6.12.17 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? #FinalOne #FallingOverSideways @JSonnenblick

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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Overview from Barnes & Noble

It’s not easy being Claire. (Really.)

Claire’s life is a joke . . . but she’s not laughing. While her friends seem to be leaping forward, she’s dancing in the same place. The mean girls at school are living up to their mean name, and there’s a boy, Ryder, who’s just as bad, if not worse. And at home, nobody’s really listening to her — if anything, they seem to be more in on the joke than she is.

Then into all of this (not-very-funny-to-Claire) comedy comes something intense and tragic — while her dad is talking to her at the kitchen table, he falls over with a medical emergency. Suddenly the joke has become very serious — and the only way Claire, her family, and her friends are going to get through it is if they can find a way to make it funny again.

I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book at first. But I warmed up to it pretty quickly. I like how Sonnenblick (who has yet to disappoint me with a book) is able to write from the POV of a female protagonist. I’m not a middle school girl, but I’m the father of two daughters about that age and I say he got it right.

I like how Sonnenblick again develops the relationship that Claire, the MC, has with her parents, especially her father. Their relationship shows the normal stresses and strains of all parent/child relationships. I wasn’t prepared for the ending, though. I had to blink back tears as I was driving!

If you are looking for a book that is funnily serious–and seriously funny–then you would enjoy Falling Over Sideways. The voice of the book actually reminds me a little bit of Rafe from the Middle School series. I kept imagining this as an illustrated novel like that.

Other Great Sonnenblick books (notice a cover theme?):

Are You Experienced?


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

PERIOD 2&3 READ 19 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.


PERIOD 8&9 READ 32 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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ALMOST FINISHED!!!! PLOT TWIST!!!
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AUDIO BOOK

The Wild Robot

Overview

Can a robot survive in the wilderness?

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is—but she knows she needs to survive. After battling a fierce storm and escaping a vicious bear attack, she realizes that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island’s unwelcoming animal inhabitants.

As Roz slowly befriends the animals, the island starts to feel like home—until, one day, the robot’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her.

From bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Peter Brown comes a heartwarming and action-packed novel about what happens when nature and technology collide.

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6.9.17 {BOOKflix Friday} #Eve&Adam #Matched

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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:

 

6.2.17 {BOOKflix Friday} #Cinnamon #MySeventhGradeLifeInTights #Wing&Claw

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

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A talking tiger is the only one who may be able to get a princess to speak in this beautiful picture book set in a mythic India by the Newbery Medal-winning and New York Times bestselling author of American Gods and Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman, and illustrated in bold colors by Divya Srinivasan.

This stunning picture book will transport readers to another time and place and will delight parents and children alike. “Full of Gaiman’s wit and whimsy, this one is great for reading aloud (and looks pretty lovely on the shelf as well). Gorgeous, with lush illustrations by Divya Srinivasan” (Brightly.com).

Previously available only as an audio book, Cinnamon has never been published in print before, and Divya Srinivasan’s lush artwork brings Neil Gaiman’s text to life.

 

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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.

 

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Our very own Linda Sue Park, author of the loved A Long Walk to Water — that book which has garnered so much praise and inspired so much action—is at it again. This time, the first book in a fantasy trilogy:

From Newbery Medal winning author Linda Sue Park comes a captivating fantasy-adventure about a boy, a bat, and an amazing transformation.

 

Raffa Santana has always loved the mysterious Forest of Wonders. For a gifted young apothecary like him, every leaf could unleash a kind of magic. When an injured bat crashes into his life, Raffa invents a cure from a rare crimson vine that he finds deep in the Forest. His remedy saves the animal but also transforms it into something much more than an ordinary bat, with far-reaching consequences. Raffa’s experiments lead him away from home to the forbidding city of Gilden, where troubling discoveries make him question whether exciting botanical inventions including his own might actually threaten the very creatures of the Forest he wants to protect.

 

The first book in an enchanting trilogy, Forest of Wonders richly explores the links between magic and botany, family and duty, environment and home.

