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.

AUDIO BOOK

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

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

Let’s take a look to see if any parents commented on last week’s IM! WAYR? post.


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

This is for three weeks of reading…

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…

Let’s take a look to see if any parents commented on last week’s IM! WAYR? post.


Did you catch my
this past week?
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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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AUDIO BOOK

Juba!

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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.

Lights…Camera…Action!


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.

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

Let’s take a look to see if any parents commented on last week’s IM! WAYR? post.


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

This is for three weeks of reading…

PERIOD 2&3 READ 23 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 24 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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Juba!

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3.3.17 {BOOKflix Friday} #BFFbucketlist #wimpykid @writeforapples

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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I was in touch with this author and found out she didn’t have a book trailer to go along with her book. Soooo…. a few students joined me in making one for her. It’s even on her site!
When best friends Skylar and Ella begin to drift apart, they try to fix their friendship by creating the ultimate BFF Summer Bucket List in this funny and heartfelt M!X novel.

Skylar and Ella have been BFFs since kindergarten, and in Ella’s mind, nothing can change that bond. But when Skylar starts to act weird and distant, Ella is determined to bring them back together with a fun challenge the summer before high school: The BFF Bucket List.

Ella creates a list of challenges—some wacky, some heartfelt—that they have to do together. At first, Skylar is totally game, but as they go through the list, each girl discovers that the unbreakable bond they once had might break more easily than they think. And when each girl develops a big secret that could threaten not only the list, but their entire relationship, will the list—and their friendship—fall apart?


Some of you saw the new Wimpy Kid movie preview. Here it is again:

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2.6.16. It’s Monday! What are you Reading! #Projekt1065

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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Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II

Overview from B&N

Infiltrate. Befriend. Sabotage.
World War II is raging. Michael O’Shaunessey, originally from Ireland, now lives in Nazi Germany with his parents. Like the other boys in his school, Michael is a member of the Hitler Youth.

But Michael has a secret. He and his parents are spies.

Michael despises everything the Nazis stand for. But he joins in the Hitler Youth’s horrific games and book burnings, playing the part so he can gain insider knowledge.

When Michael learns about Projekt 1065, a secret Nazi war mission, things get even more complicated. He must prove his loyalty to the Hitler Youth at all costs — even if it means risking everything he cares about.

Including… his own life.

From acclaimed author Alan Gratz (Prisoner B-3087) comes a pulse-pounding novel about facing fears and fighting for what matters most.

 

I think all the time about why the people in Germany didn’t stand up to Hitler. But it’s complicated and scary. This book gives a glimpse at what it was like for the kids at the time. It’s also a crazy adventure of secret activity and near-death experiences.

It is a little far-fetched at points, but worth if for the exciting ride and glimpse into a terrible (and fascinating) time in history.

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Make sure to tap the Parent Comment link below: We had some parents share their writing last week 🙂

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

Let’s take a look to see if any parents commented on last week’s IM! WAYR? post… and this one.


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

PERIOD 2&3 READ 10 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 24 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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Juba!

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1.30.17 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? Jacob K. & #MichaelVey

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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Today, Jacob K. shares about the Michael Vey series:

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Michael Vey is a fun, action packed series.  The series starts back in the first book when failed technology kills all but 20ish kids born in 11 days. It turns out the kids that stayed alive are special. As you can probably tell from the book covers, Michael has the power to absorb and generate electricity, but the other kids have different powers. The series go off the tracks when Dr. Hatch kidnaps Taylor (one of the other electric kids and Michael’s friend). Read now to find out more.

Mr. E: Nice job, Jacob. I’m including the official book blurb from Barnes and Noble below. I’ll plan on showing the book trailers on Friday for {BOOKflix Friday}.

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

My name is Michael Vey, and the story I’m about to tell you is strange. Very strange. It’s my story.

To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is an ordinary fourteen-year-old. In fact, the only thing that seems to set him apart is the fact that he has Tourette’s syndrome. But Michael is anything but ordinary. Michael has special powers. Electric powers.

Michael thinks he’s unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor also has special powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up this way, but their investigation brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric children – and through them the world. Michael will have to rely on his wits, powers, and friends if he’s to survive.

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Make sure to tap the Parent Comment link below: We had some parents share their writing last week 🙂

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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?

PERIOD 2&3 READ ?? BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ ?? BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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1.27.17 {BOOKflix Friday} #OutOfMyMind #IamNumberFour

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!


 

Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Spring 2010 Kids’ Next List
“This is the touching story of a gifted child,trapped in a barely working body. Melody, age 11, struggles to communicate with a world of children and adults most of whom can’t see beyond her physical limitations. A provocative change of pace for Sharon Draper.”
— Peter Moore, The Blue Marble, Fort Thomas, KY

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Description

“If there is one book teens and parents (and everyone else) should read this year, Out of My Mind should be it” (Denver Post).

Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom—the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow. In this breakthrough story—reminiscent of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly—from multiple Coretta Scott King Award-winner Sharon Draper, readers will come to know a brilliant mind and a brave spirit who will change forever how they look at anyone with a disability.

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And now for something completely different.

The movie trailer: