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.}


{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.}
{Clever and unique. It was fun to see the “author” interact with the illustrator(s). I wish I had thought of this.}
[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
Click the picture below for B Class SpinCam
Click the picture below for C Class SpinCam

[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.]
David Etkin

17 thoughts on “2.25 It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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  2. Thank you mr Etkin for having ring the bell Monday it’s a great way to go and see what every body is reading I think that was a great idea so NEVER EVER SKIP IT ONCE!!!! Oh and BTW it’s Zahraa 😉

  3. Sometimes we have required reading for our job. Right now I am reading Hardwiring Excellence by Quint Studer. It’s about bringing back purpose, worth while work & making a difference to health care. A very good read with tactics that can carry over to every day life.

  4. I am reading JT Ellison’s A Deeper Darkness. This is my 1st Ellison book and so far I am loving it. Thanks for showing Katelyn that it can be fun to read a variety of books. One of the first things we did on break was go to the library to borrow the book she is working on.

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  6. I’ve been reading your emails… LOL! And in between bottle feedings for baby Ben the March 2013 issue of Family Fun and found a fun project… chalk painting our front yard tree for Easter 🙂

    • I’m waiting patiently for BOMB. Oh, who am I kidding. I’m waiting impatiently–but my student just lent me her SCARLET, so I think I’ll be OK.

      Holy cow, that trailer was HYSTERICAL. The lady in the bathing suit at :32 is just icing on the cake. Love it!!! Thanks for alerting me to it.

      Thanks for visiting, too.

      • Ha! I totally missed the lady in the swimsuit (and I’ve watched that trailer like ten times). But that’s because Rex is so darned expressive I can’t take my eyes off him. 🙂

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