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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.
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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4.15.19 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.}


Lots of articles about teaching and politics. BUT NO FAKE NEWS!!
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
LET’S RING THE BELL!

Period 2&3 read 10 books this past week.

Period 5&6 read 12 books this past week.

Period 8&9 read 18 books this past week.

 


 

Libby the Librarian giveth…

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…and taketh away—and right when I was almost finished. 😦

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And now I downloaded this amazing-looking book that’s part of the BIG LIBRARY READ BOOK CLUB that gets readers around the world reading the same book at the same time…

 

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And since I’m going on vacation, I wanted to get buy physical books so I didn’t need to worry about ruining anything. Lucky for me, I walked into a book sale at the library:

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Too many good books. My brain is like…

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4.12.19 {BOOKflix Friday} SERAFINA series

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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Description

“Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.”

Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of Biltmore Estate.There’s plenty to explore in her grand home, although she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa, the estate’s maintenance man, have secretly lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember.

But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is:a terrifying man in a black cloak who stalks Biltmore’s corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of Biltmore’s owners. Braeden and Serafina must uncover the Man in the Black Cloak’s true identity?before all of the children vanish one by one.

Serafina’s hunt leads her into the very forest that she has been taught to fear. There she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic, one that is bound to her own identity. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must seek the answers that will unlock the puzzle of her past.

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4.8.19 It’s Monday! What are YOU reading? THIRST, THE DISPATCHER

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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Description from INDIEbound

New York Times bestseller

An inspiring personal story of redemption, second chances, and the transformative power within us all, from the founder and CEO of the nonprofit charity: water.

At 28 years old, Scott Harrison had it all as a top nightclub promoter in New York City… but 10 years in, desperately unhappy and morally bankrupt, he asked himself, “What would the exact opposite of my life look like?” Walking away from everything, Harrison spent the next 16 months on a hospital ship in West Africa and discovered his true calling. In 2006, with no money and less than no experience, Harrison founded charity: water. Today, his organization has raised over $300 million to bring clean drinking water to more than 8.2 million people around the globe

In Thirst, Harrison recounts the twists and turns that built charity: water into one of the most trusted and admired nonprofits in the world. Renowned for its 100% donation model, bold storytelling, imaginative branding, and radical commitment to transparency, charity: water has disrupted how social entrepreneurs work while inspiring millions of people to join its mission of bringing clean water to everyone on the planet within our lifetime.

In the tradition of such bestselling books as Shoe Dog and Mountains Beyond Mountains, Thirst is a riveting account of how to build a better charity, a better business, a better life—and a gritty tale that proves it’s never too late to make a change.

100% of the author’s net proceeds from Thirst will go to fund charity: water projects around the world.

My thoughts….

I know that the water crisis is close to the hearts of many of you, just as it is close to mine. I listened to this AMAZING book at the recommendation of Uganda James. In fact, I listened to it on the Audible account he has shared with me. I listened to many parts simply amazed, others aghast… and many more through teary eyes. The things he experienced and was able to accomplish—through determination, luck, sheer will, and miracles—are amazing.

This part captures the changes that water can make: Chapter 31 @ 14:40… or 6hrs 57mins in: (listen on Audible)

This is yet another reminder to me: life isn’t just about accumulating stuff for myself. True joy is found when I am able to use my time , energy, and resources helping those who in need.

Listening to this renews my energy as I think of reading A Long Walk to Water next year and doing the water walk. It also gets me excited to be a part of this life-changing, life-giving  work as I co-lead a team to Uganda this summer.

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When I finished THIRST, I needed a new book to listen to while I did yard work. This short-ish story was perfect. Fascinating premise for a murder mystery.

 

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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4.5.19 {BOOKflix Friday} Tale Dark & Grimm 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!


Adam Gidwitz’s
Tale Dark & Grimm series…with new covers.
Original:
 And NEW covers by the Caldecott-winning author and illustrator, Dan Santat.
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What’s that???

You wonder what these books are based on? Look no further than THE BROTHERS GRIMM!

4.1.19 It’s Monday! What are YOU reading? Nine Months

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.}


BTW: You know how I tell you that reading to the little people in your life is a great way to improve your reading and bond? I practice what I preach. Here I am reading to my niece, Vivian.

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Join a family of three who spend nine whole months waiting, from a frosty winter through a sun-dappled summer, until finally . . . a baby is here.

A soon-to-be big sister and her parents prepare for the arrival of a new baby in the family. Alternating panels depict what the family is experiencing in tandem with how the baby is growing, spanning everything from receiving the news about the new baby to the excitement of its arrival.

In this pregnancy book unlike any other one out there, watch what’s actually happening through meticulously detailed, actual size illustrations, perfectly paired with a lyrical yet informative text, and culminating in a warm, joyful birth scene.

Complete with backmatter that includes an elaboration on pregnancy, a list of amazing things babies can do before they’re born, and more, Miranda Paul and Caldecott Honor Artist Jason Chin deliver another spectacular nonfiction picture book.

MY THOUGHTS…
Have you ever known a pregnant woman? For some of you, your mom gave you another sibling… or two or three. For others, it may have been your aunt, sister, or family friend…. or teacher.
It’s funny that this topic makes us a little uncomfortable as we get older. What is so squirmy about a pregnancy.
All mammals get pregnant.
All babies of mammals develop inside their mothers and are born live.
This book shows side-by-side what’s happening in the life of a young girl whose mother is pregnant — and what’s happening to the baby as it develops.
It’s a miracle every 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.


 

This was ripped away from me by Libby the Librarian.

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