4.28 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #ShootingKabul #InsideOut

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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Both of these were great historical fiction and serendipitously connected. They gave me an honest look at what immigrants go through when they come to America. I can’t imagine leaving everything I know behind. Both of these characters had to do it, and both braved their way through misunderstandings and prejudice. Inspiring!
 
I can’t ever get enough of Dan Santat’s illustrations.
I feel like I’m missing a book…. ???
Guess who got a shout-out on my pal The Styling Librarian’s blog? Click the pic to find out:
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…

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[Check back throughout the day for updates of my students’ reading.]
These past week, my 1&2 Class read
43 books
My 6&7 Class read
41 books
My 9&10 Class read
47 books
 
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A GREAT GN so far.
I’ve listened to a bunch of this on audio, but now I’m going to be having weekly discussions on the chapters with others on Facebook. Should be interesting.
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Excited about this one after the trailer, reading reviews and hearing recommendations.
 

Thanks,
David Etkin
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4.25 {BookFlix Friday} Boys of Blur

Today is

Few things can draw a reader to a new book like a book trailer can. Each Friday I will endeavor to bring a couple to you—some new or recent, some teasers of upcoming books, and a few “classics”. Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!



This one is JUST out and looks interesting:

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Fans of Jerry Spinelli’s Maniac Magee and Louis Sachar’s Holes will enjoy this story about a boy and the ancient secrets that hide deep in the heart of the Florida everglades near a place called Muck City.

When Charlie moves to the small town of Taper, Florida, he discovers a different world. Pinned between the everglades and the swampy banks of Lake Okeechobee, the small town produces sugar cane . . . and the fastest runners in the country. Kids chase muck rabbits in the fields while the cane is being burned and harvested. Dodging flames and blades and breathing smoke, they run down the rabbits for three dollars a skin. And when they can do that, running a football is easy.

But there are things in the swamp, roaming the cane at night, that cannot be explained, and they seem connected to sprawling mounds older than the swamps. Together with his step-second cousin “Cotton” Mack, the fastest boy on the muck, Charlie hunts secrets in the glades and on the muck flats where the cane grows secrets as old as the soft earth, secrets that haunted, tripped, and trapped the original native tribes, ensnared conquistadors, and buried runaway slaves. Secrets only the muck knows.

Cool Review from SLJ and Fuse8.

3.28 {BookFlix Friday} student-made Capture the Flag + Book dominoes + more student animation

Today is

Few things can draw a reader to a new book like a book trailer can. Each Friday I will endeavor to bring a couple to you—some new or recent, some teasers of upcoming books, and a few “classics”. Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!



On Wednesday we got to enjoy the trailer that Sarah, Jesenia, and Alexis made for The Boy Problem.

Today we get to enjoy a trailer that Emily F. made for one of our Battle books,

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Nice job, Emily!

I recently had the pleasure of meeting author Kate Messner at Monkey See, Monkey Do… bookstore. She is AWESOME and we had a nice time talking about books and teaching. I even got to show off some of my students’ Padlet posts.

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Mrs. Messner also gave me a couple bookmarks (one for Emily) and signed my book.

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Authors are my rock stars!

Though this isn’t a book trailer, it IS book-related. Check this out:

Here is a different kind of stop-motion that Blake S. (Schmish?) was playing with. Wow.

And since we talked about it yesterday, here is the link for the NPR show on Marian Anderson, which includes the video of her singing:

It’s a great companion to Ryan’s and Selznick’s book,

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Click to listen

 

4.9 {Whatever Wednesday} The Boy Problem student trailer

Whatever Wednesday — a chance to post something I’ve seen that I’m diggin’: a cool quote or poster, a video, or simply a picture.

Enjoy!… and consider posting your own Whatever.
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What happens when an awesome author gets involved with a group of interested, go-getter readers?

THIS!

Mrs. Kami Kinard, author of  and now  saw some of the stop motion videos that my students had made. (Check them out here.) Kami offered to send along some cupcake erasers and an ARC of the new book so the girls could play around with making a stop motion video with them.

That’s all it took for Sarah, Jesenia, and Alexis.

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Many hours of work later, we have this video. What was involved? Lots of “App Smashing”—iPad photos (hundreds), YouTube, Explain Everything, Notability, and iMovie.

And…. Here it is!

 Some comments:

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^^^click to go the Kami Kinard’s blog^^^

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4.7 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #Villainous + #Warriors + NCAA BOOKbrackets vote

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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?

