10.7.16 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? Student post + The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones

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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Last Monday I offered to have a student from each class guest post on this blog.

Introducting: Ethan W. and King George: What Was His Problem?

     King George What was his Problem by Steve Sheinkin is the best book to learn about the history of the Revolutionary War. It has real quotes and has great details. I would most definitely give this book a 10/10. Note: this book is totally Non-fiction. If you enjoy history and humor this is definitely the best book for you. There has to be every detail about the American Revolution you want to know.

From Barnes and Noble:

“Entire books have been written about the causes of the American Revolution. This isn’t one of them.” What it is, instead, is utterly interesting, antedotes (John Hancock fixates on salmon), from the inside out (at the Battle of Eutaw Springs, hundreds of soldiers plunged into battle “naked as they were born”) close-up narrative filled with little-known details, lots of quotes that capture the spirit and voices of the principals (“If need be, I will raise one thousand men, subsist them at my own expense, and march myself at their head for the relief of Boston” — George Washington), and action, It’s the story of the birth of our nation, complete with soldiers, spies, salmon sandwiches, and real facts you can’t help but want to tell to everyone you know.
King George: What Was His Problem? is a 2009 Bank Street – Best Children’s Book of the Year.”

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Last week I finished

The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones

I had a great time reading Lincoln Jones.  I suspected I would since I’m a big fan of Van Draanan—especially Flipped. Van Draanan didn’t disappoint.

Lincoln’s first person POV narration was spot-on. I laughed and chuckled through a bunch of scenes. And yes, I may have shed a tear gotten moist eyes in a  part or two. I like books that move me that way. It comes from a combination of plot and a believable main character. It’s difficult not to get involved personally and emotionally in stories like that. (Just ask Lexi—I got teary just re-reading the last few pages of her Flipped the other day!)

More than once, I thought to myself that Lincoln’s personality and narration reminded me of a combination of Bud from Christopher Paul Curtis’s Bud, Not Buddy and Jack in Gantos’ Dead End in Noorvelt. A good combination, if you ask me!

Get this book.

From Barnes & Noble:

My secret life is filled with psychic vampires, wheelchair zombies, chain-rattlin’ ghosts, and a one-eyed cat. But they’re nothing compared to my real-life stalker: a sixth-grade girl named Kandi Kain. . . .

Lincoln Jones is always working on the latest story he’s got going in his notebook. Those stories are his refuge. A place where the hero always prevails and the bad guy goes to jail. Real life is messy and complicated, so Lincoln sticks to fiction and keeps to himself. Which works fine until a nosy girl at his new school starts prying into his private business. She wants to know what he’s writing, where he disappears to after school, and why he never talks to anybody. . . .

The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones is a terrifically funny and poignant story about a boy finding the courage to get to know the real characters all around him—and to let them know him.

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



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

Let’s take a look to see if any parents commented on last week’s IM! WAYR? post…

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Pennies For Hitler

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School of the Dead
Never Missing, Never Found

1 thought on “10.7.16 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? Student post + The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones

  1. Pingback: 10.14.16 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Student post—Percy Jackson | {Eat the Book}

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