BOOK 2:

5.26.17 {BOOKflix Friday} @LetThemLOL field trip and #Wonder

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

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We trust you had a blast yesterday helping to make the world a better place with Let Them LOL. Enjoy the video of the day:

The world is abuzz because after months of hints and pictures, the trailer for the Wonder movie is finally out.

BUT FIRST:

The BOOK trailer…

It’s hard to believe that the SHMS 6th grade got to SKYPE with Mrs RJ Palacio just before Wonder got huge. Check out this old blog post. It was an amazing day.

And now…

If you haven’t read the book, the summer is a great time.

If you HAVE read the book, you might want to check out the follow-up:

5.22.17 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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Overview from BN

Marcus, a.k.a “w1n5t0n,” is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works–and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school’s intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems.

But his whole world changes when he and his friends find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Marcus and his crew are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security and whisked away to a secret prison where they’re mercilessly interrogated for days.

When the DHS finally releases them, Marcus discovers that his city has become a police state where every citizen is treated like a potential terrorist. He knows that no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself.

Reading this was like watching some of my favorite shows or movies where people are on the run and trying fight back against a stronger, evil power.

Except this time, the evil power is the government.

Yes, this is fictional. The title is a play on 1984 by George Orwell. In that classic book, the government is known as Big Brother and is always on the lookout, always watching. Here, Little Brother refers to the main character and others like him who have their eye on the government.

The book got technical in some points, explaining codes and breaking them, and the history of the different types of technology. Honestly, that made it all seem more realistic and possible.

There are some mature elements in this that make it more appropriate for high schoolers. But I hope in the future you will read–or listen to–this book.

There is a sequel that I might read over the summer:

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 22 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 18 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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5.15.17 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #StillLifeWithTornado

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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FIRST!

Remember the “What don’t kill you makes you stronger” song I played you? It’s by a band called NEED TO BREATHE.

We went to see them on Saturday night and recorded part of that song for you.

CHECK IT OUT!

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A heartbreaking and mindbending story of a talented teenage artist’s awakening to the brokenness of her family from critically acclaimed award-winner A.S. King.

Sixteen-year-old Sarah can’t draw. This is a problem, because as long as she can remember, she has “done the art.” She thinks she’s having an existential crisis. And she might be right; she does keep running into past and future versions of herself as she wanders the urban ruins of Philadelphia. Or maybe she’s finally waking up to the tornado that is her family, the tornado that six years ago sent her once-beloved older brother flying across the country for a reason she can’t quite recall. After decades of staying together “for the kids” and building a family on a foundation of lies and domestic violence, Sarah’s parents have reached the end. Now Sarah must come to grips with years spent sleepwalking in the ruins of their toxic marriage. As Sarah herself often observes, nothing about her pain is remotely original–and yet it still hurts.

Insightful, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful, this is a vivid portrait of abuse, survival, resurgence that will linger with readers long after the last page.
It’s hard to know what to say about his one, except…Wow. I really like A.S. King’s writing.

Sometimes I start a book and I feel a little lost. I’m not quite sure what’s going on. Usually I press on, knowing that the author is doing this on purpose. The point is to continue reading and unravel the mystery. In this case, having just read a different A.S. King book, I knew I trusted the author enough to press on. Honestly, pressing on while listening was easier than while reading. The fact that it was so highly recommended helped, too.

A New York Times 2016 Notable Children’s Book
A News & Observer Best Book of 2016
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2016
A Booklist Best Book of 2016
Booklist Top of the List 2016
A Shelf Awareness Best Book of 2016
A BookPage Best Teen Book of 2016
A Bustle Top 30 YA Book of 2016
A Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year

I’m so glad I did. This was another captivating book. It took a turn towards fantasy in a surprising way (not spoilers here!), but all while dealing with very real issues: the brain’s ability to block out painful memories, marriage issues, and domestic violence. This got serious quickly.

I thought it was interesting that small chapters were written from the point of view of Sara’s mom, and ER nurse. It was quite clever—for a younger reader to hear the thoughts, struggles, and issues of a parent will be eye-opening. Kids think we adults have it all together… that’s not always the case. Sometimes adults are confused or dealing with serious things as well. This book captures some of that.