20120117-111701.jpg 20120819-185816.jpg

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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This was a GREAT conclusion to the Powerless trilogy. I want to say more about it, but the book doesn’t come out until August. I’ll have to wait until the day draws closer.
The final installment in this superheroic series by Matthew Cody (author of Powerless and Super) will answer all your burning questions!The truth about the Super children is finally exposed, and the town of Noble’s Green has created a special boarding school for its superpowered children. That’s where Daniel’s friends are headed, while he-regular kid that he is-is headed to summer school.

 

But all is not well at the Academy for the Extraordinarily Gifted, or in Noble’s Green. A clique of popular kids has taken over the school. And at the same time, vandals have been destroying property all over town, and citizens are beginning to blame their gifted young residents. If Daniel wants to get to the bottom of this puzzle, he may need to turn to his sworn enemy, the Shroud, for help. But can he trust him?

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Last week I offered this part of the blog to any student who wanted to post about a finished book. Two students took me up on the offer.
First up is Jess N.

Fire alone can save our Clan…

For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by the powerful ancestors. But the warrior code is threatened, and the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger. The sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day. Noble warriors are dying — and some deaths are more mysterious than others.

In the midst of this turmoil appears an ordinary housecat named Rusty . . . Who may yet turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all.

 

From Jess:

Warriors by Erin Hunter is a great series to get into. Warriors 1: Into the Wild is the first warriors book. If you like cats and adventure, you’ll like this book. A kittypet (house cat) named Rusty desides to leave his twolegs (people) to live in the forest. Things aren’t all happy though. Murderous secrets lurk in the shadows. The forest is not safe. A blood-thirsty killer is rising, and a prophecy has come. “Fire alone can save our clan. And that fire has come.”

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This NEW Geronimo Stilton series spin-off is set in the Stone Age!

Who is Geronimo Stiltonoot?
He is a cavemouse — Geronimo Stilton’s ancient ancestor. He runs the stone newspaper in the prehistoric village of Old Mouse City. From dealing with dinosaurs to dodging meteorites, his life in the Stone Age is full of adventure!

THE STONE OF FIRE
Old Mouse City is in an uproar. The most precious artifact in the mouseum — the Stone of Fire — has been stolen! Geronimo Stiltonoot and his cavemouse friend Hercule Poirat are on the case. It’s up to them to retrieve the stone from the ferocious Tiger Khan and his band of fearsome felines!

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I just finished the book… Geronimo Stilton Cavemice: The Stone of Fire. My brother got the book for his birthday and really liked it so he wanted me to read it. I used to read the Geronimo Stilton series, so I was excited to read this new book. I really liked it, it was really cute and funny! One thing that I like about the book series is that some of the words in the books are different colors and/or different fonts which makes them funny to read. Another thing that I like about the book is that the characters are mice and they go on all theses types of adventures that people usually don’t go on. If you like books that are cazy, funny and adventurous, maybe you should try the Gereonimo Stilton series (the regular and the cave mice series).
Teacher comment: Kailey, I think it’s great that you are a reading role model for your little brother. You, his cool big sister, reading this so you could talk about it with him makes his reading and book choices feel more important. Way to go!
Thanks for “renting” this space, ladies! Who’s next?
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…

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[Check back throughout the day for updates of my students’ reading.]
These past week, my 1&2 Class read
15 books
My 6&7 Class read
14 books
My 9&10 Class read
18 books
 
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This has been on my list for a long time. I finished Villainous and this was on my dresser.
If you can enlarge the picture and look closely at the bottom right corner, you will find the clue of what happens on the first 15 pages. Wow. I liked the Kite Runner, so I’m hoping this is a type of kid version. I’ll keep you posted.
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And now…

Click the Basketball Book to go to the BOOKbracket page… then come back and join the poll below.

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Thanks,
David Etkin

4.4 {BookFlix Friday} The Giver + Girl Stolen + Updated NCAA BOOKbracket

Today is

Few things can draw a reader to a new book like a book trailer can. Each Friday I will endeavor to bring a couple to you—some new or recent, some teasers of upcoming books, and a few “classics”. Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!



From this morning’s BookFlix Friday announcements:

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I’m sure you’re all wondering what’s going on with our NCAA BOOKbracket. 

Here is the showdown heading into this weekend’s games. The Championship game is on Monday night. (Yawn.)

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 VS 

Florida                                                                        UConn

and

 VS 

Wisconsin                                                      Kentucky

What book and team are YOU cheering for?