9.18.17 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? #Amancalledove #memory man

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{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!


I forgot these from the summer—my two “grownup” books.

Honestly, I rarely read books intended for readers my age. It’s important for me to keep up with the great books that are published for readers like my students.

Often over the summer, though, I indulge a little bit. Both of these were GREAT.

A murder mystery.

A great story about a grouchy old widower with a hidden heart of gold.


Did you catch my
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I’m just getting started with this one. Mrs. Nielsen is one of my fave authors!
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9.15.17 {BOOKflix Friday} WONDER!!!

There are tons of great book trailers out in cyberland, so get the popcorn ready.

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WONDER has inspired so much awesomeness, it’s hard to contain it.


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Now the world is abuzz because after months of hints and pictures, the trailer for the Wonder movie is finally out.

BUT FIRST:

The BOOK trailer…

It’s hard to believe that the SHMS 6th grade got to SKYPE with Mrs RJ Palacio just before Wonder got huge. Check out this old blog post. It was an amazing day.

And now…

If you haven’t read the book, NOW is the perfect time. Watch it before the movie comes out!

If you HAVE read the book, you might want to check out the follow-up:

 

Auggie & Me gives readers a special look at Auggie’s world through three new points of view. Previously only available in ebook, now they’ll be published all together–complete with an introduction from the author on how she came to write them–in a gorgeous hardcover package!
 
These stories are an extra peek at Auggie before he started at Beecher Prep and during his first year there. Readers get to see him through the eyes of Julian, the bully; Christopher, Auggie’s oldest friend; and Charlotte, Auggie’s new friend at school. Together, these three stories are a treasure for readers who don’t want to leave Auggie behind when they finish Wonder.

9.11.17 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? Back from summer

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{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!


Since this is the first post on the IMWAYR blog, I need to share my summer reads first. This is most of them.  Are you ready?

 

This is the sequel to Sunny Side Up. I went to middle school with a girl who is missing her brother.

{By the way, most of these pictures are what I call BOOKselfies. We’ll talk more about those next week 🙂  }

I struggled to find a reason to stay alive, until I found someone to live for.

I spent my free time picking through other peoples’ garbage looking for the most important things—this was my punishment for throwing a brick at the local garbage picker.

I killed a kid when the slap shot I took on the local frozen pond hit him in his defective heart.

I wandered in a town in Florida that gets a lot of lightning strikes and a where a new girl from a northern city comes… and tries to steal my bff.

 

 

I tried to do 65 good things in my neighborhood to make people’s lives better–even though my parents and brother had no time for me.

I learned what it was like for Shannon Hale to grow up and how she was quirky and had difficulty fitting in.

I was on the run–from the Nazis in WWII, the Cuban government, and the war in Syria.

I had a heart disease that the doctors couldn’t fix and almost died.

I went to Oregon where the crime I thought my group had solved as kids turned out to by far from over–and became much more mysterious.

 

I was a robot who crashed on an abandoned island and learned to live with nature; I even adopted a son.

 

I went to the futuristic City of Ark where, after most of the world has been destroyed by natural disasters, people are limited to 500 words.

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The most recent book I finished was:

Description from IndieBound

Two Truths and a Lie is the first book in a fascinating new series that presents some of the most crazy-but-true stories about the living world as well as a handful of stories that are too crazy to be true–and asks readers to separate facts from the fakes

Did you know that there is a fungus that can control the mind of an ant and make it do its bidding? Would you believe there is such a thing as a corpse flower–a ten-foot-tall plant with a blossom that smells like a zombie? How about a species of octopus that doesn’t live in water but rather lurks in trees in the Pacific Northwest?

Every story in this book is strange and astounding. But not all of them are real. Just like the old game in this book’s title, two out of every three stories are completely true and one is an outright lie. Can you guess which? It’s not going to be easy. Some false stories are based on truth, and some of the true stories are just plain unbelievable. And they’re all accompanied by dozens of photos, maps, and illustrations. Amaze yourself and trick your friends as you sort out the fakes from the facts

The truths in this book were so fantastical that I almost didn’t believe them. It was almost impossible to figure out which of the stories was fiction. If you like reading about the crazy things that go on in our natural world, you’ll dig this book.

