4.24.17 #IMWAYR #AskThePassengers

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

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the titles we are currently reading.}

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

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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the titles we are currently reading.}

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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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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

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the titles we are currently reading.}

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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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2.27.17 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? #IMWAYR #outcastsunited #WiresandNerve #EverythingEverything

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

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the titles we are currently reading.}

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This was a cool, true story about a woman who immigrated to America, and years later started and coached a soccer team for refugees near Atlanta, Georgia. There were so many bumps along the way—players who didn’t meet the coach’s high standards, people in the community who didn’t want so many refugees around, violence in the neighborhood. Even though things don’t end perfectly, this is a story of commitment, perseverance, and hope.
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You know by now that I’m a Lunar Chronicles fan—a so-called “Lunartic”. After finishing the series, I miss the characters I got to know so well. This was a treat to rejoin the crew and see how things are going both on Earth and the Moon. This first graphic novel focuses mostly on Iko, the droid with a serious attitude “problem”. She’s in charge of hunting the packs of wolf creatures still roaming Earth. She has her work cut out for her! I’m looking forward to the next installment.
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My older daughter bought this over the summer with a gift card and loved it. She says it’s her favorite book… and the movie is being advertised now… so I grabbed it and enjoyed some vacation reading. Honestly, it was tough to stop reading it.

Imagine being stuck in your house all day every day. The air is filtered. No one from the outside world can come to visit except your nurse. Why? Because you have a disease that makes you susceptible to sicknesses. It’s a matter of life and death. This is the situation that Maddy finds herself in.

And then Olly moves in next door.

When they catch a glimpse of each other through the window, it sets off a chain of events that turn and twist until the end.

This book has some mature scenes in it.

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 March, Book One
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1.9.16 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? #Smile #ShootingKabul

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

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the titles we are currently reading.}

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Two guest posts today! First, Victoria with Smile.
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I’m so excited that Mr. Etkin has given me an opportunity to write a blog post for you all!  

I just finished an amazing book that ties so closely with all of the Malala Yousafzai and activism work we have been doing in ELA class.  I knew I had to find a way to share it with all of you!

screen-shot-2017-01-08-at-9-47-56-pmFrom the publisher’s website:

Fadi never imagined he’d start middle school in Fremont, California, thousands of miles from home in Kabul—and half a world away from his missing six-year-old sister, Mariam.

Adjusting to life in the United States isn’t easy for Fadi’s family, and as the events of September 11 unfold, the prospects of locating Mariam in war-torn Afghanistan under Taliban control seem slim. When a photography competition with a grand prize of a trip to India is announced, Fadi sees his chance to return to Afghanistan and find his sister. But can one photo really bring Mariam home?

(Watch through 2:45)

This book is full of historical references, from the Taliban in Afghanistan/Pakistan to September 11, 2001. I don’t tend to read historical fiction. Fantasy is MY genre, which is such an opposite to historical fiction – from completely UNREAL with fae and magic to a story that is somewhat based on N.H. Senzai’s husband’s life.  However, Senzai made these historical events a backdrop to the main character, Fadi’s, own adventure and the author explores how history can change a family in powerful ways.  We have studied how oppressive the Taliban  in Pakistan was to women and it isn’t that much different for Fadi and his family.  

What I loved is how Senzai kept the reader in suspense about Mariam, Fadi’s younger sister, and how this one traumatic event can affect so many people.  Can you imagine letting go of your younger sister’s hand while you are trying to get on a bus to escape soldiers… never to see her again?  The guilt Fadi must feel!  Putting myself in Fadi’s shoes (or his mother’s or sister’s or father’s) was something I couldn’t help but do while reading.  By developing empathy for Fadi and his family, their struggles with losing Mariam, becoming acculturated to the USA, and the increase of bullying of people who practice Islam in a post-9/11 world, I couldn’t help but want to see a happy ending for all of them.  

Mr. Etkin has a few copies in his library – hopefully this review has inspired you to check one out.  

Until next time ~ Mrs. Crimmins

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10.14.16 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Student post—Percy Jackson

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Introducting: Daniel F. and Percy Jackson

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10.31.16 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? HAPPY HALLOWEEN #IMWAYR

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

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the titles we are currently reading.}

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screen-shot-2016-10-30-at-8-22-38-pm Had a little fun carving with the family. They neighbors gave us a couple large, oddly-shaped punkins and this one was perfect for my one-eyed dude. How did yours come out? Maybe you’ll want to include it in your BOOKselfie.img_6064

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Okay–moment of honesty here. I have been reading… but I’ve also been watching the world series… by now it might even be over… There is so much interesting history in this one.

