5.2.16 It’s Monday! What are you reading?! #TheMemoryOfThings

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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The Memory of ThingsI read an advanced copy, thanks to Netgalley. The Memory of Things will be born on September 6, 2016. Review below.

 On the morning of September 11, 2001, sixteen-year-old Kyle Donohue watches the first twin tower come down from the window of Stuyvesant High School. Moments later, terrified and fleeing home to safety across the Brooklyn Bridge, he stumbles across a girl perched in the shadows, covered in ash, and wearing a pair of costume wings. With his mother and sister in California and unable to reach his father, a NYC detective likely on his way to the disaster, Kyle makes the split-second decision to bring the girl home. What follows is their story, told in alternating points of view, as Kyle tries to unravel the mystery of the girl so he can return her to her family. But what if the girl has forgotten everything, even her own name? And what if the more Kyle gets to know her, the less he wants her to go home? “The Memory of Things” tells a stunning story of friendship and first love and of carrying on with our day-to-day living in the midst of world-changing tragedy and unforgettable pain. It tells a story of hope.
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“Where were you when the world stopped turnin’ that September day?”

It might seem trite or overdone to start writing about 9/11 using the lyrics to Alan Jackson’s famous song. I hope not, because that opening line brings back everything from that day—a day that felt like it stood still.

I remember growing up hearing older people tell stories about remembering where they were when JFK was assassinated. Some even remembered where they were when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. It amazed me that a news story could freeze people’s memories.

The first big event I vaguely remember was when President Reagan was shot in 1981. The next momentous day was when I was my students’ age and the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred. I remember my teacher, Mrs. Wilson, coming to pick us up from lunch with tears in her eyes. This was back when sixth grade was in elementary school. When we got back to the room, she told us what happened. Of course, this was a particularly big deal because Christa McAuliffe—a teacher from New Hampshire—was on the Shuttle. I went home and watched the explosion with my mom on endless replay—the Shuttle lifting upward in a beautiful arc against a perfect blue sky. Then a white explosion. The shuttle disappeared and the booster rockets twisted off at odd angles. Tragedy.

Where was I when the world stopped turning on September 11, 2001? I was in my classroom meeting with other teachers. Our students were off team and the guidance counselor called down to tell us the weird news that a plane flew into the World Trade Center. The only image I could get in my mind was an old fashioned biplane like the ones that tried to attack King Kong when he climbed the Empire State Building in the old movies.

It wasn’t. They weren’t.

We wheeled out the TV from behind the door and watched as the first tower fell. Then the second. And when the students came back on team we were glassy-eyed and shocked, ushering all 75 of them into my room where we told them a little bit of what was going on. Our principal forbade us from showing news coverage, which was wise—though we didn’t think so at the time. Instead, we hastily drew a map of New York State and explained briefly what happened.

I will never forget. The memory of those things are scratched into who I am. (Here is a powerful recounting of the experience from a then 13-year-old girl.)

I also won’t forget watching videos of people hurrying through the streets of NYC trying to escape the disaster as ash rushed upon them, ghosting them in their work clothes.

This is where we begin Polisner’s The Memory of Things. Kyle is one of those people, running across the Brooklyn Bridge. Everyone was sent home from his high school, and when he comes across the winged-girl on the bridge, the story begins. On a day when two of the most iconic buildings in New York come crashing down, finding a girl with wings probably didn’t seem that strange. Kyle is a hero—a quiet, responsible, do-the-right-thing kind of 16-year-old—and goes against the flow to bring the winged girl to safety. What place would be safer than his house?

Kyle helps and tries to get to know this mystery girl while waiting to hear from his dad, a NYC detective who was likely rushing into the Towers to help people when the Towers collapsed. Where is he? Why can’t Kyle get through? He tries to hold it all together, his brain continually chipping away at bleak reality.

The girl is a distraction. What is her name? Where is she from? Is she missed? What is up with the wings? Did she have people in the towers too?

As readers, we get to hear from the mystery girl as well. Alternating with Kyle’s prose, her scattered story is told in verse. It feels schizophrenic, almost stream-of-consciousness. Her story is told a bit at a time until it comes out with a wallop.

Older readers like me will find themselves drawn to the remembering of 9/11 that’s used as a backdrop for the story.

Younger readers will be drawn to the book as they experience the tragic events in first person for the first time. They will find themselves turning pages to cheer on Kyle, uncover the winged-girl’s past, and discover the memory of things.

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

PERIOD 1&2 READ 12 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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PERIOD 5&6 READ 2 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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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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The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones
School of the Dead
Never Missing, Never Found
This is the Part Where You Laugh

4.29.16 {BOOKflix Friday} An Ember in the Ashes, Uglies, Girl Stolen

Today is BOOKflix Friday!

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

Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!


Tap on the book covers to go to learn more.

 

About AN EMBER IN THE ASHES:

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

The first installment of Scott Westerfeld’s New York Times bestselling series—a global phenomenon that started the dystopian trend.

