3.2 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #MarkOfTheThief #DearHankWilliams

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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As soon as I heard that Nielsen was working on a new series, I put it in my calendar. After reading her Ascendance Trilogy, I knew I wanted to read Mark of the Thief.
Nielsen doesn’t disappoint. Again, she has created a bold and brash main character reminiscent of Sage from the False Prince. Though a slave in the Roman Empire, Nic knows he is destined for more. He is fast-thinking and headstrong. This boldness finds him knee-deep in a magical adventure to save the Empire—or perhaps, to crush it.
If you want a mashup of False Prince, Cody’s Powerless, Avi’s Crispin and the Cross of Lead, look no further than
If you want more info, check out what author Jennifer Nielsen posted on her blog when the cover was revealed.
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Dear Hank Williams was a sweet book. Set in post-WWII Louisiana, this tale is told all in letters written from the main character, Tate, to her pen pal of choice: the up-and-coming music star Mr. Hank Williams.
Though everything seems peachy at first, Tate slowly reveals that not everything in her life is as it first seems. When life has handed her a tough lot, she massages the truth a bit to make it more palatable.  Her get to join her on her journey of self-discovery and acceptance.
Stop back here for an interview and giveaway on Holt’s blog tour on April 8th!

Check back for students’ BOOKselfies, due on Wednesday.

Period 1&2

10 Books

http://padlet.com/mretkinshms/12bookselfies

Period 5&6

12 Books

http://padlet.com/mretkinshms/56bookselfies

Period 9&10

11 books

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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My church is doing a whole-church read of this book and we will meet in groups at people’s homes over the next few weeks to discuss it. I’ll be hosting a group at my house.
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This ARC is the companion to Levithan’s Every Day, fascinating book.
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Thanks,
David Etkin

2.23 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #Fairest

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!



Before I get into the regular stuff, there were some fun student contributions from our week off. Here they are!

Emmie emailed me to let me know that she finished the sequel to Powerless  and loved it, so I tweeted it to the author, Matthew Cody:

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Update:

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Final update:

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Kelsey emailed me a summary and review of Hoot.

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Roy is a very curious boy. When he moves a lot and he gets bullied everyday on the morning bus by Dana Matherson. While in the middle of getting smushed by Dana he sees a boy running with no shoes on and wonders why he’s not in school or why he’s not wearing any shoes—right there and then he has to find out why. With no one believing him about what he saw about the boy, there’s other things to worry about. He can’t ride the bus anymore because he got in a fist fight with Dana and hurt the kid bad. While garret (rebel) tries telling Roy that Dana is going to mess him up when he goes back on the bus, he runs into this girl Beatrice who actually saw the boy too.

One day Beatrice caught up to Roy and asked for bandages and beef—a lot of it. They take it to the barefoot the boy who shows them what the meat is for:  owls. Owls living in holes at the construction site where a new restaurant will be opening. Can Roy and his pals save these owls?

This is a caring, interesting, friendly story that shows even if you have the littlest voice you can make the biggest sound.

Samara posted on the last blog about her vacation reading. Here it is in case you missed it:

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Hi I’m reading “Going home” by Nicholasa Mohr and it’s my 2nd time reading it, it’s just such a good book. But it’s about how girl takes a trip to Puerto Rico with her uncle for the summer and doesn’t really fit in when she first gets there, but by the end of the summer she is wiser.I recommend this book to anyone because it’s just a really good book.

{Samara—you might want to look into her other books.}


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Thanks again to Samantha for lending the book. It was a great vacation read.

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This latest installment in the Lunar Chronicles series was great. It’s always fun to learn characters’ back stories. In this case, it was cool to learn the back stories of a few characters I’ve come to know and love… and also one I’ve come to hate. How did Levana come to be the wicked ruler that she is? The answer might surprise you. I’ll admit that I may have even felt a tad bit sympathetic toward Levana. It didn’t last long.
This 3.5 installment makes me even more excited to see what happens with Winter… and Cinder and Iko and Scarlet and Cress and the others… in the final book of the series.

Check back for students’ BOOKselfies, due on Wednesday.

