2.17.17 {BOOKflix Friday} April Henry books—if you can handle them

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!


 Meet author April Henry:

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If you like thrillers and suspense, this is for you.

But only if you can handle it.

About the book
Sixteen-year-old Cheyenne Wilder is asleep in the back of her mom’s car when it’s stolen from the pharmacy parking lot. Cheyenne is not only sick with pneumonia—she’s also blind. Griffin, the teenager who was stealing packages out of parked cars, hadn’t meant to kidnap her; he just impulsively stole the car with her in it. But once Griffin’s dad finds out that Cheyenne’s father is the president of Nike, everything changes—now there’s a reason to keep her. Will Cheyenne be able to survive this harrowing ordeal and escape? And if so, at what price?

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And now…

OVERVIEW

“Take her out back and finish her off.”

She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether or not to kill her.

And that she must run.

In her riveting style, April Henry crafts a nail-biting thriller involving murder, identity theft, and biological warfare. Follow Cady and Ty (her accidental savior turned companion), as they race against the clock to stay alive, in The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die.

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Book 1 in the Last Seen series.

About the book
Alexis, Nick, and Ruby have very different backgrounds: Alexis has spent her life covering for her mom’s mental illness, Nick’s bravado hides his fear of not being good enough, and Ruby just wants to pursue her eccentric interests in a world that doesn’t understand her. When the three teens join Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, they are teamed up to search for a autistic man lost in the woods. What they find instead is a dead body. In a friendship that will be forged in danger, fear and courage, the three team up to find the girl’s killer—before he can strike one of their own.  

Awesome pics and writeup on the author’s site. Don’t miss it.

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The movie trailer:

2.10.17 {BOOKflix Friday} #thecruelty #dollbones

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!


The Cruelty

Overview

When Gwendolyn Bloom’s father vanishes, she sets off on a journey she never bargained for. Traveling under a new identity in a world of assassins, spies, and criminal masterminds, she uncovers a disturbing truth. To bring her father back alive, she must become every bit as cruel as the men holding him captive.
Taken meets TheGirl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Bourne Identity in this action-packed debut thriller (optioned for film by Jerry Bruckheimer) from Scott Bergstrom.
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A doll that may be haunted leads three friends on a thrilling adventure in this delightfully creepy novel from the New York Times bestselling cocreator of the Spiderwick Chronicles.

Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever. And for almost as long, they’ve been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors. Ruling over all is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll cursing those who displease her.

But they are in middle school now. Zach’s father pushes him to give up make-believe, and Zach quits the game. Their friendship might be over, until Poppy declares she’s been having dreams about the Queen—and the ghost of a girl who will not rest until the bone-china doll is buried in her empty grave.

Zach and Alice and Poppy set off on one last adventure to lay the Queen’s ghost to rest. But nothing goes according to plan, and as their adventure turns into an epic journey, creepy things begin to happen. Is the doll just a doll or something more sinister? And if there really is a ghost, will it let them go now that it has them in its clutches?

2.6.16. It’s Monday! What are you Reading! #Projekt1065

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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Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II

Overview from B&N

Infiltrate. Befriend. Sabotage.
World War II is raging. Michael O’Shaunessey, originally from Ireland, now lives in Nazi Germany with his parents. Like the other boys in his school, Michael is a member of the Hitler Youth.

But Michael has a secret. He and his parents are spies.

Michael despises everything the Nazis stand for. But he joins in the Hitler Youth’s horrific games and book burnings, playing the part so he can gain insider knowledge.

When Michael learns about Projekt 1065, a secret Nazi war mission, things get even more complicated. He must prove his loyalty to the Hitler Youth at all costs — even if it means risking everything he cares about.

Including… his own life.

From acclaimed author Alan Gratz (Prisoner B-3087) comes a pulse-pounding novel about facing fears and fighting for what matters most.

 

I think all the time about why the people in Germany didn’t stand up to Hitler. But it’s complicated and scary. This book gives a glimpse at what it was like for the kids at the time. It’s also a crazy adventure of secret activity and near-death experiences.

It is a little far-fetched at points, but worth if for the exciting ride and glimpse into a terrible (and fascinating) time in history.

