9.9 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #TheGreatTrouble #UnicornThinksHe’sPrettyGreat

A new week, a new batch of books—both  finished and being read. Today is…

Ring-the-Bell Monday & It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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This meme is originated by Jen and Kellee at TeachMentorTexts. Thanks!

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


This book was provided by Random House Children’s Books. I was fortunate to receive an ARC and was also asked to participate in the Great Trouble blog tour. The Dates are as follows:

September 10 – Sharp Read

September 11 – Librarian in Cute Shoes

September 12 – Random Acts of Reading

September 13 – Styling Librarian

September 14 – Kidlit Frenzy

September 15 – Busy Librarian

September 16 – {Eat the Book}

September 17 – Nerdy Book Club

I have become a real fan of historical fiction. I’m always impressed with how authors are able to form an engrossing story around real events and times. As with much historical fiction, the history surrounding The Great Trouble is fascinating.
In 1854 London, a cholera outbreak has hit Broad Street. There is where we meet thirteen-year-old Eel, a “Mudlark” who is scrounging alone to make a living. It’s a scene right out of Oliver Twist. When the sickness starts affecting those closest to him, Eel is determined to do something to help. He swallows his nervousness and asks his part-time employer, Dr. Snow, to help. Dr. Snow, after talking with Eel, realizes the potential the street urchin possesses and employs him to help prove once and for all that cholera is not transmitted by bad air, but by tainted water.
This would, of course, be easier if Eel wasn’t being hunted by the mysterious (to the reader) Fisheye Bill Taylor; and if he wasn’t trying to keep a secret—a secret that required all his earnings each week.
Hopkinson does a splendid job of bring us to the dirty streets of London to live the life of a down-and-out boy with no one to turn to. Many of the characters—such as Dr. Snow and Rev. Whitehead—are real, as is the situation with the Broad Street pump. The fact that this “really” happened is fascinating. Hopkinson also adds realistic tension and mystery to this historical tale with the addition of Eel’s secrets and pursuers.
If Victorian England and Dickens-era stories interest you; if you are intrigued by real life science and the thought process behind scientific study of diseases, this book is for you. You may also like Hopkinson’s picture book biography on Charles Dickens,
A Boy Called Dickens
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These are the summer books that decorate my door:
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 Picture books:
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…and many more.
[Check back throughout the day for updates of my students’ reading.]
This past week, my A Class has read:
7 books
My B Class has read:
2 books
My C Class has read:
12 books
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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

4 thoughts on “9.9 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #TheGreatTrouble #UnicornThinksHe’sPrettyGreat

  1. I finished “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith today. It was a real tearjerker. Just my kind of book. It chronicled the young years of a girl growing up in extreme poverty and dealing with starvation, a drunken father, and education while growing up. I would recommend it for middle schoolers.

    • It sounds pretty intense! I’ve heard of it, but have never read it. Have you read “Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls? Sounds right up your alley.

      Thanks for visiting.

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