6.17.19 THE FINAL It’s Monday! What are you reading? With student guest posts from: Kayla, Hannah, Brianna, Niear, Jacob, Skyler, Anders, Eli and Nathan.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

&

the titles we are currently reading.}


TODAY guest posts from many students. Check it out!!!!

 

Kayla A.

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Hannah Steele loves living on Pelling, a tiny island near Seattle. It’s a little disconnected from the outside world, but she’s always felt completely safe there.

Which is why when she’s asked one day to babysit after school, she thinks it’s no big deal. Zoe and Oscar are her next-door neighbors, and Hannah just took a babysitting class that she’s pretty sure makes her an expert. She isn’t even worried that she left her inhaler at home.

Then the shaking begins.

The terrifying earthquake only lasts four minutes but it changes everything, damaging the house, knocking out the power, and making cell service nonexistent. Even worse, the ferry and the bridge connecting the kids to help―and their parents―are both blocked. Which means they’re stranded and alone… With Hannah in charge, as things go from bad to dangerous.

Thoughts…
The Disaster Days is a great adventure book that isn’t too crazy. It’s a perfect mix of Babysitters Club and Earthquake terror or Hatchet. There are many exciting, thrilling and edge of your seat parts. 11-year-old Hannah (the main character) takes charge and shows empowerment which I believe is amazing because in the beginning she came off as the shy quiet kid. Rebecca Behrens (The author) explains everything in a way that you can picture so clearly it’s like you are in the book itself. Disaster Days is a fun, thrilling and interesting book, and I really like the idea of Hatchet meeting Babysitters Club to create this amazing adventure and action book.

 


Hannah K.

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Ada is ten years old and has never left her one-room apartment. Her cruel mother it too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother, Jamie, is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada sneaks out to join him.

   Ada and Jamie are forced upon Susan Smith, a woman used to having only herself to care for. At Susan’s home, Ada teaches herself how to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches German spies. She even begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will there bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the hands of their mother?

Thoughts…

In my opinion this book shows courage and what you would do for family. Even though this book takes place in World War II Ada, Jamie and Susan become family. This book gives you many emotions and you want to keep reading. I would sit at home reading this book all day it’s so good. Even though sometimes the characters make you frustrated because you want them to act a certain way but they don’t, makes you want to keep reading and see if the characters change their attitude. At some parts of the book I was smiling and other times of the book I would want to keep reading and never stop. I totally recommend this book and if you like it you can read the next book The war I finally won.

 


Brianna B.

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You will be mine

 ROSES ARE RED

VIOLETS ARE BLUE

WATCH YOUR BACK

I’M COMING FOR YOU

Lyla and her friends can’t wait to spend the night out together, partying is the perfect way to let loose on stress from life and school. Lyla hopes that hitting the dance floor with chase her best friend will bring them closer. She has been crushing on him since  the first day they met. If only he felt the same way…

Thoughts…

In my opinion these books by Natasha Preston are fantastic, and make thrill come to life! The characters from each book with their own story makes the series come together. Each book has its own mystery and suspense my favorite from the series is you will be mine. I think people should recommend reading the series and gain an experience of thrill suspense and solving mysteries. I think Natasha did an amazing job on her books I would love to meet her one day!

But the one book that I didn’t like was the celler. It didn’t make sense for a kidnapper to be clean and nice it’s confusing.

The person who got me into the books was amazing she lended me “The Cabin” and I couldn’t stop reading so thanks Kayla!


 

Niear P.

14-year-old Alex Rider was just a normal teen until he suddenly loses his uncle in a car crash. That’s not where the story ends, however, when Alex learns that his uncle was a spy! Not only that, but MIThey told him his uncle died in a car accident. But fourteen-year-old Alex knows that’s a lie, and the bullet holes in his uncle’s windshield confirm his suspicions. But nothing could prepare him for the news that the uncle he always thought he knew was really a spy for MI6-Britain’s top secret intelligence agency. Recruited to find his uncle’s killers and complete his final mission, Alex suddenly finds himself caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Thoughts…

I recommend this series to people that love action and lots of changes in a story. Read these books in order or your not gonna know what’s going on. I rate this book a 5.0 it is really good. He has a very hard time in his life and hard to get around it. Read this books in this series they are really good.

