4.29.16 {BOOKflix Friday} An Ember in the Ashes, Uglies, Girl Stolen

Today is BOOKflix Friday!

Few things can draw a reader to a new book like a book trailer can.

Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!


Tap on the book covers to go to learn more.

 

About AN EMBER IN THE ASHES:

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

The first installment of Scott Westerfeld’s New York Times bestselling series—a global phenomenon that started the dystopian trend.

The Uglies series has more than 3 million books in print, has been translated into twenty-seven languages, and spent more than fifty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Now all four books feature fresh new covers and will reach an even wider audience.

Tally’s adventures begin in Uglies, where she learns the truth about what life as a Pretty really means. She rebels against the surgery that will make her a Pretty, but ultimately succumbs. In Pretties, Tally has forgotten all about her Ugly life, and when she’s reminded, she has a hard time listening. And what little’s left of the old Tally is further compromised in Specials, because Tally has been transformed into a fierce fighting machine. But when she’s offered a chance to forever improve civilization, will she be able to overcome her brainwashing? The answer is evident years later in Extras, after the Pretty regime has ended. Boundless human creativity, new technologies, and old dangers have been unleashed upon the world. But fame and popularity can be just as dangerous as extreme beauty… – See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Uglies/Scott-Westerfeld/Uglies/9781416936381#sthash.6Qi9CrJO.dpuf

About the book
Sixteen-year-old Cheyenne Wilder is asleep in the back of her mom’s car when it’s stolen from the pharmacy parking lot. Cheyenne is not only sick with pneumonia—she’s also blind. Griffin, the teenager who was stealing packages out of parked cars, hadn’t meant to kidnap her; he just impulsively stole the car with her in it. But once Griffin’s dad finds out that Cheyenne’s father is the president of Nike, everything changes—now there’s a reason to keep her. Will Cheyenne be able to survive this harrowing ordeal and escape? And if so, at what price?

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4.25.16 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #RollerGirl #TheLastDragon

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!


 Before we get into the reading, how about a round of applause for the high school for going Bald for Bucks and raising $16,000 for Roswell Park Cancer Institute. HUZZAH!

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 Roller Girl
Fun book by Victoria Jamieson. I can see why this one has received so much publicity and praise. It was cool to see girls in action! Astrid worked through a lot of social issues in this book. The friend situation she finds herself in is all too common, even as adults. Hopefully from reading about it, we can learn how to handle these situations when we face them ourselves.
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This is a reissue of a wordless graphic novel that came out 5 years ago. I found the story a little hard to follow, but the artwork was stunning. Get a peak if you can sometime.
Did you catch my MrEtkinSHMS Instagram posts this past week?
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 How many books did students in each class read?

PERIOD 1&2 READ ??? BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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PERIOD 5&6 READ ??? BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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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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The Memory of ThingsFascinating so far. Looking forward to more time together with this book. It will be born on September 6, 2016.
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The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones
School of the Dead
Never Missing, Never Found
This is the Part Where You Laugh

4.22.16 {BOOKflix Friday} The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee, My 7th Grade Life in Tights, Treasure at Lure Lake

Today is BOOKflix Friday!

Few things can draw a reader to a new book like a book trailer can.

Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!


Tap on the book covers to go to authors’ home pages.

Ghost-story lover and debut author Erin Petti has written a quirky story for fans of The Goonies, Goosebumps, and Coraline.

The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee is a fantastical adventure-mystery, where science and magic intertwine. Eleven-year-old Thelma Bee is never bored. In fact, she has curiosity and adventure in her blood. She spends her time running science experiments, practicing Spanish, and daydreaming about far away landscapes. But Thelma gets more than she bargained for when a strange woman sells a jewelry box at her father’s antique shop. That night, a ghost kidnaps her father, and the only clue is the jewelry box and a word a ghost whispered in her ear: “Return”. Now it’s up to Thelma to get her dad back, and it might be harder than she thought—there’s someone wielding dark magic, and Thelma is pretty sure they’re coming after her next.

All Dillon wants is to be a real dancer. And if he wins a summer scholarship at Dance-Splosion, he’s on his way. The problem? His dad wants him to play football. And Dillon’s freestyle crew, the Dizzee Freekz, says that dance studios are for sellouts. His friends want Dillon to kill it at the audition—so he can turn around and tell the studio just how wrong their rules and creativity-strangling ways are.

WORK IT.

At first, Dillon’s willing to go along with his crew’s plan, even convincing one of the snobbiest girls at school to work with him on his technique. But as Dillon’s dancing improves, he wonders: what if studios aren’t the enemy? And what if he actually has a shot at winning the scholarship?

BRING IT.

Dillon’s life is about to get crazy . . . on and off the dance floor.

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An epic adventure—that’s all Bryce wants this summer. So when he stumbles upon a treasure map connected to an old family secret, Bryce is determined to follow the clues to unearth both, even it means hiking in the wilderness in the middle of nowhere. Bryce must work with his bickering brother, Jack, or they may never see the light of day again!

