10.22.18 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Student Post: Gavin R. with AMULET

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

&

the titles we are currently reading.}


STUDENT POST! Thanks, Gavin:

Blurb:

Emily and her brother have just moved from the city to the woods by a little town and Emily isn’t so happy about it. The house that they move to was their grandfather’s—he mysteriously disappeared and no one has seen him. Emily finds a mysterious pink stone that sucks her and her brother into a new realm…

Read the book to find out more on their mysterious journey.

Thoughts:

The book is a very intriguing book. It always ends by keeping you with an unsatisfying ending so you just can’t stop reading this book, but not in an annoying way—in a fashion that will keep you interested. I’d always recommend this book to readers who are dedicated to series when they read. Also if you’re a reader who loves a book with exciting, crazy, action-packed magical moments, then this is the series for you.

This book is a graphic novel but the story itself is told like a normal book because I always find graphic novels like a movie where you know what the character looks like and sounds like. But never with Amulet. You almost always imagine the character and the attitude which they say things. Like Harry Potter I imagined completely different until I saw him in a movie. This is the only book that gives me this feeling. I rate this series 10 out of 10.

Here are a couple cool links I found:

The trailer on Vimeo.

An article about how Amulet grabs a hold of you.

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WHAT ABOUT YOU?

LET’S RING THE BELL!

Period 2&3 read 9 books this past week.

Period 5&6 read 10 books this past week.

Period 8&9 read 13 books this past week.


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audio-books

AUDIO BOOK


My buddy Eric sent me a SIGNED COPY!!!
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10.19.18 {BOOKflix Friday} Coraline and the Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman…. and a contest :)

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!


My daughters love Halloween. Do you?

The imagery, tastes, and sounds of this time of year are awesome:

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And don’t forget our Second Annual AlphaTeam AlphaTheme Pumpkin Carving Contest!

 

Many of you have seen Coraline–surprisingly creepy, right?

If you haven’t read the book yet, you should!

 

 

There is no better day to share the Newbery-award winning book by the same author…

It Takes a Graveyard to Raise a Child.

Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead.There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer.

Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians’ time as well as their ghostly teachings—such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack–who has already killed Bod’s family.

Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead?

 

Neil Gaiman has been recorded reading the whole book. Perhaps you’d like to watch it on YouTube:

10.15.18 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Student Post: Trevor & GHOSTS

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

&

the titles we are currently reading.}


STUDENT POST! Thanks, Trevor:

Blurb from IndieBound:

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.

Thoughts:

I think that the story plot is deep and teaches you about the Day of the Dead that maybe you’re familiar with— maybe you’re not. It shows you about something that people are maybe living like: either you have CF or someone you know has it. And I, Trevor S., give this a 10/10.

 

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WHAT ABOUT YOU?

LET’S RING THE BELL!

Period 2&3 read ? books this past week.

Period 5&6 read ? books this past week.

Period 8&9 read ? books this past week.


ALMOST FINISHED!

Historical Fiction PLUS fantasy time travel and some magic. WOOT!

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audio-books

AUDIO BOOK

Just go this back–ready to finish!

 


My buddy Eric sent me a SIGNED COPY!!!
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10.12.18 {BOOKflix Friday} BONE graphic novels

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

Lights…Camera…Action!


Thanks to a colleague’s generosity, I just inherited a nearly full set of the graphic novel series Bone.

That’s just the first three. There are six more!

What is it about?

 

Some people love Bone so much that they make their own cartoons out of the characters:


And now a word from the author and illustrator himself:

10.9.18 It’s TUESDAY! What Are You Reading? GHOSTS

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

&

the titles we are currently reading.}


I’m not going to say too much about this book since I’m sure someone else wants to review it this year.

