2.24 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #ImpossibleKnife #BoyOnTheWoodenBox

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.}

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A haunting look at the effects of war and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on soldiers who are trying to return to a normal life. Andy Kincaid, an Iraq war hero, has become a victim of the war he waged. As the war continues to rage inside him, his daughter becomes the collateral damage. This is a difficult and touching look inside the lives of these characters. It’s difficult to see Hayley struggle with taking on a parenting role to her own father whose mood swings and behavior are unpredictable and destructive.
For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over? The Impossible Knife of Memory is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest: compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down.

Here is a great interview with Mrs. Anderson on NPR:
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For anyone who read and was moved by Prisoner B-3087, this would be a great companion:
In the #1 New York Times bestseller, Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto.Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto. With incredible luck, perseverance, and grit, Leyson was able to survive the sadism of the Nazis, including that of the demonic Amon Goeth, commandant of Plaszow, the concentration camp outside Krakow. Ultimately, it was the generosity and cunning of one man, a man named Oskar Schindler, who saved Leon Leyson’s life, and the lives of his mother, his father, and two of his four siblings, by adding their names to his list of workers in his factory—a list that became world renowned: Schindler’s List.

This, the only memoir published by a former Schindler’s List child, perfectly captures the innocence of a small boy who goes through the unthinkable. Most notable is the lack of rancor, the lack of venom, and the abundance of dignity in Mr. Leyson’s telling. The Boy on the Wooden Box is a legacy of hope, a memoir unlike anything you’ve ever read.

Sadly, Leyson passed away in January of 2013—before his book was actually published. Fortunately, he spoke on many occasions and share his story with his audience. Here is one of those accounts:


What were PARENTS reading last week? Let’s check it out… (Thank you, commenters, for contributing to our book awareness. Reading is 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.]
These past few weeks, my 1&2 Class read:
24 books
My 6&7 Class read:
18 books
My 9&10 Class read:
25 books
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My church is doing a church-wide book read. This is my “book club” book.
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This week, we’re going to add BOOK SELFIES to a Padlet. Here are the links:




David Etkin

7 thoughts on “2.24 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #ImpossibleKnife #BoyOnTheWoodenBox

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  3. It’s not quite Monday any more, but I forgot to post yesterday. This week I am reading “The Fault In Our Stars” written by John Green. I have just started it yesterday and I am only on page 100, but I absolutely love this book. Hazel Grace, a girl with a form of cancer in the lungs which at this point is uncurable, has finally been convinced to go to a Support Group due to depression. There she meets an absolutely gorgeous boy known as Augustus Waters which cases Hazel’s story to be rewritten. The book is ” Hilarious, joyous, outrageous, and utterly sad” according to Scripps Howard News Service. I hope to finish it by Thursday.
    Miss your funny way of teaching by the way! Bye!

    • It’s so great to hear from you, Amanda. This was a very well-written comment, too. TFIOS is a powerful book!! If read it a couple summers ago when it first came out. It has received tons of praise and is going to be released as a movie soon. Have you seen the trailers? Also, John Green and his brother are clever and hilarious. They do all kinds of things on YouTube. Go find them. “The Vlog Brothers” is one of the series they make.

      Thanks for visiting and for the compliment. 😊

  4. Well, over break I read “Orphan Train,” “I Am Number Four,” and “Falling In Love with Close Reading.” I want to read the next book in the #4 series but I have to get my hands on it first. Tonight I am rereading “Hey World, Here I Am” by Jean Little and “Baseball, Snakes and Summer Squash,” which is a collection of poems by Donald Graves. I am also, as always, studying Lucy Calkins writing curriculum for grade 1. READ-READ-READ!!!

    • THAT is an impressive amount of reading. I read book one of “Number Four”–I’ll get back to it at some point.

      I really like “Mr Entwhistle” from “Hey World”. Thanks for sharing!

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