9.26.16 It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

&

the titles we are currently reading.}

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


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This is the Part Where You Laugh

A very interesting book for high schoolers. Travis has sure been dealt a terrible hand. It doesn’t seem fair that so much difficult stuff can happen to one person. The book had a sudden ending that I keep thinking about. I might have to contact the author.

That being said: I really liked the book. I was engrossed from chapter one. I like books that start with a bang. The relationships were so interesting—how Travis deals with his sick grandmother, his aloof grandfather, his best friend “Creature”, his coach, and the cute new girl. I’m looking forward to my students reading this when they’re older.

From Barnes and Noble:

Travis plans to spend the summer as follows:

   • Working on his basketball game with his friend, Creature.
   • Reading excerpts from Creature’s novel-in-progress: Guide to Russian Princesses.
   • Canoeing around the lake, trying to catch a glimpse of the beautiful girl who just moved in.
   • Not getting into trouble, not going back to juvie . . .
   • Searching the homeless camps for his mother, with a jar full of cash to help her get back on her feet.

From a powerful new voice in YA literature comes an unforgettable account of growing up, making mistakes, and growing out of the shadow of drug abuse.

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Did you catch my
this past week?
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Soon we will keep track of how much reading we are doing together as a class. This is what it will look like:
 How many books did students in each class read?

PERIOD 2&3 READ 13 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 19 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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AUDIO BOOK

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The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones
School of the Dead
Never Missing, Never Found

9.19 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

&

the titles we are currently reading.}

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


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I’m sad to say I didn’t finish a book, but I’m really enjoying both my audio book and my book on my iPad/phone. I really like how Kindle syncs on my phone and iPad so I can read whenever and wherever.

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Did you see the big news?

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Did you catch my
this past week?
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Soon we will keep track of how much reading we are doing together as a class. This is what it will look like:
 How many books did students in each class read?

PERIOD 2&3 READ 8 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 11 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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This is the Part Where You Laugh

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AUDIO BOOK

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Moo Pennies For HitlerJuba!
The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones
School of the Dead
Never Missing, Never Found

9.16.16 {BOOKflix Friday} Ghosts

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!


It’s finally OUT!
From the author of fan favorites
comes…
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About This Book

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.

Raina Telgemeier has masterfully created a moving and insightful story about the power of family and friendship, and how it gives us the courage to do what we never thought possible.

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Since it’s the beginning of the year…and I do have it hanging on my wall…I need to show THIS book trailer. It’s an amazing book. It you haven’t read it yet, you definitely should:

You might also want to read it because….
On April 7…
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9.12 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

&

the titles we are currently reading.}

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


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Bounce

 

Overview from Barnes and Noble

The author of The Swap delivers another hilarious, heartwarming, and empoweringTitle: The Swap, Author: Megan Shull novel about a girl who relives the same day over and over again—each time as someone new. Perfect for fans of Wendy Mass, Holly Goldberg Sloan, and Meg Cabot.

Seventh grader Frannie Hudson wonders what it would be like to trade in her family for a new one. Her big brother ignores her. Her mean older sister can’t stand her. And her parents have just announced they’re going on a last-minute vacation—without her.

When Frannie makes one desperate, crazy wish—BOOM!—she magically bounces into a whole new life, with a totally different family. And. It. Is. Amazing! There’s only one catch: waking up as someone else keeps happening. Plunged into lives and adventures she’s only imagined—from being a pop star to meeting one super-cute boy—Frannie finds courage in the unforgettable friends and families she meets along the way. But as her new life spins out of control, Frannie begins to worry if she’ll ever get back home.

A celebration of the power of love and connection, Megan Shull’s extraordinary new novel captures one girl’s journey to find her voice, heal her heart, and discover the joy of bouncing back.

At first I had a difficult time getting into the characters—especially Frannie’s older sister. But once Frannie starts Bouncing into different bodies, things picked up quickly. I was anxious each time to see where Frannie would end up and if she would make it home.

That’s all I can say. You’ll have to read the rest to find out more.

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Grasshopper JungleGrasshopper Jungle

This book was pure craziness. And definitely a high school+ book. I listened to the audio over the summer and just finished it this weekend. Whoa.

From B&N:

“Grasshopper Jungle is a rollicking tale that is simultaneously creepy and hilarious. Its propulsive plot would be delightful enough on its own, but Smith’s ability to blend teenage drama into a bug invasion is a literary joy to behold… Smith may have intended this novel for young adults, but his technique reminds me of Kurt Vonnegut’s in “Slaughterhouse Five,” in the best sense.” New York Times Book Review

In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend, Robby, have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army…of hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things.

 

This is the truth. This is history.
It’s the end of the world. And nobody knows anything about it.
You know what I mean.

 

Funny, intense, complex, and brave, Grasshopper Jungle brilliantly weaves together everything from testicle-dissolving genetically modified corn to the struggles of recession-era, small-town America in this groundbreaking coming-of-age stunner from the author of The Alex Crow andWinger.

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Did you catch my
this past week?
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After reading Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great last week, I doctored up our photo and tweeted it to the author. HE SAW IT! Look:
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Soon we will keep track of how much reading we are doing together as a class. This is what it will look like:
 How many books did students in each class read?

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

 Take a look at their book selfies.
(Yes, you will be posting weekly selfies of you and the book you’re currently reading.)

PERIOD 8&9 READ BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

  Take a look at their book selfies.

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 the Part Where You Laugh

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AUDIO BOOK

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Moo Pennies For HitlerJuba!
The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones
School of the Dead
Never Missing, Never Found

6.6.16 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #Watched

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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Let’s make sure we come back and watch this video:

 

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 IMG_2599Published by Wendy Lamb Books/Random House, September 13th, 2016. Pre-order:Barnes & Noble or Amazon.com.

Overview

Marina Budhos’s extraordinary and timely novel examines what it’s like to grow up under surveillance, something many Americans experience and most Muslim Americans know.

Naeem is far from the “model teen.” Moving fast in his immigrant neighborhood in Queens is the only way he can outrun the eyes of his hardworking Bangladeshi parents and their gossipy neighbors. Even worse, they’re not the only ones watching. Cameras on poles. Mosques infiltrated. Everyone knows: Be careful what you say and who you say it to. Anyone might be a watcher.

Naeem thinks he can charm his way through anything, until his mistakes catch up with him and the cops offer a dark deal. Naeem sees a way to be a hero—a protector—like the guys in his brother’s comic books. Yet what is a hero? What is a traitor? And where does Naeem belong?

Acclaimed author Marina Budhos delivers a riveting story that’s as vivid and involving as today’s headlines.

 

I was looking forward to reading this new Budhos  book after reading Ask Ask Me No QuestionsMe No Questions a few years ago. Once again, I was taken on a journey into the life of a young Muslim—a Bangladeshi high schooler—and caught a glimpse into what his life was like. Living in a post-9/11 NYC where ISIS and refugees are in the news daily is a challenge.  It was a thrilling and saddening and stressful ride to watch to watch Naeem make terrible choices… and choices that weren’t clearly good or bad. The internal and external struggles were jarring.

I read this book in three sittings—mostly late on Saturday night in front of a beautiful bonfire.

I hope you consider reading this upcoming book when it is born. It is the right time.

 

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

PERIOD 1&2 READ 12 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

 

PERIOD 5&6 READ 10 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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Tap the book!

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ARC–To be born on 10/18
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The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones
School of the Dead
Never Missing, Never Found
This is the Part Where You Laugh

5.23.16 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #BOOKED

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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I started Booked on Friday night and finished it Sunday morning. It was delightful and hard to stop. Alexander has mastered the art of writing in verse and puts his skills to good use here.

This time instead of basketball (The Crossover), Alexander uses soccer as the vehicle for the story. This time, conflict is about the relationship problems between his mom and and how they affect Nick Hall. Yes, there is a girl. But there certainly isn’t as much soccer in this book as there was basketball in the other. Perhaps Alexander doesn’t have as much experience or feel for this sport—just a guess. Clearly, Nick loves soccer, but the playing of it seems to take a back seat to the rest of the story.

I appreciate how Alexander uses a story about a kid who hates to learn the new words his dad is teaching him… to TEACH US new and fun vocabulary. How else would we know: sweven, farrow, onomatophobia… and much more. There are also a bunch of books mentioned, many of them novels in verse. One of my favorites is Out of the Dust. Another is All the Broken Pieces. Watsons Go To Birmingham also gets mentioned. 

 

If you liked The Crossover, you owe it to yourself to check out Booked.

 

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

PERIOD 1&2 READ 7 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

 

PERIOD 5&6 READ 12 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

 

For every parent who leaves a comment on TODAY’S POST with what YOU’RE reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…

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Tap the book!

Saving Red
ARC–To be born on 10/18
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The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones
School of the Dead
Never Missing, Never Found
This is the Part Where You Laugh

5.16.16 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? The Seventh Wish by @KateMessner

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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I read this ARC courtesy of Netgalley.

This book will be born on June 7th, 2016.

From Mrs. Messner’s site:

With the same warmth and fun that readers loved in All the Answers, Kate Messner weaves fantasy into the ordinary, giving every reader the opportunity to experience a little magic.

 

When Charlie Brennan goes ice fishing on her town’s cold winter lake, she’s hoping the perch she reels in will help pay for a fancy Irish dancing solo dress. But when Charlie’s first catch of the day offers her a wish in exchange for its freedom, her world turns upside down.

 

Charlie catches the fish again and again, but each time, her wishes go terribly and hilariously wrong. Just when things are finally starting to turn around, a family crisis with her older sister forces Charlie to accept the fact that some of the toughest challenges in life can’t be fixed by wishing.

 

“An empathetic, beautiful, magical fiercely necessary book that stares unflinchingly at the the very real challenges contemporary kids face and gently assures them they are not alone. Kate Messner gives her readers a story to cherish.”

~Anne Ursu, author of THE REAL BOY and BREADCRUMBS

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Mrs. Messner continued the brilliance that she started with her previous All the Answers (go ahead and tap that book over there to learn more).  Aalltagain, a completely realistic fiction story: A girl who likes ice fishing, sister at college, likes a boy, does Irish dancing, school projects… You know, normal stuff. But what if when fishing one day she catches a magic, wish-answering fish? What should she wish for? What would YOU wish for?

One thing we know from all the wish books and stories: Wishes never turn out the way we plan. Am I right? Of course.

The wishes don’t turn out right—but the blurb for the book doesn’t quite get it right: All the mistakes aren’t so hilarious. In fact, this book got very serious very quickly. The major issue Messner tackles here is all over the news right now. Careful readers will catch all the foreshadowing that is woven into the writing.

The Seventh Wish is a fascinating read. I had a tough time putting it down. You really think a book with a female MC is a girl book? Think again. And read this book. Here are a couple tweets I sent out while reading:

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

PERIOD 1&2 READ 12 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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PERIOD 5&6 READ 5  BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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For every parent who leaves a comment on TODAY’S POST with what YOU’RE reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…

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Tap the book!

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