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If you’re an Alex Rider fan, then here’s some big, new news…

 


 

Skyler C-M and Jacob B.

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From Barnes and Noble:

Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble. Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he barely knows-a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants, and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

Thoughts…

Rick Riordan is an amazing at mixing fact and fiction like using real places that Vikings may have landed on such as Boston they also use real names, stories and even creatures of all sorts.But I really love this series because he leaves you on cliffhangers and makes every part of the book exciting and a thrill just when you think that Doomsday is coming magnus h,odd it back for a little while longer, or just when Magnus figures something out it takes a twist and ends up being the complete opposite.I really love this book and it was one of my favorite ever also you can check out the rest of Ricks book at Barnes and noble.

 

 

If this series looks interesting, you’ll probably want to check out Riordan’s official series site here.

 


Anders T.

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From Barnes and Noble

The Passage meets Ender’s Game in the first book in an epic series by award-winning author Rick Yancey.

“Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances.”—Entertainment Weekly

“A modern sci-fi masterpiece . . .”—USAToday.com

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

“Wildly entertaining . . . I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.”—Justin Cronin, The New York Times Book Review

An Amazon Best Book of the Year

A New York Times bestseller

A USA Today bestseller

Winner of the 2014 Red House Children’s Book Award

2014 Children’s Choice Book Awards Finalist for Teen Book of the Year

A YALSA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults

A YALSA 2014 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers

A Booklist 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults

A VOYA 2013 Perfect Ten

Thoughts…

At first I was very confused when reading the first book, but it now makes sense to me why the author did that. I still recommend it, and there is a lot of intense action, but it is very gore-y with a ton of blood. The way the story switches between time periods, without telling whether or not it is a memory. Either way, the author wants you to keep reading, and you kind of have to, or else you might not remember what happened.

 

 


Eli K. and Nathan D.

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When the twins’ grandmother gives them a treasured fairy-tale book, they had no idea they’re about to enter a land beyond all imagining:the Land of Stories, where fairy tales are real.Alex and Conner Bailey’s world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales.

The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.

Thoughts…

Nathan-This book was one of my favorite books I’ve read all year, mostly because it combines the modern day world with a world that most people can only dream of. It was constantly moving me closer and closer to the edge of my seat with every page I read. This book and all of its sequels go back and forth between characters, whether it being a bad guy or the main characters. This book is a great example of going back and forth between fantasy and realistic fiction. Not only is this book fantasy, but it retells some of the classics and how they actually happened.
Eli-this book is one of my personal favorites because I love fantasy and adventure. I was always itching for more because of the action and different things that I thought were interesting. The characters (at least Connor) is like me in a way were we can’t get enough of things, so that is one thing I love about this book. It provides some interesting things when the author combines all the classic fairy tales that little kids love and makes them more mature and interesting for older kids.

 

They’ve put together a sweet site for this series. Tap the books below to take a look. (Pssst–lots of cool videos here.)

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WELL!

That may be the longest ever It’s Monday! blog post. Thanks to all of you above who made this a post to remember. Way to end the year with a bang!

Man we had fun this year. I appreciate how so many of you have embraced the reading challenge and have pushed yourselves to discover books, read more than ever, and try something new. I’m so pleased to see the progress you made over the course of the year.

And hey, if you haven’t been bitten by the reading bug yet, be kind to yourself. This isn’t the end, and every day is a new beginning. Keep your eyes and mind open. You have a lot of life ahead of you and plenty of time to discover the joy of reading. I’m happy to have played a small role in that journey.

And now… for the last time…

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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6.10.19 It’s Monday! What are YOU reading? STUDENT GUEST POST: Chloe M. with THREADS

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

&

the titles we are currently reading.}


Today, a special guest post from Chloe M. who wanted to share about the book Threads.
 

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From Barnes and Noble:

To Whom It May Concern: Please, we need help!

The day twelve-year-old Clara finds a desperate note in a purse in Bellman’s department store, she is still reeling from the death of her adopted sister, Lola.

By that day, thirteen-year-old Yuming has lost hope that the note she stashed in the purse will ever be found. She may be stuck sewing in the pale pink factory outside of Beijing forever.

