12.15.17 {BOOKflix Friday} RED QUEEN series

Today is BOOKflix Friday!

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

Get the popcorn ready.



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 …


How about a PREQUEL?
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12.11.17 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? THE BEST WE COULD DO by @MsThiBui ‏

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!

Does anyone know if it snowed at the bills game yesterday?

Check this out…


An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family’s journey from war-torn Vietnam, from debut author Thi Bui.

This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.

At the heart of Bui’s story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent—the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through. With haunting, poetic writing and breathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home.

In what Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen calls “a book to break your heart and heal it,” The Best We Could Do brings to life Thi Bui’s journey of understanding, and provides inspiration to all of those who search for a better future while longing for a simpler past.


No matter how many times I read stories by and about refugees, I’m always amazed by the strength that humans can show to survive. Even in the face of horrible living conditions and near-death experiences, people press on.

It was fascinating learning more about Vietnam and the people of that country. I know that America was in a war there in the 60s and 70s, that it was complicated, that many Americans died. Yet I rarely think of what it was like for the people of that country to deal with the rise and fall of leaders, the split of a country, and the struggle for survival amidst all that upheaval. Bui’s moving biographical graphic novel captured all that, plus what it was like for her and her family to move to and live in America.

The most moving part for me was when the beautiful illustrations were interrupted with the actual refugee photos taken of the Bui’s family when they made it safely out of Vietnam and to a camp.

This book is written for adults, but if the topic is interesting to younger readers, I highly recommend Thanhha Lai’s award winning novel in verse on the same topic, Inside Out & Back Again.


Check out this link to the Abrams site to see more images of the book pages.

NBC news did a nice Q&A with Bui. She also shared a bunch with Mother Jones.






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12.4.17 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? SUEE AND THE SHADOW

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!

I’ve mentioned to some of you that Graphic Novels are like dessert.

I read them myself and encourage you all to read them (and illustrated novels like Wimpy Kid). At the same time, I think it’s best not to read a steady diet of them. It’s important to read novels—more words, more practice, more like what you’ll be reading for your life.

But GNs are awesome! And if you’re reading them carefully and thoroughly, there is a LOT going on to pay attention to and enjoy.

Reward yourself with a GN or IN every couple novels to give yourself a treat and keep your energy up.

Description from IndieBound

Meet Suee: Twelve years old, wears her hair to the left in a point, favors a black dress, has no friends–and she likes it that way When Suee transfers to the dull and ordinary Outskirts Elementary, she doesn’t expect to hear a strange voice speaking to her from the darkness of the school’s exhibit room, and she certainly doesn’t expect to see her shadow come to life. Then things start to get really weird: One by one, her classmates at school turn into zombie-like, hollow-eyed Zeroes. While Suee investigates why this is happening, her shadow gains power. Soon, Suee must confront a stunning secret that her shadow has been hiding under her own two feet–something very dark and sinister that could put Suee and her newfound friends at risk 

This was a weirdly creepy book. Suee is a fun character: strong-willed and determined. But she’s also a loner, and that gets her in trouble to some extent—especially with, of all things, her shadow.

This was a totally original concept that Ly pulled off perfectly. A shadow that is begging for life… but also is mean and in control? Weird. The spookiest part is when Suee can’t control how she’s acting or what she says, and is completely aware of it. That helpless feeling is what nightmares are made of.

If you’re up for a creative and interesting graphic novel filled with symbolism, seek out Suee and the Shadow. 

Something tells me that there are more Suee tales to come.

And yes, the author has an Instagram account:





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12.1.17 {BOOKflix Friday} The Lunar Chronicles

Today is

Few things can draw a reader to a new book like a book trailer can. Each Friday I will endeavor to bring a couple to you—some new or recent, some teasers of upcoming books, and a few “classics”. Get the popcorn ready.


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As I was reading I made a connection that I tweeted out to the author, Marissa Meyer.

It never gets old:

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For those “Lunarheads” who can’t get enough, Meyer has also published 2 graphic novels which continue the adventures of Iko, our favorite female robot.

(the art in this one is by the same guy who does the download books)