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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 8/22/16

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme started by Book Journey. The folks over at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers have given it a children’s/YA spin. I thought it would be a fun way to recap last week’s reading and give a sneak peek of my TBR pile.

Last Week’s Books:

I finished listening to I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson on the drive into my second day back to school and I had to just sit in the car for a few minutes before I could go in. What a beautifully outstanding book–and well-deserving of the Printz Award. Twins Jude and Noah were thick as thieves until halfway through their thirteenth year, and then everything changed. Noah tells the story of the many things that happened, including the death of their mother, to tear them apart, and Jude recounts what is happening three years later. The devastation of their family is palpable, as is each twin’s encounters with a brilliant artist and his apprentice. And I have to add that Noah’s falling for Brian is so heartfelt and heartbreaking at the same time, and I am sure I smiled a super-goofy, super-happy smile in the car when they had their first kiss. Nelson is an author I definitely want to keep reading!


I am reviewing The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz for School Media Connection, so I can’t publish much about it here. I will say that the audience for this book is more sophisticated than that of the Grimm series and there is lots of thought-provoking stuff here, along with Gidwitz’ wit (albeit tamer here) and a bit of gory stuff.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 8/15/16

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme started by Book Journey. The folks over at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers have given it a children’s/YA spin. I thought it would be a fun way to recap last week’s reading and give a sneak peek of my TBR pile.

Today is the quick-n-dirty-because-it’s-the-first-day-of-school edition.

Last Week’s Books:

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 8/8/16

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme started by Book Journey. The folks over at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers have given it a children’s/YA spin. I thought it would be a fun way to recap last week’s reading and give a sneak peek of my TBR pile.

Last Week’s Books:

So droves of other people and I read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child this week. I have not spent an abundance of time reading other people’s review/opinions of this play; however, from what I have read, it seems that readers either love it or hate it. I am planted firmly in the “love it” camp. I picked up the book and after a few minutes of acclimating to the play format, I found myself completely immersed in Harry’s world once again. I found the plot and the characters engaging, and there were just the right amount of dashes of peril and fun. An, most importantly, I know that when school starts I will have many junior high readers eager to talk to me about it or to get their hands on a library copy. This book counts for my Read Harder Challenge 2016 (category 23 – a play).


The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko is an informational picture book about a lesser known area in the struggle for civil rights. In 1958, Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter wanted to marry, but their home state of Virginia did not allow interracial marriage. So they crossed into Washington, D.C. for their ceremony and went back home to live. Not long after, police broke into their home and jailed them for “unlawfully cohabitating.” The couple were forced to leave Virginia, but in 1966 they missed their families and hometown and hired lawyers to fight against the unfair law. Their case went all the way to the Supreme Court and won! This book is a great way to introduce this civil rights achievement and the idea of marriage equality for all to readers at a variety of age levels. The text is simple enough for elementary students, but the topic will provoke discussion among middle and high school students who experience it as a mentor text or read it on their own . Alko and her husband, Sean Qualls, collaborated on the illustrations, which are a mixture of painting, collage, and colored pencil and are a great accompaniment to the narrative. The author’s note, list of sources, and suggestions for further reading will inspire interested students to continue to learn more.


I read Drones in Education to review it for School Library Connection. I cannot provide my full review here, but I will say that it is a comprehensive guide for educators interested in exploring the use of drones in the classroom, written with the newbie in mind.

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Surprise Me Challenge August ’16

In 2016, I am continuing to let random.org choose a book from my TBR list, to be read sometime during the month. My randomly generated number for August is 319 (out of 430 in my TBR list). SURPRISE!, I will be reading The Chair, Vol. 1 by Peter Simeti, and adult horror graphic novel. A graphic novel is a lucky choice for August, as school is starting and I have some other books on desk that I must read soon.

 Here is the Goodreads summary:

Richard Sullivan has spent the past ten years as an innocent man on death row. Witnessing savage killings at the hands of the prison’s sadistic and psychotic Warden, Sullivan decides that in order to survive he must match the brutality occurring in the prison. But as he fights to escape his fate, Sullivan is forced to question his sanity and confront his own horrific past.

 

2016 Challenges: July Progress

  • Goodreads goal of 130 books: 13 this month, 94 total
  • 2016 Horror Reading Challenge  goal of 16+ books: One this month, 15 total
  • Book Riot’s 2016 Read Harder Challenge (24 specific categories of books): One this month– category 3, 13 total
  • Panels’ 2016 Read Harder Challenge (26 specific categories of books): One this month-category 14, seven total–still gotta get going on this one.
  • Surprise Me goal of one book per month: One this month, seven total
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2017 Rebecca Caudill Roundup: The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Jennifer L. Holm’s The Fourteenth Goldfish is a quick and enjoyable middle grade novel. Ellie begins sixth grade with some apprehension–she is not a big fan of change and her best friend has almost abandoned her for the volleyball team. And then…her mom brings home a strangely familiar 13-year-old boy who turns out to be Ellie’s grandfather, Melvin! It seems he has been working with an anti-aging drug derived from a rare jellyfish and tried it on himself. Melvin, Ellie, and Ellie’s new friend,Raj, get into a few scrapes trying to break into Melvin’s old lab. And by the book’s end, Ellie helps her grandfather realize that perhaps the world is not ready for his discovery. A strength of this book is that it is a gentle introduction to the science fiction genre, challenging readers to think about the implications of tampering with the aging process without overwhelming them. Readers could then go on to books like Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Turnabout or Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies (more YA than middle grade).

Check out this great trailer/introduction from Jennifer L. Holm.