1.31.20 {BOOKflix Friday} APRIL HENRY BOOKS

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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 Meet author April Henry:

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If you like thrillers and suspense, this is for you.

But only if you can handle it.

About the book
Sixteen-year-old Cheyenne Wilder is asleep in the back of her mom’s car when it’s stolen from the pharmacy parking lot. Cheyenne is not only sick with pneumonia—she’s also blind. Griffin, the teenager who was stealing packages out of parked cars, hadn’t meant to kidnap her; he just impulsively stole the car with her in it. But once Griffin’s dad finds out that Cheyenne’s father is the president of Nike, everything changes—now there’s a reason to keep her. Will Cheyenne be able to survive this harrowing ordeal and escape? And if so, at what price?

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And now…

OVERVIEW

“Take her out back and finish her off.”

She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether or not to kill her.

And that she must run.

In her riveting style, April Henry crafts a nail-biting thriller involving murder, identity theft, and biological warfare. Follow Cady and Ty (her accidental savior turned companion), as they race against the clock to stay alive, in The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die.

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Book 1 in the Last Seen series.

About the book
Alexis, Nick, and Ruby have very different backgrounds: Alexis has spent her life covering for her mom’s mental illness, Nick’s bravado hides his fear of not being good enough, and Ruby just wants to pursue her eccentric interests in a world that doesn’t understand her. When the three teens join Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, they are teamed up to search for a autistic man lost in the woods. What they find instead is a dead body. In a friendship that will be forged in danger, fear and courage, the three team up to find the girl’s killer—before he can strike one of their own.  

Awesome pics and writeup on the author’s site. Don’t miss it.

Book 2

When a woman’s body is found in a Portland park, suspicion falls on an awkward kid who lives only a few blocks away, a teen who collects knives, loves first-person shooter video games, and obsessively doodles violent scenes in his school notebooks. Nick Walker goes from being a member of Portland’s Search and Rescue team to the prime suspect in a murder, his very interest in SAR seen as proof of his fascination with violence. How is this even possible? And can Alexis and Ruby find a way to help clear Nick’s name before it’s too late?

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Here’s what’s available at our school library:

And one audiobook on Libby:

 

 

1.10.20 {BOOKflix Friday} The LEGEND series by @marielu

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

Get the popcorn ready.

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Marie Lu’s

LEGEND TRILOGY

Sometimes it gets tiring waiting for the next installment of a series or trilogy. The plot gets murky and the characters difficult to recall.

Sometimes I like reading a series that is ALL published so I can move quickly from one book to the next and keep my momentum.

If you feel at all the same, here is a great opportunity for you!

The trilogy is completed. And yes, the books are better than the trailers.

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#1: LEGEND

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

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#2: PRODIGY

June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—-June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.

But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?

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#3: CHAMPION

He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has.

 

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Fans have been asking for a new book in this series—and Marie Lu has been busy. Just out:

 

These books are available at our school library.

You’ll also notice that the library has a graphic novel of the first book. The others are published as well—even if the library doesn’t have them.

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Libby has the series:

It’s always fun to get to know authors on their Instagram accounts. Here is the link to Marie Lu’s account.

11.15.19 {BOOKflix Friday} No Place Like Home; BFF Bucketlist; and Best. Night. Ever! by Dee Romito

There are tons of great book trailers out in cyberland, so get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!


Last year I got to hang out with author Dee Romito at Monkey See, Monkey Do book store.

Mrs. Romito was there to sign copies of her books. Her latest release is

However, I was particularly interested in seeing a book that she wrote with 6 other authors:

Why did this book interest me so much?

Because when Mrs. Romito needed a book trailer for her book, she sent me a message and asked if I would be interested.

YEAH!

And after much collaboration, here it is:

Mrs. Romito and I worked together once before when a couple students joined me to make the trailer for a book of hers:

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:

 

11.11.19 {BOOKflix Friday} SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL

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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.

 

 

9.27.19 {BOOKflix Friday} Books by Lynda M. Hunt @LynMullalyHunt

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!


One for the Murphys

From B&N:

Carley uses humor and street smarts to keep her emotional walls high and thick. But the day she becomes a foster child, and moves in with the Murphys, she’s blindsided. This loving, bustling family shows Carley the stable family life she never thought existed, and she feels like an alien in their cookie-cutter-perfect household. Despite her resistance, the Murphys eventually show her what it feels like to belong—until her mother wants her back and Carley has to decide where and how to live. She’s not really a Murphy, but the gifts they’ve given her have opened up a new future.

From Hunt’s site:

Murphys has a difficult and sad flashback of physical abuse that shows the reader why Carley was placed in foster care. But the rest of the book is about hope, and trust, and learning to love. And it’s about learning to be loved – which is hardest of all. It’s about resilience and grit. It’s about a middle school child learning to claim the life that she wants.

Fish in a Tree

The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in.

 

“Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”

 

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.

And her most recent (which I’m listening to and LOVING!):

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From IndieBound

Summer 2019 Kids Indie Next List

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Fish in a Tree comes a compelling story about perspective and learning to love the family you have.

Delsie loves tracking the weather–lately, though, it seems the squalls are in her own life. She’s always lived with her kindhearted Grammy, but now she’s looking at their life with new eyes and wishing she could have a “regular family.” Delsie observes other changes in the air, too–the most painful being a friend who’s outgrown her. Luckily, she has neighbors with strong shoulders to support her, and Ronan, a new friend who is caring and courageous but also troubled by the losses he’s endured. As Ronan and Delsie traipse around Cape Cod on their adventures, they both learn what it means to be angry versus sad, broken versus whole, and abandoned versus loved. And that, together, they can weather any storm.

Hunt explained part of her reasoning and thought process for writing this book:

And I wanted to [take] the hands of young readers who are struggling with their perceptions of themselves and the world and their emotions and help point them in the right direction. Toward the life they want.

 

I want kids to know that life hands us all a myriad of experiences. It hands us joy and sorrow. Success and defeat. As my readers live their lives I want them to embrace joy. And when life hands them difficulty, I’d like them to know that they can handle it. That although life knocks us down sometimes, we can choose to stand up. Keep our shoulders strong.

Those, my friends, is powerful words from a wiser lady.

 

 

 

 

11.16.18 {BOOKflix Friday} SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL

Today is

Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!


 

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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From his site:

Soman Chainani’s debut series, THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, has sold more than 1.5 million copies, been translated into 27 languages across 6 continents, and will soon be a film from Universal Pictures, with Soman co-writing the screenplay.

Together, the four books in the series — THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES, THE LAST EVER AFTER, and QUESTS FOR GLORY— have all debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list. Together the books have been on the print and extended lists for more than 30 weeks.

The fifth book in the series will be released in early 2019.

 

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.

10.5.18 {BOOKflix Friday} No Place Like Home; BFF Bucketlist; and Best. Night. Ever! by Dee Romito

There are tons of great book trailers out in cyberland, so get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!


Last year I got to hang out with author Dee Romito at Monkey See, Monkey Do book store.

Mrs. Romito was there to sign copies of her books. Her latest release is

However, I was particularly interested in seeing a book that she wrote with 6 other authors:

Why did this book interest me so much?

Because when Mrs. Romito needed a book trailer for her book, she sent me a message and asked if I would be interested.

YEAH!

And after much collaboration, here it is:

Mrs. Romito and I worked together once before when a couple students joined me to make the trailer for a book of hers:

9.21.17 {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.

Screen Shot 2017-10-05 at 9.02.55 PM

Now meet the teenage equivalent: ALEX RIDER

Screen Shot 2017-10-05 at 9.04.33 PM

 

Screen Shot 2017-10-05 at 9.06.32 PM
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?
AR fb
Recently published: The FINAL book in the series–
Screen Shot 2017-10-05 at 8.55.17 PM
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:

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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