12.16 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #WakeUpMissing

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.}



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.

Mrs. Messner (who hails from Western New York, by the way!) wrote an intriguing and harrowing tale. From zooming around the dangerous Everglades on airboats to uncovering nefarious plots by misguided scientists, I was in for quite a ride as I tagged along with Cat, Quentin, Sarah, and Ben.
Messner’s research that goes into her book is as fascinating as the book itself. Reading the author’s note led me on a little journey learning about different scientific breakthroughs and ideas. Some of the concussion research she used in the book came right from our own University at Buffalo. Read about it here and check out some of the other media coverage here.
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:
16 books
My B Class read:
14 books
My C Class read:
8 books
Pretty pumped after her fabulous The Pull of Gravity.
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My wife bought this on her Nook. She said, “Where have I seen this before?”
“On my blog,” I reminded her.
“Oh yeaaaaaaah.”
I’m just going to have to borrow her Nook, I suppose.
Thanks, Kailey. I’m getting to it…
This is the conclusion to Starters.
Starters (Starters, #1)
I learned last year that a two-book series is called a duology.
Codename Zero

[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 or Padlet to show what your students are reading, I’d love to know about it and link to my Friday post. Thanks.]

How are you guys doing with the CompassionInitiative? I’d love to hear what you’re doing and get it posted on our 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.

I shared some pictures last week. This weekend my wife put together an awesome little event: My girls had friends over for a cookie decorating party. We will be taking the cookies down to Hospice in the city this week.

David Etkin

17 thoughts on “12.16 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #WakeUpMissing

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  3. I am just starting Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwartz. I have found that any book suggested by the Oprah Book Club is a good read.

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