5.29 {BookFlix Friday} #IAmNumberFour #EmeraldAtlas #TheBookThief

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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First:

A National Spelling Bee Champ has been crowned. Check it out!


Next off, shouldn’t we appreciate some CATS?!

{Thanks, Tyler. We’ll keep popping back in to see what’s up…}


Now, BookFlix:

The movie trailer:

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How’s the cat video doing?

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The movie trailer:

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Is that cat video finally over?

5.22 {BookFlix Friday} #TheEyeOfMinds #Lockwood&Co. #PaladinProphecy #TheRunningDream

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.

Lights…Camera…Action!


{Click book}

From James Dashner, the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, comes an edge-of-your seat adventure. The Eye of Minds is the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares.

For Michael and the other gamers, the VirtNet can make your wildest fantasies become real. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Who wants to play by the rules anyway?

But some rules were made for a reason. One gamer has been taking people hostage inside the VirtNet with horrific consequences.

The government needs Michael to track down the rogue gamer, but the risk is enormous and the line between game and reality could be blurred forever . . .

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{click the book to go to the site and see the other books in the series)

‘You’ll want to leave the lights on . . . Stroud is a genius’ Rick Riordan

Set in a city stalked by spectres, The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud is the first in a chilling new series full of suspense, humour and truly terrifying ghosts. Your nights will never be the same again . . .

When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in . . .

For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions.

Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds herself joining the smallest, most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive.


Will West is careful to live life under the radar. At his parents’ insistence, he’s made sure to get mediocre grades and to stay in the middle of the pack on his cross-country team. Then Will slips up, accidentally scoring off the charts on a nationwide exam.

Now Will is being courted by an exclusive prep school . . . and is being followed by men driving black sedans. When Will suddenly loses his parents, he must flee to the school. There he begins to explore all that he’s capable of–physical and mental feats that should be impossible–and learns that his abilities are connected to a struggle between titanic forces that has lasted for millennia.

Co-creator of the groundbreaking television series Twin Peaks, Mark Frost brings his unique vision to this sophisticated adventure, which combines mystery, heart-pounding action, and the supernatural.


Winner of the 2012 Schneider Family Book Award

Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She’s not comforted by the news that she’ll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run?

As she struggles to cope with crutches and a first cyborg-like prosthetic, Jessica feels oddly both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don’t know what to say, act like she’s not there. Which she could handle better if she weren’t now keenly aware that she’d done the same thing herself to a girl with CP named Rosa. A girl who is going to tutor her through all the math she’s missed. A girl who sees right into the heart of her.

With the support of family, friends, a coach, and her track teammates, Jessica may actually be able to run again. But that’s not enough for her now. She doesn’t just want to cross finish lines herself—she wants to take Rosa with her.

5.18 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Guess what today is!

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{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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Strange but interesting book. I need to think about it a little bit more before I say more. This book will be born on  August 27th 2015 by Walker Books
Now… On to the student books. Check back later in the week to see the BOOKselfies that are due on Wednesday. #ReadingIsSocial
9 Books

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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Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth

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This ARC finally came in digitally. I’m looking forward to what Levithan is calling a “twin”—not a companion—to Every Day.
 
Thanks,
David Etkin

5.15 {BookFlix Friday} #YoungBond #Seraphina

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.

Lights…Camera…Action!


For fans of Alex Rider:

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{Click book to go to the Young Bond site.}

BEFORE THE MAN BECAME THE LEGEND.
BEFORE THE BOY BECAME THE MAN.

James Bond hits Hollywood . . .
Lights. Camera. Murder.

Young Bond is back — in his most action-packed, explosive adventure yet; something terrible is happening in Tinseltown . . .

Steve Cole is the author of the hugely successful Astrosaurs series for younger readers as well as many titles for older readers including Z. Rex, Tripwire, Thieves Like Us and Doctor Who. In other careers he has worked with the estates of Enid Blyton and Agatha Christie and written fiction and nonfiction for various publishers across all media.

Random House Children’s Publishers is one of the UK’s largest children’s book publishers. Make sure you subscribe to our channel to discover more exciting videos of our books and authors: http://bit.ly/14XYhyZ

Visit our website at http://www.youngbond.com

And yes, there are more…

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In her New York Times bestselling and Morris Award-winning debut, Rachel Hartman introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative-medieval world to fantasy and science-fiction readers of all ages. Eragon-author Christopher Paolini calls them, “Some of the most interesting dragons I’ve read in fantasy.”

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

And if you like Seraphina, you’ll also like the sequel:

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5.11 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Guess what today is!

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{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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Oh man—so great. I’m glad my students were so involved with the characters.
Here is the playlist I put together for the book:
Now… On to the student books. Check back later in the week to see the BOOKselfies that are due on Wednesday. #ReadingIsSocial
23 Books

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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VERY excited about a Ness ARC. I hope this meets expectations.

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This ARC finally came in digitally. I’m looking forward to what Levithan is calling a “twin”—not a companion—to Every Day.
Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth
 
Thanks,
David Etkin

5.1 {BookFlix Friday} #TheFinisher #TheLunarChronicles

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.

Lights…Camera…Action!


The Finisher

The #1 “New York Times” bestselling fantasy novel for all ages by master storyteller David Baldacci
SHE WILL NOT BREAK
Vega Jane was always told no one could leave the town of Wormwood. She was told there was nothing outside but a forest filled with danger and death. And she always believed it — until the night she saw Quentin Herms run away.
Vega knows Quentin didn’t just leave — he was chased. And he left behind a trail of clues that point to a dark conspiracy at the heart of Wormwood. To follow the clues will attract the attention of influential people willing to kill to keep their secrets. If Vega wants to stay safe, she just needs to keep her head down and her mouth shut. There’s only one problem — Vega Jane never walks away from a fight.
Master storyteller David Baldacci introduces an unforgettable heroine who must think fast, hit hard, and defy all odds to uncover the truth.
Here is the link to The Finisher site on Scholastic which has a sneak peak of the book (the first 21 pages) and some cool videos from the author.

 I’ve been promising the Cinder trailer. Instead, here are the trailers for the first THREE books in the series:

4.28 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #BookScavenger #AreYouExperienced

Guess what today is!

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{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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{ARC. The premise of this book is very cool. It will be born on June 2, 2015.}
Do you like puzzles? Mystery? Books? This is your book! It was great fun to go on this book chase with Emily and James. It reminded me a bit of Mr. Lemoncello’s Library—but a bit more grown up and taking place all over the city. Mr. Griswold is like a Willy Wonka of books. How great is that? I’m hoping this book takes off when it appears in June. I even asked the author if there is a book trailer coming. I sure hope so.
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For twelve-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it’s the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger (a game where books are hidden in cities all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles). Upon her arrival, however, Emily learns that Griswold has been attacked and is now in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold himself, and might contain the only copy of his mysterious new game.

Racing against time, Emily and James rush from clue to clue, desperate to figure out the secret at the heart of Griswold’s new game–before those who attacked Griswold come after them too.

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Time travel + Woodstock? SOLD! Rich ends up going back to 1969 and hanging with his then-16 father. Can you imagine? He learns a lot about why his dad acts the way he does in modern times. I had a lot of fun with this one and even made a YouTube playlist of all the music that was mentioned.

Rich is fifteen and plays guitar. When his girlfriend asks him to perform at protest rally, he jumps at the chance. Unfortunately, the police show up, and so does Rich’s dad. He’s in big trouble. Again. To make matters worse, this happens near the anniversary of his uncle’s death from a drug overdose years ago. Rich’s dad always gets depressed this time of year, but whenever Rich asks questions about his late uncle, his dad shuts down.
Frustrated by his dad’s silence, Rich sneaks into his office and breaks into a locked cabinet that holds his dad’s prized possession: an electric guitar signed by Jimi Hendrix. Before he knows it, Rich is transported to the side of a road in Upstate New York with a beautiful girl bending over him. It will take him a while to realize it’s 1969, he’s at Woodstock, and the girl’s band of friends includes his fifteen-year-old dad and his uncle, who’s still alive. In “Are You Experienced?” by Jordan Sonnenblick, what Rich learns, who he meets, and what he does could change his life forever.

