3.30 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #ChasingSecrets #readingandtweeting #BOOKbrackets

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!



I shared our viewing of BookFlix Friday’s A Fish in a Tree with the author:

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I hope you’ve been following the:


It was a big weekend as the field of books went from the Elite 8 to the Final 4. The one big upset was #7 Bigger than a Breadbox defeating #4 Because of Winn Dixie. WOW.

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I invited a couple of the authors to see the bracket. We’ll see if they leave any comments….

Next Saturday will be the Final 4, and then it will all be decided on Monday the 6th. MAY THE BEST BOOK WIN!

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ARC due out August 4th (You guessed it—a Tuesday)
This is the second historical fiction book I’ve read that is centered around plagues and disease and its spread. The first was Hopkinson’s The Great Trouble, which centered around the Cholera outbreak in England in 1854.
WIth Chasing Secrets, we encounter a lesser-known epidemic: a possible outbreak of the bubonic plague in San Franisco in 1900. Fascinating and scary. I appreciate how Choldenko gives us a great view of life in the early part of the 20th century and also challenges the position of women at the time, and also how the wealthy viewed their servants and help. I’m looking forward to Chasing Secrets getting some attention when it is released.

Newbery Honor–winning author Gennifer Choldenko deftly combines humor, tragedy, fascinating historical detail, and a medical mystery in this exuberant new novel.
San Francisco, 1900. The Gilded Age. A fantastic time to be alive for lots of people . . . but not thirteen-year-old Lizzie Kennedy, stuck at Miss Barstow’s snobby school for girls. Lizzie’s secret passion is science, an unsuitable subject for finishing-school girls. Lizzie lives to go on house calls with her physician father. On those visits to his patients, she discovers a hidden dark side of the city—a side that’s full of secrets, rats, and rumors of the plague.
The newspapers, her powerful uncle, and her beloved papa all deny that the plague has reached San Francisco. So why is the heart of the city under quarantine? Why are angry mobs trying to burn Chinatown to the ground? Why is Noah, the Chinese cook’s son, suddenly making Lizzie question everything she has known to be true? Ignoring the rules of race and class, Lizzie and Noah must put the pieces together in a heart-stopping race to save the people they love.

Since this is a short week, we’re not doing to do BOOKselfies.

But make sure to READ over break. Catch up on some good books.

Period 1&2

9 Books

Period 5&6

11 Books

Period 9&10

9 books

For every parent who leaves a comment on TODAY’S POST with what you’re reading OR leaves a BOOKselfie on this week’s Padlet (links above), I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…

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 Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth
Finishing this week.
Reading runs in the family. Here’s what my wife is reading:
My 7th grader is reading:
My 6th grader is reading:

Since we won’t be in session on Friday for {BookFlix Friday}…

Have you seen the trailer for the movie Home? I took my daughter to see it yesterday. Cute.
I only learned a few days before going that it is based on a novel that is deep on my TBR list:
The True Meaning of Smekday

click the book for a sneak peak of the book

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David Etkin

3 thoughts on “3.30 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #ChasingSecrets #readingandtweeting #BOOKbrackets

  1. Pingback: The day before break… | {Eat the Book}

  2. I’m flabbergasted over here. Thank you guys so so much for reading.

    (posts like these make me want to go back in time and be in school all over again. SO much energy and excitement!)

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