Clara grows more and more convinced that she was meant to find Yuming’s note. Lola would have wanted her to do something about it. But how can Clara talk her parents, who are also in mourning, into going on a trip to China?

Finally the time comes when Yuming weighs the options, measures the risk, and attempts a daring escape.

The lives of two girls—one American, and one Chinese—intersect like two soaring kites in this story about loss, hope, and recovery.

Thoughts…

This book tells a story of a real world problem that kids deal with everyday, and spreads awareness about it. In some parts, I couldn’t stop reading because it left me on the edge of my seat and sometimes I would go home and just read for a while because it left on BIG cliffhangers. This book reminds me of A Long Walk To Water, a book we read in the beginning of the year, because it goes back and forth between two stories, and they eventually merge together.

(Mr. Etkin: If you enjoyed Boys Without Names, you might like this book too.)

 

If you want to read more about the author, Ami Polonski, you can check out her site.

The process of making silk is pretty amazing. You can catch a video of the process below, or use this link.

 


Thanks for sharing with us, Chloe!


WHAT ABOUT YOU?
LET’S RING THE BELL!

Period 2&3 read 5 books this past week.

Period 5&6 read 13 books this past week.

Period 8&9 read 9 books this past week.

 


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6.7.19 {BOOKflix Friday} THE SELECTION series; MATCHED series; EVE&ADAM

Today is BOOKflix Friday!

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

Get the popcorn ready.

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THE SELECTION

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

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Husband and wife superstars have teamed up again, this time to bring us a tale of adolescent bio-engineering. Hmmmm… what could go wrong?

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Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate are husband and wife authors. You are most familiar with Applegate from her Newbery-winning The One and Only Ivan. I best know Michael Grant from his Gone series, but he has written tons of others, including the recent BZRK and Magnificent 12. Together they are responsible for the Animorphs series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


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Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

 

YEP! This is a trilogy. Don’t forget the next two books:

 

5.28.19 It’s Monday! What are you reading? ALL THE LIGHT YOU CANNOT SEE, and THE MEANING OF MARRIAGE

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

&

the titles we are currently reading.}


 

Memorial Day is for…

Remembering:

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Yard work (planting hostas and mulching):

 

Finishing a book on the deck:

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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

Have you ever read a book that makes you stop and think, How did the author think of describing it that way? This happened repeatedly while reading ATLWCS. Doerr must have an amazing ability to visualize something… and then find a unique way to explain it.
We are becoming familiar with books that tell a story from two points of view. This one also jumps back and forth in time, and that time is moving forward as well. Confusing? Sometimes. I used all the tricks we’ve discussed in class. The dates are helpful, but trying to remember where the author left that part of the story was a challenge.
I think being older and having waded through many of books like this makes it easier for me. I knew that the two main characters who were from such different walks of life would eventually meet and that their stories would collide. But how? I kept forming mini theories as I read, adjusting and tweaking them as the story changed.
I’ve read a lot of WWII books, but this one certainly has a different feel to it.
I like hearing about where authors get their ideas. This video is certainly for adults, but see if you can catch the three origins of the book:

 

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Does anyone think about getting married in the far distant future? I think I always knew I would get married. How do we learn about what to expect in marriage? What if what we expect and what our future partner expects is different?

I take my marriage very seriously. It’s important to me and worth reading books to help it get better.

This book did a great job discussing some of the typical complications that arise in marriages. It encourages the reader to look at marriage in a fresh way.

Some day—I mean in the WAY WAY future 😂 you may want to revisit this book

 


WHAT ABOUT YOU?
LET’S RING THE BELL!

Period 2&3 read 6 books this past week.

Period 5&6 read 11 books this past week.

Period 8&9 read 10 books this past week.

 


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5.17.19 {BOOKflix Friday} ONE OF US IS LYING; PRETEND SHE’S HERE: STRAYS LIKE US

Get the popcorn ready.

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Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

 


 

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Emily hasn’t stopped grieving over her best friend Lizzie’s death, so when Lizzie’s family comes back to town, Emily is stoked to see them! Except, the Porters desperately miss Lizzie, too. . .desperately enough to do something crazy. From bestselling author Luanne Rice comes a gripping novel about the lengths people go to get back the ones they love and the strength we have to survive even the most shocking circumstances.

 


 

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From the moment Fred (never Winifred!) spots a scruffy little mutt with sad eyes, she knows she’s in big trouble. Toby’s in bad shape, and Fred longs to rescue him from the old man with the mile-long mean streak who lives next door. But Margery — the straight-talking woman who is fostering Fred — says going over to their house is against the rules.

And since Fred will only be around until her mother comes to grips with her dependence, Fred can’t let herself care too deeply. Not about Toby or Margery or Delia, a new classmate whose insistent friendship surprises Fred at every turn. Because the more Fred lets this lovable band of misfits into her heart, the harder it’ll be to leave them all behind.

In this story of loss and love, acclaimed author Cecilia Galante examines life’s difficult choices and how a girl plus the dog she loves can add up to finding family in the most unlikely places.

 

5.13.19 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.}


 

The links to the Bluford High audiobooks is now available in the READING folder in Schoology 🙂    Happy listening.

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I’m still working my way through All the Light We Cannot See. It’s a slow book for me, but I’m enjoying it. I may have gotten out of practice with reading literature like that. It’s really good, but deep and slow. Very descriptive.

 

On Saturday we took advantage of the great weather to get out for a little nature walk. We were all happy—but Prim was probably happiest. She sniffed EVERYTHING… and probably tried to pee fifty times.

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WHAT ABOUT YOU?
LET’S RING THE BELL!

Period 2&3 read ? books this past week.

Period 5&6 read ? books this past week.

Period 8&9 read ? books this past week.

 


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5.6.19 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? GUEST POST: Truth talks Bluford High

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

&

the titles we are currently reading.}


 

GUEST POST from Truth B:

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Truth: The characters in this series all end up going to the school Bluford High and they all are black people that have similar problems. I have not read all the books yet but they are all in search for safety and if they have safety already then they are going to be heading into something that is not good—something  that has an effect on that person’s whole family.

 

From the site Bluford.org:

Stories to Experience

The Bluford Series is a collection of twenty-one young adult novels that focus on the lives of a group of high school students and their families. The series draws its name from the school which many of the characters attend: Bluford High, named after Guion “Guy” Bluford, America’s first black astronaut.

Set in contemporary urban America, each novel addresses complex topics relevant to the lives of today’s students: family, friendship, trust, isolation, violence, and peer pressure, to name a few.

In addition, the books feature male and female characters and include elements from many literary genres, such as mystery, suspense, romance, and a touch of the supernatural. In other words, the Bluford Series offers something for almost every reader.

Truth: If you were to read this series I would truly recommend that you read Until We Meet Again as the first book that you read because it gives you some sense of the kind of books that you will be reading. (Mr. Etkin:Actually, it might be better to start with A Matter of Trust—the prequel to Until We Meet Again.) And I will also recommend this book if you are black. I am saying this in the nicest way possible. I am only saying this because black people will understand what this person is going through and will really feel this person’s pain.

I recommend this book to people that love drama and that are satisfied with scary things. Do not read this book if you do not like people getting mistreated or worse. This series is good and it helps you get through things that might be happening to you and it also inspires people. 

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Big News: 

The audiobooks for this series are available on the site, but I am working on downloading them to Drive you you can listen. Here is the link to the folder where I’m collecting them If you want to know what each book is about, the blurbs are available here.

Thanks for sharing, Truth. I hope some students who are looking for a good book add some of these to their TBR pile.

WHAT ABOUT YOU?
LET’S RING THE BELL!

Period 2&3 read 6 books this past week.

Period 5&6 read 11 books this past week.

Period 8&9 read 5 books this past week.

 


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4.3.19 {BOOKflix Friday} The Rule of 3; My Seventh Grade Life in Tights; Truly Devious

Get the popcorn ready.

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From this morning’s announcements:

One shocking afternoon, computers around the globe shut down in a viral catastrophe. At sixteen-year-old Adam Daley’s high school, the problem first seems to be a typical electrical outage, until students discover that cell phones are down, municipal utilities are failing, and a few computer-free cars like Adam’s are the only vehicles that function. Driving home, Adam encounters a storm tide of anger and fear as the region becomes paralyzed. Soon—as resources dwindle, crises mount, and chaos descends—he will see his suburban neighborhood band together for protection. And Adam will understand that having a police captain for a mother and a retired government spy living next door are not just the facts of his life but the keys to his survival, in The Rule of Three by Eric Walters.

