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

&

the titles we are currently reading.}

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


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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!

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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?

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This book is full of historical references, from the Taliban in Afghanistan/Pakistan to September 11, 2001.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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1.6.16 {BOOKflix Friday} 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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Since I’m reading Heartlessimg_6782, I’ve also been talking and thinking about the Lunar Chronicles. Man is it cool.

That makes today the perfect day to introduce you to the futuristic, sci-fi retellings of well known fairy tales…

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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, coming this month is the graphic novel Wires and Nerve which continues the adventures of Iko, our favorite female robot.

1.3.16 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? #IMWAYR #Heartless

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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 Lots of news and blog posts and tweets and FB updates.
Check below for what I’m currently reading 🙂
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12.12.16 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 Barnes & Noble

From beloved and bestselling author Lauren Myracle comes the first book in an enchanting trilogy about three sisters, the magic of traditions, and the extraordinary power of hope. This heartwarming, timeless story is perfect for fans of Rebecca Stead and Ingrid Law. Now in paperback.

On the third night of the third month after a girl’s thirteenth birthday, every girl in the town of Willow Hill makes three wishes.

The first wish is an impossible wish.

The second is a wish she can make come true herself.

And the third is the deepest wish of her secret heart.

Natasha is the oldest child in a family steeped in magic, though she’s not sure she believes in it. She’s full to bursting with wishes, however. She misses her mother, who disappeared nearly eight long years ago. She has a crush on one of the cutest boys in her class, and she thinks maybe it would be nice if her very first kiss came from him. And amid the chaos of a house full of sisters, aunts, and a father lost in grief, she aches to simply be… noticed.

So Natasha goes to the willow tree at the top of the hill on her Wishing Day, and she makes three wishes. What unfolds is beyond anything she could have imagined.

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I enjoyed watching Natasha deal with the different facets of her life. Her aunts, her sisters who are so different from her, her “love life”, her emotionally absent father, and her truly absent mother. There was just enough reality in the plot to keep things grounded while also allowing for some mystic and mysterious events.

It reminded me of a Rebecca Stead (When You Reach Me) book mixed with a bit of Madeleine L’engle (A Wrinkle in Time).

If that sounds interesting to you, you can read this one and look forward to book 2 coming out on April 4th.

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12.9.16 BOOKflix Friday: School for Good and Evil trilogy

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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The New York Times bestselling The School for Good and Evil, the first book in the series, is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one. This paperback edition features an Extras section, giving readers a chance to see which school they’d be in and a Q&A with the author, Soman Chainani.

With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil.

The two girls soon find their fortunes reversed–Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School for Good, thrust among handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.

But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are?

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12.5.16 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR Cecelia S. Post

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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And now…

Introducing: Cecelia S. and Harry Potter.

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Harry Potter is a wild and adventurous series  that is full with big scares and larger than life animals. You never see what’s coming next and every book is filled with a new hard adventure. The series is filled with fantasy creatures and cool weapons. Finding the truth about your parents and then the safest place on earth (for wizards) isn’t that safe, and when your teacher is your enemy your life’s super hard. And it may end in a terrible fate.

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12.2.16 {BOOKflix Friday} Alex Rider series

Today is {BookFlix Friday}!

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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Every year a couple kids start this series and get so wrapped up in it that they race through it to the end. Will it be YOU this year?
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Cool site link here.
 And another awesome-looking site here with games and challenges and codes—oh my! You can even READ the first chapter or LISTEN to the first chapter.
Read the books… watch the movie:

10.28.16 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR Student post: Series of Unfortunate Events

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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And now…

Introducing: Maddie N. and The Series of Unfortunate Events.

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This book series was amazing I couldn’t put it down. I read 5 books or more last year and the rest over the summer. I think that the first and last book was my favorite. The way the author started and finished the book made it impossible to put it down.I hope that other people will like to read this series.

In television news…

If you have NETFLIX you will be able to catch new episodes of SOUE on Friday, January 13th.

(This first video starts the way the book blurbs do: with a warning.)

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10.21.16 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? #IMWAYR Awkward and Orange

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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It’s a graphic novel kind of day.

My daughter came home from the library with this one and read it in one sitting. She passed it on to me and I enjoyed it as well. I like when authors capture real stories and real situations in graphic novel format. I think you would enjoy this story as well. Who will win: the artists or the scientists?

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From Barnes and Noble:

Cardinal rule #1 for surviving school: Don’t get noticed by the mean kids.

Cardinal rule #2 for surviving school: Seek out groups with similar interests and join them.

On her first day at her new school, Penelope—Peppi—Torres reminds herself of these basics. But when she trips into a quiet boy in the hall, Jaime Thompson, she’s already broken the first rule, and the mean kids start calling her the “nerder girlfriend.” How does she handle this crisis? By shoving poor Jaime and running away!

Falling back on rule two and surrounding herself with new friends in the art club, Peppi still can’t help feeling ashamed about the way she treated Jaime. Things are already awkward enough between the two, but to make matters worse, he’s a member of her own club’s archrivals—the science club! And when the two clubs go to war, Peppi realizes that sometimes you have to break the rules to survive middle school!

Here are some other cool links you’ll enjoy:

And now…

Introducing: Noelle G. and Orange.

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Hello Alphas! I have been very excited to share this book with you.

So I have read this book called Orange. This book is one of my favorites. In some parts I have shed a tear, and bust out a laugh. This is a serious. I have only read the first book but man I am so excited to read the other books. This is what the series is about.

“On the day that Naho begins 11th grade, she receives a letter from herself ten years in the future. At first, she writes it off as a prank, but as the letter’s predictions come true one bye one Naho realizes that the letter might be the real deal. Her future self tells Naho that a new transfer student, a boy named Kakeru, will soon join her class. The letter begs Naho to watch over him, saying that only Naho can save Kakeru from a terrible future.”

This book will be a whole new adventure for you. If you’re interested in comedy, romance, and action then this is the book for you.

This book series is to be continued…

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11.18.16 {BOOKflix Friday} Drums, Girls… & Every Soul a Star

Today is

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

Get the popcorn ready.

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From Barnes and Noble:

Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life: he plays drums in the All-Star Jazz band, has a crush on the hottest girl in the school, and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey. But when Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven’s world is turned upside down. He is forced to deal with his brother’s illness and his parents’ attempts to keep the family in one piece. Salted with humor and peppered with devastating realities, DRUMS, GIRLS, AND DANGEROUS PIE is a heartwarming journey through a year in the life of a family in crisis.

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Every Soul A Star

From Barnes and Noble:

At Moon Shadow, an isolated campground, thousands have gathered to catch a glimpse of a rare and extraordinary total eclipse of the sun. Three lives are about to be changed forever:

Ally:
Ally likes the simple things in life-labyrinths, star-gazing, and comet-hunting. Her home, the moon shadow campground, is a part of who she is. She refuses to imagine it any other way.

Bree:
Popular, gorgeous (everybody says so), a future homecoming queen for sure. Bree wears her beauty like a suit of armor. But what is she trying to hide?

Jack:
Overweight and awkward, jack is used to spending a lot of time alone. But when opportunity knocks, he finds himself in situations he never would have imagined.

Told from three distinct voices and perspectives, Wendy Mass weaves an intricate and compelling story about strangers coming together, unlikely friendships, and finding one’s place in the universe.