1.21.20 It’s TUESDAY! What Are You Reading? Where the Crawdads Sing

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

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the titles we are currently reading.}


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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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1.17.20 {BOOKflix Friday} ORIGAMI YODA SERIES and EL DEAFO

Today is BOOKflix Friday!

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

Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!


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

 

The series continues:

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

He also drew me some fun pictures after we ate:

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

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From BN:

Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid.
The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear—sometimes things she shouldn’t—but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become “El Deafo, Listener for All.” And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she’s longed for.

 


1.13.20 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Student Guest Post from Braylen and Braeden: SEVEN DEADLY SINS

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

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the titles we are currently reading.}


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BLURB from https://www.indiebound.org:

When they were accused of trying to overthrow the monarchy, the feared warriors the Seven Deadly Sins were sent into exile. Princess Elizabeth discovers the truth – the Sins were framed by the king’s guard, the Holy Knights – too late to prevent them from assassinating her father and seizing the throne! Now the princess is on the run, seeking the Sins to help her reclaim the kingdom. But the first Sin she meets, Meliodas, is a little innkeeper with a talking pig. He doesn’t even have a real sword! Have the legends of the Sins’ strength been exaggerated…?

THOUGHTS: 

Seven Deadly Sins is a  packed series with comedy, action, sadness, and extreme back stories. This series is graphic but intriguing. It’s about 7 holy knights that were accused of murdering a great holy knight. They were separated for ten years and named the most powerful people on earth. It is a very powerful series that makes you feel for the characters. The Author Nakaba Suzuki is amazing at how he plans the characters’ stories and how he writes them. We highly recommend this series. If you like the books they also have made a whole TV series that is out on Netflix.


WHAT ABOUT YOU?

LET’S RING THE BELL!

Period 2&3 read 7 books this past week.

Period 5&6 read 19 books this past week.

Period 8&9 read 10 books this past week.


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1.10.20 {BOOKflix Friday} The LEGEND series by @marielu

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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Fans have been asking for a new book in this series—and Marie Lu has been busy. Just out:

 

These books are available at our school library.

You’ll also notice that the library has a graphic novel of the first book. The others are published as well—even if the library doesn’t have them.

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Libby has the series:

It’s always fun to get to know authors on their Instagram accounts. Here is the link to Marie Lu’s account.

1.6.20 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? FREE LUNCH

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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Free Lunch is the story of Rex Ogle’s first semester in sixth grade. Rex and his baby brother often went hungry, wore secondhand clothes, and were short of school supplies, and Rex was on his school’s free lunch program. Grounded in the immediacy of physical hunger and the humiliation of having to announce it every day in the school lunch line, Rex’s is a compelling story of a more profound hunger—that of a child for his parents’ love and care. Compulsively readable, beautifully crafted, and authentically told with the voice and point of view of a 6th-grade kid, Free Lunch is a remarkable debut by a gifted storyteller.
You can check out his Instagram account here.
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Does anyone have a book or series they want to share in next week’s IMWAYR post?

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

LET’S RING THE BELL!

Period 2&3 read 12 books this past week.

Period 5&6 read 19 books this past week.

Period 8&9 read 10 books this past week.


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1.3.20 {BOOKflix Friday} WORDS ON FIRE and NEW KID

Today is

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

Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!


 

From the same author who brought you: …come a new HF novel of a little-known period in history:

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen transports readers to a corner of history with this inspiring story of a girl who discovers the strength of her people united in resisting oppression.

Danger is never far from Audra’s family farm in Lithuania. She always avoids the occupying Russian Cossack soldiers, who insist that everyone must become Russian — they have banned Lithuanian books, religion, culture, and even the language. But Audra knows her parents are involved in something secret and perilous.

When Cossacks arrive abruptly at their door, Audra’s parents insist that she flee, taking with her an important package and instructions for where to deliver it. But escape means abandoning her parents to a terrible fate.

As Audra embarks on a journey to deliver the mysterious package, she faces unimaginable risks, and soon she becomes caught up in a growing resistance movement. Can joining the underground network of book smugglers give Audra a chance to rescue her parents?

 


 

 

Description from IndieBound

A New York Times bestseller! Winner of the 2019 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature!

Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Gene Luen Yang, New Kid is a timely, honest graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real, from award-winning author-illustrator Jerry Craft.

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade.

As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds—and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?

Want to meet the author/illustrator Jerry Craft? Come back and watch this video:


 

12.8.19 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? SPARROW

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

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the titles we are currently reading.}


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Before I share my book, remember that this week Thursday is the 5 week point of the marking period. You will be submitting your reading records so I can see your Q2 Weeks 1-5 reading. Be ready! 