Period 1&2

 Books

http://padlet.com/mretkinshms/12bookselfies

Period 5&6

Books

http://padlet.com/mretkinshms/56bookselfies

Period 9&10

books

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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This is one of those weeks where I have lots of books going… Ready?
I’m looking forward to writing more about this one! I’m almost finished.
If you want more info, check out what author Jennifer Nielsen posted on her blog when the cover was revealed.
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 Almost finished…
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Stop back for an interview and giveaway on Holt’s blog tour on April 8th!
My church is doing a whole-church read of this book and we will meet in groups at people’s homes over the next few weeks to discuss it. I’ll be hosting a group at my house.
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This ARC is the companion to Levithan’s Every Day, fascinating book.
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Thanks,
David Etkin

2.9It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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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…nothing finished….

Check back for students’ BookSelfies, due on Wednesday.

Period 1&2

12 Books

http://padlet.com/mretkinshms/12bookselfies

Period 5&6

16 Books

http://padlet.com/mretkinshms/56bookselfies

Period 9&10

13 books

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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Stop back for an interview and giveaway on Holt’s blog tour on April 8th!
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This ARC is the companion to Levithan’s Every Day, fascinating book.
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{I’m thankful when a former student is willing to let me borrow a much-anticipated new book when she’s finished with it. Thanks, Samantha L.}
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Thanks,
David Etkin

2.2 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #Fort

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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To be born on May 19th, 2015

A fun, boys-in-the-summer kind of book. I remember having a fort and wanting to spend as much time as possible out there. And of course, there are always the trouble kids in the neighborhood to deal with.

This reminded me a bit of Home Alone—a boy against two thieves? What will he do?

KIRKUS REVIEW

What preteen boy wouldn’t love to build a fort in the woods?

DeFelice makes that dream come true. Wyatt, on summer vacation in upstate New York with his dad, and Augie, who lives there all year round with his grandmother, hatch a plan to build a fort in the woods. Augie’s neatly depicted great-uncle and his junkyard buddy provide the necessary materials. Augie’s great-aunt gives them food. Wyatt’s dad offers him the freedom to explore and grow. Augie, something of a modern-day Huckleberry Finn, has ample talent as a woodsman. The very real threat from bullies J.R. and Morrie, and their abuse of mentally disabled Gerard, a good-natured neighborhood kid, provide the impetus for Operation Doom. That plan to defend the fort and protect Gerard (and even provide some justice) leads to a glorious, feel-good climax in which all the right things work out and the bad guys get their richly deserved comeuppance. Along the way, some squirrels are sacrificed by slingshot to provide good meals, and a car-parts calendar that includes photos of attractive young women adds realistic detail, both serving to enhance the authenticity of this captivating tale.

Upbeat, engaging and satisfying; altogether a very fine book, especially for boys looking for a bit of believable, achievable adventure. (Fiction. 9-14)

Check back for students’ BookSelfies, due on Wednesday.

Period 1&2

12 Books

http://padlet.com/mretkinshms/12bookselfies

Period 5&6

12 Books

http://padlet.com/mretkinshms/56bookselfies

Period 9&10

9 books

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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zachbeaversquarefish.jpgHolt is the author of the National Book Award-winning When Zachary Beaver Came to Town. I’m honored to get a first look at her upcoming Dear Hank Williams, and also to be a stop on the author’s blog tour in a couple months. Stop back for the interview and giveaway on April 8th!
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This ARC is the companion to Levithan’s Every Day, fascinating book.
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Thanks,
David Etkin

1.28 {Whatever Wednesday} Paying it Forward #2

Whatever Wednesday

a chance to post something I’ve seen that I’m diggin’: a cool quote or poster, a video, or simply a picture.

Enjoy!… and consider posting your own Whatever.


downloadI’m still thinking about Pay it Forward—Young Readers Edition.

I realized when I saw this video pop up that it fit right in with last week’s video.

Careful—you may get a little dust in your eye…

 

 

1.26 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #Ghostlight #GoodbyeStranger

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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Last week was a GREAT reading week for me. I found two books I could hardly stop reading. That makes a huge difference in my reading life. How are YOU doing finding great books? That’s part of why I’m going to give you a few minutes again to talk with your classmates to find out what great books they’re reading. Use the time wisely.

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Did this scare my socks off? No.

Did it give me the chills a couple times? For sure.

I’ll plan on writing a bit more about Ghostlight as its publication nears.

Look for it on August 4th, 2015.

As soon as I saw a new Rebecca Stead book available on Netgalley, I requested it immediately. It didn’t disappoint.