The Uglies series has more than 3 million books in print, has been translated into twenty-seven languages, and spent more than fifty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Now all four books feature fresh new covers and will reach an even wider audience.

Tally’s adventures begin in Uglies, where she learns the truth about what life as a Pretty really means. She rebels against the surgery that will make her a Pretty, but ultimately succumbs. In Pretties, Tally has forgotten all about her Ugly life, and when she’s reminded, she has a hard time listening. And what little’s left of the old Tally is further compromised in Specials, because Tally has been transformed into a fierce fighting machine. But when she’s offered a chance to forever improve civilization, will she be able to overcome her brainwashing? The answer is evident years later in Extras, after the Pretty regime has ended. Boundless human creativity, new technologies, and old dangers have been unleashed upon the world. But fame and popularity can be just as dangerous as extreme beauty… – See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Uglies/Scott-Westerfeld/Uglies/9781416936381#sthash.6Qi9CrJO.dpuf

About the book
Sixteen-year-old Cheyenne Wilder is asleep in the back of her mom’s car when it’s stolen from the pharmacy parking lot. Cheyenne is not only sick with pneumonia—she’s also blind. Griffin, the teenager who was stealing packages out of parked cars, hadn’t meant to kidnap her; he just impulsively stole the car with her in it. But once Griffin’s dad finds out that Cheyenne’s father is the president of Nike, everything changes—now there’s a reason to keep her. Will Cheyenne be able to survive this harrowing ordeal and escape? And if so, at what price?

4.25.16 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #RollerGirl #TheLastDragon

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!


 Before we get into the reading, how about a round of applause for the high school for going Bald for Bucks and raising $16,000 for Roswell Park Cancer Institute. HUZZAH!

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 Roller Girl
Fun book by Victoria Jamieson. I can see why this one has received so much publicity and praise. It was cool to see girls in action! Astrid worked through a lot of social issues in this book. The friend situation she finds herself in is all too common, even as adults. Hopefully from reading about it, we can learn how to handle these situations when we face them ourselves.
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This is a reissue of a wordless graphic novel that came out 5 years ago. I found the story a little hard to follow, but the artwork was stunning. Get a peak if you can sometime.
Did you catch my MrEtkinSHMS Instagram posts this past week?
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 How many books did students in each class read?

PERIOD 1&2 READ ??? BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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PERIOD 5&6 READ ??? BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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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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The Memory of ThingsFascinating so far. Looking forward to more time together with this book. It will be born on September 6, 2016.
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The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones
School of the Dead
Never Missing, Never Found
This is the Part Where You Laugh

4.22.16 {BOOKflix Friday} The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee, My 7th Grade Life in Tights, Treasure at Lure Lake

Today is BOOKflix Friday!

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

Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!


Tap on the book covers to go to authors’ home pages.

Ghost-story lover and debut author Erin Petti has written a quirky story for fans of The Goonies, Goosebumps, and Coraline.

The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee is a fantastical adventure-mystery, where science and magic intertwine. Eleven-year-old Thelma Bee is never bored. In fact, she has curiosity and adventure in her blood. She spends her time running science experiments, practicing Spanish, and daydreaming about far away landscapes. But Thelma gets more than she bargained for when a strange woman sells a jewelry box at her father’s antique shop. That night, a ghost kidnaps her father, and the only clue is the jewelry box and a word a ghost whispered in her ear: “Return”. Now it’s up to Thelma to get her dad back, and it might be harder than she thought—there’s someone wielding dark magic, and Thelma is pretty sure they’re coming after her next.

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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An epic adventure—that’s all Bryce wants this summer. So when he stumbles upon a treasure map connected to an old family secret, Bryce is determined to follow the clues to unearth both, even it means hiking in the wilderness in the middle of nowhere. Bryce must work with his bickering brother, Jack, or they may never see the light of day again!

4.18.16 It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

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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The second half of this book really picked up. So many mysteries were cleared up… and so many more remain to be solved. I look forward to continuing The Wingfeather Saga.
North! Or Be Eaten: Wild escapes. A desperate journey. And the ghastly Grey Fangs of Dang.  The Monster in the Hollows  The Warden and the Wolf King

Overview

Once, in a cottage above the cliffs on the Dark Sea of Darkness, there lived three children and their trusty dog Nugget. Janner Igiby, his brother Tink, their crippled sister Leeli are gifted children as all children are, loved well by a noble mother and ex-pirate grandfather. But they will need all their gifts and all that love to survive the evil pursuit of the venomous Fangs of Dang who have crossed the dark sea to rule the land with malice and pursue the Igibys who hold the secret to the lost legend and jewels of good King Wingfeather of the Shining Isle of Anniera.

Andrew Peterson spins a quirky and riveting tale of the Igibys’ extraordinary journey from Glipwood’s Dragon Day Festival and a secret hidden in the Books and Crannies Bookstore, past the terrifying Black Carriage, clutches of the horned hounds and loathsome toothy cows surrounding AnkleJelly Manor, through the Glipwood Forest and mysterious treehouse of Peet the Sock Man (known for a little softshoe and wearing tattered socks on his hands and arms), to the very edge of the Ice Prairies.