I’ll just say that even though I’m not particularly fond of ghosts or ghost stories, this was pretty fun. It was a little more far-fetched than I though it was going to be, but I appreciated issues that came up in the book. One was the importance of family and remembering those that came before us (our ancestors).  Another was Cystic Fibrosis (CF). This is a terrible, incurable disease that claimed the life of one of my childhood friends when I was in college. Caryn was a beautiful and spunky young lady, but I still remember her coughing and hacking and needing to go into the hospital for occasional “tune-ups” as she’d call them. The doctors would clear out her lungs and help her to gain weight back using high-calorie drinks.

I hope things work out better for Catrina and her little sister Maya.

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WHAT ABOUT YOU?

LET’S RING THE BELL!

Period 2&3 read 9 books this past week.

Period 5&6 read 22 books this past week.

Period 8&9 read 12 books this past week.


I went to the digital library site and found this book waiting for me. It’s part of the BIG LIBRARY READ initiative:

Historical Fiction PLUS fantasy time travel and some magic. WOOT!

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AUDIO BOOK

 


My buddy Eric sent me a SIGNED COPY!!!
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10.5.18 {BOOKflix Friday} No Place Like Home; BFF Bucketlist; and Best. Night. Ever! by Dee Romito

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

Lights…Camera…Action!


Last year I got to hang out with author Dee Romito at Monkey See, Monkey Do book store.

Mrs. Romito was there to sign copies of her books. Her latest release is

However, I was particularly interested in seeing a book that she wrote with 6 other authors:

Why did this book interest me so much?

Because when Mrs. Romito needed a book trailer for her book, she sent me a message and asked if I would be interested.

YEAH!

And after much collaboration, here it is:

Mrs. Romito and I worked together once before when a couple students joined me to make the trailer for a book of hers:

10.1.18 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Everybody Sees the Ants by @AS_King

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

&

the titles we are currently reading.}


The Blurb  (from IndieBound)

Lucky Linderman didn’t ask for his life. He didn’t ask his grandfather not to come home from the Vietnam War. He didn’t ask for a father who never got over it. He didn’t ask for a mother who keeps pretending their dysfunctional family is fine. And he didn’t ask to be the target of Nader McMillan’s relentless bullying, which has finally gone too far.

But Lucky has a secret–one that helps him wade through the daily mundane torture of his life. In his dreams, Lucky escapes to the war-ridden jungles of Laos–the prison his grandfather couldn’t escape–where Lucky can be a real man, an adventurer, and a hero. It’s dangerous and wild, and it’s a place where his life just might be worth living. But how long can Lucky keep hiding in his dreams before reality forces its way inside?

Michael L. Printz Honor recipient A.S. King’s smart, funny and boldly original writing shines in this powerful novel about learning to cope with the shrapnel life throws at you and taking a stand against it.

Thoughts

Lucky is anything but lucky. Man, it was hard to watch him going through the humiliations at the hands of Nader and his cronies. I suppose if it was easy, there wouldn’t be enough reader reaction to keep going. But the grinding-on-the-pavement scene where Lucky has a nearly out-of-body experience? Brutal.

All along I’m cheering for him to “man up” and take a stand. But I’ve come to not like that term “man up”. What does it even mean?

Is it manly to fight? Is it less manly to paint landscapes?

Is it manly to play football? Is it less manly to dance?

Is it manly to enjoy violent movies? Is it less manly to enjoy reading or writing poetry?

Sometimes books force us to ask these questions of ourselves and the world. The ideas hiding in books give us the chance to wrestle with new ideas.

Just like Lucky has to wrestle with who his parents really are. And who his cool uncle really is. And he has to wrestle with how he’s going to wrestle (figuratively… and literally?) with Nader.

Of course, he also has to wrestle with what his dreams mean—the ones where he is transported back to Laos to hang out with his MIA POW grandfather… and wakes up with tangible evidence that he was actually there. Weird.

This isn’t a 6th grade book, but I hope you will keep it in the back of your mind, and when you’re older and up for a challenge pick this up. I’m so glad I finally read Lucky’s story.

And yes, there are ants. They’re funny.

