3.4 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.}


Uhhh… I don’t know where the week went. Preparing for the False Prince book club and after-school Skype session, and this coming Wednesday’s WRAD took a lot of time. It’s all worth it. I did squeeze in this picture brand new picture book by WRAD guest Tanya Lee Stone:
{This book is very well done. Interesting and inspiring.}
Did you see the great review of Nielsen’s The Runaway King in Sunday’s Buffalo News? Here it is:

Books in Brief: ‘Runaway King,’ ‘Thriller’

The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen; Scholastic Press, 342 pages ($17.99). Ages 10 and up.

“The False Prince” was fine old-fashioned entertainment about an heir to the throne in disguise. This second book in Nielsen’s Ascendance Trilogy returns to the adventures of young King Jaron (who masqueraded as the orphan Sage in the first book) and continues the same page-turning suspense and nifty plot twists that made the first book so much fun. (This book is keyed to a slightly older audience, probably because of the rather grim amount of bloody violence.) Just weeks after Jaron has claimed the throne, in a kingdom under siege from all sides, he barely escapes an assassination attempt and decides for the good of the kingdom he must flee. As in the first book, he must maintain a constant juggling act, wondering whom to trust and recklessly gambling with his own life as he joins a pirate band led by bloodthirsty pirate King Devlin in the intriguingly colorful setting of a pirate hangout in Tarblade Bay. Nielsen offers memorable characters, a complex world of feuding kingdoms complete with maps and a vivid political backdrop as a maturing Jaron confronts the difficult realities that come with his kingly responsibilities. This book raises interesting questions about loyalty, war and the personal sacrifices required of a leader, particularly when it comes to Jaron’s friendships with Imogen and Amarinda, a romantic triangle that will interest the older readers in the books’ target audience.

– Jean Westmoore

Yeah, we knew her when….
On a separate note, Dede wrote another heart-warming message on the CCA Kids blog (check it out) regarding Wonder. I was alerted that my quote about the book was included. Here it is:
What an honor.
[Check back throughout the day for updates of my students’ reading.]
Since last Monday, my A Class has read:
20 books
My B Class has read:
24 books
My C Class has read:
15 books
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{Thanks to Mr. Peterson for the logo.}
{Special thanks to Samantha L. for allowing me to borrow this, the sequel to Cinder. I’m really enjoying the continued story of Cinder, and the addition of Scarlet and Wolf. What will happen next???}

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison–even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

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.]
FINALLY, on Wednesday, to go along with our celebration of World Read Aloud Day, each of my classes will be making a Harlem Shake video. Costumes/masks are fine (as long as they can be put on in… oh… 3 minutes). Remember, this will be a celebration of books and reading, so practice how you’re going to dance with a book. Perhaps your costume could match your book?
Here are two examples–one made by teachers, and one completely unrelated to reading.
Oh–remember the cool Wonder website with all the pictures, videos, and songs? The non-dancing guy in the front is the creator of that site. Thanks again, Mr. Wilhorn.
David Etkin

10 thoughts on “3.4 It’s Monday! What are you reading?

  1. I am currently reading “The Suspect” by John Lescroart. I’ve never heard of this author, but the spine labelled it as a thriller, which was good enough to get me interested. It’s about an author who is up in the woods camping (after having a fight with his wife), returning to find she has been murdered and he is the only suspect. Very compelling, hard to put down.

    • Wow. Sounds like a page turner. For some reason it brought to mind Stephen King’s MISERY. Have you read it? “I’m your number 1 fan…” Creepy!

  2. Put aside my required reading for work & read solely for enjoyment this weekend. Read I Funny, The False Prince & The Runaway King. I Funny made me a bit uncomfortable. I wanted to know more about Jamie’s past & I didn’t like the family members he lives with. I thoroughly enjoyed The False Prince & Runaway King. The only complaint I have now is the wait before book 3 with the “super secret title” is released. I can’t wait to read it!

    • Whatever speed reading course you took—I want to take it. HOLY COW! How did you get through all that? I’m in awe.

      I’m also glad you liked book 1 and 2. Captivating, aren’t they?

      I have plenty more recommendations… When you have a weekend.

  3. Finished the False Prince 15 minutes before the Skype! Another awesome book recommendation, Mr Etkin! Also read That’s My Son by Rick Johnson.

    • Thanks for reading, thanks for joining the Skype, thanks for commenting on the blog. I appreciate your support. I’m sure Andrew does, too.

      I’ve never heard of That’s My Son. I’ll try to look it up.

      Are you reading Runaway King next?

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