4.18.16 It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

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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The second half of this book really picked up. So many mysteries were cleared up… and so many more remain to be solved. I look forward to continuing The Wingfeather Saga.
North! Or Be Eaten: Wild escapes. A desperate journey. And the ghastly Grey Fangs of Dang.  The Monster in the Hollows  The Warden and the Wolf King

Overview

Once, in a cottage above the cliffs on the Dark Sea of Darkness, there lived three children and their trusty dog Nugget. Janner Igiby, his brother Tink, their crippled sister Leeli are gifted children as all children are, loved well by a noble mother and ex-pirate grandfather. But they will need all their gifts and all that love to survive the evil pursuit of the venomous Fangs of Dang who have crossed the dark sea to rule the land with malice and pursue the Igibys who hold the secret to the lost legend and jewels of good King Wingfeather of the Shining Isle of Anniera.

Andrew Peterson spins a quirky and riveting tale of the Igibys’ extraordinary journey from Glipwood’s Dragon Day Festival and a secret hidden in the Books and Crannies Bookstore, past the terrifying Black Carriage, clutches of the horned hounds and loathsome toothy cows surrounding AnkleJelly Manor, through the Glipwood Forest and mysterious treehouse of Peet the Sock Man (known for a little softshoe and wearing tattered socks on his hands and arms), to the very edge of the Ice Prairies.

Full of characters rich in heart, smarts, and courage, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darknesspresents a world of wonder and a tale children of all ages will cherish, families can read aloud, and readers’ groups are sure to discuss for its layers of meaning about life’s true treasure and tangle of the beautiful and horrible, temporal and eternal, and good and bad.

Did you catch my MrEtkinSHMS Instagram posts this past week?
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 How many books did students in each class read?

PERIOD 1&2 READ ??? BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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PERIOD 5&6 READ ??? BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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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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Roller Girl
My 8th grader is reading
Gimme a Call
My 7th grader just finished 
Virals (Virals Series #1)

Overview

Adventure is in Tory Brennan’s blood. After all, she’s the grandniece of world-famous forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Always up for a challenge, Tory and her science-geek friends spend their time exploring the marshlands of Loggerhead Island, home to the very off-limits Loggerhead Island Research Institute, where something strange is going on. After rescuing a stray wolfdog pup from a top-secret lab, Tory and her friends are exposed to a rare strain of canine parvovirus, changing them—and their DNA—forever. Now they are more than friends. They are a pack. They are Virals. And they’re dangerous to the core. But are they unstoppable enough to catch a cold-blooded murderer?

 

She wants me to find her book two next:
Seizure (Virals Series #2)
Right now she is reading:
 Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking (14-Day Mystery Series #1)
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The Memory of Things
^^^Excited to get the ARC of this one!^^^
The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones
School of the Dead
Never Missing, Never Found
This is the Part Where You Laugh

4.15.16 {BOOKflix Friday} Books from the book orders

Today is BOOKflix Friday!

Few things can draw a reader to a new book like a book trailer can.

Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!


Overview

National Book Award and Golden Kite Award Winner

A captivating novel about mental illness that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman.

Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.
Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior.
Caden Bosch is designated the ship’s artist in residence to document the journey with images.
Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.
Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.
Caden Bosch is torn.

Challenger Deep is a deeply powerful and personal novel from one of today’s most admired writers for teens. Laurie Halse Anderson, award-winning author of Speak, calls Challenger Deep“a brilliant journey across the dark sea of the mind; frightening, sensitive, and powerful. Simply extraordinary.”

4.8.16 {BOOKflix Friday} Rafe and the Middle School series

Today is BOOKflix Friday!

Few things can draw a reader to a new book like a book trailer can.

Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!


Patterson has a whole site that features his books. I bet there are a few here you haven’t heard of.
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I just saw that they made a movie based on this book. How closely does the movie follow the book? You tell me:
If you want to get to know Rafe better, here are some little clips of him and his opinionated self:
Don’t forget the rest of the series:
Middle School: Get Me Out of Here!Middle School: My Brother Is a Big, Fat LiarMiddle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake HillMiddle School: Ultimate ShowdownMiddle School: Save Rafe!Middle School: Just My Rotten Luck

4.4 It’s Monday! What are you reading? Wingfeather Saga

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!


Before we get going… How’s YOUR bracket?

The final game is tonight. But don’t stay up and watch the whole thing. We have important things to do tomorrow.

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Lots of Activism essays and poetry and the Sunday Buffalo News and USAToday
Did you catch my MrEtkinSHMS Instagram posts this past week?
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 How many books did students in each class read OVER VACATION?

PERIOD 1&2 READ 15 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 5&6 READ 3 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…

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 Book 1 of the Wingfeather Saga.

This came highly recommended from a trusted Twitter friend, Brian Wilhorn @HelpReaders. It’s a rollicking good adventure so far.

I also found out that this is turning into an animated movie.

My 7th grader finished TFIOS and now is reading

Tap book to go to author’s site

Read an excerpt

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My 8th grader is reading
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 The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones
School of the Dead
Never Missing, Never Found
This is the Part Where You Laugh

4.1.16 {BOOKflix Friday} RED QUEEN & GLASS SWORD by @VictoriaAveyard

Today is BOOKflix Friday!

Few things can draw a reader to a new book like a book trailer can.

Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!


BOOK 1:

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Borrowed from GoodReads:
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart …

BOOK 2:

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