12.9 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #Alliance #WakeUpMissing & Wall Of Compassion

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.}


ARC from NetGalley

(Random House Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375870460, 352pp.)

Publication Date: January 7, 2014

After exposing the sinister underground society of students known as the Knights of Charlemagne, Will West stays at the Center over the summer to explore his newly developing physical and mental abilities. Meanwhile, his roommates investigate the Knights’ shadowy purpose and discover unsettling information about their own backgrounds. Will and his friends must quickly figure out what’s going on and separate friend from foe as they prepare for the coming fight.
I know in a series I should expect cliffhangers, but this one had me ready to scream. How could Frost end this at such a point?
In Paladin #2, Frost takes us back to the Center where Will and his cohorts follow more of the clues and end up in a new world, of sorts. Nothing is as it seems, and the future of our world is tied to its past—its rather supernatural/extraterrestrial past.
Can Will and Company survive their subterranean journey? Will they be able to act on their discoveries? And who among them may be a traitor and spy?
What were PARENTS reading last week? Let’s check it out… (Thank you, commenters, for contributing to our book awareness. Readingis not a “school thing”.)

For every parent who leaves a comment on TODAY’S POST with what you’re reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…

[Check back throughout the day for updates of my students’ reading.]
This past week, my A Class read:
17 books
My B Class read:
15 books
My C Class read:
25 books

Four kids . . .
Two weeks in the Florida Everglades . . .
One top-secret science experiment that could change them and the world as they know it . . .

Meet Quentin, a middle-school football star from Chicago; Sarah, a hockey player from Upstate New York; Ben, a horse lover from the Pacific Northwest; and Cat, an artistic bird watcher from California.

The four have little in common except the head injuries that landed them in an elite brain-science center in the wild swamps of Florida. It’s known as the best clinic in the world and promises to return their lives to normal, but as days pass, the kids begin to notice strange side effects and unexplained changes.

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I was just approved for the ARC of my Twitter pal Gae Polisner’s upcoming book,
Pretty pumped after her fabulous The Pull of Gravity.
This week we will continue sharing our reading on Padlet! Students “flipped” this part of the class and completed their sharing at home. Now we can get right into sharing and talking about our reading.
Click the picture below—or scan the QR code—
for Per. 1&2
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Click the picture below—or scan the QR code—
for Per. 6&7

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Click the picture below—or scan the QR code—
for Per. 9&10
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[If anyone else is using SpinCam or Padlet to show what your students are reading, I’d love to know about it and link to my Friday post. Thanks.]

Our school character trait this month is COMPASSION. The holidays offer many great opportunities to show compassion to those around us who are less fortunate. Just like we joined together to show COMPASSION to towns in Uganda, we can show compassion to those around us.
The student council has provided opportunities with the collections for Salvation Army and Children’s Hospital. Take advantage of these. But showing COMPASSION doesn’t have to cost anything. It could be volunteering.
I’d like to make an AlphaCompassion Wall. Send me a picture (email or printed) of you showing compassion and we’ll post it. If you don’t have a picture, write down what you did on a sheet of paper and add your name.
To get us started, here are some pictures of my family volunteering at Boxes of Love on Saturday. Click here or here to learn more about this great venture.



David Etkin

28 thoughts on “12.9 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #Alliance #WakeUpMissing & Wall Of Compassion

  1. Dave-I just finished crying my eyes out with Jack Martel the main character in “Small as an Elephant,” by Jennifer Richard Jacobson. Wow-what a great read. I will be passing it to the boys next but it is one for your TBR pile. Now that I nourished my brain with a story, I can get focused on Christmas. Enjoy your break! JQ

    • Yikes—crying your eyes out? Literally? I hope not. I’m assuming you noticed that I showed the SMALL AS AN ELEPHANT trailer a couple weeks ago, right? I have 2 copies available for sign-out. Andrew is welcome to one.

      Thanks for the great review.

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  3. I just finished reading ‘Sara’s Promise’. Tragedy and loss can sometimes open the door for new beginnings. Soul mate promises and angels help.

  4. I am still reading the Sixth Man. Not too much free times these days but I have been gravitating away from other past times and taking the time to sit down and relax and get a few chapters done. Baldacci makes it easy by writing short chapters!

  5. Due to a very busy schedule I haven’t been able to pick up a book. I still find it important to read so this past Sunday I picked up the Buffalo News. I found out that the Sports section really isn’t for me, boring. I found an article re: concierge medicine. It reminded me of the book Oh, the Places You’ll Go! . If you brainstorm and try to do your best , you can accomplish anything. You can open a door that leads to a new adventure.

  6. I am still reading Kingdom Keepers #3. I have had limited time to read these past couple of weeks with Hanukkah and now preparing for out-of-town family to come. I did get to read a little on my lunch break today…nice to not have to take a working lunch 🙂

  7. Dave-In between gluing sticks together for parent gifts, writing cards to send, decorating the tree and other fun holiday stuff I am still reading about my friend Louie! Some books I’ve read for work include Fireflies by Julie Brinkloe (small moment), Merry Un-Christmas by Mike Reiss, Punished by David Lubar and Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt. Jacquie
    PS…Why can I drag and drop images here?

  8. I’m near the end of Inferno by Dan Brown. Heavy subject matter, but I love the art history he always involves in his books! Also I’m reading The Maze Runner. Todd said it is a great read. I love talking books with him 🙂

    • That’s the one Brown book I haven’t read. Let me know how it is.

      And you’ll also have to let us know what you think of MAZE RUNNER. there are two more in the trilogy + a prequel!!!

  9. I’m reading a biography, “For the Birds: the Life of Roger Tory Peterson” by Peggy Thomas, a local author who is visiting my school in February 2014. Remember the Peterson Guides on birds, animals, and plants? The illustrations in this book are awesome and it’s a finalist for the 2014 NYS Charlotte Award.

  10. I also just finished reading A Long Walk to Water. I have read similar books and seen speakers from Sudan. This was a very good book.

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