5.23.16 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #BOOKED

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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I started Booked on Friday night and finished it Sunday morning. It was delightful and hard to stop. Alexander has mastered the art of writing in verse and puts his skills to good use here.

This time instead of basketball (The Crossover), Alexander uses soccer as the vehicle for the story. This time, conflict is about the relationship problems between his mom and and how they affect Nick Hall. Yes, there is a girl. But there certainly isn’t as much soccer in this book as there was basketball in the other. Perhaps Alexander doesn’t have as much experience or feel for this sport—just a guess. Clearly, Nick loves soccer, but the playing of it seems to take a back seat to the rest of the story.

I appreciate how Alexander uses a story about a kid who hates to learn the new words his dad is teaching him… to TEACH US new and fun vocabulary. How else would we know: sweven, farrow, onomatophobia… and much more. There are also a bunch of books mentioned, many of them novels in verse. One of my favorites is Out of the Dust. Another is All the Broken Pieces. Watsons Go To Birmingham also gets mentioned. 

 

If you liked The Crossover, you owe it to yourself to check out Booked.

 

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 How many books did students in each class read?

PERIOD 1&2 READ 7 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

 

PERIOD 5&6 READ 12 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

 

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Saving Red
ARC–To be born on 10/18
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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
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5.16.16 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? The Seventh Wish by @KateMessner

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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I read this ARC courtesy of Netgalley.

This book will be born on June 7th, 2016.

From Mrs. Messner’s site:

With the same warmth and fun that readers loved in All the Answers, Kate Messner weaves fantasy into the ordinary, giving every reader the opportunity to experience a little magic.

 

When Charlie Brennan goes ice fishing on her town’s cold winter lake, she’s hoping the perch she reels in will help pay for a fancy Irish dancing solo dress. But when Charlie’s first catch of the day offers her a wish in exchange for its freedom, her world turns upside down.

 

Charlie catches the fish again and again, but each time, her wishes go terribly and hilariously wrong. Just when things are finally starting to turn around, a family crisis with her older sister forces Charlie to accept the fact that some of the toughest challenges in life can’t be fixed by wishing.

 

“An empathetic, beautiful, magical fiercely necessary book that stares unflinchingly at the the very real challenges contemporary kids face and gently assures them they are not alone. Kate Messner gives her readers a story to cherish.”

~Anne Ursu, author of THE REAL BOY and BREADCRUMBS

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Mrs. Messner continued the brilliance that she started with her previous All the Answers (go ahead and tap that book over there to learn more).  Aalltagain, a completely realistic fiction story: A girl who likes ice fishing, sister at college, likes a boy, does Irish dancing, school projects… You know, normal stuff. But what if when fishing one day she catches a magic, wish-answering fish? What should she wish for? What would YOU wish for?

One thing we know from all the wish books and stories: Wishes never turn out the way we plan. Am I right? Of course.

The wishes don’t turn out right—but the blurb for the book doesn’t quite get it right: All the mistakes aren’t so hilarious. In fact, this book got very serious very quickly. The major issue Messner tackles here is all over the news right now. Careful readers will catch all the foreshadowing that is woven into the writing.

The Seventh Wish is a fascinating read. I had a tough time putting it down. You really think a book with a female MC is a girl book? Think again. And read this book. Here are a couple tweets I sent out while reading:

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PERIOD 1&2 READ 12 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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PERIOD 5&6 READ 5  BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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Never Missing, Never Found
This is the Part Where You Laugh

5.13.16 {BOOKflix Friday}

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!


THE LAST BOY AT ST. EDITH'S by Lee Gjertsen Malone

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Lee Gjertsen Malone

Lee Gjertsen Malone (via Twitter)

Published on May 10, 2016

A seventh grade prankster is determined to escape the all-girls academy where he’s the only boy—by getting expelled—in this “spectacular debut” (Kirkus Reviews) that’s perfect for “fans of Jerry Spinelli’s Crash and Loser” (Booklist).

Seventh grader Jeremy Miner has a girl problem. Or, more accurately, a girls problem. 475 of them to be exact. That’s how many girls attend his school, St. Edith’s Academy.

Jeremy is the only boy left after the school’s brief experiment in co-education. And he needs to get out. But his mother—a teacher at the school—won’t let him transfer, so Jeremy takes matters into his own hands: he’s going to get expelled.

Together with his best friend Claudia, Jeremy unleashes a series of hilarious pranks in hopes that he’ll get kicked out with minimal damage to his permanent record. But when his stunts start to backfire, Jeremy has to decide how far he’s willing to go and whom he’s willing to knock down to get out the door.

5.9.16 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 News. Some of my book.
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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 24 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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PERIOD 5&6 READ 24  BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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School of the Dead
Never Missing, Never Found
This is the Part Where You Laugh

5.6.16 {BOOKflix Friday} I Am Number Four; Devil’s Arithmetic; Boy in the Striped Pajamas

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.

Overview

Nine of us came here.

We look like you.

We talk like you.

We live among you—but

We are not you.

We have powers you dream of having.

We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—

But we are real.

They caught Number One in Malaysia. Number Two in England. And Number Three in Kenya.

They killed them all.

I am Number Four. I am next.

