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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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Juba!AUDIO BOOK

In New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers’s final novel, he delivers a gripping story based on the life of a real dancer known as “Master Juba,” who lived in the nineteenth century.

This engaging historical novel follows the meteoric rise of an immensely talented young black dancer, William Henry Lane, who influenced today’s tap, jazz dance, and step. With meticulous and intensive research, Walter Dean Myers has brought to life Juba’s story.

The novel includes photographs, maps, and other images from Juba’s time, as well as an afterword from Walter Dean Myers’s wife, Constance Myers, about the writing process of Juba!

This book was decent. Not great. It was interesting to hear the descriptions of the dancing and try to visualize what was happening. The end seemed rather abrupt, but realistic—which it was, since this is based on a real person and events.

AUDIO BOOK

What do you do when you’re blackmailed and someone threatens to reveal something about your that NO ONE else knows? Simon plays along, but as you can imagine, things spin out of control. How will it work out? Mature content.

 A 2014 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist

“An exceptionally well-researched, lovingly crafted, and important tribute to unsung American heroes.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

World War II is raging, and thousands of American soldiers are fighting overseas against the injustices brought on by Hitler. Back on the home front, discrimination against African Americans plays out as much on Main Street as in the military. Tanya Lee Stone examines the little-known history of the Triple Nickles, America’s first black paratroopers, who fought in an attack on the American West by the Japanese. The 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, in the words of First Sergeant Walter Morris, “proved that the color of a man had nothing to do with his ability.”
Front matter includes a foreword by Ashley Bryan. Back matter includes an author’s note, an appendix, a time line, source notes, a bibliography, and an index.

I’ve had this book for some time. It’s been on my nightstand. Finally I picked it up and finished it. It was interesting to learn about the racism that permeated the military. How could men who wanted to fight for their country be treated so poorly? It’s sad.

Overall I didn’t love the book, but I’m glad I read it. The most interesting part? Learning about Japanese Balloon Bombs.. Yep—it’s a real part of history. Look it up.

 

From award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes, a powerful novel set fifteen years after the 9/11 attacks.

When her fifth-grade teacher hints that a series of lessons about home and community will culminate with one big answer about two tall towers once visible outside their classroom window, Deja can’t help but feel confused. She sets off on a journey of discovery, with new friends Ben and Sabeen by her side. But just as she gets closer to answering big questions about who she is, what America means, and how communities can grow (and heal), she uncovers new questions, too. Like, why does Pop get so angry when she brings up anything about the towers?

Award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes tells a powerful story about young people who weren’t alive to witness this defining moment in history, but begin to realize how much it colors their every day.

As a teacher I often struggle with how much to tell my students about 9/11. Are they too innocent to hear? To see? To know all the details? The kids in this book are one year younger than my students, but it still hit home.

If you want thoughtful-but-not-gratuitous approach to the events of 9/11, this is the perfect book.

 

From Barnes and Noble

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.


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

This is for three weeks of reading…

PERIOD 2&3 READ 35 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 24 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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“The best laid plans….”
audio-books

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