1.16.17 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? GHOST by Jason Reynolds

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.}

This meme is originated by Jen and Kellee at TeachMentorTexts. Thanks!


 

I actually finished this over Christmas break and forgot to mention it here:

This is the first in a series of books about runners on a track team. The series is called Track Team Series. This is book #1.

From Simon & Schuster:

Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel in a new series from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award–winning author Jason Reynolds.

Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team—a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves.

Running. That’s all Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons—it all started with running away from his father, who, when Ghost was a very little boy, chased him and his mother through their apartment, then down the street, with a loaded gun, aiming to kill. Since then, Ghost has been the one causing problems—and running away from them—until he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medalist who sees something in Ghost: crazy natural talent. If Ghost can stay on track, literally and figuratively, he could be the best sprinter in the city. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed, or will his past finally catch up to him?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The style was fast-pasted and in the language was from a city kid’s mouth. I like when books start rather innocently, but then pack a twist or lesson. This is that book.

Start this video at :49.

Jason Reynolds also has a cool site you might want to discover. Tap this images below:


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1.8.17 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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the titles we are currently reading.}

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SAD NEWS:

 

….Lots of Bills coverage!

 


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1.3.17 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? WARCROSS by Marie Lu

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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HUGE NEWS!!!

How did it happen?

How did the players react?

This syncs up three different scenes…

Watch this scene at the airport (from Facebook).

From the Buffalo e-library.

Remember we watched the trailer for this one?

From IndieBound

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu–when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game–it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships–only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.

 

If you are into gaming and virtual reality and digital worlds—all combined—then this is your book. I was entranced by the possibilities of this virtual world that Lu built.

Isn’t that a cool term? WORLD BUILDING. When authors imagine a futuristic fantasy land, they have to build the world for the readers to understand. This book takes place on Earth, but things are so different from what they are now. If LU doesn’t have a firm grasp on how the imagined future world works, then how can she explain it to us?

I like these books with strong female leads. It’s important to see that girls and women can be determined, intelligent, and powerful.


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12.15.17 {BOOKflix Friday} RED QUEEN series

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!


BOOK 1:

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Borrowed from GoodReads:

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart …

BOOK 2:

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BOOK 3:
How about a PREQUEL?
And a COLORING BOOK!
 
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12.11.17 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? THE BEST WE COULD DO by @MsThiBui ‏

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!


Does anyone know if it snowed at the bills game yesterday?

Check this out…


From ABRAMS BOOKS site:

An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family’s journey from war-torn Vietnam, from debut author Thi Bui.

This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.

At the heart of Bui’s story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent—the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through. With haunting, poetic writing and breathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home.

In what Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen calls “a book to break your heart and heal it,” The Best We Could Do brings to life Thi Bui’s journey of understanding, and provides inspiration to all of those who search for a better future while longing for a simpler past.

 

No matter how many times I read stories by and about refugees, I’m always amazed by the strength that humans can show to survive. Even in the face of horrible living conditions and near-death experiences, people press on.

It was fascinating learning more about Vietnam and the people of that country. I know that America was in a war there in the 60s and 70s, that it was complicated, that many Americans died. Yet I rarely think of what it was like for the people of that country to deal with the rise and fall of leaders, the split of a country, and the struggle for survival amidst all that upheaval. Bui’s moving biographical graphic novel captured all that, plus what it was like for her and her family to move to and live in America.

The most moving part for me was when the beautiful illustrations were interrupted with the actual refugee photos taken of the Bui’s family when they made it safely out of Vietnam and to a camp.

This book is written for adults, but if the topic is interesting to younger readers, I highly recommend Thanhha Lai’s award winning novel in verse on the same topic, Inside Out & Back Again.

 

Check out this link to the Abrams site to see more images of the book pages.

NBC news did a nice Q&A with Bui. She also shared a bunch with Mother Jones.

 

 


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12.4.17 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? SUEE AND THE SHADOW

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I’ve mentioned to some of you that Graphic Novels are like dessert.

I read them myself and encourage you all to read them (and illustrated novels like Wimpy Kid). At the same time, I think it’s best not to read a steady diet of them. It’s important to read novels—more words, more practice, more like what you’ll be reading for your life.

But GNs are awesome! And if you’re reading them carefully and thoroughly, there is a LOT going on to pay attention to and enjoy.

Reward yourself with a GN or IN every couple novels to give yourself a treat and keep your energy up.

Description from IndieBound

Meet Suee: Twelve years old, wears her hair to the left in a point, favors a black dress, has no friends–and she likes it that way When Suee transfers to the dull and ordinary Outskirts Elementary, she doesn’t expect to hear a strange voice speaking to her from the darkness of the school’s exhibit room, and she certainly doesn’t expect to see her shadow come to life. Then things start to get really weird: One by one, her classmates at school turn into zombie-like, hollow-eyed Zeroes. While Suee investigates why this is happening, her shadow gains power. Soon, Suee must confront a stunning secret that her shadow has been hiding under her own two feet–something very dark and sinister that could put Suee and her newfound friends at risk 

This was a weirdly creepy book. Suee is a fun character: strong-willed and determined. But she’s also a loner, and that gets her in trouble to some extent—especially with, of all things, her shadow.

This was a totally original concept that Ly pulled off perfectly. A shadow that is begging for life… but also is mean and in control? Weird. The spookiest part is when Suee can’t control how she’s acting or what she says, and is completely aware of it. That helpless feeling is what nightmares are made of.

If you’re up for a creative and interesting graphic novel filled with symbolism, seek out Suee and the Shadow. 

Something tells me that there are more Suee tales to come.

And yes, the author has an Instagram account:

 


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12.1.17 {BOOKflix Friday} The Lunar Chronicles

Today is

Few things can draw a reader to a new book like a book trailer can. Each Friday I will endeavor to bring a couple to you—some new or recent, some teasers of upcoming books, and a few “classics”. Get the popcorn ready.

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reading&tweeting

As I was reading I made a connection. I sent a tweet out and the author, Marissa Meyer, responded. That never gets old:

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For those “Lunarheads” who can’t get enough, Meyer has also published a graphic novel Wires and Nerve which continues the adventures of Iko, our favorite female robot.

11.27.17 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

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From IndieBound:

Description

A wrenching and revelatory novel. – The New York Times”

Green finds the language to describe the indescribable. . . . A must-read for those struggling with mental illness, or for their friends and family.” –San Francisco Chronicle
It’s quite rare to find someone who sees the same world you see.

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

It is so difficult to understand what mental illness is like. We can be sympathetic. I can nod my head and listen. I can try to empathize…

But it’s tough to understand the anguish that someone struggling with mental illness is going through.

Turtles All the Way Down gives me a better idea for sure. Living with Aza for the length of this book was challenging. There were times when I cringed at her actions or wanted to yell at her for the thoughts she had in her head. I was pained by the conversations she had with her “dark side” that was trying to convince her to do crazy things.

If it’s tough to read about it, imagine living with it. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) shows itself in many ways. In TATWD, Aza is obsessed with the thought that her body being invaded by microbes carrying diseases that will kill her. One of her habits is to dig her thumbnail into the pad of her middle finger. Over time it has developed a callous and a crack that won’t properly heal. She makes it bleed then sanitizes it then makes herself crazy over whether she remembered to change the bandage recently or not.

Strange stuff for someone who doesn’t deal with it, but books like this give me a window into lives of people who do. What do I do with that information?

My hope is that it makes me a little more sympathetic and understanding when I know someone or hear of someone who has to fight this daily.

OCD is just one mental illness. There are many more.

The good news is that there is hope and help for everyone. It may take a while, but it can be overcome.

I’ll certainly be writing more about this book and the themes that echo across it.

John Green bases much of Aza’s struggles on his own experience wrestling with OCD. If you’re interested in hearing him talk more about it, check out his interview with Terri Gross on Fresh Air.

And yes, he’s got an Instagram account.


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11.13.17 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #PAX by Sara Pennypacker

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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the titles we are currently reading.}

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This week’s soundtrack:

Explosions in the Sky is one of my favorite bands to listen to while working and reading. We’ll see if you agree.

From IndieBound:

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National Book Award Longlist * New York Times Bestseller * An Amazon Best Book of the Year

From bestselling and award-winning author Sara Pennypacker comes a beautifully wrought, utterly compelling novel about the powerful relationship between a boy and his fox. Pax is destined to become a classic, beloved for generations to come.

Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter’s dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild.

At his grandfather’s house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he isn’t where he should be–with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox.

Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own. . . .

I need to confess: I didn’t want to read this book.

I’ve had it recommended to me.

I like the cover–why doesn’t love Jon Klassen illustrations?

But a story… told from the point of view of a fox? It sounded too much like a childish Disney tale.

Yet, for some reason, when one of my colleagues delivered it to my desk, I put it in my bag and brought it home… and started reading anyway.

It took about five pages to grip me, and it didn’t let go. This was far more than a cute animal tale. It was deep and serious–I wasn’t ready for that.


Both the fox’s and Peter’s chapters were mesmerizing. Maybe that it was told from third person POV instead of first helped. Peter’s interactions with Vola, a woman he meets on his journey, were my favorite. She had many words of wisdom to share, but not in a preachy way. She was soft spoken and truthful.

After finishing, I did a little more research about the author and the book. It was cool to learn about the research she did to learn about the mannerisms of foxes. Even in a fiction book, it’s important to make sure it’s accurate. You can learn more by listening to the show below.

Check out this radio segment about Pax from NPR. Tap to listen:


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