 


Did you catch my
this past week?
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I’m just getting started with this one. Mrs. Nielsen is one of my fave authors!
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Still searching for a new one…

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9.8.17 {BOOKflix Friday} Raina Telgemeier’s Books

Today is {BOOKflix Friday!}

Few things can draw a reader to a new book like a book trailer can.

Get the popcorn ready.

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Raina Telgemeier is a student favorite. Every year, her books are some of the most-read books in my library. Let’s have a look:
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Fun Fact: I have a signed copy of Smile.
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Sisters is the follow up to Smile. This is another autobiographical story.
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Drama actually came before Sisters. If you like theater or acting you’ll especially like this one.
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Finally: Ghosts. Are you brave enough to read it?

About This Book

Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister’s sake — and her own.

Raina Telgemeier has masterfully created a moving and insightful story about the power of family and friendship, and how it gives us the courage to do what we never thought possible.

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If you’re a Raina fan, as many are, you can join her 10.6K followers on Instagram.

 

Here is a sampling of her posts at https://www.instagram.com/goraina/.

 

 

 

6.12.17 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? #FinalOne #FallingOverSideways @JSonnenblick

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{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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Overview from Barnes & Noble

It’s not easy being Claire. (Really.)

Claire’s life is a joke . . . but she’s not laughing. While her friends seem to be leaping forward, she’s dancing in the same place. The mean girls at school are living up to their mean name, and there’s a boy, Ryder, who’s just as bad, if not worse. And at home, nobody’s really listening to her — if anything, they seem to be more in on the joke than she is.

Then into all of this (not-very-funny-to-Claire) comedy comes something intense and tragic — while her dad is talking to her at the kitchen table, he falls over with a medical emergency. Suddenly the joke has become very serious — and the only way Claire, her family, and her friends are going to get through it is if they can find a way to make it funny again.

I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book at first. But I warmed up to it pretty quickly. I like how Sonnenblick (who has yet to disappoint me with a book) is able to write from the POV of a female protagonist. I’m not a middle school girl, but I’m the father of two daughters about that age and I say he got it right.

I like how Sonnenblick again develops the relationship that Claire, the MC, has with her parents, especially her father. Their relationship shows the normal stresses and strains of all parent/child relationships. I wasn’t prepared for the ending, though. I had to blink back tears as I was driving!

If you are looking for a book that is funnily serious–and seriously funny–then you would enjoy Falling Over Sideways. The voice of the book actually reminds me a little bit of Rafe from the Middle School series. I kept imagining this as an illustrated novel like that.

Other Great Sonnenblick books (notice a cover theme?):

Are You Experienced?


Did you catch my
this past week?
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 How many books did students in each class read?

PERIOD 2&3 READ 19 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.


PERIOD 8&9 READ 32 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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ALMOST FINISHED!!!! PLOT TWIST!!!
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The Wild Robot

Overview

Can a robot survive in the wilderness?

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is—but she knows she needs to survive. After battling a fierce storm and escaping a vicious bear attack, she realizes that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island’s unwelcoming animal inhabitants.

As Roz slowly befriends the animals, the island starts to feel like home—until, one day, the robot’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her.

From bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Peter Brown comes a heartwarming and action-packed novel about what happens when nature and technology collide.

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6.9.17 {BOOKflix Friday} #Eve&Adam #Matched

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Husband and wife superstars have teamed up again, this time to bring us a tale of adolescent bio-engineering. Hmmmm… what could go wrong?

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Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate are husband and wife authors. You are most familiar with Applegate from her Newbery-winning The One and Only Ivan. I best know Michael Grant from his Gone series, but he has written tons of others, including the recent BZRK and Magnificent 12. Together they are responsible for the Animorphs series.

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[Click the book to read a Kindle preview.]

