Middle School to kick off his book tour of Emperor Pickletine. He was great. What a funny dude!

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After being led onto the stage by Star Wars characters, Mr. A made it VERY clear that there is an “R” in his name… because if we forgot to  say the “R”, his name would be…. yeah, AngleBOOGER. It’s great when people can poke fun at themselves.IMG_7176 IMG_7178I had him sign a book for the kids of my friend from college.

And then I asked him if he wanted to go out for real Buffalo Chicken wings while he was in town. We’ve been Twitter acquaintances for a bit, so he kind of “knew” me…

It turned out that he DID want to get wings—so I picked him up Saturday night and we headed to Duff’s.

[Mandatory selfies Yes, he took some too.}

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   Ok, so he has to work a little bit on his “heat tolerance”, but we had a great time talking about teaching, writing, books, kids, getting published, and much more. Tom was so real. I appreciate that he didn’t feel like he had to act professional around me.

   For my students, he was very clear on the importance of reading aloud your own writing before deciding that you’re finished with it. Hi said the first test for his writing is to read it aloud to his sons to see if they like it and to make sure it sounds the way he wants it too. I agree with Mr. A.  So many times I have read my writing aloud and thought, That does NOT sound aloud the way I thought it would.

While finishing up at Duff’s, Mr. A Drew a few pictures for my classroom and the library. Check these out!

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   Thanks, Mr. A, for a great evening. Good luck on your book tour, book sales, and keeping up with CeCe’s new hit El Deafo.

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And a stack by Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great author Bob Shea:
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Tom Angleberger recommended

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Thanks,
David Etkin

9.8 It’s Monday! What are you reading? The first share of the year

Guess what today is!

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{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week

& the titles we are currently reading.}

This meme is originated by Jen and Kellee at TeachMentorTexts. Thanks!

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This is a quick post of my summer reading.
Each book takes us on a vacation. Another place in the world, another life, another world altogether. It’s a chance to be someone else and to live a different life. Walking in another’s shoes can be interesting… scary… intimidating… hilarious. This is where I vacationed this summer; this is whose shoes I wore:
A cat being invaded by aliens—
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A goat who thinks he is nothing compared to a unicorn—
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Thinking about how we can help those in need without doing harm to them—
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Katie, who just graduated from high school and moved to Uganda, Africa, and finds herself falling in love with the needy, beautiful children there—
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Sasha Zaichik in Stalinist Russia—
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Arcady, an orphan and enemy of the state—and darn good soccer player—in Stalinist Russia—
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Ally, who can’t read and thinks she’s stupid—
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Amira, a girl in Sudan who wants to get an education, but instead finds herself on the run from the Janjaweed—
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Donn, a twelve-year-old who gets separated from his family while hiking in the mountains of Maine—
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Charlie, who is visiting his father’s home town, when he finds himself out in the magic and muck of the sugarcane fields—
Steve Harmon, a New York City teen on trial for his involvement in a grocery store murder.
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I’ve been a lot of places—and people—this summer. How about YOU?
Monday is our day to celebrate books that we have finished reading in the past week and get a look at the books you are currently reading.
On Monday, students get to ring the bell for every book they finished the previous week. This is a cool time of celebration and encouragement.
I also try to capture—in one form or another—the books that students are currently reading.
I’m thrilled to get this reading journey underway.

Parents are invited to participate in our journey as well.

For every parent who leaves a comment on TODAY’S POST with what you’re reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…

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Thanks,
David Etkin

I’m here and busy!!!

David E.:

Please check out what I’m doing in Uganda….

Originally posted on Etkin Goes to Uganda with UWP #19:

Hello all!

I’m in the taxi van on the way back to home base, typing this on my iPhone Notes app. We are on our way back from our first extended trip to the countryside to both follow up on newly-installed tanks and do pre-site inspections for future tanks. The past three days had held so much—so many experiences—that I can’t capture them all. Here are some snippets.

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Generally, when a school knows we coming to visit and check on the new tank, they put on a welcoming ceremony. This starts with a welcoming speech, usually followed by student singing and cultural dancing, more speeches, and finally gifts for us. Gifts have consisted of bowls of fruit and vegetables—”finger” bananas (super sweet), mangoes, and the largest avacados you’ve ever seen. And chickens.

Yes, you read that correctly. Chickens. They were put in bags under the van seats. I’m sure they’ll…

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6.13 {BookFlix Friday} #The5thWave

Today is

Few things can draw a reader to a new book like a book trailer can. Each Friday I will endeavor to bring a couple to you—some new or recent, some teasers of upcoming books, and a few “classics”. Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!



This book has come up a couple times this week:

  1. I finished it on Sunday and shared it on Monday’s post.
  2. We analyzed a review of the book from Entertainment Weekly to see how magazine writing is different from school essay writing. Here is the markup showing what we found and annotated.
  3. A couple students from last year told me the they’ve read this and loved it.

Soooo…Straight from the author’s site, The Trailers:

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Book 2 is coming in September, followed by books 3 & 4.

6.9 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #The5thWave

A new week, a new batch of books—both finished and being read. Today is…

Ring-the-Bell Monday & It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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This meme is originated by Jen and Kellee at TeachMentorTexts. Thanks!

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week & the titles we are currently reading.}

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With summer and nice weather coming on, I’m starting an “Outside book” (“real” book) and an “Inside book” (digital book). Outside books are good for sun (no glare), pool, and bonfire (before it gets too dark). Inside books are good for low-light reading, reading in bed, reading in the middle of the night—and it’s also where I get to read my ARCs.
480 pages later I can come up for breath.
It’s the end of the world. The attack has come in waves—four, to be exact. And the Others want to finish the job and claim the planet for their own.
Fascinating back and forth between the two main characters, Ben and Cassie. It was awesome watching their struggle for survival and how they wrestled with the twists and confusions and chess match of knowing who to trust.
As always, there is a suspension of reality, not just due to invading aliens, but also the far-fetched odyssey on which the main characters embark. But that is what we read for.
Perhaps I’ll show the trailers on Friday.
Book 2 comes out in September.
Summary from IndieBound:
“Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances.”—Entertainment Weekly (Grade A)The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

What were PARENTS reading last week? Let’s check it out… 
(Thank you, commenters, for contributing to our book awareness. Reading is not a “school thing”.)

For every parent who leaves a comment on TODAY’S POST with what you’re reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…

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[Check back throughout the day for updates of my students' reading.]
These past week, my 1&2 Class read
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My 6&7 Class read
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My 9&10 Class read
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INSIDE BOOK:
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OUTSIDE BOOK:
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I’ve listened to a bunch of this on audio, but now I’m going to be having weekly discussions on the chapters with others on Facebook. Should be interesting.
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Boys of Blur finally showed up on the library’s site. Guess who’s first in line?
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Excited about this one after the trailer, reading reviews and hearing recommendations.
Just texted with Mrs. Dorobiala this weekend and decided that we’ll read this “together” in July. NICE!
 

Thanks,
David Etkin

6.6 {BookFlix Friday} #Elusion by @claudiagabel & @Cherylklam

Today is

Few things can draw a reader to a new book like a book trailer can. Each Friday I will endeavor to bring a couple to you—some new or recent, some teasers of upcoming books, and a few “classics”. Get the popcorn ready.

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Published on Mar 3, 2014

Soon, Elusion® will change the world and life as we know it.

A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, a visor, and a wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications—or consequences—of real life. Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father’s unexpected death, Regan can’t bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality. Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion—accusations that it’s addictive and dangerous—Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a disturbing web of secrets. She will soon have to choose between love and loyalty . . . a decision that will affect the lives of millions. Suspense, thrills, and romance fuel this near-future story about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world and how far one girl will go to uncover the truth behind the illusions. Buy now: http://www.epicreads.com/books/elusio…

5.29 #TBT The BOY PROJECT—a book for both genders

In honor of today’s Skype with author Kami Kinard, I wanted to do a blog version of #TBT (ThrowBack Thursday)—a THROWBACK blog post.

Since the post below, Kami has released the boy problem2Did you get to see the sweet video it inspired my students to create?

Kami even included it in her blog—and those are cupcakes that SHE sent to my students.

I’m looking forward to discussing writing and reading and books and ideas with my students and Mrs. Kinard.

Now… the #TBT post…


 

 

from 2.27.13

You want a chuckle? Click the following picture and watch the SpinCam. Pay special attention to the first 5 readers and their books (moving clockwise). No–really–go do it. I’ll be here when you finish….

