3.18.19 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? WILDCARD by Marie Lu

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

&

the titles we are currently reading.}


 
 
 
 

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Last year I bought my daughter Maya the first book in this duology (a two book series) and read and reviewed it here.

One year later, the conclusion to the story is here…

 

Fall 2018 Kids Indie Next List

Wildcard picks up exactly where Warcross left off. Emika has uncovered Hideo’s evil plan and now she’s determined to stop him. But while she can trust her Phoenix Rider friends, she isn’t sure what to make of Zero. Wildcard is a non-stop action, adventure, science fiction thrill ride! In both the real world and the virtual there’s barely a moment to pause and catch your breath.” 
— Jennifer Jones, Bookmiser, Roswell, GA 
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Description

An Instant New York Times Bestseller!

Return to the immersive, action-packed world of Warcross in this thrilling sequel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu


Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

In this explosive sequel to the New York Times bestselling Warcross, Marie Lu delivers an addictive finale that will hold you captive till the very last page.

 
 

My thoughts…

Remember, this is the same author that wrote the Legend trilogy that some of you have started. She loves action, fighting sequences, and technology. She is clearly a gamer and completely at ease with techno worlds. If you were interested in Ready Player One, this might be your kind of book– but at a higher level.

I’ll be honest, there were a couple places that had me scratching my head as I listened… Wait, what?…. How…. What does that mean?….

These kinds of things happen when you sink deep into a virtual world inside of a futuristic fantasy world. How does it all work? Who is the good guy and the bad guy?

These are questions that keep us wondering and guessing.

Some people think that there is no purpose to fiction besides enjoyment. I disagree. Authors use fiction novels to challenge us and our thinking. For example, two big questions I’m wrestling with as a result of this book are:

  1. As awesome as technology is, at what point does it become detrimental to its users… and society as a whole?
  2. Are there immoral ways to catch people breaking the law? Is it by any means necessary? Or do we all have rights that shouldn’t be trampled on?

 

Tough questions for a book that’s “just fiction”.

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So many fascinating factoids in this one. I captures some of the interesting pics and info in Instagram…

 

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

LET’S RING THE BELL!

Period 2&3 read 8 books this past week.

Period 5&6 read 7 books this past week.

Period 8&9 read 8 books this past week.


 

 

 

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3.11.19 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? STAND ON THE SKY by @erinbowbooks

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

&

the titles we are currently reading.}


 
 
 
 

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Description

An exquisitely written, uplifting middle grade debut by acclaimed author, Erin Bow, about a young girl who defies her family’s expectations in order to save her brother and become an eagle hunter, perfect for fans of PAX.

It goes against all tradition for Aisulu to train an eagle, for among the Kazakh nomads, only men can fly them. But everything changes when Aisulu discovers that her brother, Serik, has been concealing a bad limp that risks not just his future as the family’s leader, but his life too.

When her parents leave to seek a cure for Serik in a distant hospital, Aisulu finds herself living with her intimidating uncle and strange auntie—and secretly caring for an orphaned baby eagle. To save her brother and keep her family from having to leave their nomadic life behind forever, Aisulu must earn her eagle’s trust and fight for her right to soar.  Along the way, she discovers that family are people who choose each other, home is a place you build, and hope is a thing with feathers.

 

My thoughts…

What a fascinating book. I was enthralled with the culture of the Kazakh nomads living in western Mongolia. They lead a beautiful, tough life in the majestic mountains. Milk is their lifeblood, so their livestock must be constantly milked and cared for. And, no surprise, much of this work falls to the women and girls. That includes carrying water.

Aisulu is a bold and powerful young girl. I enjoyed watching her struggle with the decisions she had to make and wrestle with her place in her family and her position with her clan. She was a bold overcomer.

Bow’s language in Stand on the Sky was breathtaking in parts. In order to be able to describe the landscape and customs of the Kazakh people, she went to live among them. She joined a family in  a ger (what I knew as a yert) rode on horseback, drank their tea, and ate the hard yak cheese that is a staple in their diets. Now I want to try some.

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Tap the image to go to a cool site of pictures.

One of the recommendations I give to my students when reading historical fiction or book that takes place in an unfamiliar location (like Boys Without Names) is to use their iPads to look up images and videos to help them visualize their books better. Foolishly, I didn’t take my own advice until almost halfway through the book. 

When I finally did, it was a reading game changer.

I found the pictures above, and also this videos (and many more).

Yeah… I got lost in the many videos I found. Amazing stuff, and it truly helped me understand the book better.

Finally, I found the trailer for this recent documentary about a thirteen-year-old young lady who was trying to become the first female eagle hunter in Mongolia. This is so similar to the book. Now I must find this movie and watch.

I am constantly amazed at the worlds that are opened up to me just by reading. I hope you experience this too.
 
 

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

LET’S RING THE BELL!

Period 2&3 read 9 books this past week.

Period 5&6 read 9 books this past week.

Period 8&9 read 12 books this past week.


 

 

 

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3.8.19 {BOOKflix Friday} Greek Books

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!


Since you’re starting Ancient Greece in social studies class, Mrs. Conway asked me to promote some Greek mythology books with you.

 

By now, you all know about Percy Jackson books, so let’s look elsewhere.

My former student Julianna did a nice job with her writeup on the Pegasus series a few years ago (she’s in high school now!). LOOK!

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This series is recommended by my student Julianna M. She suggested that I feature it on {BookFlix Friday}—and I suggested that SHE write the blog. So she did. Here is Julianna’s BOOKselfie with her favorite series followed by her recommendation and the blurbs she found online for each book.

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From Julianna:

   Kate O’Hearn, an international bestselling author, brings you a series about a normal girl with a new friend Pegasus. She makes many new friends along the way to Olympus as they fight for Olympus’s very existence. Rick Riordan, the author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, said, “A winning mix of modern adventure  and classic fantasy.”

   In a fantasy story about Greek Mythology connecting with the real world  it will leave you wanting more! There are four books already published in the series. The fifth book Pegasus: Rise Of The Titans, will be out December 1st, 2015. Each book will make you love the series even more. It is such a heartwarming story that touched my emotions. It’s little intense in some parts so I don’t really recommended for younger kids. But, it’s such an amazing story!

You can visit the author’s site by clicking here.

What? You want another trailer? Here is a fan trailer:

Each book title below links back to the publisher page.
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When Pegasus, the majestic winged-stallion of myth is struck by lightning and crashes on to her roof in the middle of a ferocious storm that blacks-out New York City, 13-year-old Emily’s life becomes that of legend.

Needing help to treat the seriously wounded stallion, Emily befriends the local school bully, Joel. Working together, they quickly discover that Pegasus has more than lightning burns. He has multiple wounds from a terrible fight as part of a spear is still sticking out of his rear flank!

Together with Pegasus, Emily and Joel face epic battles with gruesome four-armed monsters, desperate chases from a corrupt governmental agency, and captivating flights astride the beautiful winged-stallion in a heroic quest to save Olympus before the ‘Flame of Olympus’ is extinguished forever…

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Emily and her winged horse face a war of Olympic proportions in this second book of the Pegasus series.

Emily, newly recognized as the Flame, is living in Jupiter’s palace on Mt. Olympus. Her friends, Joel, Paelen, and—of course—Pegasus, are there as well. The only person missing is Emily’s father, who is still being held prisoner by the CRU back in the human world. Emily wants to go find him, but Jupiter won’t allow her to leave. However, Emily does have access to a winged horse…

Determined to rescue her father, Emily and her friends make plans to sneak away from Olympus and back to New York. Then Cupid, Emily’s sort-of crush, decides to come along as well. It will be hard enough to hide a winged horse from the prying eyes of the CRU, but a winged boy as well? And when the gruesome Nirads begin a new invasion, old grudges are unearthed, new enemies are discovered, and Emily and her friends become entangled in a conflict more dangerous than they ever anticipated.

The New Olympians

Pegasus: The New Olympians

Emily and her companions, including the winged horse, Pegasus, must confront a legion of Olympic enemies in this third book of an action-packed series.

When Emily’s father and the goddess Diana return from a visit to Earth, they bring with them disturbing news. There’s a horse called Tornado Warning that’s winning all the races, with times faster than anyone’s ever seen. What could this mean? Emily, Joel, Paelen, Pegasus, and the sphinx Alexis return to Earth to investigate—and discover a CRU plot to clone Olympians and Nirads using DNA retrieved from their previous time in the human realm.

The CRU has already created dozens of Nirad warriors, Dianas, Paelens, Cupids, and Pegasuses. Now they want to create their own Emily clone—even if the original is killed in the process. Can Emily and her friends put a stop to the CRU’s plans before Jupiter finds out and carries through on his own threat to destroy the Earth?

Origins of Olympus

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Emily and her winged horse, Pegasus, face an ancient challenge of Olympic proportions in this fourth book of an exciting series.

A deadly plague has struck Olympus. While the Olympians fade one by one, Emily’s heart breaks as she watches, particularly when Pegasus begins to slip away. Determined to save him, she embarks on an investigation that takes her back in time to the origins of Olympus and to the deadly battle between the Olympians and the Titans.

In the present, she must face the full force of the CRU. In the past, she must confront Cronus, the father of the gods and leader of the Titans, who is intent on destroying his offspring. When Emily encounters the full power of the flame and a discovery that could change the face of history, will she make the right decisions? And in the race against time to save Pegasus, will Olympus find its true hero?

In order to save Olympus, Emily and her winged horse, Pegasus, venture to Hawaii—and a Hawaiian volcano—in this fifth book of an exciting series that puts a modern thrill into ancient mythology.

The ancient rivalry between the Olympians and the Titans has been rekindled. However, this time the Titans have a secret weapon—a weapon that rivals the Flame of Olympus. The balance of power is tipped in Saturn’s favor now that he has found his own Flame of Titus. Olympus is almost in his grasp! And just when the Olympians need Emily most, she finds her own grip on the flame weakening.

If Emily is going to save Olympus, she will have to save herself first. To do so, she and Pegasus must head to the Diamond Head volcano in Hawaii to track down the one thing that can rescue Olympus…but can they get there before the Titans or the CRU beat them to it?

 

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You want a fun spin on the traditional myths? Try these “fractured” Greek myths:

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The first book of the Goddess Girls series stars Athena, who discovers that her intelligence has immortal value.

Athena always knew she was smart and special, but she didn’t realize that she was a goddess! When she’s whisked away to Mount Olympus Academy, she worries about fitting in and dealing with her dad—who just happens to be Zeus. Luckily, she meets the Goddess Girls—and finds the best friends she’s ever had.

 

3.4.19 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? THE POET X

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

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the titles we are currently reading.}


 
 
 
 

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National Book Award and Golden Kite Honor Award Winner!

Fans of Jacqueline Woodson, Meg Medina, and Jason Reynolds will fall hard for this astonishing New York Times-bestselling novel-in-verse by an award-winning slam poet, about an Afro-Latina heroine who tells her story with blazing words and powerful truth.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about.

With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out. But she still can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

 

My thoughts…

A chunk of this book talks about performing poetry. It’s called SLAM POETRY and it might sound a little like this.

 

 

POW. ER. FUL! I’m so glad I listened to this rather than read it. Honestly, reading probably would have been fine since I wouldn’t have known what I was missing. But to hear the author read this the way she intended it to sound— pretty amazing. Again, I feel so fortunate as a reader.

I appreciate the honesty in this book: the honesty of her aggravation with her mom, the romantic feelings towards Aman and the disgust for other guys who are rude, her struggles with the faith with which she was raised, and her infatuation with words and writing.

Don’t take my word for it. Here’s Jourdan, who calls herself a “BOOKtuber”. Man, I wish I would’ve thought of that.

(Watch through 1:53)

This is a high school book, for sure. There are mature topics and language. I share these books with you because I want you to see that I am reading. And I hope that if you need a book to read or listen to a couple years down the road, you might remember some of the books I talked about here (or come back and find them) on this blog and seek them out to read or listen to yourself.

 

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In her first book for adults, the artist Sophie Blackall creates a deeply felt, poignant book about love—a book that captures the mystery, the yearning, at times the cosmic humor behind the “what if?” of a missed connection.

Like a message in a bottle, a “missed connection” classified (usually posted on a website) is an attempt however far-fetched, by one stranger to reach another on the strength of a remembered glance, smile, or blue hat. The anonymous messages are hopeful and hopeless, funny and sad. Ms. Blackall, award-winning illustrator of Ruby’s Wish and Big Red Lollipop, has turned some of the most evocative (or hilarious) of them into exquisite paintings. 

Missed Connections is a collection of illustrated love stories. There’s “We Shared a Bear Suit.” “If Not for Your Noisy Tambourine.” “Hairy Bearded Swimmer.” Each is told in the shorthand of a “missed connection,” and then illustrated in Chinese ink and watercolor. The paintings are extraordinary: delicate yet full of feeling, each springing from one little detail of the post into a fully imagined world. Each brings the voyeuristic pleasure of watching love at first sight, and the pleasure of watching an artist discover a fresh new way to tell a story. And not all the connections are missed. Hidden in the book are three pieces that conjure up the magic of love found.
 
My thoughts…
 
This was cute. The intro pages—where Blackall mused about a guy she missed a connection with and how eventually that led to this book—were my favorite.
 
It made me wonder: who did I miss a connection with? And what would have happened if I had missed a connection with my wife all those years ago? Hmmmm….Bitmoji Image
 

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.


 

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2.28.19 {BOOKflix Friday} Activists: Temple Grandin and the Frog Scientist

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!


ACTIVISTS come in all types and for all reasons.

An activist for…
wait for it….
COWS?!
Yep.
An autistic activist too. Her autism allows her to see and understand things in a different way than most. Her autism turned out to be a gift.
Here is a trailer for a movie about Temple Grandin. It gives you a pretty good idea of what the book is about. I’ve read this book. It’s fascinating.

When Temple Grandin was born, her parents knew that she was different. Years later she was diagnosed with autism.

While Temple’s doctor recommended a hospital, her mother believed in her. Temple went to school instead.

Today, Dr. Temple Grandin is a scientist and professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Her world-changing career revolutionized the livestock industry. As an advocate for autism, Temple uses her experience as an example of the unique contributions that autistic people can make.

This compelling biography complete with Temple’s personal photos takes us inside her extraordinary mind and opens the door to a broader understanding of autism.

 

If the movie looks good—and it is, trust me—it is available on Amazon Prime.

 

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From Goodreads:

The critically acclaimed Scientist in the Field book about how one boy’s interest in backyard science inspired a career in scientific discovery.

When Tyrone Hayes was growing up in South Carolina, he didn’t worry about pesticides. He just liked to collect frogs. Tyrone’s interest in science led him to Harvard University, and though he struggled at first, he found his calling in the research lab of an amphibian scientist.

Meanwhile, scientists discovered that all around the globe, frogs were dying. The decline has many causes, including habitat loss and disease. Tyrone discovered that the most commonly used pesticide in the United States, atrazine, may also play a role. Tyrone tested atrazine on frogs in his lab at Berkeley. He found that the chemical caused some of the male frogs to develop into bizarre half-male, half-female frogs. What was going on? That’s what Tyrone wants to find out.

Does this interest you? You might want to listen to more.

A discussion with featured Frog Scientist, Tyrone Hayes:

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2.25.19 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

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the titles we are currently reading.}


 
 
 
 

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Description from IndieBound

Chase’s memory just went out the window. 

Chase doesn’t remember falling off the roof. He doesn’t remember hitting his head. He doesn’t, in fact, remember anything. He wakes up in a hospital room and suddenly has to learn his whole life all over again . . . starting with his own name. 

He knows he’s Chase. But who is Chase? When he gets back to school, he sees that different kids have very different reactions to his return. 

Some kids treat him like a hero. Some kids are clearly afraid of him. 

One girl in particular is so angry with him that she pours her frozen yogurt on his head the first chance she gets. 

Pretty soon, it’s not only a question of who Chase is–it’s a question of who he was . . . and who he’s going to be. 

From the #1 bestselling author of Swindle and Slacker, Restart is the spectacular story of a kid with a messy past who has to figure out what it means to get a clean start.

 

My thoughts…

This was a fascinating premise for a book. To re-enter your life not even knowing yourself, not knowing (or liking) your friends and who you used to hang out with, not knowing your own history… man that is messed up.

It was great fun watching Chase wander around confused, and witnessing him wrestle with what he was learning about the way he he used to be. It didn’t take hime to long to realize he was a Grade A jerk

Here was the thing I was wrestling with as I read and watched in my head: Chase changed, sure. But he changed as a result of an accident. He didn’t realize anything new or grow — he had an accident. And though I’m GLAD his personality changed and he came back a nice guy…. he didn’t have any choice in the matter. It would have felt unnatural for him to go back to being the jerky jock he was before he fell out the window. Yes, it made for a fun story.

A story where a character has to wrestle with who he is, what others think about him, the desire he has to change–and what inspired that desire–and how much easer it would be to go back to being the same person he was before… that would be a tale I could sink my teeth into. Those are things we all need to wrestle with. Who am I? Who do I want to be? Am I willing to make the change even though it’s difficult and it will cost me?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

 

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

LET’S RING THE BELL!

Period 2&3 read 10 books this past week.

Period 5&6 read 25 books this past week.

Period 8&9 read 15 books this past week.


 

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National Book Award and Golden Kite Honor Award Winner!

Fans of Jacqueline Woodson, Meg Medina, and Jason Reynolds will fall hard for this astonishing New York Times-bestselling novel-in-verse by an award-winning slam poet, about an Afro-Latina heroine who tells her story with blazing words and powerful truth.

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2.11.19 It’s Monday! What are YOU reading? HARBOR ME and #AudioBookLove

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

&

the titles we are currently reading.}


 
 
 
 

 

Fall 2018 Kids Indie Next List

“Six students with diverse backgrounds end up together in a special-needs 5th/6th grade class in Brooklyn. Their perceptive teacher gives them one hour every Friday afternoon to simply talk with each other unsupervised. The results are deep conversations about their individual experiences and a bond formed from mutual respect and empathy. Through her compelling and big-hearted characters, Woodson makes the conversations around immigration, incarceration, police brutality, and class divide age-appropriate and approachable for young people.”
— Naomi Chamblin, Napa Bookmine, Napa, CA
IndieBound Next List 2018
 
 

Description from IndieBound

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

Jacqueline Woodson’s first middle-grade novel since National Book Award winner Brown Girl Dreaming celebrates the healing that can occur when a group of students share their stories.


It all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat–by themselves, with no adults to listen in. There, in the room they soon dub the ARTT Room (short for “A Room to Talk”), they discover it’s safe to talk about what’s bothering them–everything from Esteban’s father’s deportation and Haley’s father’s incarceration to Amari’s fears of racial profiling and Ashton’s adjustment to his changing family fortunes. When the six are together, they can express the feelings and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world. And together, they can grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives.

 

My thoughts…

Man! Sometimes I feel SO fortunate, so blessed to have access to so many amazing, thought-provoking books. I really enjoyed this one, and as usual I couldn’t wait to get in the car every day so I could read this with my ears.

Each of us is dealing with issues… problems… secrets. Haley, in this book, is keeping things about her life, as are the others. But when this group develops a trust amongst themselves, it becomes okay to tell about what’s really going on. Haley uses the digital voice recorder so that each member can take turns revealing the truths of his or her life.

I like that each character was read by a different voice. It made each one unique and distinct, capturing their accents and mannerisms. My favorite was Amari. That kid had so much attitude and character and personality. I think I’ve had a few students like Amari.

Harbor Me tackles some serious issues, such as racial profiling, immigration, and bullying. These are discussed and worked through thoughtfully and authentically. These kids are lucky to have one another. Read this book. And visit Ms. Woodson’s site when you do. This audiobook ends with an interview/conversation she has with her son about the book. Really cool.

(Is anyone else diggin’ audio books? Have you felt yourself disappearing into the world of your book as someone tells you a story? I know I put a one-per-five-weeks limit on your audiobooks… but there are MANY teachers who don’t allow them at all. It’s not “real reading”. Phooey. How could I have thunk the things I thought and feel the things I felt if it wasn’t real? I trust that in allowing my students to listen to audio books, I am encouraging the development of lifelong reading habits. Though I’m not in favor of the audiobook replacing the written word, there is certainly a place for it in one’s reading life. There’s actually SCIENCE to support audiobooks as well. Check out THIS and THIS… and THIS one that claims that audiobooks are more emotionally engaging than TV or film! Maybe this is why my eyes get misty while listening…  All this is why I make it a requirement that my students get public library cards—for both ereading and audiobook listening.)

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

LET’S RING THE BELL!

Period 2&3 read 8 books this past week.

Period 5&6 read 17 books this past week.

Period 8&9 read 9 books this past week.


 

 

 

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National Book Award and Golden Kite Honor Award Winner!

Fans of Jacqueline Woodson, Meg Medina, and Jason Reynolds will fall hard for this astonishing New York Times-bestselling novel-in-verse by an award-winning slam poet, about an Afro-Latina heroine who tells her story with blazing words and powerful truth.

  


 

 

 

 

 

 

2.8.19 {BOOKflix Friday} ORIGAMI YODA and TOWERS FALLING

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!


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Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that weren’t strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient. Origami Yoda predicts the date of a pop quiz, guesses who stole the classroom Shakespeare bust, and saves a classmate from popularity-crushing embarrassment with some well-timed advice. Dwight’s classmate Tommy wonders how Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. With contributions from his puzzled classmates, Tommy assembles this first case file in the blockbuster bestselling Origami Yoda series, written by Tom Angleberger.

 

The series continues:

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When Mr. A visited Buffalo, we went out for wings. YUM!

We got to talk about all kinds of things, including his wife’s Newbery Honor book,

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He also drew me some fun pictures:

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Before Jewell Parker Rhodes wrote

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When her fifth-grade teacher hints that a series of lessons about home and community will culminate with one big answer about two tall towers once visible outside their classroom window, Dèja can’t help but feel confused. She sets off on a journey of discovery, with new friends Ben and Sabeen by her side. But just as she gets closer to answering big questions about who she is, what America means, and how communities can grow (and heal), she uncovers new questions, too. Like, why does Pop get so angry when she brings up anything about the towers?

2.4.19 It’s the day after the Polar Vortex Vacation and the Super Bowl! 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.}


 
 
 
 

Did you LOVE having all that extra time off to read? I hope you took advantage of it and unplugged for a bit.

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“Powerful, wrenching.” –JOHN GREEN, #1 New York Timesbestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down

“Raw and gripping.” –JASON REYNOLDS, New York Timesbestselling coauthor of All American Boys

“A must-read!” –ANGIE THOMAS, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning New York Times bestselling debut, a William C. Morris Award Finalist.


Justyce McAllister is a good kid, an honor student, and always there to help a friend—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates.

Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.

“Vivid and powerful.” -Booklist, Starred Review
 
“A visceral portrait of a young man reckoning with the ugly, persistent violence of social injustice.” -Publishers Weekly

 

My thoughts…

If you liked Ghost Boys, you can look forward to reading this someday. It pairs up well with The Hate You Give to give a glimpse into the life of what it’s like to grow up a young black man in this society. This was powerful. I particularly appreciated that Justice was able to look at the difficult situations from multiple points of view. He challenged everyone and his or her thinking. He mixed it up with white classmates who were acting racist and prejudiced towards him. He also expressed aggravation with his black acquaintances who gave him a hard time for working hard and getting good grades while they broke the law.

No one was safe from criticism. No one was innocent.

And that’s the way it should be with these challenging issues.

Thanks to Nic Stone (a woman, by the way) for providing more windows to learn about others and their experiences, and also forcing me to confront my thoughts and beliefs.

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A National Book Award Finalist!
 
In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka’s teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett’s family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett’s life. His father is a mystery — Jarrett doesn’t know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents — two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along.

Jarrett goes through his childhood trying to make his non-normal life as normal as possible, finding a way to express himself through drawing even as so little is being said to him about what’s going on. Only as a teenager can Jarrett begin to piece together the truth of his family, reckoning with his mother and tracking down his father.

Hey, Kiddo is a profoundly important memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive.
 
 

 

My thoughts…

You may know Krosoczka from his made-for-kids Lunch Lady graphic novels and Jedi Academy #5-7.

 

 

This book is nothing like those. This one is autobiographical and deals with some rough parts of Krosoczka’s youth. It’s amazing how, after so much heartbreak and trauma in his young life, he was able to press on. There were a couple people he could rely on who helped him pull through.

And there was his love of art and cartooning. It may have literally saved him.

 

 

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

LET’S RING THE BELL!

Period 2&3 read 6 books this past week.

Period 5&6 read 12 books this past week.

Period 8&9 read 19 books this past week.


 

 

 

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1.28.19 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? It’s CALDECOTT DAY!!!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

&

the titles we are currently reading.}


 
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What students said about The Remember Balloons:

 
 
  • This book had colors and it had really good detail and I like how the story went.

  • I loved how each one of the balloons were based 9n a different story. Also the older you are the more balloons you will have.

  • I chose this book because the illustrations really tell the story and the illustrations represent special things to the character in this book.

  • I chose this book as the winner because it was really interesting how it used metafores to tell a bigger story.

  • I think this should be the winner because it has symbolism, but this symbolism is very easy to figure out, and it has lots of detail, with good decoration.

  • I picked this book because I felt like it really had a meaning it showed something that happens in real life but they made it even more interesting they made it fun.

  • I chose this book because it had lots of meaning. For example for every balloon that someone had, that is a memory. Towards the end the kid soon asks about his grandpa’s balloons and he starts to let go (forgets the memories). After the grandpa dies, the kids gets all his grandpa’s balloons because while he was listening he was making memories.

  • I think the remember balloons because it reminded you on how many memories you have. I say this because she was seeing all of the things she remembered

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What students said about Blue:

  • I think this book is my winner because it’s about a dog growing up and the dogs name is Blue. At first I didn’t understand the book then I realized the dogs name was Blue and then I read it over again and I understood the book more.

  • I think it’s the winner because he had lots of colors that means something

  • I chose blue as my winner because of the story the pictures told. The words didn’t tell the story but only assisted it to help explain the story a little better. Also the clever cutouts were very interesting. The pictures told this story about how the kid had a dog named blue then lost the dog. Later they got a new dog named blue. It was very clever how it used a dog to kind of get to your emotions to like the book even more.

  • This is the book I choose to be the Caldecott winner because it is a very nice book and it actually tells a deep story.I also like this book because blue is my favorite color.

  • I choose this book as the winner because it is an amazing book and has very good illustrations.

  • I choose this book because it was all happy then sad and then happy so it had a really good ending. It had really good pictures to go along with the book and I just think it should be number one.

  • Cause the book was literally the same turnout and the book basically was copy of my life.

 
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And now….
 
the official winner chosen by the Caldecott committee:
 
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A stunningly beautiful book and great choice. This is Ms. Blackall’s second win.
 
Here are the honor books, which will look familiar, too:
 
 
 
 

 

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In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke, an illegal third child, has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family’s farm in this start to the Shadow Children series from Margaret Peterson Haddix.

Luke has never been to school. He’s never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend’s house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend.

Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He’s lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family’s farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside.

Then, one day Luke sees a girl’s face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. Finally, he’s met a shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows — does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he afford not to?

 

My Thoughts….

Terrifying. And BORING! The thought of trying to stay hidden and unseen sounds awful. I sure felt bad for Luke and cheered for him as he met Jen. Because of her family, her situation was totally different, yet so much the same.

It must have been so strange for him to be so unknowledgeable about the world outside his house. Jen had her internet connections — Luke was like a young, naive child.

I was impressed by how big a story Haddix could write with such a small setting.

Of course, that all changes at the end of this book. The setting is about to get much, much bigger.

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

LET’S RING THE BELL!

Period 2&3 read 4 books this past week.

Period 5&6 read 12 books this past week.

Period 8&9 read 21 books this past week.


 

 

 

 

9781338053807

 
 

AUDIO BOOK


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