Description
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

 

YEP! This is a trilogy. Don’t forget the next two books:

 

6.2.17 {BOOKflix Friday} #Cinnamon #MySeventhGradeLifeInTights #Wing&Claw

There are tons of great book trailers out in cyberland, so get the popcorn ready!

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A talking tiger is the only one who may be able to get a princess to speak in this beautiful picture book set in a mythic India by the Newbery Medal-winning and New York Times bestselling author of American Gods and Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman, and illustrated in bold colors by Divya Srinivasan.

This stunning picture book will transport readers to another time and place and will delight parents and children alike. “Full of Gaiman’s wit and whimsy, this one is great for reading aloud (and looks pretty lovely on the shelf as well). Gorgeous, with lush illustrations by Divya Srinivasan” (Brightly.com).

Previously available only as an audio book, Cinnamon has never been published in print before, and Divya Srinivasan’s lush artwork brings Neil Gaiman’s text to life.

 

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All Dillon wants is to be a real dancer. And if he wins a summer scholarship at Dance-Splosion, he’s on his way. The problem? His dad wants him to play football. And Dillon’s freestyle crew, the Dizzee Freekz, says that dance studios are for sellouts. His friends want Dillon to kill it at the audition—so he can turn around and tell the studio just how wrong their rules and creativity-strangling ways are.

WORK IT.

At first, Dillon’s willing to go along with his crew’s plan, even convincing one of the snobbiest girls at school to work with him on his technique. But as Dillon’s dancing improves, he wonders: what if studios aren’t the enemy? And what if he actually has a shot at winning the scholarship?

BRING IT.

Dillon’s life is about to get crazy . . . on and off the dance floor.

 

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Our very own Linda Sue Park, author of the loved A Long Walk to Water — that book which has garnered so much praise and inspired so much action—is at it again. This time, the first book in a fantasy trilogy:

From Newbery Medal winning author Linda Sue Park comes a captivating fantasy-adventure about a boy, a bat, and an amazing transformation.

 

Raffa Santana has always loved the mysterious Forest of Wonders. For a gifted young apothecary like him, every leaf could unleash a kind of magic. When an injured bat crashes into his life, Raffa invents a cure from a rare crimson vine that he finds deep in the Forest. His remedy saves the animal but also transforms it into something much more than an ordinary bat, with far-reaching consequences. Raffa’s experiments lead him away from home to the forbidding city of Gilden, where troubling discoveries make him question whether exciting botanical inventions including his own might actually threaten the very creatures of the Forest he wants to protect.

 

The first book in an enchanting trilogy, Forest of Wonders richly explores the links between magic and botany, family and duty, environment and home.

BOOK 2:

5.30.17 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? #OrphanIsland

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{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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Overview From B&N

Vera’s spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she’s kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything.
 
So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to?
 
Edgy and gripping, Please Ignore Vera Dietz is an unforgettable novel: smart, funny, dramatic, and always surprising.

Certainly gripping. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened in their friendship to drive a wedge between Charlie and Vera. I also knew that Charlie was dead—but how? King’s slow reveal kept me hitting play on this audio book.

One thing bothered me, though: It was clear that Vera and Charlie were friends from a young age, and they were supposed to be close. But I never felt that King showed them getting along all that well. I wonder why.

My middle schoolers will enjoy reading this when they’re older.

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Overview from B&N

“A wondrous book, wise and wild and deeply true.” —Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon

For readers who loved Sara Pennypacker’s Pax and Lois Lowry’s The Giver comes a deep, compelling, heartbreaking, and completely one-of-a-kind novel about nine children who live on a mysterious island.

On the island, everything is perfect. The sun rises in a sky filled with dancing shapes; the wind, water, and trees shelter and protect those who live there; when the nine children go to sleep in their cabins, it is with full stomachs and joy in their hearts. And only one thing ever changes: on that day, each year, when a boat appears from the mist upon the ocean carrying one young child to join them—and taking the eldest one away, never to be seen again.

