2.26.18 IM! WAYR? #TheWarIFinallyWon

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!


Description from IndieBound

New York Times bestsellerLike the classic heroines of Sarah, Plain and TallLittle Women, and Anne of Green Gables, Ada is a fighter for the ages. Her triumphant World War II journey continues in this sequel to the Newbery Honor-winning The War that Saved My Life.

When Ada’s clubfoot is surgically fixed at last, she knows for certain that she’s not what her mother said she was–damaged, deranged, crippled mentally as well as physically. She’s not a daughter anymore, either. Who is she now?

World War II rages on, and Ada and her brother, Jamie, move with their guardian, Susan, into a cottage with the iron-faced Lady Thorton and her daughter, Maggie. Life in the crowded home is tense. Then Ruth moves in. Ruth, a Jewish girl, from Germany. A German? Could Ruth be a spy?

As the fallout from war intensifies, calamity creeps closer, and life during wartime grows even more complicated. Who will Ada decide to be? How can she keep fighting? And who will she struggle to save?

Ada’s first story, The War that Saved My Life, was a #1 New York Times bestseller and won a Newbery Honor, the Schneider Family Book Award, and the Josette Frank Award, in addition to appearing on multiple best-of-the-year lists. This second masterwork of historical fiction continues Ada’s journey of family, faith, and identity, showing us that real freedom is not just the ability to choose, but the courage to make the right choice.

I wish I could put my finger on why I like these books so much. The way Bradley is able to get into the head of Ada, the main character, is mesmerizing. Ada reminds me a little of Anne (of Anne of Green Gables). She’s fierce and determined, but she is also lacking knowledge. It is amusing to see the things she doesn’t understand. Dragons aren’t real? But if I had been kept in one room all my life like she was, I’d have the same confusions.

Ada has a strong sense of justice and doesn’t like to see people mistreated. She even stands up to adults who have power over her when she feels they are being unfair. It was great how Ada stood up for Ruth—the German Jewish refugee—when Mrs. Norton treated her so poorly.

I recommended this book to my mom. Something about it reminded me of her. I think it was Susan’s wisdom. I hope she reads it so we can talk about it.

If you haven’t read The War that Saved My Life, then start there and jump into The War I Finally Won.

 


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Description from IndieBound

An Indie Next List Pick”Filled with kindness and hope, but also with the harsh realities of the horrors of war, this heartbreaking book is a necessary reminder of what many people live through every day.” –Booklist (starred review)

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.

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Our church is doing a study of this book in small groups.
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2.16.18 {BOOKflix Friday}

There are tons of great book trailers out in cyberland, and each Friday I will endeavor to bring a couple to you. Many will be new and recent books. Some trailers will preview a not-yet-released book. And others will look back a little further.

Lights…Camera…Action!


This is book one of a series.

Description from IndieBound

Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths

Thirteen-year-old Alex tries his hardest to be stoic when his fate is announced as Unwanted, even while leaving behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted. Upon arrival at the destination where he expected to be eliminated, however, Alex discovers a stunning secret–behind the mirage of the “death farm” there is instead a place called Artime.

In Artime, each child is taught to cultivate their creative abilities and learn how to use them magically, weaving spells through paintbrushes and musical instruments. Everything Alex has ever known changes before his eyes, and it’s a wondrous transformation.

But it’s a rare, unique occurence for twins to be separated between Wanted and Unwanted, and as Alex and Aaron’s bond stretches across their separation, a threat arises for the survival of Artime that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate, magical battle.

Then you’ll want to read:

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NEW SERIES:

The series website is HERE!

2.12.18 IM, WAYR? Student Guest Post: Jaime I.—City of Ember

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 BLOGGER: Jaime I.

 

In the book City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau the main characters are Lina and Doon and their main goal is to get out of their dying city or save it.

 

    Lina and Doon just turned twelve, the age of when kids start working, but Lina and Doon have plans. Lina plans to be a messenger. She wants to explore the city. In the meantime Doon wants to know more about why the generator is slowly dying to try to fix it. They want to rescue their city from forever darkness. When Lina finds instructions that her little sister her little sister ripped up, she was determined to find a way out of the city so she gets Doon’s help to solve the case. But a lot happens. Discovery is dangerous at times.They became wanted when the people think they’re spreading lies about the mayor. At this point it was escape or be captured. Will they escape in time???

It was the best series I ever read. It’s a mix of adventure and drama..I think everyone should try this amazing series. It is the best book I read, I think everyone would like it. Besides that, this amazing series needs one more thing: A FIFTH BOOK. Try the series. You’ll like it!

