2.17.16 It’s…WEDNESDAY! What are you Reading? Macbeth & Nimona GNs

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


{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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Remember Macbeth from high school? Yeah, I didn’t think I did either. In my head I always get Macbeth  and Hamlet confused.

Though after reading Hinds’ graphic novel, I realize that THIS is the play I really remember—even to the point of being able to put the book down and recite some lines. “Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps on this petty pace from day to day to the last syllable of recorded time.”

I’ll spare you the rest.

I had fun reading this graphic version of Macbeth. I did still struggle with some of the meaning, but I didn’t let it bog me down. I understood enough and the illustrations—the rich, colorful, gory illustrations— were enough to keep the story moving along.

I already recommended this to the eighth grade teachers in my building when they do Shakespeare.

The New York Times gave this book a great write up. And you’ll probably want to check out Hinds’ site to see what else he’s up to.


Tap the book to see a sneak peak at the pages.

National Book Award Finalist
New York Times Bestseller
New York Times Notable Book
Kirkus Best Book
School Library Journal Best Book
Publishers Weekly Best Book
• NPR Best Book
• New York Public Library Best Book
• Chicago Public Library Best Book
• A Spring 2015 Indie Next List Pick

The New York Times bestselling graphic novel sensation from Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic. Kirkus says, “If you’re going to read one graphic novel this year, make it this one.”

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel has been hailed by critics and fans alike as the arrival of a “superstar” talent (NPR.org).

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.
But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.
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I had a blast reading this GN. It was clever and witty with lots of subtle snarky humor—right up my alley. So much is captured with little facial expressions. I kept reminding myself to take my time and look carefully at the picture clues.

It was interesting how when the story began, it seemed that Nimona as the main character. That changed as the story developed. Lord Ballister Blackheart took center stage—and he was a great, enigmatic lead.

Author Noelle Stevenson has a pretty cool site, too, with scenes from the book and some other comics she’s illustrated. So much talent.

Did you catch my MrEtkinSHMS Instagram posts this past week?
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 How many books did students in each class read last week?
Period 1&2 read 12 books this past week.
Period 5&6 read 7 books this past week.

For every parent who leaves a comment on TODAY’S POST with what YOU’RE reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…

Did anyone comment on last Monday’s blog post?

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Eleanor & Park
David Etkin

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