And remember: INTEGRITY COUNTS.

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Description from IndieBound

Sparrow has always had a difficult time making friends. She would always rather stay home on the weekends with her mother, an affluent IT executive at a Manhattan bank, reading, or watching the birds, than play with other kids. And that’s made school a lonely experience for her. It’s made LIFE a lonely experience.

But when the one teacher who really understood her — Mrs. Wexler, the school librarian, a woman who let her eat her lunch in the library office rather than hide in a bathroom stall, a woman who shared her passion for novels and knew just the ones she’d love — is killed in a freak car accident, Sparrow’s world unravels and she’s found on the roof of her school in an apparent suicide attempt.

With the help of an insightful therapist, Sparrow finally reveals the truth of her inner life. And it’s here that she discovers an outlet in rock & roll music…

Thoughts…

I’ve said before: people are complicated. Our brains are tricky things. They are difficult to control.

If your brain tell you that you can escape by flying with the birds, it’s hard to argue with it. We all escape in different ways. Flying was Sparrow’s way.
It was a great journey to see Sparrow work through her problems and take big steps to becoming the person she wants to be.
One of my favorite aspects of this book was the music. I was going to make a Spotify playlist of all the tunes mentioned, but I did a little searching first and someone beat me to it—thankfully: SPARROW Spotify playlist 
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WHAT ABOUT YOU?

LET’S RING THE BELL!

Period 2&3 read 10 books this past week.

Period 5&6 read 14 books this past week.

Period 8&9 read 10 books this past week.


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12.6.19 {BOOKflix Friday} Middle School series

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!


Patterson has a whole site that features his books. I bet there are a few here you haven’t heard of.

You may have seen this movie… but did you know it was a book first?

Tap HERE to get a look at the inside of book 1!

How closely does the movie follow the book? You tell me:

If you want to get to know Rafe better, here are some little clips of him and his opinionated self:
Don’t forget the rest of the series AND some other series that you may be interested in:

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12.2.19 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? BLACK ENOUGH edited by Ibi Zoboi

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

&

the titles we are currently reading.}


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Description

Edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi, and featuring some of the most acclaimed bestselling Black authors writing for teens today—Black Enough is an essential collection of captivating stories about what it’s like to be young and Black in America.

Black is…sisters navigating their relationship at summer camp in Portland, Oregon, as written by Renée Watson.

Black is…three friends walking back from the community pool talking about nothing and everything, in a story by Jason Reynolds.

Black is…Nic Stone’s high-class beauty dating a boy her momma would never approve of.

Black is urban and rural, wealthy and poor, mixed race, immigrants, and more—because there are countless ways to be Black enough.

Contributors:
Justina Ireland
Varian Johnson
Rita Williams-Garcia
Dhonielle Clayton
Kekla Magoon
Leah Henderson
Tochi Onyebuchi
Jason Reynolds
Nic Stone
Liara Tamani
Renée Watson
Tracey Baptiste
Coe Booth
Brandy Colbert
Jay Coles
Ibi Zoboi
Lamar Giles

 

My thoughts: 

What does it mean to be ________________.

Go ahead. Fill in the blank with your color. Your nationality. Your religion. All those things that explain what makes you you.

Black. White. Middle Eastern. American. Christian. Jew. Muslim. Male. Female.

What does it mean to be that thing? And can you be not enough of it? Or too much?

I don’t think so. We are who we are. There is no one way to be, and no right way to be that person. And that’s largely what this collection deals with.

Even though the stories in this book (which is definitely intended for high schoolers) don’t generally tackle issues of race directly, they are all about black characters dealing with life, love, parents, friends, school, dating, expectations, and family.

It certainly has me thinking…

And it reminds me of this poem by the famous Emily Dickinson:

What does that even mean?

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WHAT ABOUT YOU?

LET’S RING THE BELL!

Period 2&3 read 7 books this past week.

Period 5&6 read 11 books this past week.

Period 8&9 read 6 books this past week.


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11.25.19 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Anne Frank’s Diary GN by Ari Folman and David Polonsky

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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This was moving to read. It was different than reading the actual diary, which I did years ago.

Holocaust remembrance week is in April. I’m going to wait until then to share more about this with you.

In the meantime, you may want to look for Anne Frank’s book or find the movie to watch.

 

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

LET’S RING THE BELL!

Period 2&3 read 11 books this past week.

Period 5&6 read 17 books this past week.

Period 8&9 read 16 books this past week.


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