How much did I like Goodbye Stranger? I could hardly put it down. The characters were fascinating, and I enjoyed the way Stead told it from third person point of view with Bridge (the girl on the cover with the cat ears) as the central character, but threw in an occasional mysterious second person point of view from a different character.

Stead captured young teen vernacular and dealt with some major issues that students of this age face.

I look forward to writing more about this book closer to its birthday. Don’t miss out on this one.

Goodbye Stranger is born on August 4th.

Check back for students’ BookSelfies, due on Wednesday.

Period 1&2

Books

http://padlet.com/mretkinshms/12bookselfies

Period 5&6

Books

http://padlet.com/mretkinshms/56bookselfies

Period 9&10

books

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 last week to check for parent comments.

(sorry, no parent comments last week)

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This ARC is the companion to Levithan’s Every Day, fascinating book.

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Thanks,
David Etkin

1.23 {BookFlix Friday} #SkeletonCreek

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!


It starts with the book, but it continues on-line:

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After an eerie accident leaves Ryan housebound and forbidden to see Sarah, their investigation takes two tracks: Ryan records everything in his journal, while Sarah uses her videocam in the haunted woods beyond Skeleton Creek.

Here is a sneak peek at the beginning of the book here… but looking at the “real” pages on the Amazon site is cooler.

Eventually you get to a page introducing Sarah’s video—and you go to http://www.sarahfincher.com/ and enter the password given on the page. The first-ever password is: houseofusher

Just wait until you see it.

You can even listen to an interview with the author, Patrick Carman.

Of course, there’s no reason to stop after book one. Try the rest of the series:

And out now:

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1.14 {Whatever Wednesday} Paying it Forward

Whatever Wednesday

a chance to post something I’ve seen that I’m diggin’: a cool quote or poster, a video, or simply a picture.

Enjoy!… and consider posting your own Whatever.


downloadI always loved these commercials, and after reading Pay it Forward—Young Readers Edition, I knew I had to get onto the YouTube find them.

This is such a great idea. Life changing. World changing.

ME changing.

1.12 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #PayItForward #Ghostlight

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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What did I do on my snow day on Friday? FINISHED MY BOOK!

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The internationally bestselling book that inspired the Pay It Forward movement is now available in a middle grade edition.

Pay It Forward is a moving, uplifting novel about Trevor McKinney, a twelve-year-old boy in a small California town who accepts his teacher’s challenge to earn extra credit by coming up with a plan to change the world. Trevor’s idea is simple: do a good deed for three people, and instead of asking them to return the favor, ask them to “pay it forward” to three others who need help. He envisions a vast movement of kindness and goodwill spreading across the world, and in this “quiet, steady masterpiece with an incandescent ending” (Kirkus Reviews), Trevor’s actions change his community forever.

Though it doesn’t follow the book exactly, there IS a movie based on it.

Check back for students’ BookSelfies, due on Wednesday.

Period 1&2

9 Books

http://padlet.com/mretkinshms/12bookselfies

Period 5&6

16 Books

http://padlet.com/mretkinshms/56bookselfies

Period 9&10

16 books

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 last week to check for parent comments.

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I downloaded an upcoming ARC that I’m getting into. I don’t often read “ghosty” books, but I’m paying attention to my 2015 reading goals and chose this one.
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Thanks,
David Etkin

1.5 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #ToKillAMockingbird #Four

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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HAPPY 2015! A whole new year of reading is ahead!

It’s like walking through clean snow—like a blank canvas. What kind of mark will you make? Anything feels possible right now.

YES! I actually finished it. I liked huge parts of this book, but overall felt that this was a bit long-winded. I’m glad I persevered, since the main part of the story was so interesting and I liked the characters. Now I know why everyone references the father, Atticus, all the time. I’d like to meet him. Perhaps I will…when I watch the movie!
It was great to learn about the pre-Tris Four and how he came to be who he was. I also enjoyed getting a replay of familiar scenes through new eyes.
This would be a cool writing assignment: Rewrite an important scene from your book/our read-aloud from a different character’s POV. That’s a bit like fan fiction.

Today on the Padlets (see links below), students were charged with setting goals for themselves. Take a look at what they came up with….

Period 1&2

27 Books

http://padlet.com/mretkinshms/12bookselfies

Period 5&6

45 Books

http://padlet.com/mretkinshms/56bookselfies

Period 9&10

29 books

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 last week to check for parent comments.

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This book is fabulous. I can’t wait to spend more time with  it.
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Thanks,
David Etkin