5.29 #TBT The BOY PROJECT—a book for both genders

In honor of today’s Skype with author Kami Kinard, I wanted to do a blog version of #TBT (ThrowBack Thursday)—a THROWBACK blog post.

Since the post below, Kami has released the boy problem2Did you get to see the sweet video it inspired my students to create?

Kami even included it in her blog—and those are cupcakes that SHE sent to my students.

I’m looking forward to discussing writing and reading and books and ideas with my students and Mrs. Kinard.

Now… the #TBT post…



from 2.27.13

You want a chuckle? Click the following picture and watch the SpinCam. Pay special attention to the first 5 readers and their books (moving clockwise). No–really–go do it. I’ll be here when you finish….


You’re back. Good. Did you see what I saw?

A bunch of boys holding a very feminine-looking purpley-pink book.


“Weird,” you say? No, not really. Here’s the quick story….

But first, the trailer:

Over the summer my student Maddie (now a seventh grader… I miss her) returned her Summer Vacation is for Reading postcard. One of the books she listed was The Boy Project by Kami Kinard. I wrote the post (linked above) and found Ms Kinard on Twitter (@kamikinard) to tell her about it. She contacted me and sent me some cool book swag—bracelets, bookmarks, magnets, and temp tattoos. NICE! So I bought a couple copies of the book for the new school year, put on a book swag sticker I made, and put them on my HotReads shelf.


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A couple girls in my B class saw it and were interested right away. The sweet bracelet that the got after reading it didn’t hurt, either. Then it got passed around to a bunch more of their friends. Next I heard, they got in trouble in cheerleading practice for talking about a book! (If you missed the sweet irony, read that last sentence again. Though I don’t condone getting in trouble anywhere… that’s pretty awesome.)

When it came time for the teachers to choose the 10 books for our annual Battle of the Books, a few of these students lobbied for The Boy Project to be included.

And it was.

Which takes us to my post on Monday where I shared that I read the book over February vaca (though I was not bold enough to read it in public at the indoor water park–I have my limits). Yeah, I LOLd a bunch and liked the book plenty (you can see my comments on the post). And perhaps that, along with a few classmates who were giving it a go, was enough to get a few other boys interested.

There are no girl books.

There are books.

There are books written about girls.

There are book written by “girls”.

But there are no girl books.

Read on!

4 thoughts on “5.29 #TBT The BOY PROJECT—a book for both genders

    • Well hello there, Megan. I started it and had a tough time getting into it, soooo…. I know a lot of others liked it. And I think he has a new one coming out.

      Thanks for stopping by. What are YOU reading now?

      • I’m mid-way through:
        The Eye of Minds – James Dashner
        Songmaster – Orson Scott Card
        Dragons in the Water – Madeleine L’Engle
        Transformational Architecture – Ron Martoia

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