In an interview King recently did with the blog Inside a Dog, King responded to this question:

Inky:  You mentioned in an interview how you chose Knopf because other publishers wanted you to take the adults out of Please Ignore Vera Dietz. What are your thoughts on the absent parents trope and why is it important to you to write complex parent characters in your YA books?

AK: I could go on for ages with this answer. Look. Adults in YA books aren’t new. My favourite book from my youth was Confessions of a Teenage Baboon (1977) by Paul Zindel and it’s littered with fully formed (and flawed) adult characters. That’s what made it so relatable to me as a reader. Why? Because teenagers’ lives are controlled by adults. Mine was, anyway.

I’m a rebel by nature and the minute someone told me that YA books weren’t ‘allowed’ to have adult characters or points of view, I decided that was a dumb rule and I was going to break it. The actual thing said to me was: ‘Teens only want to read about teens’. Isn’t that crazy? That was a publishing professional in NYC. And I beg to differ. As for tropes, I believe anything can work if done well, so I don’t really comment on those. But the absent parents in YA books? I just always wonder where the adults went, I guess. (I also wonder this in middle grade books, but that’s for another day.)

I’m quickly becoming an A.S. King fan. I’m looking forward to two more of her books:

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Oh, and this fun little nugget:

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 10 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 20 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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And like magic, just as I finished Tornado…, this became available so I could finish it up.

…I ran out of time on this one and put my name back on the list.

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5.12.17 {BOOKflix Friday} The Unwanteds

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.

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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!

5.8.17 IMWAYR? #FlyingLessons @mattdelapena

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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REMEMBER, if you’re getting your own library card, it’s due by Thursday’s class. That’s when I’ll give another Overdrive tutorial.

Let’s shoot for 100% library card ownership.

Why?

Take a look at this.

 

ABOUT FLYING LESSONS & OTHER STORIES

Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascos, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold anthology—written by the best children’s authors—celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.
 
In a partnership with We Need Diverse Books, industry giants Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, and Jacqueline Woodson join newcomer Kelly J. Baptist in a story collection that is as humorous as it is heartfelt. This impressive group of authors has earned among them every major award in children’s publishing and popularity as New York Times bestsellers.
 
From these distinguished authors come ten distinct and vibrant stories.

I definitely had a few favorites in this collection. One that stood out to me was “How to Transform an Everyday, Ordinary Hoop Court into a Place of Higher Learning and You at the Podium” by Newbery-winning author Matt de la Peña. It was pretty cool how the whole thing was written in second person, putting me in the shoes of the kid who spent his summer at the gym across town balling with the best players in the area. I enjoyed watching as the main character took his lumps and worked out his problems. The nugget of a relationship with his father inspired this little exchange with Mr. Peña:

Grace Lin’s “The Difficult Path” was a fun historical adventure of a young Chinese servant who is looking to escape her arranged marriage. “Sol Painting, Inc.” by Meg Medina took a powerful look at the sacrifices a father makes for his kids—so  they hopefully won’t have to make the same sacrifices in the future.

“Seventy-Six Dollars and Forty-Nine Cents” by Kwame Alexander came along at just the right time as we finished The Crossover. The kids loved it, even though they were unsure of the ending. It encouraged this fun exchange with Mr. Alexander:

Pretty amazing, right? #FanForLife

This book is made possible by We Need Diverse Books, an organization whose website states:
Is there enough diversity in the books that are available to students? Is there opportunity for all students to see themselves reflected in the books that are available for them to read? Now more than ever the answer is yes. But it’s still not enough. This organization aims to encourage and promote more diversity in books.

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 14 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 30!!! BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

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JUST started this one, since…

…I ran out of time on this one and put my name back on the list.

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5.5.17 {BOOKflix Friday} #BattleOfTheBooks

Today is BOOKflix Friday!

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

Get the popcorn ready.

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First

I’m so proud of my sister and brother-in-law. Yesterday we celebrated “Gotcha Day” for my niece and nephew. These kids won the lottery being adopted into their family. I’m so happy for all of them, and thankful that I can finally show their faces!

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NOW…onto BOOKflix:

Which team will be this year’s BATTLE OF THE BOOK champion?

Here are three of the books you will need to read:



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