 

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The Devil's Arithmetic

Overview

Winner of the National Jewish Book Award, “a triumphantly moving book.”*Hannah is tired of holiday gatherings−all her family ever talks about is the past. In fact, it seems to her that’s what they do every Jewish holiday. But this year’s Passover Seder will be different−Hannah will be mysteriously transported into the past . . . and only she knows the unspeakable horrors that await.*

Kirkus Reviews, pointer reviewEditorial Reviews

“A triumphantly moving book.”—Kirkus Reviews, pointer review

“[Yolen] adds much to understanding the effects of the Holocaust, which will reverberate throughout history, today and tomorrow.”—SLJ, starred review’

When 12-year-old Hannah is transported back to a 1940’s Polish village, she experiences the very horrors that had embarrassed and annoyed her when her elders related their Holocaust experiences.”—Publishers Weekly

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Overview

Berlin 1942

When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance.

But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

5.2.16 It’s Monday! What are you reading?! #TheMemoryOfThings

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 Memory of ThingsI read an advanced copy, thanks to Netgalley. The Memory of Things will be born on September 6, 2016. Review below.

 On the morning of September 11, 2001, sixteen-year-old Kyle Donohue watches the first twin tower come down from the window of Stuyvesant High School. Moments later, terrified and fleeing home to safety across the Brooklyn Bridge, he stumbles across a girl perched in the shadows, covered in ash, and wearing a pair of costume wings. With his mother and sister in California and unable to reach his father, a NYC detective likely on his way to the disaster, Kyle makes the split-second decision to bring the girl home. What follows is their story, told in alternating points of view, as Kyle tries to unravel the mystery of the girl so he can return her to her family. But what if the girl has forgotten everything, even her own name? And what if the more Kyle gets to know her, the less he wants her to go home? “The Memory of Things” tells a stunning story of friendship and first love and of carrying on with our day-to-day living in the midst of world-changing tragedy and unforgettable pain. It tells a story of hope.
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“Where were you when the world stopped turnin’ that September day?”

It might seem trite or overdone to start writing about 9/11 using the lyrics to Alan Jackson’s famous song. I hope not, because that opening line brings back everything from that day—a day that felt like it stood still.

I remember growing up hearing older people tell stories about remembering where they were when JFK was assassinated. Some even remembered where they were when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. It amazed me that a news story could freeze people’s memories.

The first big event I vaguely remember was when President Reagan was shot in 1981. The next momentous day was when I was my students’ age and the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred. I remember my teacher, Mrs. Wilson, coming to pick us up from lunch with tears in her eyes. This was back when sixth grade was in elementary school. When we got back to the room, she told us what happened. Of course, this was a particularly big deal because Christa McAuliffe—a teacher from New Hampshire—was on the Shuttle. I went home and watched the explosion with my mom on endless replay—the Shuttle lifting upward in a beautiful arc against a perfect blue sky. Then a white explosion. The shuttle disappeared and the booster rockets twisted off at odd angles. Tragedy.

Where was I when the world stopped turning on September 11, 2001? I was in my classroom meeting with other teachers. Our students were off team and the guidance counselor called down to tell us the weird news that a plane flew into the World Trade Center. The only image I could get in my mind was an old fashioned biplane like the ones that tried to attack King Kong when he climbed the Empire State Building in the old movies.

It wasn’t. They weren’t.

We wheeled out the TV from behind the door and watched as the first tower fell. Then the second. And when the students came back on team we were glassy-eyed and shocked, ushering all 75 of them into my room where we told them a little bit of what was going on. Our principal forbade us from showing news coverage, which was wise—though we didn’t think so at the time. Instead, we hastily drew a map of New York State and explained briefly what happened.

I will never forget. The memory of those things are scratched into who I am. (Here is a powerful recounting of the experience from a then 13-year-old girl.)

I also won’t forget watching videos of people hurrying through the streets of NYC trying to escape the disaster as ash rushed upon them, ghosting them in their work clothes.

This is where we begin Polisner’s The Memory of Things. Kyle is one of those people, running across the Brooklyn Bridge. Everyone was sent home from his high school, and when he comes across the winged-girl on the bridge, the story begins. On a day when two of the most iconic buildings in New York come crashing down, finding a girl with wings probably didn’t seem that strange. Kyle is a hero—a quiet, responsible, do-the-right-thing kind of 16-year-old—and goes against the flow to bring the winged girl to safety. What place would be safer than his house?

Kyle helps and tries to get to know this mystery girl while waiting to hear from his dad, a NYC detective who was likely rushing into the Towers to help people when the Towers collapsed. Where is he? Why can’t Kyle get through? He tries to hold it all together, his brain continually chipping away at bleak reality.

The girl is a distraction. What is her name? Where is she from? Is she missed? What is up with the wings? Did she have people in the towers too?

As readers, we get to hear from the mystery girl as well. Alternating with Kyle’s prose, her scattered story is told in verse. It feels schizophrenic, almost stream-of-consciousness. Her story is told a bit at a time until it comes out with a wallop.

Older readers like me will find themselves drawn to the remembering of 9/11 that’s used as a backdrop for the story.

Younger readers will be drawn to the book as they experience the tragic events in first person for the first time. They will find themselves turning pages to cheer on Kyle, uncover the winged-girl’s past, and discover the memory of things.

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 12 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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PERIOD 5&6 READ 2 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 Secret Life of Lincoln Jones
School of the Dead
Never Missing, Never Found
This is the Part Where You Laugh