If you like this book, you’ll want to read the next two:

 


All Dillon wants is to be a real dancer. And if he wins a summer scholarship at Dance-Splosion, he’s on his way. The problem? His dad wants him to play football. And Dillon’s freestyle crew, the Dizzee Freekz, says that dance studios are for sellouts. His friends want Dillon to kill it at the audition—so he can turn around and tell the studio just how wrong their rules and creativity-strangling ways are.

WORK IT.

At first, Dillon’s willing to go along with his crew’s plan, even convincing one of the snobbiest girls at school to work with him on his technique. But as Dillon’s dancing improves, he wonders: what if studios aren’t the enemy? And what if he actually has a shot at winning the scholarship?

BRING IT.

Dillon’s life is about to get crazy . . . on and off the dance floor.

 


 

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Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a game.”

Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder. 

The two interwoven mysteries of this first book in the Truly Devious series dovetail brilliantly, and Stevie Bell will continue her relentless quest for the murderers in books two and three.

4.29.19 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.}


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It’s 1944, and World War II is raging across Europe and the Pacific. The war seemed far away from Margot in Iowa and Haruko in Colorado–until they were uprooted to dusty Texas, all because of the places their parents once called home: Germany and Japan.

Haruko and Margot meet at the high school in Crystal City, a “family internment camp” for those accused of colluding with the enemy. The teens discover that they are polar opposites in so many ways, except for one that seems to override all the others: the camp is changing them, day by day and piece by piece. Haruko finds herself consumed by fear for her soldier brother and distrust of her father, who she knows is keeping something from her. And Margot is doing everything she can to keep her family whole as her mother’s health deteriorates and her rational, patriotic father becomes a man who distrusts America and fraternizes with Nazis.

With everything around them falling apart, Margot and Haruko find solace in their growing, secret friendship. But in a prison the government has deemed full of spies, can they trust anyone–even each other?

My thoughts…
I knew that there were internment camps for Japanese families during WWII. I don’t know if I knew there were camps for Germans. I never considered that both Germans and Japanese would be living in one camp together. Even though the countries were fighting on the same side of the war (they were the Axis powers), they didn’t like or trust one another. The same feelings ring true among the civilians in this camp.
It is interesting to watch these two young ladies, Margot and Haruko, form a friendship that challenges the beliefs of everyone else in the camp. This is another Two POV book, and what we learn about each girl and her feelings and reasons is interesting and surprising— especially in the climax!
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After failing a critical assignment overseas, Will Robie must investigate a murder accusation against his father–but to save him, he’ll have to face a violent and deadly fallout in this New York Timesbestselling thriller.

Will Robie escaped his small Gulf Coast hometown of Cantrell, Mississippi after high school, severing all personal ties, and never looked back. Not until the unimaginable occurs. His father, Dan Robie, has been arrested and charged with murder.

Father and son haven’t spoken or seen each other since the day Robie left town. In that time, Dan Robie–a local attorney and pillar of the community–has been elected town judge. Despite this, most of Cantrell is aligned against Dan. His guilt is assumed.

To make matters worse, Dan has refused to do anything to defend himself. When Robie tries to help, his father responds only with anger and defiance. Could Dan really be guilty?

With the equally formidable Jessica Reel at his side, Robie ignores his father’s wishes and begins his own desperate investigation into the case. But Robie is now a stranger to his hometown, an outsider, a man who has forsaken his past and his family. His attempts to save his father are met with distrust and skepticism…and violence.

Unlike the missions Robie undertook in the service of his country, where his target was clearly defined, digging into his father’s case only reveals more questions. Robie is drawn into the hidden underside of Cantrell, where he must face the unexpected and possibly deadly consequences of the long-ago choices made by father and son. And this time, there may be no escape for either of them.

My thoughts…
Baldacci is always a good vacation read. He keeps things interesting and the pages turning. I don’t read many adult books, so when I do it’s a treat.
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