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You’re back. Good. Did you see what I saw?

A bunch of boys holding a very feminine-looking purpley-pink book.

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“Weird,” you say? No, not really. Here’s the quick story….

But first, the trailer:

Over the summer my student Maddie (now a seventh grader… I miss her) returned her Summer Vacation is for Reading postcard. One of the books she listed was The Boy Project by Kami Kinard. I wrote the post (linked above) and found Ms Kinard on Twitter (@kamikinard) to tell her about it. She contacted me and sent me some cool book swag—bracelets, bookmarks, magnets, and temp tattoos. NICE! So I bought a couple copies of the book for the new school year, put on a book swag sticker I made, and put them on my HotReads shelf.

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A couple girls in my B class saw it and were interested right away. The sweet bracelet that the got after reading it didn’t hurt, either. Then it got passed around to a bunch more of their friends. Next I heard, they got in trouble in cheerleading practice for talking about a book! (If you missed the sweet irony, read that last sentence again. Though I don’t condone getting in trouble anywhere… that’s pretty awesome.)

When it came time for the teachers to choose the 10 books for our annual Battle of the Books, a few of these students lobbied for The Boy Project to be included.

And it was.

Which takes us to my post on Monday where I shared that I read the book over February vaca (though I was not bold enough to read it in public at the indoor water park–I have my limits). Yeah, I LOLd a bunch and liked the book plenty (you can see my comments on the post). And perhaps that, along with a few classmates who were giving it a go, was enough to get a few other boys interested.

There are no girl books.

There are books.

There are books written about girls.

There are book written by “girls”.

But there are no girl books.

Read on!

5.27 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #TheTesting #TheAbsolutelyTrueDiary

A new week, a new batch of books—both finished and being read. Today is…

Ring-the-Bell Monday & It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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This meme is originated by Jen and Kellee at TeachMentorTexts. Thanks!

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week & the titles we are currently reading.}

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With summer and nice weather coming on, I’m starting an “Outside book” (“real” book) and an “Inside book” (digital book). Outside books are good for sun (no glare), pool, and bonfire (before it gets too dark). Inside books are good for low-light reading, reading in bed, reading in the middle of the night—and it’s also where I get to read my ARCs.
This week’s OUTSIDE BOOK:
You want intense? Here it is. This is Survivor—but in this dystopian future, losing doesn’t mean you get to go home. Losing could mean death.
And yes, friends: People die in this book.
Don’t get too attached. Prepare to lose any character. Prepare for twists. Prepare to trust no one.
Though this does have echoes of Hunger Games and Matched and Maze Runner and Divergent, it is interesting enough to hold one’s attention and not come off as a copycat.
Now—to get my hands on the next two books in the trilogy.
Here is the trailer in case you missed it:
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same? 

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career. 

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies–trust no one. 

But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.
INSIDE BOOK:
I didn’t have a book ready to go on my iPad so I searched what was available on the public library site. I don’t read any old thing, but look for a book that is on my VERY long TBR list.
Here it is.
I didn’t know much about it, except that it is highly recommended… and also one of the frequently-banned books. That’s a combination to get my attention.
This book was fascinating… and sad and funny and tragic and glorious and triumphant.
Got that? All those emotions live in this book.
Junior is an awesome, sincere narrator and story-teller. I’d recommend reading this when you make it to high school.
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Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he thought he was destined to live.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Alexie’s YA debut, released in hardcover to instant success, recieving seven starred reviews, hitting numerous bestseller lists, and winning the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

 
What were PARENTS reading last week? Let’s check it out… 
(Thank you, commenters, for contributing to our book awareness. Reading is not a “school thing”.)

For every parent who leaves a comment on TODAY’S POST with what you’re reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…

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[Check back throughout the day for updates of my students' reading.]
These past week, my 1&2 Class read
13
My 6&7 Class read
11
My 9&10 Class read
14
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INSIDE BOOK:
OUTSIDE BOOK:
TBA
I’ve listened to a bunch of this on audio, but now I’m going to be having weekly discussions on the chapters with others on Facebook. Should be interesting.
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Boys of Blur finally showed up on the library’s site. Guess who’s first in line?
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Excited about this one after the trailer, reading reviews and hearing recommendations.
 

Thanks,
David Etkin