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10.11.16 It’s TUESDAY! What are you reading? #Moo #BoneGap

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Moo

This was a sweet little read that I enjoyed. Reena and her family move from the city to Maine and to a whole new rural life. Pigs? Yep. Cows, snakes, and horses? Mmm-hmm. A crazy lady who accuses Reena and her brother of being rude? Oh yes, that is Mrs. Falala.

Reena is sure that she will hate it in Maine. But what she doesn’t know will surprise her.

Written in prose mixed with verse, this book is sure to please.

From the HarperCollins site:

Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog and Hate That Cat will love her newest tween novel, Moo. This uplifting tale reminds us that if we’re open to new experiences, life is full of surprises. Following one family’s momentous move from the city to rural Maine, an unexpected bond develops between twelve-year-old Reena and one very ornery cow.

When Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents first move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches, blueberries, and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents “volunteer” Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna—and that stubborn cow, Zora.

This heartwarming story, told in a blend of poetry and prose, reveals the bonds that emerge when we let others into our lives.

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Man! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this one. I even found the narrator, Dan Bittner, on Twitter to compliment his reading. He was able to use distinct voices for each character: Finn, the main character; Petey, a teenage girl; Roza, a native Polish speaker; and The man with icicle eyes—creepy…; and even a goat. (Bah!)

This is also a bit mature for my sixth graders, but I hope some of them read it someday.

Here is the blurb and a sample of the recording:

From the author’s site—

Bone Gap

—Winner of the 2016 Michael L. Printz Award for
Excellence in Young Adult Literature
—National Book Award Finalist

Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?

Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.

As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.

Sample audio from Audible.com

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9.26.16 It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

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This is the Part Where You Laugh

A very interesting book for high schoolers. Travis has sure been dealt a terrible hand. It doesn’t seem fair that so much difficult stuff can happen to one person. The book had a sudden ending that I keep thinking about. I might have to contact the author.

That being said: I really liked the book. I was engrossed from chapter one. I like books that start with a bang. The relationships were so interesting—how Travis deals with his sick grandmother, his aloof grandfather, his best friend “Creature”, his coach, and the cute new girl. I’m looking forward to my students reading this when they’re older.

From Barnes and Noble:

Travis plans to spend the summer as follows:

   • Working on his basketball game with his friend, Creature.
   • Reading excerpts from Creature’s novel-in-progress: Guide to Russian Princesses.
   • Canoeing around the lake, trying to catch a glimpse of the beautiful girl who just moved in.
   • Not getting into trouble, not going back to juvie . . .
   • Searching the homeless camps for his mother, with a jar full of cash to help her get back on her feet.

From a powerful new voice in YA literature comes an unforgettable account of growing up, making mistakes, and growing out of the shadow of drug abuse.

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5.16.16 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? The Seventh Wish by @KateMessner

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I read this ARC courtesy of Netgalley.

This book will be born on June 7th, 2016.

From Mrs. Messner’s site:

With the same warmth and fun that readers loved in All the Answers, Kate Messner weaves fantasy into the ordinary, giving every reader the opportunity to experience a little magic.

 

When Charlie Brennan goes ice fishing on her town’s cold winter lake, she’s hoping the perch she reels in will help pay for a fancy Irish dancing solo dress. But when Charlie’s first catch of the day offers her a wish in exchange for its freedom, her world turns upside down.

 

Charlie catches the fish again and again, but each time, her wishes go terribly and hilariously wrong. Just when things are finally starting to turn around, a family crisis with her older sister forces Charlie to accept the fact that some of the toughest challenges in life can’t be fixed by wishing.

 

“An empathetic, beautiful, magical fiercely necessary book that stares unflinchingly at the the very real challenges contemporary kids face and gently assures them they are not alone. Kate Messner gives her readers a story to cherish.”

~Anne Ursu, author of THE REAL BOY and BREADCRUMBS

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Mrs. Messner continued the brilliance that she started with her previous All the Answers (go ahead and tap that book over there to learn more).  Aalltagain, a completely realistic fiction story: A girl who likes ice fishing, sister at college, likes a boy, does Irish dancing, school projects… You know, normal stuff. But what if when fishing one day she catches a magic, wish-answering fish? What should she wish for? What would YOU wish for?

One thing we know from all the wish books and stories: Wishes never turn out the way we plan. Am I right? Of course.

The wishes don’t turn out right—but the blurb for the book doesn’t quite get it right: All the mistakes aren’t so hilarious. In fact, this book got very serious very quickly. The major issue Messner tackles here is all over the news right now. Careful readers will catch all the foreshadowing that is woven into the writing.

The Seventh Wish is a fascinating read. I had a tough time putting it down. You really think a book with a female MC is a girl book? Think again. And read this book. Here are a couple tweets I sent out while reading:

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