3.26.18 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? Escape from Aleppo

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!


FIRST! THIS  happened yesterday:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nadia’s family is forced to flee their home in Aleppo, Syria, when the Arab Spring sparks a civil war in this timely coming-of-age novel from award-winning author N.H. Senzai.

Silver and gold balloons. A birthday cake covered in pink roses. A new dress.

Nadia stands at the center of attention in her parents’ elegant dining room. This is the best day of my life, she thinks. Everyone is about to sing “Happy Birthday,” when her uncle calls from the living room, “Baba, brothers, you need to see this.” Reluctantly, she follows her family into the other room. On TV, a reporter stands near an overturned vegetable cart on a dusty street. Beside it is a mound of smoldering ashes. The reporter explains that a vegetable vendor in the city of Tunis burned himself alive, protesting corrupt government officials who have been harassing his business. Nadia frowns.

It is December 17, 2010: Nadia’s twelfth birthday and the beginning of the Arab Spring. Soon anti-government protests erupt across the Middle East and, one by one, countries are thrown into turmoil. As civil war flares in Syria and bombs fall across Nadia’s home city of Aleppo, her family decides to flee to safety. Inspired by current events, this novel sheds light on the complicated situation in Syria that has led to an international refugee crisis, and tells the story of one girl’s journey to safety.

 

Though it took me a while to read this whole book, it was pretty amazing. One of the things that frequently strikes me is how much a human is capable of handling. Think of the people in concentration camps and what they endured and survived. Think of the daily trek to water that girls like Nya have to make—sometimes twice. Think of the Lost Boys and their cross-country treks to find safety.

Over the weekend I got to spend time with Alex who is a survivor of the genocide that took place in Rwanda, Africa. Almost 1,000,000 people of the Tutsi tribe were killed. (Look it up—it’s crazy!) Alex escaped and lived to tell the tale. He shared part of his story with my family and our church.

 

 

 

And now, still going on, is the fighting in Syria—a civil war. The situation is complicated, for sure. A leader who wants to keep power. Rebel forces trying to topple him. And caught in the middle? Civilians: mothers, father, children.

The pictures and video are shocking:

Look what pops up on Google Image search when I put in Syrian civil war photos.

This is the world that Nadia inhabits in Escape from Aleppo.


PERIOD 1&2 READ 9 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD5&6 READ 14 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 13 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.


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3.23.18 {BOOKflix Friday} Serafina 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!


You’ll remember that Ryan shared his opinions on the Serafina series with us the other day. Now is our chance to watch the trailers for books 2 & 3.

 

Here are the trailers for the three books:

 

 










3.19.18 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!


Lots of articles about the Bills trades and acquisitions;

News about the NCAA tournament and the UB Bulls;

Book reviews online;

Etc.

 

But not book.


THIS WEEK’S BOOKselfie theme: Parent/guardian pic

PERIOD 1&2 READ 12 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD5&6 READ 19 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 20 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.


Did you catch my
this past week?

I just received an ARC of this GN in the mail… Can’t wait to read it.

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3.12.18 It’s Monday! What are YOU Reading? GUEST BLOGGER: Ryan H. and SERAFINA

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!


 

TODAY’S GUEST BLOGGER: Ryan H. 

In the book Serafina and the Black Cloak, there’s a girl named Serafina who lives at Biltmore Estate. There is plenty to explore at her Grand home, although she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folks knows that Serafina exists. She and her pa, the  Estates maintenance man, have lived in a basement secretly for a long time. Only if Serafina can remember. When children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows the culprit—a terrible man who stalks Biltmore’s corridors at night. She joins forces with Braden Vanderbilt, and during her time trying stop the man she discovers magic that reveals who she truly is. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must seek the answers that unlock the door to her future.


I think this is a book for kids who like a little bit of thriller and a little bit of mystery. But this a hard book to read. It has adult words that are really hard sometimes. If you like to challenge yourself by reading hard words and read a good book, this is a definitely a book for you.

I liked this book because they came out with a trailer that looked like a movie trailer  but it is a book. So you know it’s good book. But the thing is it’s so good I read it every day for 2 hours. One of the things I like about it is the way they made  the book—it felt like ripped paper and it felt a little like you are reading an old story tale. If you read the first book and like it, you can go on to the other two books, called Serafina and the Twisted Staff and Serafina  and the Splintered Heart.

Here are the trailers for the three books:

 











PERIOD 1&2 READ 12 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD5&6 READ 17 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 15 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.


