10.16.17 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? #FEED

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!


I’m always on the lookout for great wordless music to play in the background while we work. Maybe I’ll make this a new feature on the Monday post.

This week’s soundtrack:

Maybe I was able to finish this because it’s a bye week for the Bills and there wasn’t anything interesting being discusse on the radio.

This was a freaky and weird and interesting. Is this where our future is heading?

From the author’s site:

In a future world where internet connections feed directly into the consumer’s brain, thought is supplemented by advertising banners, and language has gone into a steep decline, a little love story unfolds. Titus, an average kid on a weekend trip to the moon, meets Violet, a brainy girl who has decided to try to fight the feed. Assaulted by a hacker who interrupts their connection, they struggle to understand what has happened to them – and to everyone around them.

In his National Book Award Finalist Feed, M. T. Anderson has created a not-so-brave new world – and a smart, savage satire that has captivated readers with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now.

National Book Award Finalist

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner

New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards – Honor Book

Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year

Chicago Public Library Best Books for Children and Teens

ALA (American Library Association) Best Books for Young Adults

Junior Library Guild Selection

Volunteer State Book Award Master List (Tennessee)

Riverbank Review Children’s Books of Distinction

Book Sense 76 Top 10 Picks

Horn Book Fanfare

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books – Bulletin Blue Ribbons

Booklist Editors’ Choice

Yes, it was really weird. But it was also thought-provoking. No, we don’t have a “FEED” in our brains, but we do have these computers we carry around in our pockets. Lift your head up sometime and look around whenever there are people sitting or standing around. Have you noticed that whenever people aren’t actively doing something, many of them take out their phones and check/scroll/tap? In lines. In restaurants. In cars. Perhaps this is the current version of the feed. Do you know about geofencing? Google Glasses? Perhaps this future is closer than we think…. Would you have your device implanted if you could?

This is more of a high school read—there is some mature content. Perhaps in a couple years you’ll want to give it a read or a listen and see how close we are to this future.

This is a good chance to mention my thoughts on audio books. Some are surprised that I allow them to count as books or pages towards the total. I certainly do!

But it’s like any other kind of book: it’s important to not read only one kind of book. I make sure that I’m physically reading as well. Just like I wouldn’t read solely graphic novels or illustrated novels, I won’t read solely audio books.

It is a great escape though—one that requires important and different skills.


PERIOD 1&2 READ 14 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD5&6 READ 22 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 14 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.


Did you catch my
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Fun read from TWO POVs—both first person. I look forward to sharing this soon.

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10.13.17 {BOOKflix Friday} Middle School: Worst Years… and James Patterson

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!


Patterson has a whole site that features his books. I bet there are a few here you haven’t heard of.

You may have seen this movie… but did you know it was a book first?

Tap HERE to get a look at the inside of book 1!

How closely does the movie follow the book? You tell me:

If you want to get to know Rafe better, here are some little clips of him and his opinionated self:
Don’t forget the rest of the series AND some other series that you may be interested in:

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10.10.17 It’s Tuesday! 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!


We popped over to Rochester yesterday to visit my uncle. While there, I made a point to drive by my college, Roberts Wesleyan, where I got my undergrad degree to pick up a shirt to wear on our college days.


 

Love Actually meets Adventures in Babysitting in this hilarious novel written by seven authors about seven classmates who are preparing for a crazy night at their middle school dance.Lynnfield Middle School is prepped and ready for a dance to remember, including an awesome performance from Heart Grenade, the all-girl band who recently won a Battle of the Bands contest. Seven classmates–Carmen, Genevieve, Tess, Ryan, Ellie, Ashlyn, and Jade–intend to make the most of the night…or at least the five of them who are able to attend do. The other two would sacrifice almost anything to be there.One thing’s for sure–this entire crewis in for one epic night Gail Nall, Dee Romito, Rachele Alpine, Ronni Arno, Alison Cherry, Stephanie Faris, and Jen Malone have created a charming, hilarious, and relatable novel that’s perfect for anyone who can’t wait to dance the night away.

It was cool to finally read the book that matched the trailer I made.

Now that I know the book, I may have done some different things to capture characters’ personality better. At the same time, the pictures I used were the ones the authors themselves chose for me to use. So….

I think it’s amazing how this group of authors worked together over great distances to write a book from seven points of view. How did they get them all to match up while writing separately? Pretty cool.

I was totally into this story from the beginning. The characters were so unique and captivating. And of course, the situations they found themselves in—or put themselves in—were crazy. And yet, so believable. I happened to be finishing this over the weekend my daughters went to homecoming and complained how lame it was. The dance in THIS book was anything but lame.

But I can’t tell you why. Just… TRUST me.

Word of advice: Keep the bookmark handy while you’re reading so you can keep track of the characters.

 


PERIOD 1&2 READ 12 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD5&6 READ 25 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 14 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.


Did you catch my
this past week?
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and….????

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10.6 {BOOKflix Friday} Alex Rider

Today is {BookFlix Friday}!

Get the popcorn ready.


Do you ever imagine that you are a spy? Gadgets, suspense, travel, danger.
James Bond is the most famous Hollywood spy.

