3.18 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #ZebraForest @AdinaGewirtz

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.}


In an extraordinary debut novel, an escaped fugitive upends everything two siblings think they know about their family, their past, and themselves.

When eleven-year-old Annie first started lying to her social worker, she had been taught by an expert: Gran. “If you’re going to do something, make sure you do it with excellence,” Gran would say. That was when Gran was feeling talkative, and not brooding for days in her room — like she did after telling Annie and her little brother, Rew, the one thing they know about their father: that he was killed in a fight with an angry man who was sent away. Annie tells stories, too, as she and Rew laze under the birches and oaks of Zebra Forest — stories about their father the pirate, or pilot, or secret agent. But then something shocking happens to unravel all their stories: a rattling at the back door, an escapee from the prison holding them hostage in their own home, four lives that will never be the same. Driven by suspense and psychological intrigue, Zebra Forest deftly portrays an unfolding standoff of truth against family secrets — and offers an affecting look at two resourceful, imaginative kids as they react and adapt to the hand they’ve been dealt.
From ZEBRA FORESTWe called it the Zebra Forest because it looked like a zebra. Its trees were a mix of white birch and chocolate oak, and if you stood a little ways from it, like at our house looking across the back field that was our yard, you saw stripes, black and white, that went up into green. Gran never went out there except near dusk, when the shadows gathered. She didn’t like to be out in full sunlight usually, and told me once she didn’t like the lines the trees made. Gran was always saying stuff like that. Perfectly beautiful things — like a clean blue sky over the Zebra — made tears come to her eyes, and if I tried to get her to come outside with me, she’d duck her head and hurry upstairs to bed. But then it would be storming, lightning sizzling the tops of the trees, and she’d run round the house, cheerful, making us hot cocoa and frying up pancakes and warming us with old quilts. We had few rules in our house, but keeping out of the Zebra Forest in a storm was one of them.

{I saw this on Netgalley and it looked intriguing. It is coming out on April 9th. I liked the way the author used the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-80 as a backdrop for this family drama. So much of this book is told in subtle conversations–both spoken and unspoken: the droop of a head; staring at knuckles; popping gum; long discussions about Treasure Island. Ms. Gewirtz deftly captures clever, real-life interactions between siblings and among three generations of family. Here is the author’s website.}
[Check back throughout the day for updates of my students’ reading.]
Since last Monday, my A Class has read:
17 books
My B Class has read:
19 books
My C Class has read:
10 books
I’m pretty sure I’ll be reading this book–but things are subject to change.
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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

12 thoughts on “3.18 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #ZebraForest @AdinaGewirtz

  1. Im reading the best book, the best book to me which is Twilight by Stephanie Meyer! Its great! What do you pick blood drinkers (vampires) or Meat Eaters (werewolves)?

  2. I am reading the seventh installment of James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series entitled “7th Heaven”. No big surprise, I seem to be reading a murder investigation novel every time I respond to this blog…

  3. I shared Capture the Flag with a 5th grade classroom and it passed from hand to hand for months. Now the ARC of the sequel, Hide and Seek, is in high demand, too. Enjoy those whenever you get to them. Love the spin cam!

    • I’m glad to hear that! It is a powerful book. Did you get a chance to look over the LONG WALK TO WATER page I have on the blog? Check the top of the blog for the link.

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