Full of characters rich in heart, smarts, and courage, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darknesspresents a world of wonder and a tale children of all ages will cherish, families can read aloud, and readers’ groups are sure to discuss for its layers of meaning about life’s true treasure and tangle of the beautiful and horrible, temporal and eternal, and good and bad.

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

PERIOD 1&2 READ ??? BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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PERIOD 5&6 READ ??? BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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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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Roller Girl
My 8th grader is reading
Gimme a Call
My 7th grader just finished 
Virals (Virals Series #1)

Overview

Adventure is in Tory Brennan’s blood. After all, she’s the grandniece of world-famous forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Always up for a challenge, Tory and her science-geek friends spend their time exploring the marshlands of Loggerhead Island, home to the very off-limits Loggerhead Island Research Institute, where something strange is going on. After rescuing a stray wolfdog pup from a top-secret lab, Tory and her friends are exposed to a rare strain of canine parvovirus, changing them—and their DNA—forever. Now they are more than friends. They are a pack. They are Virals. And they’re dangerous to the core. But are they unstoppable enough to catch a cold-blooded murderer?

 

She wants me to find her book two next:
Seizure (Virals Series #2)
Right now she is reading:
 Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking (14-Day Mystery Series #1)
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The Memory of Things
^^^Excited to get the ARC of this one!^^^
The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones
School of the Dead
Never Missing, Never Found
This is the Part Where You Laugh

4.15.16 {BOOKflix Friday} Books from the book orders

Today is BOOKflix Friday!

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

Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!


Overview

National Book Award and Golden Kite Award Winner

A captivating novel about mental illness that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman.

Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.
Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior.
Caden Bosch is designated the ship’s artist in residence to document the journey with images.
Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.
Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.
Caden Bosch is torn.

Challenger Deep is a deeply powerful and personal novel from one of today’s most admired writers for teens. Laurie Halse Anderson, award-winning author of Speak, calls Challenger Deep“a brilliant journey across the dark sea of the mind; frightening, sensitive, and powerful. Simply extraordinary.”

4.8.16 {BOOKflix Friday} Rafe and the Middle School series

Today is BOOKflix Friday!

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

Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!


Patterson has a whole site that features his books. I bet there are a few here you haven’t heard of.
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I just saw that they made a movie based on this book. How closely does the movie follow the book? You tell me:
If you want to get to know Rafe better, here are some little clips of him and his opinionated self:
Don’t forget the rest of the series:
Middle School: Get Me Out of Here!Middle School: My Brother Is a Big, Fat LiarMiddle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake HillMiddle School: Ultimate ShowdownMiddle School: Save Rafe!Middle School: Just My Rotten Luck

4.4 It’s Monday! What are you reading? Wingfeather Saga

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!


Before we get going… How’s YOUR bracket?

The final game is tonight. But don’t stay up and watch the whole thing. We have important things to do tomorrow.

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Lots of Activism essays and poetry and the Sunday Buffalo News and USAToday
Did you catch my MrEtkinSHMS Instagram posts this past week?
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 How many books did students in each class read OVER VACATION?

PERIOD 1&2 READ 15 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 5&6 READ 3 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

 

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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 Book 1 of the Wingfeather Saga.

This came highly recommended from a trusted Twitter friend, Brian Wilhorn @HelpReaders. It’s a rollicking good adventure so far.

I also found out that this is turning into an animated movie.

My 7th grader finished TFIOS and now is reading

Tap book to go to author’s site

Read an excerpt

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My 8th grader is reading
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 The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones
School of the Dead
Never Missing, Never Found
This is the Part Where You Laugh

4.1.16 {BOOKflix Friday} RED QUEEN & GLASS SWORD by @VictoriaAveyard

Today is BOOKflix Friday!

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

Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!


BOOK 1:

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Borrowed from GoodReads:
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart …

BOOK 2:

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3.28 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Eleanor&Park

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!


Before we get going…Did you follow March Madness? Two weekends, and we’re already down from 64 teams to the Final Four. How’s YOUR bracket?


 

My family spent the first few days of vaca in NYC. What a great place. Here is a quick tour…

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Eleanor & Park
This is a little old for my 6th grade students, but my 8th-grade daughter read it and enjoyed it. We spent a good part of our NYC walk on our way to the Chelsea Market and High Line talking about it. A tragic and captivating love story and a whole lot more.
Did you catch my MrEtkinSHMS Instagram posts this past week?
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 How many books did students in each class read OVER VACATION?

PERIOD 1&2 READ 20 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 5&6 READ 12 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

 

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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 Book 1 of the Wingfeather Saga.
This came highly recommended from a trusted Twitter friend, Brian Wilhorn @HelpReaders. It’s a rollicking good adventure so far.
My 7th grader is reading
My 8th grader is reading
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 The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones
School of the Dead
Never Missing, Never Found
This is the Part Where You Laugh