Now… On to the student books. Check back later in the week to see the BOOKselfies that are due on Thursday. #ReadingIsSocial
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For every parent who leaves a comment on TODAY’S POST with what you’re reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…

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VERY excited about a Ness ARC. I hope this meets expectations.
Of course, we’re reading aloud
I was watching playoff basketball one night and I saw an NBA commercial that reminded me SO MUCH of the sound of some of the pages on The Crossover. I tweeted it out to my teacher friend Holly in Ohio. Kwame Alexander saw it and commented:
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Here is the playlist I put together:

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This ARC finally came in digitally. I’m looking forward to what Levithan is calling a “twin”—not a companion—to Every Day.
Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth
 
Thanks,
David Etkin

4.19 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #Crossover #EleventhPlague #GraveRobber

Guess what today is!

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{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!


Did you get to see Kimberly Willis Holt stop by {Eat the Book} last week on the blog tour stop for her new Dear Hank Williams? Catch the interview here if you missed it.


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It was strange to have the final game in our tournament played while we were on vacation, but sometimes that’s just the way it works out. This is where we left things….

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…and HERE is what happened!

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Congratulations to FLIPPED and Ms Wendelin Van Draanen. Which leads me to…

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{I’m looking forward to starting this one with my students today as a read-aloud. Perfect for National Poetry Month.}
I also took a trip to the library with my girls over break. I didn’t mean to get anything, but…
PHEW!
Now… On to the student books. These are from the past COUPLE weeks.
 Next week we will resume BOOKselfies.

Period 1&2

36 Books

Period 5&6

50 Books

Period 9&10

48 Books

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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{ARC. The premise of this book is very cool. It will be born on June 2, 2015.}
Reading runs in the family. Here’s what my wife is reading:
My 7th grader is reading:
My 6th grader is reading:

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Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth 
 
Thanks,
David Etkin

BLOG TOUR: Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Holt

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Kimberly Willis Holt’s long-awaited new book is being born on April 14th. I have the honor 51PLhUiBnxL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_of hosting her on the second stop of her Dear Hank Williams blog tour. Ms Holt was kind enough to field some of my questions about the Dear Hank Williams.

Many readers will recognize Ms Holt’s name from her award-winning When Zachary Beaver Came to Town.


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From Macmillan:

It’s 1948 in Rippling Creek, Louisiana, and Tate P. Ellerbee’s new teacher has just given her class an assignment–learning the art of letter-writing. Luckily, Tate has the perfect pen pal in mind: Hank Williams, a country music singer whose star has just begun to rise. Tate and her great-aunt and -uncle listen to him on the radio every Saturday night, and Tate just knows that she and Hank are kindred spirits.

Told entirely through Tate’s hopeful letters, this beautifully drawn novel from National Book Award-winning author Kimberly Willis Holt gradually unfolds a story of family love, overcoming tragedy, and an insightful girl learning to find her voice.

Ms. Holt was kind enough to answer my questions I compiled as I read. Enjoy!

The pleasure was all mine!

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Be sure to follow along on the rest of the Dear Hank Williams blog tour:

Tuesday, April 7

Read, Write, Reflect

http://readwriteandreflect.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, April 8

Eat the Book

http://www.mretome.wordpress.com/

Thursday, April 9

Librarian in Cute Shoes

http://librarianincuteshoes.blogspot.com/

Friday, April 10

Let’s Get Busy

http://lgbpodcast.blogspot.com/

Sunday, April 12

Watch. Connect. Read.

http://mrschureads.blogspot.com/

Monday, April 13

The Styling Librarian

http://thestylinglibrarian.com/

Tuesday, April 14

Nerdy Book Club

https://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/

The day before break…

Yesterday I posted the

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I mentioned that I invited authors to view and comment… Wellllllllll… check this:

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And then Laurel Snyder, author of Bigger than a Bread Box left a comment. (click here to see it on the blog itself)

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How cool is THAT?! 

Thank you thank you to you authors who take time to interact with your readers.


Now… VIDEOS!!!

I asked you to send me videos that were interesting and thought-provoking. A nice last day of class before vacation. These are some great ones you sent.So… here we go! (PS—Boys, where are you??)

From me:


From Hannah and Sherry and Wejdan:


From Sherry:


From Dikshya:


From Marcala:

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From Maya: