9.10.18 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Summer books

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

&

the titles we are currently reading.}


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT ABOUT YOU?


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My buddy Eric sent me a SIGNED COPY!!!

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6.7.18 The FINAL BOOKflix Friday of 2017-18

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!


#1

THE SELECTION

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

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10.18.18 {BOOKflix Friday} Eve&Adam, Matched

Today is

Get your popcorn ready…


 

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Husband and wife superstars have teamed up again, this time to bring us a tale of adolescent bio-engineering. Hmmmm… what could go wrong?

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Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate are husband and wife authors. You are most familiar with Applegate from her Newbery-winning The One and Only Ivan. I best know Michael Grant from his Gone series, but he has written tons of others, including the recent BZRK and Magnificent 12. Together they are responsible for the Animorphs series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


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[Click the book to read a Kindle preview.]

Description
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

 

YEP! This is a trilogy. Don’t forget the next two books:

 

5.11.18 {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.

Lights…Camera…Action!


 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

 

Sometimes authors have to make serious decisions about their books:

 

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The movie trailer:

4.30.18 It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

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!


Lots of Bills draft coverage…

 

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

PERIOD5&6 READ 18 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

BOOKselfies are due Wednesday this week.
STUFFED ANIMAL THEME!
Tap on the class periods above to get to the BOOKselfies.

Did you catch my
this past week?

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AUDIO BOOK

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4.27.18 {BOOKflix Friday} RULE OF THREE series; 7th GRADE LIFE…

Get the popcorn ready.

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From this morning’s announcements:

One shocking afternoon, computers around the globe shut down in a viral catastrophe. At sixteen-year-old Adam Daley’s high school, the problem first seems to be a typical electrical outage, until students discover that cell phones are down, municipal utilities are failing, and a few computer-free cars like Adam’s are the only vehicles that function. Driving home, Adam encounters a storm tide of anger and fear as the region becomes paralyzed. Soon—as resources dwindle, crises mount, and chaos descends—he will see his suburban neighborhood band together for protection. And Adam will understand that having a police captain for a mother and a retired government spy living next door are not just the facts of his life but the keys to his survival, in The Rule of Three by Eric Walters.

If you like this book, you’ll want to read the next two:

 


All Dillon wants is to be a real dancer. And if he wins a summer scholarship at Dance-Splosion, he’s on his way. The problem? His dad wants him to play football. And Dillon’s freestyle crew, the Dizzee Freekz, says that dance studios are for sellouts. His friends want Dillon to kill it at the audition—so he can turn around and tell the studio just how wrong their rules and creativity-strangling ways are.

WORK IT.

At first, Dillon’s willing to go along with his crew’s plan, even convincing one of the snobbiest girls at school to work with him on his technique. But as Dillon’s dancing improves, he wonders: what if studios aren’t the enemy? And what if he actually has a shot at winning the scholarship?

BRING IT.

Dillon’s life is about to get crazy . . . on and off the dance floor.

 

 

 

 

 

4.20.18 {BOOKflix Friday} Michael Vey series

Today is

Get the popcorn ready.

Lights…Camera…Action!


#1

The Prisoner of Cell 25 (Michael Vey Series #1)

The start of an action-packed teen series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Richard Paul Evans.

To everyone at Meridian High School, fourteen-year-old Michael Vey is nothing special, just the kid who has Tourette’s syndrome. But in truth, Michael is extremely special—he has electric powers. Michael thinks he is unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor has the same mysterious powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up with their abilities, and their investigation soon brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric teens—and through them, the world.

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Rise of the Elgen (Michael Vey Series #2)

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Battle of the Ampere (Michael Vey Series #3)

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Are you interested now?

4.16.18 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? The Burning Room, Refugee

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!


This is an adult crime novel. This book series is the basis for the television series Bosch.

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Description from IndieBound

A powerfully moving graphic novel by New York Times bestselling author Eoin Colfer and the team behind the Artemis Fowl graphic novels that explores the current plight of undocumented immigrants.

Ebo is alone.His brother, Kwame, has disappeared, and Ebo knows it can only be to attempt the hazardous journey to Europe, and a better life–the same journey their sister set out on months ago.

But Ebo refuses to be left behind in Ghana. He sets out after Kwame and joins him on the quest to reach Europe. Ebo’s epic journey takes him across the Sahara Desert to the dangerous streets of Tripoli, and finally out to the merciless sea. But with every step he holds on to his hope for a new life, and a reunion with his family.

This is a tale ripped right from the headlines.

It’s one thing to hear about refugees on the news. It feels very different to get involved in a story about a refugee. Jumping back in forth in time, experiencing the different legs of Ebo’s journey was a tragic rollercoaster. Which was worse: the long trek across the dry Sahara? Or the slow drift across the Mediterranean.

This is a close look at the struggles and decisions that many people in the world have to make.

I learn again that it’s easy as a cozy American to judge what others in the world do. It’s very different to imagine and wonder what I would do in their situations.

This is an eye-opening read.

 

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

PERIOD5&6 READ 17 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

BOOKselfies are due Wednesday this week.
Tap on the class periods above to get to the BOOKselfies.

Did you catch my
this past week?

Almost finished.

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3.9.18 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Guest Post: Damico H. and #Amulet

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 POST: Damico H. and the AMULET series

From IndieBound:

Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi creates a world of terrible, man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, a talking fox, a giant robot—and two ordinary children on a mission. 

After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids’ mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals.

Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves.

Here’s a cool trailer for book IV that gives lots of background as well:

From Damico: In my opinion, the series Amulet was a very great series because it kept me so interested that I didn’t want to put it down. I like that you get to feel all kinds of emotions especially when they are in a serious situation. I really liked when I felt nervous and joyful at the same time. The only things that I would change about it would be that the stones don’t have a voice in it, and I wish that Emily met more Stonekeepers. The thing that I like about the author’s writing is that he has a lot of creativity.

The 8th book will come out on September 25, 2018.

The name of the book is Supernova.

If you’re interested in what it looks like to create AMULET, here’s a cool vid behind the scenes:

And a couple more:


 I finished a few books as well, but I’ll save those for next week.

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

PERIOD5&6 READ 20 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

BOOKselfies are due Wednesday this week.
Tap on the class periods above to get to the BOOKselfies.

Did you catch my
this past week?

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AUDIO BOOK

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3.26.18 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? Escape from Aleppo

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!


FIRST! THIS  happened yesterday:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

Though it took me a while to read this whole book, it was pretty amazing. One of the things that frequently strikes me is how much a human is capable of handling. Think of the people in concentration camps and what they endured and survived. Think of the daily trek to water that girls like Nya have to make—sometimes twice. Think of the Lost Boys and their cross-country treks to find safety.

Over the weekend I got to spend time with Alex who is a survivor of the genocide that took place in Rwanda, Africa. Almost 1,000,000 people of the Tutsi tribe were killed. (Look it up—it’s crazy!) Alex escaped and lived to tell the tale. He shared part of his story with my family and our church.

 

 

 

And now, still going on, is the fighting in Syria—a civil war. The situation is complicated, for sure. A leader who wants to keep power. Rebel forces trying to topple him. And caught in the middle? Civilians: mothers, father, children.

The pictures and video are shocking:

Look what pops up on Google Image search when I put in Syrian civil war photos.

This is the world that Nadia inhabits in Escape from Aleppo.


PERIOD 1&2 READ 9 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD5&6 READ 14 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 13 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.


Did you catch my
this past week?

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AUDIO BOOK

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