6.11 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #TheMilkOfBirds #AndTheMountainsEchoed #Fallout

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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[Check back throughout the day for updates of my students’ reading.]
Since last Monday, my A Class has read:
25 books
My B Class has read:
24 books
My C Class has read:
18 books

ARC from NetGalley

Publication Date: September 10, 2013

And the Mountains Echoed

An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.

Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

{I need a longer drive to work to listen to this whole thing. On second thought, I’d rather not. I hope I can renew it!}
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SYNC audio books is offering two free audio downloads a week over the summer. Actually, the free downloads have already begun. Try downloading this week’s The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood, read by Katherine Kellgren (HarperAudio)

Some other highlights:

June 13 – June 19, 2013
RavenboysThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, read by Will Patton (Scholastic Audiobooks)





June 20 – June 26, 2013
OnceOnce by Morris Gleitzman, read by Morris Gleitzman (Bolinda Audio)
Letter From Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr., read by Dion Graham (christianaudio)



July 11 – July 17, 2013

ThePeculiarUABThe Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann, read by Peter Altschuler (HarperAudio)





July 18 – July 24, 2013
abdm-square-400Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, read by Erin Moon





July 25 – July 31, 2013


The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen, read by Charlie McWade





Aug 15 – Aug 21, 2013
SoldMcCormick_GSold by Patricia McCormick, read by Justine Eyre (Tantor Audio) {I listened to this one earlier this year and it was astounding. Tough content, for sure—more suitable for slightly older listeners. But amazing and lyrical.}




Click the image below to go to the site and see the full line-up. You can also sign up for weekly email alerts.

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{A new book has leaped to the top of the TBR pile—a possible companion to A Long Walk to Water. See the description below.}

This timely, heartrending novel tells the moving story of a friendship between two girls: one an American teen, one a victim of the crisis in Darfur.

Know that there are many words behind the few on this paper…

Fifteen-year-old Nawra lives in Darfur, Sudan, in a camp for refugees displaced by the Janjaweed’s trail of murder and destruction. Nawra cannot read or write, but when a nonprofit organization called Save the Girls pairs her with an American donor, Nawra dictates her thank-you letters. Putting her experiences into words begins to free her from her devastating past—and to brighten the path to her future.

K. C. is an American teenager from Richmond, Virginia, who hates reading and writing—or anything that smacks of school. But as Nawra pours grief and joy into her letters, she inspires K. C. to see beyond her own struggles. And as K. C. opens her heart in her responses to Nawra, she becomes both a dedicated friend and a passionate activist for Darfur.

In this poetic tale of unlikely sisterhood, debut author Sylvia Whitman captures the friendship between two girls who teach each other compassion and share a remarkable bond that bridges two continents.

Cool links here, here, and a look inside.
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More Great ARCs…
The Wig in the Window
{Thank you, Ms Kittscher, for sending this to me. Man—I love getting book packages in the mail. I’m looking forward this read.}

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

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