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Now meet the teenage equivalent: ALEX RIDER

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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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Recently published: The FINAL book in the series–
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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:

10.2.17 {BOOKflix Friday}

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!


If we celebrated the win last week against the Broncos, we certainly must recognize yesterday’s win vs. the near-Super Bowl champions, the Atlanta Falcons.

Can we keep the winning ways going next weekend?

 

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I’m excited about Uganda James from the Ugandan Water Project visiting with us tomorrow. It will make our reading of A Long Walk to Water even more real.

 

Okay—ON WITH THE READING!


PERIOD 1&2 READ 9 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD5&6 READ 26 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 16 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

Did you catch my
this past week?
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9.29.17 {BOOKflix Friday} School for Good and Evil series

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.

Lights…Camera…Action!


But first… some Reading&Tweeting

 

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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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AAAAaaaaaannnnnnndddddd…. coming soon:

 

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It’s not out yet, but Mr. Chainani offered sneak peaks over the summer. When I requested them, he sent me a bunch. How cool is THAT?

He’s also super active on Instagram. He’s released all kinds of videos and pictures and clues.

 

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But it all starts with book 1. If you’re up for a challenge.

9.25.17 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? #TheScourge

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, let’s celebrate a GREAT victory by the Bills in the heat yesterday. Wow. I didn’t see this one coming!

Can we keep the winning ways going next weekend?

Also, remtember i told you that James was coming by to hang out last night? I snapped a pic for you.

Okay—ON WITH THE READING!

Description

As a lethal plague sweeps through the land, Ani Mells is shocked when she is unexpectedly captured by the governor’s wardens and forced to submit to a test for the deadly Scourge. She is even more surprised when the test results come back positive, and she is sent to Attic Island, a former prison turned refuge — and quarantine colony — for the ill. The Scourge’s victims, Ani now among them, can only expect to live out short, painful lives there. However, Ani quickly discovers that she doesn’t know the whole truth about the Scourge or the Colony. She’s been caught in a devious plot, and, with the help of her best friend, Weevil, Ani means to uncover just what is actually going on. 
But will she and Weevil survive long enough to do so? 
The Scourge is an explosively thrilling tale of adventure and intrigue, courage and heart from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen.

Ani is a classic Nielsen character. She reminds me so much of Sage from The False Prince (Ascendance Trilogy) and Nic from Mark of the Thief. They are down-and-out characters in terrible situations, but they are bold, brave, prideful, and rather careless. This combination makes Ani fun to read and root for. There were a couple twists in this one (as in all Nielsen fantasies) that may leave your jaw on the floor. Be ready.

 


PERIOD 1&2 READ 9 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

 Take a look at their book selfies (due by Tuesday’s class).

PERIOD5&6 READ 24 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

PERIOD 8&9 READ 18 BOOKS THIS PAST WEEK.

Did you catch my
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9.22.17 {BOOKflix Friday} #BestNightEver #ReadReadRead #BFFBucketList

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

Lights…Camera…Action!


 

Before we get to a trailer, my daughters were dying to show me the results of America’s Got Talent from Wednesday night. Did you see it? A 12-year-old won. Here’s how:


Back to the books!

 Yesterday I headed out to Monkey See, Monkey Do Bookstore to see two great authors and get a couple books signed. The first is a collection of poems all about reading by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater.

Mrs. L-V signed a copy for me, too:

Here are a couple pages from the inside:

 

To celebrate the new book’s release, she even had a cookie made to match the book.

Yes–that’s really a cookie.

And it was DELICIOUS!

Just kidding. I didn’t eat it…

Yet.


Dee Romito was also at the book store to sign copies of her books. Her newest release is

 

However, I was particularly interested in seeing a book that she wrote with 6 other authors:

Why did this book interest me so much?

Maybe because I made the trailer for it:

We worked together once before when I worked with some students, now 8th graders, to make the trailer for another Romito book:

 

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It was a good day!

9.18.17 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? #Amancalledove #memory man

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!


I forgot these from the summer—my two “grownup” books.

Honestly, I rarely read books intended for readers my age. It’s important for me to keep up with the great books that are published for readers like my students.

Often over the summer, though, I indulge a little bit. Both of these were GREAT.

A murder mystery.

A great story about a grouchy old widower with a hidden heart of gold.


Did you catch my
this past week?
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I’m just getting started with this one. Mrs. Nielsen is one of my fave authors!
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9.15.17 {BOOKflix Friday} WONDER!!!

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

Lights…Camera…Action!


 

WONDER has inspired so much awesomeness, it’s hard to contain it.


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Now 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, NOW is the perfect time. Watch it before the movie comes out!

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

 

Auggie & Me gives readers a special look at Auggie’s world through three new points of view. Previously only available in ebook, now they’ll be published all together–complete with an introduction from the author on how she came to write them–in a gorgeous hardcover package!
 
These stories are an extra peek at Auggie before he started at Beecher Prep and during his first year there. Readers get to see him through the eyes of Julian, the bully; Christopher, Auggie’s oldest friend; and Charlotte, Auggie’s new friend at school. Together, these three stories are a treasure for readers who don’t want to leave Auggie behind when they finish Wonder.