4.24.17 #IMWAYR #AskThePassengers

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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I finished another audiobook:

Again, this is a more mature book, but the characters and writing style were so compelling. I like how King used the main character’s study of Greek philosophers to dig at some of the deeper questions. I like fantasy and dystopian books, but I can get “into” a realistic fiction book so quickly. The characters are so real.

One of the main things that Astrid does when she feels alone is to go out to her backyard and lay on the picnic table. She looks at the planes flying overhead and sends them her love. Strange right? But it fits the story so perfectly. When I finished listening to the book while walking my dog, I paused to send A. S. King a message. And she responded:

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Some picture books, too…

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This is for three weeks of reading…

PERIOD 2&3 READ 11 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 15 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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4.18.17 #IMWAYR #TowersFalling #CourageHasNoColor #SimonVsHomosapiens

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.

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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

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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….”
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4.3 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? #IMWAYR #NeverMissingNeverFound

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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From Barnes and Noble

A clever thriller about a girl who returns after being kidnapped and the terrible choices she must make when another girl disappears. For fans of We Were Liars and The Darkest Corners.

Some choices change everything. Scarlett chose to run. And the consequences will be deadly.
 
Stolen from her family as a young girl, Scarlett was lucky enough to eventually escape her captor. Now a teen, she’s starting a summer job at an amusement park. There are cute boys, new friends, and the chance to finally have a normal life.
 
Her first day on the job, Scarlett is shocked to discover that a girl from the park has gone missing. Old memories come rushing back. And now as she meets her new coworkers, one of the girls seems strangely familiar. When Scarlett chose to run all those years ago, what did she set in motion? And when push comes to shove, how far will she go to uncover the truth . . . before it’s too late? 

This book took me a long time to read–partially because I was reading too late at night and kept falling asleep after a couple pages.

It took a while for me to get really into the book, but once I did I MADE time to read. Honestly, that was about halfway through. The narrative bounced back and forth between the now Scarlett and her life trying to get along with her family and work at the theme park over the summer and the then Scarlett who was living in the basement as a captive worker of some strange lady’s house. The captive part of the story was particularly interesting.

And yes, there is a crazywicked twist towards the end. Don’t worry–I won’t spoil it.

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

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

This is for three weeks of reading…

PERIOD 2&3 READ 28 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 32 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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3.24.17 {BOOKflix Friday} #RedQueenSeries @VictoriaAveyard

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

Get the popcorn ready.

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All summaries come from Barnes & Noble

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. There, before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess, and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays the only certainty is betrayal.

This sweeping story of palace intrigue, class hierarchy, and deception will keep readers hurtling along, desperate to find out Mare’s fate. Her honesty and determination, quick wit, and no-holds-barred attitude will surely make readers fall in love with her.

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the lightning girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continues organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

The fourth and final book will be released in 2018.
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And now for something completely different:
This video came to mind after watching the making of the cover of Yoon’s The Sun is Also a Star.
Pins and rubber bands.

4.20.17 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? student post: #RULEofTHRE3 #Frazzled

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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FIRST! Jacob K. has a series he wants to share with you…AND it’s his birthday!:

The Rule of Three series is great but is only good if you really love reading. The series is hard to read sometimes as people die, get injured, or become depressed because they don’t know where someone is. Although it does have some tough parts the series is great if you like action and survival based books.

I personally loved this book because I’m into survival based books. My favorite thing about the book is that it builds up a lot of suspense. They don’t tell you what’s going to happen until later which makes you want to keep reading.

The basic gist of the series is that a sudden black out happens and it’s not a normal black out. Anything that uses computers to operate is down, phones don’t work, cars that have touch screens or computers don’t work. Everyone thinks the blackout will only last a couple hours, but after 3 days it becomes clear it won’t end soon.

Read the series to find out how Adam joins the neighborhood and they work together to faces friends and enemies in this awesome action/survival series.

 

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From HarperKids YouTube:

Meet Abbie Wu! She’s about to start middle school and she’s TOTALLY FREAKING OUT—and not just because she’s stuck in a family that doesn’t quite get her or because the lunch ladies at school are totally corrupt or because everyone seems to have a “Thing” except her. Abbie Wu is ALWAYS in crisis.

From debut author and professional doodler Booki Vivat, Frazzled dives right into the mind of this hilariously neurotic middle school girl as she tries to figure out who she is and where she belongs. Akin to Smile by Raina Telgemeier, Frazzled is heavily illustrated, embarrassingly honest, and sure to appeal to anyone in the middle of figuring out how to survive the everyday disasters of growing up.

Learn more about Frazzled here: http://www.harpercollins.com/frazzled

This was a fun book with great illustrations. They were quite creative and unusual.  Here is an example.

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PERIOD 2&3 READ 7 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 13 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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3.13.17 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? #IMWAYR #MarchBook2

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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Don’t miss the sequel to the #1 bestseller March: Book One!

New York Times Bestseller
One of YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens
Winner of the Will Eisner Award
Winner of the Street Literature Book Award Medal
Winner of the Denver Independent Comic & Art Expo Award

“With March, Congressman John Lewis takes us behind the scenes of some of the most pivotal moments of the Civil Rights Movement. In graphic novel form, his first-hand account makes these historic events both accessible and relevant to an entire new generation of Americans.” — LeVar Burton

“A must-read monument… As Rep. Lewis continues to carry the civil-rights flame, this graphic achievement is a firsthand beacon that burns ever relevant today.” The Washington Post

Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, continues his award-winning graphic novel trilogy with co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell, inspired by a 1950s comic book that helped prepare his own generation to join the struggle. Now, March brings the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today’s world.

After the success of the Nashville sit-in campaign, John Lewis is more committed than ever to changing the world through nonviolence — but as he and his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the deep south, they will be tested like never before. Faced with beatings, police brutality, imprisonment, arson, and even murder, the movement’s young activists place their lives on the line while internal conflicts threaten to tear them apart.

But their courage will attract the notice of powerful allies, from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy… and once Lewis is elected chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, this 23-year-old will be thrust into the national spotlight, becoming one of the “Big Six” leaders of the civil rights movement and a central figure in the landmark 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

I’m  going to honest–parts of this book were hard to read. I love the historical aspect of this series. It’s fascinating to learn about what happened and how it went down. The men and women who fought the segregation of the south were crazy brave. How did they get on the busses knowing that there was likely to be serious trouble? Knowing that they weren’t going to fight back no matter what happened?

The violence was rough. It’s one thing to see depictions of a fight. But that’s not what this was. These were men and women standing there and leaving themselves defenseless, knowing that they were going to take a punch… or get whacked with a baton or pipe. It almost made me sick to see.

I’m anxious to get my hands on Book 3. 
You might find it interesting to watch this convo with Congressman John Lewis on The Daily Show.

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PERIOD 2&3 READ 14 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 15 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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3.10.17 {BOOKflix Friday} #TheSunIsAlsoAStar #TheLimit

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!


Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

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An eighth grade girl was taken today . . . With this first sentence, readers are immediately thrust into a fast-paced thriller that doesn’t let up for a moment.

In a world not too far removed from our own, kids are being taken away to special workhouses if their families exceed the monthly debt limit imposed by the government. Thirteen-year-old Matt briefly wonders if he might be next, but quickly dismisses the thought. After all, his parents are financially responsible, unlike the parents of those other kids. As long as his parents remain within their limit, the government will be satisfied and leave them alone. But all it takes is one fatal visit to the store to push Matt’s family over their limit—and to change his reality forever.

3.6.17 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? #IMWAYR

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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March, Book One

Discover the phenomenal graphic novel memoir by US Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis!

Winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award — Special Recognition
A #1 New York Times Bestseller
A #1 Washington Post Bestseller
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
An ALA Notable Book
One of YALSA’s Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens
One of YALSA’s Top 10 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
One of YALSA’s Outstanding Books for the College Bound
One of Reader’s Digest’s Graphic Novels Every Grown-Up Should Read
Endorsed by NYC Public Schools’ “NYC Reads 365” program
Selected for first-year reading programs by Michigan State University, Marquette University, and Georgia State University
Nominated for three Will Eisner Awards
Nominated for the Glyph Award
Named one of the best books of 2013 by USA Today, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, The Horn Book, Paste, Slate, ComicsAlliance, Amazon, and Apple iBooks.

This was a gripping historical graphic novel that bounced back and forth between the modern day Congressman Lewis and the younger John Lewis who grew up during segregation and used civil disobedience and peaceful protests to change our country. If you are interested in the Civil Rights movement of the 50s, this would be a great GN to read.

I’m looking forward to part 2, and then the award-winning March, book 3.

Here is a peek inside:

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My wife couldn’t believe that I found this interesting, but I sure did!

Pollan explains that corn has taken over our diet—and corn isn’t that healthy. Because of all the corn and things that come from corn and the animals eating corn, the food in our country has changed. Even the farming in our country has changed. And not for the better. Did you know that chickens, pigs, and cows we mostly eat dine on corn? And that they are not supposed to eat corn? Pollan also goes on to show how “good” farms (his opinion) should and do work.

You can listen to Pollan talk about his book and finding on NPR’s Fresh Air.

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PERIOD 2&3 READ 23 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 24 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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