2.2 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #Fort

Guess what today is!


{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week

& the titles we are currently reading.}

This meme is originated by Jen and Kellee at TeachMentorTexts. Thanks!

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To be born on May 19th, 2015

A fun, boys-in-the-summer kind of book. I remember having a fort and wanting to spend as much time as possible out there. And of course, there are always the trouble kids in the neighborhood to deal with.

This reminded me a bit of Home Alone—a boy against two thieves? What will he do?


What preteen boy wouldn’t love to build a fort in the woods?

DeFelice makes that dream come true. Wyatt, on summer vacation in upstate New York with his dad, and Augie, who lives there all year round with his grandmother, hatch a plan to build a fort in the woods. Augie’s neatly depicted great-uncle and his junkyard buddy provide the necessary materials. Augie’s great-aunt gives them food. Wyatt’s dad offers him the freedom to explore and grow. Augie, something of a modern-day Huckleberry Finn, has ample talent as a woodsman. The very real threat from bullies J.R. and Morrie, and their abuse of mentally disabled Gerard, a good-natured neighborhood kid, provide the impetus for Operation Doom. That plan to defend the fort and protect Gerard (and even provide some justice) leads to a glorious, feel-good climax in which all the right things work out and the bad guys get their richly deserved comeuppance. Along the way, some squirrels are sacrificed by slingshot to provide good meals, and a car-parts calendar that includes photos of attractive young women adds realistic detail, both serving to enhance the authenticity of this captivating tale.

Upbeat, engaging and satisfying; altogether a very fine book, especially for boys looking for a bit of believable, achievable adventure. (Fiction. 9-14)

Check back for students’ BookSelfies, due on Wednesday.

Period 1&2

12 Books


Period 5&6

12 Books


Period 9&10

9 books

Parents are invited to participate in our journey as well. 

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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zachbeaversquarefish.jpgHolt is the author of the National Book Award-winning When Zachary Beaver Came to Town. I’m honored to get a first look at her upcoming Dear Hank Williams, and also to be a stop on the author’s blog tour in a couple months. Stop back for the interview and giveaway on April 8th!
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Front Cover
This ARC is the companion to Levithan’s Every Day, fascinating book.
David Etkin

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  13. Hi I’m reading “Going home” by Nicholasa Mohr and it’s my 2nd time reading it, it’s just such a good book. But it’s about how girl takes a trip to Puerto Rico with her uncle for the summer and doesn’t really fit in when she first gets there, but by the end of the summer she is wiser.I recommend this book to anyone because it’s just a really good book.

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  15. Hi mr.Etkin!!!! I’m reading insurgent by Veronica Roth OMG it is soooooo good I love this series so far !!! :3 plus reading divergent and watching the movie there are soon many things I notice that weren’t in the movie that was in the book!

  16. I’m reading Divergent By Veronica Roth. Perfect time to read it too I’ve got the flu and what better thing to do than sit in my bed and read.

  17. Hi, there! I finally finished “Roughing It” by Mark Twain over the weekend. Do I recommend this book? Mostly, I do. “Mostly” meaning approximately 75% of it is great and witty and sardonic and hugely entertaining. It’s all about Twain’s journey west to Nevada (and later, to San Francisco and even the Hawaiian Islands). A large portion of the book focuses on his many failed attempts to strike it rich as a silver prospector. And, whenever he’s telling stories, it’s terrific stuff. He embellishes grandly and it’s often thought-provoking and hilarious. However, “Roughing It” lost me whenever he went into great detail on the mechanics of silver mining or how exactly silver was priced in those days. I think I mentioned earlier that I’m primarily a fiction reader, so I guess it makes sense that my focus started waning when Twain spends entire chapters on much drier facts. Still, I’m glad I read it and I think “Innocents Abroad” (Twain’s account of his adventures on the East Coast of the U.S.) will make its way onto my queue eventually.

    Now, I’m back to a modern, mass-market type novel. It’s the latest installment of a series called The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. Harry Dresden is a private eye in Chicago who also happens to be a wizard. As the series began, he would investigate crimes that spilled over into Chicago from the supernatural world. That’s still a component of the stories, but as the series has progressed, it’s gotten deeper and richer. Butcher does a great job with world-building. He makes you care about Dresden, his cast of supporting characters, and the events that transpire. And he doesn’t just reset the status quo at the end of each novel. He raises the stakes and allows Dresden and his circle of friends to experience lasting or permanent changes. So, yeah. Looking forward to it. Good stuff!

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