Did you catch my
this past week?

I just received an ARC of this GN in the mail… Can’t wait to read it.

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Our church is doing a study of this book in small groups.
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3.9.18 {BOOKflix Friday} Tale Dark & Grimm 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!


Adam Gidwitz’s
Tale Dark & Grimm series…with new covers.
Original:
 And NEW covers by the Caldecott-winning author and illustrator, Dan Santat.
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What’s that???

You wonder what these books are based on? Look not further than THE BROTHERS GRIMM!

3.5.18 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #PrideWars – The Spinner Prince #LunarChroniclesGN : Wires and Nerve Vol. 2—Gone Rogue

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!


 

GUEST POST from MRS. CRIMMINS!

Arriving TOMORROW, March 6, 2018:

Tap the book to visit the author site

Synopsis from Amazon

I am Leo, Prince of Singara, and I am about to die. . .

Prince Leo is next in line for the throne of Singara, a land ruled by super-evolved felines. Like every thirteen-year-old, Leo must prove his worth by hunting a deadly beast called a slaycon. But killing a slaycon is the least of Leo’s problems. The enemy beyond the Great Wall is rising up. Inside the wall, Singara is being torn apart by Leo’s rebellious cousin. Worst of all, Leo is a Spinner, cursed with a dangerous and forbidden power he can’t control.

The future of Singara is in Leo’s hands. Can he conceal his curse, claim the throne, and protect his realm? Or will he embrace his power and discover a far greater destiny . . . for himself and for his world?

An unforgettable adventure, this first book in the Pride Wars series by debut author Matt Laney introduces a world where honor and duty, ferocity and faith, are tested by an unexpected hero.

Mrs. Crimmins’ Review

I thought that this might be a new genre for me.  A half lion/half boy main character?  What an interesting concept and a way to get out of my YA fantasy book binge.  I need to try new genres and expand my horizons…  But then, when I began reading it, I realized how many of my favorite books were stories told by animals.  Who doesn’t love the classics Charlotte’s Web or Black Beauty?   

The Spinner Prince has parallels to the Lion King (or Hamlet, if you are a Shakespeare lover) with an element of fantasy.  I wonder if these popular stories inspired the author, Matt Laney, to tell this story.  Similar to Simba, Leo is heir to the throne and has a relative who is blood-thirsty and wants all the power himself.

Leo being a Spinner, or story-teller, in a society were logic, facts, and war is valued.  Throughout the story, Leo tells short parables, or stories with a THEME, that relate to the conflict at hand.  He must keep these stories a secret and only trusts his best friend Anjali with them. I couldn’t imagine a place where stories are outlawed.  Can you?  

Overall, this book is EPIC.  The synopsis above really only reveals about 10% of the book.   If you like stories that seem to never end (in the best way possible, of course), this might be a good fit for you.  

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Description from IndieBound:

The second graphic novel, and sequel to Wires and Nerve, Volume 1, from #1 New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Marissa Meyer

The world of the Lunar Chronicles comes alive in this thrilling continuation of Wires and Nerve. Iko–an audacious android and best friend to the Lunar Queen Cinder–has been tasked with hunting down Alpha Lysander Steele, the leader of a rogue band of bioengineered wolf-soldiers who threaten to undo the tenuous peace agreement between Earth and Luna. Unless Cinder can reverse the mutations that were forced on them years before, Steele and his soldiers plan to satisfy their monstrous appetites with a massacre of the innocent people of Earth.

And to show he’s serious, Steele is taking hostages.

Cinder and Kai, Scarlet and Wolf, Cress and Thorne, and Winter and Jacin all feature in this epic new battle. But it is Iko who must face her deepest fears when she uncovers the truth about her own unusual programming. Questions of love, friendship, and mortality take Iko on an emotional journey that will satisfy and delight fans of this bestselling series.

I’m glad to be able to continue this journey with these characters I’ve grown to know so well over the past few years. Centering these GNs around Iko, the human droid (?) is brilliant since she has such a strong personality. I’m always impressed with how the author and illustrator are able to capture each character’s unique personality with drawings and speech bubbles. Masterful.

There is a little less action in this volume, but a lot of development of the struggles between Earth and the Lunars, and even relationships between characters. Are things heating up between Iko and her compadre? Is that even possible? Read and see.


PERIOD 1&2 READ 12 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD5&6 READ 20 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 30 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.


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