10.15.19 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? EMMY IN THE KEY OF CODE

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week

&

the titles we are currently reading.}


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In this innovative middle grade novel, coding and music take center stage as new girl Emmy tries to find her place in a new school. Perfect for fans of GIRLS WHO CODE series and THE CROSSOVER.

In a new city, at a new school, twelve-year-old Emmy has never felt more out of tune. Things start to look up when she takes her first coding class, unexpectedly connecting with the material—and Abigail, a new friend—through a shared language: music. But when Emmy gets bad news about their computer teacher, and finds out Abigail isn’t being entirely honest about their friendship, she feels like her new life is screeching to a halt. Despite these obstacles, Emmy is determined to prove one thing: that, for the first time ever, she isn’t a wrong note, but a musician in the world’s most beautiful symphony.

 

Thoughts… Add this to the list of great books written in verse. A novel in verse looks like poetry, but reads more or less like a regular novel. Sometimes the author will use more poetic techniques or play with the layout of the words. Have you read any novels in verse?

 

I know that coding is the language of the future. It was cool to see how Lucido, a coder herself, used what she knows and loves to create a story. The story is really about friendship and fitting in, but coding and discovering a love for it play a central roll as well. 

There were times when the coding jargon (special words used to talk about a topic) got a little confusing. I didn’t let it bother me, nor did I work too hard to figure it out. I kept reading and enjoyed the story.

Emmy’s father is a concert pianist who was trying to learn a particularly difficult piece of music. At first Emmy didn’t like the song, but the more she listened, the more interesting she found it. I think that’s a lot of how life is: When we encounter something new or different, we tend to dislike it. But if we give it a chance, we often will become accustomed to it learn to enjoy or appreciate it. This may apply to books and genres, music, food, and people.

Keep trying new things, and don’t give up when something doesn’t come naturally to you.

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

LET’S RING THE BELL!

 

 

Period 2&3 read 14 books this past week.

Period 5&6 read 23 books this past week.

Period 8&9 read 15 books this past week.


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10.25.19 {BOOKflix Friday} Alex Rider series

Today is {BookFlix Friday}!

Get the popcorn ready.


Do you ever imagine that you are a spy? Gadgets, suspense, travel, danger.
James Bond is the most famous Hollywood spy.

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Now meet the teenage equivalent: ALEX RIDER

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Every year a couple kids start this series and get so wrapped up in it that they race through it to the end. Will it be YOU this year?
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Recently published: The FINAL book in the series–
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Cool site link here.

And another awesome-looking site here with games and challenges and codes—oh my! You can even READ the first chapter or LISTEN to the first chapter.

Read the books… watch the movie:

Coming soon to Netflix:

 

10.18.18 {BOOKflix Friday} Coraline and the Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman…. and a contest :)

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!


My daughters love Halloween. Do you?

The imagery, tastes, and sounds of this time of year are awesome:

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And don’t forget our

Third Annual AlphaTeam AlphaTheme Pumpkin Carving Contest!

 

Many of you have seen Coraline–surprisingly creepy, right?

If you haven’t read the book yet, you should!

 

There is no better day to share the Newbery-award winning book by the same author…

It Takes a Graveyard to Raise a Child.

Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead.There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer.

Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians’ time as well as their ghostly teachings—such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack–who has already killed Bod’s family.

Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead?

 

Neil Gaiman has been recorded reading the whole book. Perhaps you’d like to watch it on YouTube:

 

 

10.15.19 It’s Tuesday! What Are You Reading? BREAKOUT by Kate Messner

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week

&

the titles we are currently reading.}


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Description from IndieBound:

Told in letters, poems, text messages, news stories, and comics–a series of documents Nora collects for the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule Project–Breakout is a thrilling story that will leave readers thinking about who’s really welcome in the places we call home.

Nora Tucker is looking forward to summer vacation in Wolf Creek–two months of swimming, popsicles, and brushing up on her journalism skills for the school paper. But when two inmates break out of the town’s maximum security prison, everything changes. Doors are locked, helicopters fly over the woods, and police patrol the school grounds. Worst of all, everyone is on edge, and fear brings out the worst in some people Nora has known her whole life. Even if the inmates are caught, she worries that home might never feel the same.

Thoughts

I remember when the REAL breakout happened in Upstate NY a few years ago. It was all over the news and people were glued to their TVs and Twitter for updates about the manhunt for the escaped fugitives.

I remember seeing Messner post on Instagram a few times about how she had hit a roadblock on the way to get groceries or people in her neighborhood were asked to stay inside. Even back then, I thought, She’s totally going to use this idea in a book. And here it is.

I like the extra story in here about the new girl in town—an African American girl who moved from New York City. Nora notices that she isn’t treated fairly and wrestles with her surprise: Is she really seeing what she thinks she is? Should she say something? Tough questions.

Here are some other books by Messner. I particularly recommend The Seventh Wish  and All the Answers.

 

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

LET’S RING THE BELL!

 

 

Period 2&3 read ? books this past week.

Period 5&6 read ? books this past week.

Period 8&9 read ? books this past week.


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11.11.19 {BOOKflix Friday} SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL

Today is

Get the popcorn ready.

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Description

The New York Times bestselling The School for Good and Evil, the first book in the series, is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one. This paperback edition features an Extras section, giving readers a chance to see which school they’d be in and a Q&A with the author, Soman Chainani.

With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil.

The two girls soon find their fortunes reversed–Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School for Good, thrust among handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.

But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are?

 

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And coming on June 2, 2020 (I bet it’s a Tuesday…):

No trailer yet… but keep your eyes open.

 

Want to hear him talk about his books? Check out this interview:

Mr. Chainani is also super active on Instagram. He’s released all kinds of videos and pictures and clues.

 

But it all starts with book 1. If you’re up for a challenge.

 

 

10.7.19 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? GUEST POST: Katelyn shares RULES by Cynthia Lord

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week

&

the titles we are currently reading.}


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I’m taking a break this week (NOT from reading 🙂 ) and turning the blog over to Katelyn T.

Rules is my all time favorite book,  it’s about this twelve year old girl named Catherine who just wants a normal life, but she has an autistic brother who is standing in the way of that. Some of the rules she gave him are “keep your pants on in public” or “no putting toys in the fish tank”. Will she ever find out having an autistic brother isn’t that bad?  

Thoughts

This is an amazing book to share with people who love stories about things you might not have known existed. And maybe you might learn to respect different people more. What I learned from this book is don’t judge a book by its cover and some things aren’t as bad as they seem. Anyway, I really think you will enjoy this book. Who knows? Maybe it will be your all time favorite too.

Take a visit to Cynthia Lord’s site to read more information about this book or one of her other books.

This link on WebMD give more information about autism (now called Autism Spectral Disorder). There’s even a video that pops up and pIays.

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

LET’S RING THE BELL!

 

 

Period 2&3 read 13 books this past week.

Period 5&6 read 18 books this past week.

Period 8&9 read 9 books this past week.


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10.4.19 Alan Gratz—a master of Historical Fiction… and more

Today is {BOOKflix Friday}!

Get the popcorn ready.


Alan Gratz is a prolific author who is becoming better known every year. His books even have a distinct look to them—I can spot one from across the room. You would probably want to visit his site to check them all out.
His last four books are historical fiction. Lots of action. Lots of drama. Very gritty.
Let’s have a look:

 

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Coming Oct 15, 2019

ALLIES

June 6, 1944. D-Day.

Nearly 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel to invade German-occupied France, most of them from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Thousands more in France fought the Nazis at home. It was a day of unprecedented unity and cooperation.

But many people played heroic roles on D-Day only to return to lives after the war filled with prejudice, segregation, and injustice. Algerian Muslim soldiers fought in the French Resistance and the Free French Army, only to have to wage a bloody war for independence after the war. Jewish soldiers fighting for the liberation of concentration camps dealt with anti-Semitism among the very men who fought alongside them. African-American soldiers fought on the beaches at D-Day but remained segregated from white soldiers throughout the war, and returned home to find German prisoners of war treated better than they were in their hometowns.

Their stories and others are told in Allies, a novel that, like D-Day itself, proves we are stronger together.

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He has a couple other books as well. Keep your eyes open for these and more:

SERIES!

THE LEAGUE OF SEVEN

Book One in 

Thirty days hath September. Seven heroes we remember.

Young Archie Dent knows there really are monsters in the world. His parents are members of the Septemberist Society, whose job it is to protect humanity from hideous giant monsters called the Mangleborn. Trapped in underground prisons for a thousand years, the Mangleborn have been all but forgotten–until now.

Evil genius Thomas Alva Edison and his experiments in the forbidden science of electricity have awakened a Mangleborn in the swamps of Florida. When Archie’s parents and the rest of the Septemberists are brainwashed by the monster, it’s up to Archie and his loyal Tik Tok manservant Mr. Rivets to assemble a new team of seven young heroes to save the world: the League of Seven.