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WHAT ABOUT YOU?

LET’S RING THE BELL!

Period 2&3 read 9 books this past week.

Period 5&6 read 21 books this past week.

Period 8&9 read 14 books this past week.

Looking for more NEW books to add to your TBR pile? Look at this newsletter filled with new arrivals.


Thank you Lily and Trevor!

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audio-books

AUDIO BOOK

 


My buddy Eric sent me a SIGNED COPY!!!
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9.28.18 Alan Gratz books

Today is {BOOKflix Friday}!

Get the popcorn ready.


Alan Gratz is a prolific author who is becoming better known every year. His books even have a distinct look to them—I can spot one from across the room. You would probably want to visit his site to check them all out.
His last four books are historical fiction. Lots of action. Lots of drama. Very gritty.
Let’s have a look:

 

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He has a couple other books as well. Keep your eyes open for these and more:

9.24.18 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? AIRBORN

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

&

the titles we are currently reading.}


The Blurb (from IndieBound)

Sailing toward dawn, and I was perched atop the crow’s nest, being the ship’s eyes. We were two nights out of Sydney, and there’d been no weather to speak of so far. I was keeping watch on a dark stack of nimbus clouds off to the northwest, but we were leaving it far behind, and it looked to be smooth going all the way back to Lionsgate City. Like riding a cloud. . . .

Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on the Aurora, a huge airship that sails hundreds of feet above the ocean, ferrying wealthy passengers from city to city. It is the life Matt’s always wanted; convinced he’s lighter than air, he imagines himself as buoyant as the hydrium gas that powers his ship. One night he meets a dying balloonist who speaks of beautiful creatures drifting through the skies. It is only after Matt meets the balloonist’s granddaughter that he realizes that the man’s ravings may, in fact, have been true, and that the creatures are completely real and utterly mysterious.

In a swashbuckling adventure reminiscent of Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson, Kenneth Oppel, author of the best-selling Silverwing trilogy, creates an imagined world in which the air is populated by transcontinental voyagers, pirates, and beings never before dreamed of by the humans who sail the skies.

 

Thoughts

I was already thinking of how I would describe this book when I read the blurb.

They stole my word: swashbuckling.

This is fantasy for sure, but so strange because it mixes alternate history and also great technology and invention. This is fantasy and also alternate history (airplanes haven’t been invented, but huge airships like zeppelins and blimps rule the sky). The cool word for this specific genre is steampunk. I know about it, but have never read it before.

Sometimes to get a feel for what something is I do a Google image search. Check out these images for steampunk and you’ll get an idea.

Steampunk mixes old fashioned and modern: Airships with computers. Lots of gears. Old fashions like top hats and dresses. When these things go together, we use the term anachronistic. This is when an advanced technology shows up in an older time and place. (The term chron in a word always refers to time.) Can you spot the anachronism in this commercial?

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WHAT ABOUT YOU?

LET’S RING THE BELL!

Period 2&3 read 6 books this past week.

Period 5&6 read 9 books this past week.

Period 8&9 read 12 books this past week.

Looking for more NEW books to add to your TBR pile? Look at this newsletter filled with new arrivals.


Almost finished. Wow!

Thank you Lily and Trevor!

 

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audio-books

AUDIO BOOK

 


My buddy Eric sent me a SIGNED COPY!!!
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9.21.17 {BOOKflix Friday} Alex Rider series

Today is {BookFlix Friday}!

Get the popcorn ready.


Do you ever imagine that you are a spy? Gadgets, suspense, travel, danger.
James Bond is the most famous Hollywood spy.

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Now meet the teenage equivalent: ALEX RIDER

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Every year a couple kids start this series and get so wrapped up in it that they race through it to the end. Will it be YOU this year?
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Recently published: The FINAL book in the series–
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Cool site link here.
And another awesome-looking site here with games and challenges and codes—oh my! You can even READ the first chapter or LISTEN to the first chapter.
Read the books… watch the movie: