12.2.16 {BOOKflix Friday} Alex Rider series

Today is {BookFlix Friday}!

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.

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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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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:

10.28.16 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR Student post: Series of Unfortunate Events

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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And now…

Introducing: Maddie N. and The Series of Unfortunate Events.

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This book series was amazing I couldn’t put it down. I read 5 books or more last year and the rest over the summer. I think that the first and last book was my favorite. The way the author started and finished the book made it impossible to put it down.I hope that other people will like to read this series.

In television news…

If you have NETFLIX you will be able to catch new episodes of SOUE on Friday, January 13th.

(This first video starts the way the book blurbs do: with a warning.)

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this past week?
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 How many books did students in each class read?

PERIOD 2&3 READ 18 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 16 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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10.21.16 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? #IMWAYR Awkward and Orange

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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It’s a graphic novel kind of day.

My daughter came home from the library with this one and read it in one sitting. She passed it on to me and I enjoyed it as well. I like when authors capture real stories and real situations in graphic novel format. I think you would enjoy this story as well. Who will win: the artists or the scientists?

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From Barnes and Noble:

Cardinal rule #1 for surviving school: Don’t get noticed by the mean kids.

Cardinal rule #2 for surviving school: Seek out groups with similar interests and join them.

On her first day at her new school, Penelope—Peppi—Torres reminds herself of these basics. But when she trips into a quiet boy in the hall, Jaime Thompson, she’s already broken the first rule, and the mean kids start calling her the “nerder girlfriend.” How does she handle this crisis? By shoving poor Jaime and running away!

Falling back on rule two and surrounding herself with new friends in the art club, Peppi still can’t help feeling ashamed about the way she treated Jaime. Things are already awkward enough between the two, but to make matters worse, he’s a member of her own club’s archrivals—the science club! And when the two clubs go to war, Peppi realizes that sometimes you have to break the rules to survive middle school!

Here are some other cool links you’ll enjoy:

And now…

Introducing: Noelle G. and Orange.

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Hello Alphas! I have been very excited to share this book with you.

So I have read this book called Orange. This book is one of my favorites. In some parts I have shed a tear, and bust out a laugh. This is a serious. I have only read the first book but man I am so excited to read the other books. This is what the series is about.

“On the day that Naho begins 11th grade, she receives a letter from herself ten years in the future. At first, she writes it off as a prank, but as the letter’s predictions come true one bye one Naho realizes that the letter might be the real deal. Her future self tells Naho that a new transfer student, a boy named Kakeru, will soon join her class. The letter begs Naho to watch over him, saying that only Naho can save Kakeru from a terrible future.”

This book will be a whole new adventure for you. If you’re interested in comedy, romance, and action then this is the book for you.

This book series is to be continued…

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

PERIOD 2&3 READ ?? BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ ?? 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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11.18.16 {BOOKflix Friday} Drums, Girls… & Every Soul a Star

Today is

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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From Barnes and Noble:

Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life: he plays drums in the All-Star Jazz band, has a crush on the hottest girl in the school, and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey. But when Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven’s world is turned upside down. He is forced to deal with his brother’s illness and his parents’ attempts to keep the family in one piece. Salted with humor and peppered with devastating realities, DRUMS, GIRLS, AND DANGEROUS PIE is a heartwarming journey through a year in the life of a family in crisis.

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Every Soul A Star

From Barnes and Noble:

At Moon Shadow, an isolated campground, thousands have gathered to catch a glimpse of a rare and extraordinary total eclipse of the sun. Three lives are about to be changed forever:

Ally:
Ally likes the simple things in life-labyrinths, star-gazing, and comet-hunting. Her home, the moon shadow campground, is a part of who she is. She refuses to imagine it any other way.

Bree:
Popular, gorgeous (everybody says so), a future homecoming queen for sure. Bree wears her beauty like a suit of armor. But what is she trying to hide?

Jack:
Overweight and awkward, jack is used to spending a lot of time alone. But when opportunity knocks, he finds himself in situations he never would have imagined.

Told from three distinct voices and perspectives, Wendy Mass weaves an intricate and compelling story about strangers coming together, unlikely friendships, and finding one’s place in the universe.

10.14.16 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Student post—Percy Jackson

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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Introducting: Daniel F. and Percy Jackson

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 How many books did students in each class read?

PERIOD 2&3 READ 11 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 9 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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10.7.16 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? Student post + The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones

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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Last Monday I offered to have a student from each class guest post on this blog.

Introducting: Ethan W. and King George: What Was His Problem?

     King George What was his Problem by Steve Sheinkin is the best book to learn about the history of the Revolutionary War. It has real quotes and has great details. I would most definitely give this book a 10/10. Note: this book is totally Non-fiction. If you enjoy history and humor this is definitely the best book for you. There has to be every detail about the American Revolution you want to know.

From Barnes and Noble:

“Entire books have been written about the causes of the American Revolution. This isn’t one of them.” What it is, instead, is utterly interesting, antedotes (John Hancock fixates on salmon), from the inside out (at the Battle of Eutaw Springs, hundreds of soldiers plunged into battle “naked as they were born”) close-up narrative filled with little-known details, lots of quotes that capture the spirit and voices of the principals (“If need be, I will raise one thousand men, subsist them at my own expense, and march myself at their head for the relief of Boston” — George Washington), and action, It’s the story of the birth of our nation, complete with soldiers, spies, salmon sandwiches, and real facts you can’t help but want to tell to everyone you know.
King George: What Was His Problem? is a 2009 Bank Street – Best Children’s Book of the Year.”

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Last week I finished

The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones

I had a great time reading Lincoln Jones.  I suspected I would since I’m a big fan of Van Draanan—especially Flipped. Van Draanan didn’t disappoint.