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Make sure to tap the Parent Comment link below: We had some parents share their writing last 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…

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


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PERIOD 2&3 READ 10 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 24 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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2.3.16 {BOOKflix Friday} The #MichaelVey series 1-6

Today is

Few things can draw a reader to a new book like a book trailer can. Each Friday I will endeavor to bring a couple to you—some new or recent, some teasers of upcoming books, and a few “classics”. Get the popcorn ready.

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#1

The Prisoner of Cell 25 (Michael Vey Series #1)

The start of an action-packed teen series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Richard Paul Evans.

To everyone at Meridian High School, fourteen-year-old Michael Vey is nothing special, just the kid who has Tourette’s syndrome. But in truth, Michael is extremely special—he has electric powers. Michael thinks he is unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor has the same mysterious powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up with their abilities, and their investigation soon brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric teens—and through them, the world.

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Rise of the Elgen (Michael Vey Series #2)

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Battle of the Ampere (Michael Vey Series #3)

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Are you interested now?

1.30.17 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? Jacob K. & #MichaelVey

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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Today, Jacob K. shares about the Michael Vey series:

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Michael Vey is a fun, action packed series.  The series starts back in the first book when failed technology kills all but 20ish kids born in 11 days. It turns out the kids that stayed alive are special. As you can probably tell from the book covers, Michael has the power to absorb and generate electricity, but the other kids have different powers. The series go off the tracks when Dr. Hatch kidnaps Taylor (one of the other electric kids and Michael’s friend). Read now to find out more.

Mr. E: Nice job, Jacob. I’m including the official book blurb from Barnes and Noble below. I’ll plan on showing the book trailers on Friday for {BOOKflix Friday}.

The Prisoner of Cell 25 (Michael Vey Series #1)

My name is Michael Vey, and the story I’m about to tell you is strange. Very strange. It’s my story.

To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is an ordinary fourteen-year-old. In fact, the only thing that seems to set him apart is the fact that he has Tourette’s syndrome. But Michael is anything but ordinary. Michael has special powers. Electric powers.

Michael thinks he’s unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor also has special powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up this way, but their investigation brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric children – and through them the world. Michael will have to rely on his wits, powers, and friends if he’s to survive.

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Make sure to tap the Parent Comment link below: We had some parents share their writing last 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…

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


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

PERIOD 8&9 READ ?? BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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1.27.17 {BOOKflix Friday} #OutOfMyMind #IamNumberFour

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!


 

Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Spring 2010 Kids’ Next List
“This is the touching story of a gifted child,trapped in a barely working body. Melody, age 11, struggles to communicate with a world of children and adults most of whom can’t see beyond her physical limitations. A provocative change of pace for Sharon Draper.”
— Peter Moore, The Blue Marble, Fort Thomas, KY

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Description

“If there is one book teens and parents (and everyone else) should read this year, Out of My Mind should be it” (Denver Post).

Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom—the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow. In this breakthrough story—reminiscent of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly—from multiple Coretta Scott King Award-winner Sharon Draper, readers will come to know a brilliant mind and a brave spirit who will change forever how they look at anyone with a disability.

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And now for something completely different.

The movie trailer:

1.23.17 It’s Monday! What are you Reading??? #PenniesForHitler

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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My last audiobook was

Pennies For Hitler

From Harper Collins Publishers:

A companion piece to the best-selling HITLER’S DAUGHTER, this is a story of war-torn Europe during WWII, as seen through the eyes of a young German boy Georg, who loses his family and must forget his past and who he is in order to survive. Ages: 10+ It’s 1939, and for Georg, son of an English academic living in Germany, life is full of cream cakes and loving parents. It is also a time when his teacher measures the pupils’ heads to see which of them have the most ‘Aryan’- shaped heads. But when a university graduation ceremony turns into a pro-Nazi demonstration, Georg is smuggled out of Germany to war-torn London and then across enemy seas to Australia where he must forget his past and who he is in order to survive. Hatred is contagious, but Georg finds that kindness can be, too. the companion piece to HItLER’S DAUGHtER, PENNIES FOR HItLER examines the life of a child during World War 2, from a different perspective.

This was a new twist on WWII for me. I’ve done plenty of reading, watching, and listening 25614492about WWII from the POV of Americans and those involved on both sides of the fighting. Do you remember the beginning of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe? That takes place in England during the German Blitzkrieg. So much bombing. So scary.

HIGHLY recommend the Ruta Sepetys’ Salt to the Sea if you want a truly original take on the WWII experience from the POV of Lithuanians on the run from BOTH the Russian army and the Germans.