Today’s Changing is no different. The boat arrives, taking away Jinny’s best friend, Deen, replacing him with a new little girl named Ess, and leaving Jinny as the new Elder. Jinny knows her responsibility now—to teach Ess everything she needs to know about the island, to keep things as they’ve always been. But will she be ready for the inevitable day when the boat will come back—and take her away forever from the only home she’s known?

I’ll admit I had a tough time getting going on this one, but once I gave myself longer stretches for reading, I was captivated by the island life and the premise of the book.

If you’ve seen or read Maze Runner, you know that every so often a new teenager is brought to the glade with some more supplies. He has no idea who he is, how he got there, or what came before. Everyone has to bring the new guy or girl up to speed so she can be a contributing member. In Orphan Island, the newcomer to the island is a child brought by a green boat. That same green boat takes away the oldest kid—a young teen— to who-knows-where. It is the now-oldest’s turn to raise the newcomer.

Jinny, the main character, is kindasortabarely ready for this new role as elder. She’s selfish. She’s independent. She’s lonely. Watching the somewhat unlikeable main character struggle through this is often tough. I could see what she was doing wrong and how others were put off by it.

But aren’t we all fallible? Don’t we make wrong decisions? Aren’t we often slow to admit our mistakes? In that way, Jinny is very believable.

I read recently in a Nerdy Book Club post written by the author, Laurel Snyder, that she knows people—especially adults— will struggle with the ending because everything isn’t fully resolved. In the post she writes:

But this is what I know for sure—when I was twelve, nothing in my life had a bow on it. I hadn’t even found the ribbon, or thought about how I might knot it.  And in trying to write a book for my twelve-year old self, I wanted, more than anything, to say, “It’s okay that you don’t know things. It’s okay that you haven’t even figured out all the questions yet.  It’s okay to feel crazy and yet still move forward. In fact, you have to.”

Go for it. Read to wonder, to guess, to form possibilities, to explore. To move forward. You won’t be sorry.
While you’re at it, read Snyder’s 

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


Did you catch my
this past week?
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 How many books did students in each class read?

This is for three weeks of reading…

PERIOD 2&3 READ 8 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 15 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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5.26.17 {BOOKflix Friday} @LetThemLOL field trip and #Wonder

There are tons of great book trailers out in cyberland, so get the popcorn ready.

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We trust you had a blast yesterday helping to make the world a better place with Let Them LOL. Enjoy the video of the day:

The world is abuzz because after months of hints and pictures, the trailer for the Wonder movie is finally out.

BUT FIRST:

The BOOK trailer…

It’s hard to believe that the SHMS 6th grade got to SKYPE with Mrs RJ Palacio just before Wonder got huge. Check out this old blog post. It was an amazing day.

And now…

If you haven’t read the book, the summer is a great time.

If you HAVE read the book, you might want to check out the follow-up:

5.22.17 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? #IMWAYR

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{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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Overview from BN

Marcus, a.k.a “w1n5t0n,” is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works–and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school’s intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems.

But his whole world changes when he and his friends find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Marcus and his crew are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security and whisked away to a secret prison where they’re mercilessly interrogated for days.

When the DHS finally releases them, Marcus discovers that his city has become a police state where every citizen is treated like a potential terrorist. He knows that no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself.

Reading this was like watching some of my favorite shows or movies where people are on the run and trying fight back against a stronger, evil power.

Except this time, the evil power is the government.

Yes, this is fictional. The title is a play on 1984 by George Orwell. In that classic book, the government is known as Big Brother and is always on the lookout, always watching. Here, Little Brother refers to the main character and others like him who have their eye on the government.

The book got technical in some points, explaining codes and breaking them, and the history of the different types of technology. Honestly, that made it all seem more realistic and possible.

There are some mature elements in this that make it more appropriate for high schoolers. But I hope in the future you will read–or listen to–this book.

There is a sequel that I might read over the summer:

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 take a look to see if any parents commented on last week’s IM! WAYR? post.


Did you catch my
this past week?
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 How many books did students in each class read?

This is for three weeks of reading…

PERIOD 2&3 READ 22 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 18 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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