2.27 {Whatever Wednesday} Boys reading a “girl” book–The Boy Project

You want a chuckle? Click the following picture and watch the SpinCam. Pay special attention to the first 5 readers and their books (moving clockwise). No–really–go do it. I’ll be here when you finish….

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You’re back. Good. Did you see what I saw?

A bunch of boys holding a very feminine-looking purpley-pink book.

http://www.kamikinard.com/home

“Weird,” you say? No, not really. Here’s the quick story….

But first, the trailer:

Over the summer my student Maddie (now a seventh grader… I miss her) returned her Summer Vacation is for Reading postcard. One of the books she listed was The Boy Project by Kami Kinard. I wrote the post (linked above) and found Ms Kinard on Twitter (@kamikinard) to tell her about it. She contacted me and sent me some cool book swag—bracelets, bookmarks, magnets, and temp tattoos. NICE! So I bought a couple copies of the book for the new school year, put on a book swag sticker I made, and put them on my HotReads shelf.

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A couple girls in my B class saw it and were interested right away. The sweet bracelet that the got after reading it didn’t hurt, either. Then it got passed around to a bunch more of their friends. Next I heard, they got in trouble in cheerleading practice for talking about a book! (If you missed the sweet irony, read that last sentence again. Though I don’t condone getting in trouble anywhere… that’s pretty awesome.)

When it came time for the teachers to choose the 10 books for our annual Battle of the Books, a few of these students lobbied for The Boy Project to be included.

And it was.

Which takes us to my post on Monday where I shared that I read the book over February vaca (though I was not bold enough to read it in public at the indoor water park–I have my limits). Yeah, I LOLd a bunch and liked the book plenty (you can see my comments on the post). And perhaps that, along with a few classmates who were giving it a go, was enough to get a few other boys interested.

There are no girl books.

There are books.

There are books written about girls.

There are book written by “girls”.

But there are no girl books.

Read on!

2.25 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 & It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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{Sharing what books we’ve read in the past week & the titles we are currently reading.}

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{I’m looking forward to talking with Mrs. Levy. I also just found out she is sending along some BookSwag.}

Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Winter 2011 Kids’ Next List
“Feel the heat, fear, and uncertainty as you walk with 11-year-old Salva, who, in 1985, is fleeing his homeland of Southern Sudan. Linda Sue Park has crafted a gripping story of a ‘Lost Boy,’ all the more remarkable because it is based on a true story. Intertwined with Salva’s story is that of 11-year-old Nya, from a rival tribe in Southern Sudan. This ‘long walk’ will take readers into a troubled country, but a country still filled with hope due to people like Salva. This is a book for the reader who wants to look behind the headlines.”
— David Mallmann, Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon, WI

A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about a girl in Sudan in 2008 and a boy in Sudan in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.

{This is one of our Battle books, and I was VERY impressed with and moved by it. Mrs Park is from nearby Rochester, too, so the organization that is connected to this book is “local”. Check out the site:
{A few boys chuckled and snickered their way into my room before break to sign out The Boy Project. I figured it was a great time to read it myself. Though I was a little…ummmm… hesitant to read this in public, I DID enjoy it. I laughed through it, for sure, and wish I would have read a book like this when I was in middle school. Kara is a fun, honest, real character who seems like a cool chick. Stay tuned for an upcoming post (Wednesday?) about how this book became a Battle Book this year.}
{FABULOUS!}
{Clever and unique. It was fun to see the “author” interact with the illustrator(s). I wish I had thought of this.}
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[Check back throughout the day for updates of my students’ reading.]
Since last Monday, my A Class has read:
 24 books
My B Class has read:
40 books
My C Class has read:
19 books
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{Thanks to Mr. Peterson for the logo.}
Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness
{I received an ARC of this NF book when I saw the author speak a couple weeks ago. I was awarded for tweeting about the presentation.}

Still hoping for:


Before you see what the students are reading… what are you reading? Please leave a comment and let us know—and show the students that reading isn’t just a “school” thing.

(For every parent who leaves a comment with what you’re reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…)

[Check back at the end of the day to see the cool spinning pictures of what my students are reading.]

Click the picture below for A Class SpinCam
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Click the picture below for B Class SpinCam
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Click the picture below for C Class SpinCam
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[If anyone else is using SpinCam to show what your students are reading, I’d love to know about it and link to my Friday post. Thanks.]
Thanks,
David Etkin

2.15 {BookFlix Friday} Seven Wonders: The Colossus Rises AND a #WRAD13 preview

Today is

There are tons of great book trailers out in cyberland, and each Friday I will endeavor to bring a couple to you. Many will be new and recent books. Some trailers will preview a not-yet-released book. And others will look back a little further.

Lights…Camera…Action!


First—the BookFlix trailer from the morning announcement: Etiquette Espionage


Seven Wonders : The Colossus Rises

[Click the book above to visit the official, super-cool site.]

One Boy

Jack McKinley is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he’s going to die.

One Mission

Jack needs to find seven magic loculi that, when combined, have the power to cure him.

One Problem

The loculi are the relics of a lost civilization and haven’t been seen in thousands of years.

Seven Wonders

Because they’re hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

The thrills begin in The Colossus Rises, the first installment in the epic seven-book adventure series Seven Wonders, from master storyteller and bestselling 39 Clues series author Peter Lerangis.

“A high-octane mix of modern adventure and ancient secrets, The Colossus Rises
is Lerangis’s most gripping work yet. Young readers will love this story.
I can’t wait to see what’s next in the Seven Wonders series!” 

~Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series


AND NOW…. I BRING YOU THE WORLD READ ALOUD DAY 2013 LINEUP:

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[Click the poster above to go to the WRAD site. Click here to visit the WRAD blog.]

This is my first year “doing” WRAD, so I’m bringing along some very generous and kind author friends for some help. I’m thrilled to meet these authors in SkyPerson and have them share some reading with my classes. (See what I did there? Invented a combined word. That’s right—creative liberties. Skype + Person = SkyPerson.)

Ms Joanne Levy will be joining Class A


 Mr Matthew Cody will be joining Class B

Author Matthew Cody

[Powerless is also a Battle book for 6th grade. Who’s going to read it over break?]

 


Ms Tanya Lee Stone will be joining Class C

OMG–I’m giddy just putting this post together. I can’t wait!

And parents…. maybe YOU will be joining us for WRAD. Stay tuned.

{THIRSTday} preparing for WRAD13 with Levy & Stone (& Cody)

Today is Thursday THIRSTday: A beverage and a book.


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Joanne Levy and Tanya Lee Stone (and Matthew Cody–books not pictured) were each kind enough to agree to Skype with one of my classes on World Read Aloud Day. I’ve been trying to catch up on my reading so we’re prepared for them. I’m very thankful for these authors’ generosity and can’t wait for March 6th.

{Whatever Wednesday}

Whatever Wednesday — a chance to post something I’ve seen that I’m diggin’. Though often a cool quote or poster, it might simply be a picture.

Enjoy!… and consider posting your own Whatever.


We 6th grade ELA teachers are gearing up for poetry upon our return from February break. Some things we’re looking at:

MotionPoems:

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Yes, this is poetry:

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another version:

 

2.11 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 & It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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{Sharing what books we’ve read in the past week & the titles we are currently reading.}

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[If you liked—or are liking—The False Prince, you’re going to love Jennifer Nielsen’s The Runaway King. Sage is back in book number two of The Ascendence Trilogy. He’s as bold, brash, and obstinate as ever (hmmmm… some of the same words my 7th grade science teacher used to describe me), but has the intelligence to match it. (Yeah—my teacher never said that.) Sage has a penchant for putting himself in terrible situations. And when they get really bad, he jumps from the frying pan into the fire. He is willing to risk everything to safe his country from the wicked neighbors.
I was silly to think that Nielsen was going to leave me calm and peaceful with a neatly wrapped conclusion.  The end of King ramps things up another notch and I’m left waiting (waiting…waiting…) for book number three. 
I wonder which Eddie Vedder song will inspire her this time.
I’m looking forward to our 6th grade Skype with the author at the end of the month. WOOT!]
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[Check back throughout the day for updates of my students’ reading.]
Since last Monday, my A Class has read:
14 books
My B Class has read:
16 books
My C Class has read:
7 books
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[I’m two-thirds of they way through this fascinating, haunting, beautiful book. Just look at that cover. It beckons and calls.  I’m so happy for Carey and Nessa—sisters who were living on their own in the Tennessee woods—and their newfound family. And the whole time I’m waiting for it all to come crashing down. Carey has a secret…
UPDATE: It’s 5:10 AM Monday morning and I just finished the book. Whew. What an emotional ride. I woke up for some reason and immediately thought of the book and how I only had 10% remaining. It seemed like the perfect time to read. Finishing the novel is worth the tired I’ll feel in the morning. More to come.]
If You Find Me

By Emily Murdoch
(St. Martin’s Griffin, Hardcover, 9781250021526, 256pp.)

Publication Date: March 26, 2013

There are some things you can’t leave behind…

A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go… a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.

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{Thanks to Mr. Peterson for the logo.}
I’m looking forward to talking with Mrs. Levy. I also just found out she is sending along some BookSwag.
Still hoping for:
 

[I was just approved by NetGalley for the sequel:]

Before you see what the students are reading… what are you reading? Please leave a comment and let us know—and show the students that reading isn’t just a “school” thing.