Pennies for Hitler takes me to a brand new place: Australia. I didn’t realize the Aussies were so involved in the war. Watching George—AKA Georg—fit in with a new family while missing his was fascinating. All the while he is making a life for himself there, he is missing his mom, wondering about his dad, and keeping his true identity a secret. What would his new Aussie friends and family do if they found out he had enemy blood?

If this time period in history is something you like to read about, pick up Pennies for Hitler.

On the audio book, the narrator did a great job with all the voices and accents. I’m so impressed.

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

PERIOD 2&3 READ 14 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 21 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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 I’m about 2/3 of the way through. Yowzers!
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1.20.17 {BOOKflix Friday} #HowTheyCroaked #AmeliaLost

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!


 

Description

Over the course of history men and women have lived and died. In fact, getting sick and dying can be a big, ugly mess-especially before the modern medical care that we all enjoy today. How They Croaked relays all the gory details of how nineteen world figures gave up the ghost. For example:

It is believed that Henry VIII’s remains exploded within his coffin while lying in state.
Doctors “treated” George Washington by draining almost 80 ounces of blood before he finally kicked the bucket.
Right before Beethoven wrote his last notes, doctors drilled a hole in his stomach without any pain medication.
Readers will be interested well past the final curtain, and feel lucky to live in a world with painkillers, X-rays, soap, and 911.

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Remember this lady from Night at the Museum?

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Say hello to Amelia Earhart.

From the acclaimed author of The Great and Only Barnum—as well as The Lincolns, Our Eleanor, and Ben Franklin’s Almanac—comes the thrilling story of America’s most celebrated flyer, Amelia Earhart.

In alternating chapters, Fleming deftly moves readers back and forth between Amelia’s life (from childhood up until her last flight) and the exhaustive search for her and her missing plane. With incredible photos, maps, and handwritten notes from Amelia herself—plus informative sidebars tackling everything from the history of flight to what Amelia liked to eat while flying (tomato soup)—this unique nonfiction title is tailor-made for middle graders.

Amelia Lost received four starred reviews and Best Book of the Year accolades from School Library Journal,Kirkus Reviews, Horn Book Magazine, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.

1.17.11. It’s Monday! What are you Reading? #Loot #Heartless #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!


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A guest post today! First, Adam K. with Loot and Sting.

If you like mischief, mysteries, and most importantly loot, check out… Loot!
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This book is mysterious and full of mischief and one important mission: steal the magic moonstones. When Alfie Mquinn “slips” off a roof, March is left alone until he finds Jules his twin sister. Will Jules and March ever trust each other or will the whole thing go wrong? Will they steal the moonstones or will the whole thing go wrong.I liked this book because there was a lot of mischief and mystery and it was a new genre and I wanted to read what it was like.

This thrilling sequel will make you jump.

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This book was the most exciting sequel I’ve ever read. In this book Jules and March go to steal a set of diamonds except someone else got there first. They are lucky enough to escape with their lives and one stone. Except the stone they stole was the Morning Star—one of the most famous stones in a trio. Will March and Jules steal the other stones or will the Top Cats get them first?

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From Barnes and Noble:

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

I’m fascinated by backstories. The story before the story that we know. Why do certain characters act the way they do? What happened before?

When we watched Akeelah and the Bee, we wait most of the movie to find out Dr. Larabee’s backstory—what happened to his family? Why isn’t he teaching any more? We also learn about Akeelah’s backstory with her dad and even Dylan’s backstory.

In Heartless, Meyer shows us the backstory for the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. Fascinating. Along the way she weaves in other fairy tales and fun terms. She also makes great use of Carrol’s famous poem:

JABBERWOCKY

Lewis Carroll

(from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872)`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought —
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!’
He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

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 Remember Mrs. Crimmins shared Shooting Kabul with us last week?

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PERIOD 2&3 READ 14 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 21 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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AUDIO BOOK

FINISHED!!!

Pennies For Hitler

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1.13.16 {BOOKflix Friday} Temple Grandin, Frogs, and ASOUE theme song

Today is BOOKflix Friday!

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

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ACTIVISTS

come in all types and for all reasons.
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
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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.


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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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Guess what comes out TODAY on Netflix?

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For fun: The opening song.

Remember how the back of each book carries warnings to put the book down because it is unhappy and dangerous? Check this out.