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Great job, Jaime. Ember is one of my most memorable reads. The movie isn’t as good… but still worth watching. There are lots of differences, for sure.

 

Now—who’s next?


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Description from IndieBound

An Indie Next List Pick”Filled with kindness and hope, but also with the harsh realities of the horrors of war, this heartbreaking book is a necessary reminder of what many people live through every day.” –Booklist (starred review)

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.

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Our church is doing a study of this book in small groups.
audio-books

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2.9.18 {BOOKflix Friday} Frog Scientist, Temple Grandin Bio

Today is BOOKflix Friday!

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

Get the popcorn ready.

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ACTIVISTS come in all types and for all reasons.

An activist for…
wait for it….
COWS?!
Yep.
An autistic activist too. Her autism allows her to see and understand things in a different way than most. Her autism turned out to be a gift.
Here is a trailer for a movie about Temple Grandin. It gives you a pretty good idea of what the book is about. I’ve read this book. It’s fascinating.
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If the movie looks good, it is available on Amazon Prime.
When Temple Grandin was born, her parents knew that she was different. Years later she was diagnosed with autism.
While Temple’s doctor recommended a hospital, her mother believed in her. Temple went to school instead.
Today, Dr. Temple Grandin is a scientist and professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Her world-changing career revolutionized the livestock industry. As an advocate for autism, Temple uses her experience as an example of the unique contributions that autistic people can make.
This compelling biography complete with Temple’s personal photos takes us inside her extraordinary mind and opens the door to a broader understanding of autism.

 

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From Goodreads:

The critically acclaimed Scientist in the Field book about how one boy’s interest in backyard science inspired a career in scientific discovery.

When Tyrone Hayes was growing up in South Carolina, he didn’t worry about pesticides. He just liked to collect frogs. Tyrone’s interest in science led him to Harvard University, and though he struggled at first, he found his calling in the research lab of an amphibian scientist.

Meanwhile, scientists discovered that all around the globe, frogs were dying. The decline has many causes, including habitat loss and disease. Tyrone discovered that the most commonly used pesticide in the United States, atrazine, may also play a role. Tyrone tested atrazine on frogs in his lab at Berkeley. He found that the chemical caused some of the male frogs to develop into bizarre half-male, half-female frogs. What was going on? That’s what Tyrone wants to find out.

Does this interest you? You might want to listen to more.

A discussion with featured Frog Scientist, Tyrone Hayes:

Forum

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2.5.18 It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading? GUEST BLOGGER Alexa F.—Emily Windsnap

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 BLOGGER: Alexa F.

  In the EMILY WINDSNAP series, 12-year-old Emily discovering that she is half-mermaid isn’t the biggest moment of her life. Emily, who has never met her father since he was imprisoned by an angry King Neptune deep under the sea, faces all her problems head on. She makes new mermaid friends, but she also has to learn to live by the rules of the sea, which might mean confronting King Neptune and his terrible decrees about where mermaids should live and who they live with. This all happens in the first book, which means there is a lot of adventure on the way. In each book, Emily and her friends get into lots of adventure and mischief, and learn a lot of new things about their backgrounds and different worlds. Yes, different worlds, as in mermaid worlds.

To me, this series is AMAZING! It’s a combination of fantasy, romance, and adventure. Emily has ups and downs through friendships with her best friend, and boyfriend, but they always come back to work together. If you like the thrill of adventure, with a little romance thrown in there, then this might be a series that interests you. There are six books in the series, with more coming. The author, Liz Kessler, has her own website. Check it out!

Tap the image above to get to Ms Kessler’s site. She has LOTS of books.

She also has an Instagram account (CUTE DOG!):

 


PERIOD 1&2 READ 6 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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Did you catch my
this past week?

 

Description from IndieBound

An Indie Next List Pick”Filled with kindness and hope, but also with the harsh realities of the horrors of war, this heartbreaking book is a necessary reminder of what many people live through every day.” –Booklist (starred review)

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.

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1.29.18 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #Renegades

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!


From IndieBound:

NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 

From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer, comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.

Secret Identities.
Extraordinary Powers.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies–humans with extraordinary abilities–who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice–and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to the villains who have the power to end them both.

MY THOUGHTS:

It’s hard to believe that this book is written by the same author as The Lunar Chronicles.This book has a totally different feel and tone. Still good, but different.