(For every parent who leaves a comment with what you’re reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…)

[Check back at the end of the day to see the cool spinning pictures of what my students are reading.]

Click the picture below for A Class SpinCam
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Click the picture below for B Class SpinCam
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Click the picture below for C Class SpinCam
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[If anyone else is using SpinCam to show what your students are reading, I’d love to know about it and link to my Friday post. Thanks.]
Thanks,
David Etkin

2.8 {BookFlix Friday}

Today is

There are tons of great book trailers out in cyberland, and each Friday I will endeavor to bring a couple to you. Many will be new and recent books. Some trailers will preview a not-yet-released book. And others will look back a little further.

Lights…Camera…Action!


The BookFlix trailer from the morning announcement:

(on its way…)

That is the sequel to this:


Click the book above to watch a book talk from Scholastic.

A moving debut novel about a foster child learning to open her heart to a family’s love

Carley uses humor and street smarts to keep her emotional walls high and thick. But the day she becomes a foster child, and moves in with the Murphys, she’s blindsided. This loving, bustling family shows Carley the stable family life she never thought existed, and she feels like an alien in their cookie-cutter-perfect household. Despite her resistance, the Murphys eventually show her what it feels like to belong–until her mother wants her back and Carley has to decide where and how to live. She’s not really a Murphy, but the gifts they’ve given her have opened up a new future.

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I got to “know” the author a little bit over social media and she was kind enough to send along some swag. Students who read this book are welcome to choose from:

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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.

Here is a trailer for a movie about Temple Grandin. It gives you a pretty good idea.

And finally, a FanVid from my Student Rosina, who fell in love with The False Prince.

Fellow teachers’ What Are You Reading SpinCams

Mrs. Northrup:

http://spincam.net/u/david-etkin-3


Mrs. Mueller:

http://hollymueller.blogspot.com/2013/02/fantastic-friday.html

Mrs. Shaffer

http://spincam.net/u/haley-dukoshaffer

4.6 {Whatever Wednesday} Hook up with a BOOK!

Whatever Wednesday — a chance to post something I’ve seen that I’m diggin’. Though often a cool quote or poster, it might simply be a picture.

Enjoy!… and consider posting your own Whatever.


I was bumbling around the www yesterday and I happened upon the website for

CentRappReg LibraryThe Central Rappahannock Regional Library serves Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Westmoreland, VA (@crrlnews)

There I came across the poster below. It seemed like the perfect thing to share on a WhateverWednesday. Hook Up With a BookHello February!

Hook Up with a Book!

You MUST go to the site and read the blurb that goes along with this. So great. And perhaps you’d be interested in filling out the questionnaire? (Yes, that is a working QR code on the poster.)

Who knows–you may fall in love with your blind (book) date:

Blind Date with a Book

2.4 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 & It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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{Sharing what books we’ve read in the past week & the titles we are currently reading.}

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[This was a cool book. Amelia was a fascinating character–larger than life. She worked hard to promote herself and create an image that the public would latch onto. It worked. She will be remembered… forever?
Reading this reminded me of the Amelia Earhart display we saw at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.  Of course I had my picture taken with her:
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As you can see, my wife was mortified.
Who’s reading this next?]
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[Check back throughout the day for updates of my students’ reading.]
Since last Monday, my A Class has read:
22 books
My B Class has read:
26 books
My C Class has read:
20 books
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 [I’m so pumped that I got the ARC from NetGalley. I’m about halfway through and completely engrossed. I had a good time tweeting with the author the past few days. Sage is such a great character. He is one sarcastic dude.]
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{Thanks to Mr. Peterson for the logo.}
Still hoping for:
 

Three kids get caught up in an adventure of historic proportions!

Anna, José, and Henry are complete strangers with more in common than they realize. Snowed in together at a chaotic Washington D.C. airport, they encounter a mysterious tattooed man, a flamboyant politician, and a rambunctious poodle named for an ancient king. Even stranger, news stations everywhere have announced that the famous flag that inspired “The Star-Spangled Banner” has been stolen! Anna, certain that the culprits must be snowed in too, recruits Henry and José to help catch the thieves and bring them to justice.

But when accusations start flying, they soon realize there’s more than justice at stake. As the snow starts clearing, Anna, José, and Henry find themselves in a race against time (and the weather!) to prevent the loss of an American treasure.

Before you see what the students are reading… what are you reading? Please leave a comment and let us know—and show the students that reading isn’t just a “school” thing.

(For every parent who leaves a comment with what you’re reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…)

[Check back at the end of the day to see the cool spinning pictures of what my students are reading.]

Click the picture below for A Class SpinCam
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Click the picture below for B Class SpinCam
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Click the picture below for C Class SpinCam
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Thanks,
David Etkin