6.13 {BookFlix Friday} #The5thWave

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.


This book has come up a couple times this week:

  1. I finished it on Sunday and shared it on Monday’s post.
  2. We analyzed a review of the book from Entertainment Weekly to see how magazine writing is different from school essay writing. Here is the markup showing what we found and annotated.
  3. A couple students from last year told me the they’ve read this and loved it.

Soooo…Straight from the author’s site, The Trailers:

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Book 2 is coming in September, followed by books 3 & 4.

6.9 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #The5thWave

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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With summer and nice weather coming on, I’m starting an “Outside book” (“real” book) and an “Inside book” (digital book). Outside books are good for sun (no glare), pool, and bonfire (before it gets too dark). Inside books are good for low-light reading, reading in bed, reading in the middle of the night—and it’s also where I get to read my ARCs.
480 pages later I can come up for breath.
It’s the end of the world. The attack has come in waves—four, to be exact. And the Others want to finish the job and claim the planet for their own.
Fascinating back and forth between the two main characters, Ben and Cassie. It was awesome watching their struggle for survival and how they wrestled with the twists and confusions and chess match of knowing who to trust.
As always, there is a suspension of reality, not just due to invading aliens, but also the far-fetched odyssey on which the main characters embark. But that is what we read for.
Perhaps I’ll show the trailers on Friday.
Book 2 comes out in September.
Summary from IndieBound:
“Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances.”—Entertainment Weekly (Grade A)The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

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 week, my 1&2 Class read
My 6&7 Class read
My 9&10 Class read
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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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Boys of Blur finally showed up on the library’s site. Guess who’s first in line?
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Excited about this one after the trailer, reading reviews and hearing recommendations.
Just texted with Mrs. Dorobiala this weekend and decided that we’ll read this “together” in July. NICE!

David Etkin

6.6 {BookFlix Friday} #Elusion by @claudiagabel & @Cherylklam

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.



Published on Mar 3, 2014

Soon, Elusion® will change the world and life as we know it.

A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, a visor, and a wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications—or consequences—of real life. Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father’s unexpected death, Regan can’t bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality. Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion—accusations that it’s addictive and dangerous—Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a disturbing web of secrets. She will soon have to choose between love and loyalty . . . a decision that will affect the lives of millions. Suspense, thrills, and romance fuel this near-future story about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world and how far one girl will go to uncover the truth behind the illusions. Buy now: http://www.epicreads.com/books/elusio…