10.15.12 Ring-the-Bell Monday & It’s Monday! What are you reading?

A new week, a new batch of books–both books finished and being read. Today is…

Ring-the-Bell Monday


{Wherein we share what books we have read in the past week.}


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


Visit Teach Mentor Texts for Jen & Kellee’s “original”.

{Wherein we share the titles we are currently reading.}


Slog's Dad

The ineffable nature of grieving and belief inspires a tender, gritty, and breathtaking work of graphic storytelling from the creators of The Savage.

“Slogger, man,” I said. “Your dad’s dead.”
“I know that, Davie. But it’s him. He’s come back again, like he said he would.”

Do you believe in life after death? Slog does. He believes that the scruffy man on a bench outside the butcher shop is his dad, returned to visit him one last time. Slog’s friend Davie isn’t so sure. Can it be that some mysteries are never meant to be solved? And that belief, at times, is its own reward? The acclaimed creators of The Savage reunite for a feat of graphic storytelling that defies categorization. Eerie, poignant, and masterful, Slog’s Dad is a tale of astonishing power and complexity.

My comment: I stumbled upon this book on a stop by the library. I’ve read the author and enjoyed the illustrator’s work (The Wolves in the Walls and Coraline) before . This was a most unusual fiction. I could feel for both the boy who wants to believe that this strange man sitting on the bench is truly his dad come back from one last chat and the older friend who “knows” this can’t be possible. Where is the truth? Well, it’s fiction. Who says there has to be truth? This was strange but fascinating. My mind has wandered back to it a few times.
Since last Monday, my A Class has read:
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My B Class has read:
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My C Class has read:
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Then hoping to move on to…

Product DetailsI’m also planning on soon getting back to Bigger than a Breadbox to get ready for our author Skype. [REMINDER: Orders are due by Wednesday–just $6.]
<;—- Click the book to read a few pages.
Here is another trailer for Bigger than a Breadbox made on Animoto.
A magical breadbox that delivers whatever you wish for—as long as it fits inside? It’s too good to be true! Twelve-year-old Rebecca is struggling with her parents’ separation, as well as a sudden move to her gran’s house in another state. For a while, the magic bread box, discovered in the attic, makes life away from home a little easier. Then suddenly it starts to make things much, much more difficult, and Rebecca is forced to decide not just where, but who she really wants to be. Laurel Snyder’s most thought-provoking book yet.
These are the books my students are currently reading.
A Class SpinCam:
B Class SpinCam:
C Class SpinCam:

Sooo…… What are YOU reading??? Please leave a comment and let me know.

David Etkin

4 thoughts on “10.15.12 Ring-the-Bell Monday & It’s Monday! What are you reading?

  1. I loved the False Prince (listened to the audio ) and Bigger than a Bread Box! Laurel Snyder was great as a guest author at Goodreads last month. I plan on reading it aloud this year. Lots to talk about!

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