It is interesting to watch Nova’s opinions about the bad guys—who most people consider the good guys—evolve over the course of the book. That’s just the way life is: I think I know what’s going on and what my opinions are, then I learn more information—a different side of the story—and I have to reconsider. Nova does that.

Nova especially has to reconsider her opinions on Adrian. Sure, she’s a spy for the Anarchist’s who is posing as a Renegade, but that doesn’t mean she can’t find one of the Renegades charming and attractive. It makes it all the more interesting that he is the son of a couple of the most powerful Renegades.

I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book—especially after this crazy ending!


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1.26.17 {BOOKflix Friday} THE BREADWINNER, MALALA’S MAGIC PENCIL

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!


 

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From IndieBound:

The first book in Deborah Ellis’s riveting Breadwinner series is an award-winning novel about loyalty, survival, families, and friendship under extraordinary circumstances during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan. Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital city. Parvana’s father — a history teacher until his school was bombed and his health destroyed — works from a blanket on the ground in the marketplace, reading letters for people who cannot read or write. One day, he is arrested for the crime of having a foreign education, and the family is left without someone who can earn money or even shop for food. As conditions for the family grow desperate, only one solution emerges. Forbidden to earn money as a girl, Parvana must transform herself into a boy, and become the breadwinner. The 15th anniversary edition includes a special foreword by Deborah Ellis as well as a new map, an updated author’s note, and a glossary to provide young readers with background and context. All royalties from the sale of this book will go to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. Parvana’s Fund supports education projects for Afghan women and children.

 


 

From IndieBound

Malala’s first picture book will inspire young readers everywhere to find the magic all around them.
As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true. 
This beautifully illustrated volume tells Malala’s story for a younger audience and shows them the worldview that allowed Malala to hold on to hope even in the most difficult of times.

 

BONUS:

An interview with Malala about her book and the next phase of her life:

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1.22.18 IM, WAYR? #ShePersisted

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!


Has anyone seen the new app from Google that scans your selfie and finds a work of art that looks like you? Some I’ve seen from friends are quite accurate. Others–not so much.
How do you think it did with mine?

I had heard a lot about this one and wanted to read it myself.

ABOUT SHE PERSISTED

Chelsea Clinton introduces tiny feminists, mini activists and little kids who are ready to take on the world to thirteen inspirational women who never took no for an answer, and who always, inevitably and without fail, persisted.
 
Throughout American history, there have always been women who have spoken out for what’s right, even when they have to fight to be heard. In early 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren’s refusal to be silenced in the Senate inspired a spontaneous celebration of women who persevered in the face of adversity. In this book, Chelsea Clinton celebrates thirteen American women who helped shape our country through their tenacity, sometimes through speaking out, sometimes by staying seated, sometimes by captivating an audience. They all certainly persisted. 
 
She Persisted is for everyone who has ever wanted to speak up but has been told to quiet down, for everyone who has ever tried to reach for the stars but was told to sit down, and for everyone who has ever been made to feel unworthy or unimportant or small. 
 
With vivid, compelling art by Alexandra Boiger, this book shows readers that no matter what obstacles may be in their paths, they shouldn’t give up on their dreams. Persistence is power.
 
This book features: Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Clara Lemlich, Nellie Bly, Virginia Apgar, Maria Tallchief, Claudette Colvin, Ruby Bridges, Margaret Chase Smith, Sally Ride, Florence Griffith Joyner, Oprah Winfrey, Sonia Sotomayor—and one special cameo.

Since we just celebrated MLK Day, a couple of these women in particular caught my attention.

This book was so well-received that there is a sequel coming in a couple months:


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1.16.17 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? GHOST by Jason Reynolds

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 actually finished this over Christmas break and forgot to mention it here:

This is the first in a series of books about runners on a track team. The series is called Track Team Series. This is book #1.

From Simon & Schuster:

Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel in a new series from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award–winning author Jason Reynolds.

Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team—a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves.

Running. That’s all Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons—it all started with running away from his father, who, when Ghost was a very little boy, chased him and his mother through their apartment, then down the street, with a loaded gun, aiming to kill. Since then, Ghost has been the one causing problems—and running away from them—until he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medalist who sees something in Ghost: crazy natural talent. If Ghost can stay on track, literally and figuratively, he could be the best sprinter in the city. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed, or will his past finally catch up to him?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The style was fast-pasted and in the language was from a city kid’s mouth. I like when books start rather innocently, but then pack a twist or lesson. This is that book.

Start this video at :49.

Jason Reynolds also has a cool site you might want to discover. Tap this images below:


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The library stole this digital copy back from me, but I was able to get it again.
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