Lincoln’s first person POV narration was spot-on. I laughed and chuckled through a bunch of scenes. And yes, I may have shed a tear gotten moist eyes in a  part or two. I like books that move me that way. It comes from a combination of plot and a believable main character. It’s difficult not to get involved personally and emotionally in stories like that. (Just ask Lexi—I got teary just re-reading the last few pages of her Flipped the other day!)

More than once, I thought to myself that Lincoln’s personality and narration reminded me of a combination of Bud from Christopher Paul Curtis’s Bud, Not Buddy and Jack in Gantos’ Dead End in Noorvelt. A good combination, if you ask me!

Get this book.

From Barnes & Noble:

My secret life is filled with psychic vampires, wheelchair zombies, chain-rattlin’ ghosts, and a one-eyed cat. But they’re nothing compared to my real-life stalker: a sixth-grade girl named Kandi Kain. . . .

Lincoln Jones is always working on the latest story he’s got going in his notebook. Those stories are his refuge. A place where the hero always prevails and the bad guy goes to jail. Real life is messy and complicated, so Lincoln sticks to fiction and keeps to himself. Which works fine until a nosy girl at his new school starts prying into his private business. She wants to know what he’s writing, where he disappears to after school, and why he never talks to anybody. . . .

The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones is a terrifically funny and poignant story about a boy finding the courage to get to know the real characters all around him—and to let them know him.

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PERIOD 2&3 READ 30 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 39 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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11.4.16 {BOOKflix Friday} A Monster Calls

Today is

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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Here is the book blurb from Ness’s site, http://www.patrickness.com/books.html.

A Monster Calls

The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

The monster in his back garden, though, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.

Here is a great recording of Ness reading from the first chapter of the book, followed by an interview with some background (it will pop up in a new window):

You can get all kinds of cool information about the book, including author’s notes and interviews here:Candlewick Press

How good is it? I is a record-breaker:

A Monster Calls (Walker) achieved a remarkable first on Thursday when author Patrick Ness was awarded the CILIP Carnegie Medal and illustrator Jim Kay scooped up the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal. No book has ever won both prizes since the Greenaway was first awarded in 1956 (the Carnegie preceded it, in 1936).

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IN FACT—It is so good that they made a movie out of it. (SEE? Most movies start as books.) It appears that it will be in theaters January 6, 2017. Shall we go?

10.31.16 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? HAPPY HALLOWEEN #IMWAYR

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

&

the titles we are currently reading.}

This meme is originated by Jen and Kellee at TeachMentorTexts. Thanks!


screen-shot-2016-10-30-at-8-22-38-pm Had a little fun carving with the family. They neighbors gave us a couple large, oddly-shaped punkins and this one was perfect for my one-eyed dude. How did yours come out? Maybe you’ll want to include it in your BOOKselfie.img_6064

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Okay–moment of honesty here. I have been reading… but I’ve also been watching the world series… by now it might even be over… There is so much interesting history in this one.

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Who wants to contribute towards next week’s IM! WAYR? post?

Share a book, a book selfie, a blurb, and your opinion.

Make a video? Find a video? A collage?

This is your space.

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Did you catch my
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PERIOD 2&3 READ 14 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 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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The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones
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10.28.16 {BOOKflix Friday} LEGEND trilogy

Today is

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

Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!


Marie Lu’s

LEGEND TRILOGY

Sometimes it gets tiring waiting for the next installment of a series or trilogy. The plot gets murky and the characters difficult to recall.

Sometimes I like reading a series that is ALL published so I can move quickly from one book to the next and keep my momentum.

If you feel at all the same, here is a great opportunity for you!

The trilogy is completed. And yes, the books are better than the trailers.

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#1: LEGEND

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

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#2: PRODIGY

June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—-June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.

But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?

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#3: CHAMPION

He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has.

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This is a great place to share the video I put together to celebrate our fundraising efforts for UWP.

I’m so proud of the AlphaTeam and the rest of the 6th grade. You are world changers.

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10.24.16 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Students guest post!

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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Last Monday I offered to have a student from each class guest post on this blog.

Two were brave enough to volunteer right away.

SWEET!

Introducting: Fatima H. and Secrets of Dripping Fang series.

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Next, I introduce to you Makayla W. and Serafina and the Black Cloak:

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Serafina and the Black Cloak was a very interesting read. Serafina is a 12 year old girl who secretly lives in the basement of the Biltmore Estate with her pa. With the help of her new friend Braeden, Serafina will uncover what’s going on, and where she came from.
I love this book. It has mystery, action, and a bit of gore at the end.
Heres a blurb and the first chapter:
“Never go into the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.”
 
Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of Biltmore Estate. There’s plenty to explore in Mr. and Mrs. Vanderbilt’s vast and opulent home, but she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa, the estate’s maintenance man, have lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember. She has learned to prowl through the darkened corridors at night, to sneak and hide, using the mansion’s hidden doors and secret passageways.
 
But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows the clues to follow. A terrifying man in a black cloak stalks Biltmore’s corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of Biltmore’s owners. Braeden and Serafina must uncover the Man in the Black Cloak’s true identity before all of the children vanish one by one. Serafina’s hunt leads her into the very forest that she has been taught to fear, where she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must not only face her darkest enemy, but delve into the strange mystery of her own identity. 

Read the first chapter here!

 

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Who wants to contribute towards next week’s IM! WAYR? post? Share a book (a book selfie?), a blurb, and your opinion. This is your space.

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

PERIOD 2&3 READ 19 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 13 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…

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

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The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones
audio-books

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Pennies For Hitler

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