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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/30/13

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Book Journeys. 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.

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If you click the image above, then you can connect to other participating blogs and discover even more new books.

Last Week’s Books:

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Four books this week means I am getting back to my normal average for the school year! Planning for these intervention classes is getting to be more routine and manageable, so that’s better….

Chupacabra by Roland Smith is sure to delight fans of his books. Not only does it recount another exciting adventure in the lives of Grace and Marty, but it also manages to tie their three books into JaguarSasquatch, and more. And he did it on purpose (of course), as he tells us on his Facebook fan page!

Frances O’Roark Dowell’s The Second Life of Abigail Walker was wonderful magical realism, as I expected, but I did not expect that it would be an important book about bullying and the power of standing up for oneself. The best thing about that? Its subtlety.

Oh, how I was waiting for Anne Ursu’s The Real Boy. I started hearing about it this summer and was jealous of all the ARC readers. However, as I tweeted, I “went dark,” just as I did for Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane this summer–refusing to read reviews of it because I wanted an untainted experience. And Anne Ursu favorited my tweet, which was an awesome author-swoon moment. I found The Real Boy to be a beautiful book and a clever book and a book that so, so many people should read or have read aloud to them. They deserve to know Oscar, and know about Oscar, and know about how Oscar perceives his world. I love this book as much as I love Breadcrumbs. Anne Ursu has won my heart.

I can see David Lubar’s Numbed! (published tomorrow) becoming a favorite among math teachers and kids who love numbers. A short book for the middle-grade set, it recounts what happens to best friends Logan and Benedict when all of their math knowledge (even basic addition!) is permanently “numbed” by a combination of robot attack and slushie brain-freeze. In order to get their math brains back before the big test, they must solve a slew of challenges at the Mobius Mathematics Museum. I could see math teachers reading this book in order to introduce some new concepts in a fun way. Not sure all of his fans will love this as much as they love the Weenies books, though.

This Week’s Books:

Currently Reading: 

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The author of Powerless takes on the origin story of Robin Hood?  Yes, please! Reading e-galley, due to be published soon–October 8th.

On Deck:

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/23/13

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Book Journeys. 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.

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If you click the image above, then you can connect to other participating blogs and discover even more new books.

Last Week’s Books:

pushbooks923I wrote about Inhuman in detail here. I am excited about the start of this new series by Kat Falls.

Saving Zasha by Randi Barrow is a solid historical fiction offering for middle graders. It offers a fresh perspective of WWII: soon after the war, a Russian boy encounters a dying man and his dog. He is surprised to even see a German Shepard, for during the war Russians were so distrustful of anything German that dogs of German origin were put to death. In order to take care of Zasha, the family puts itself at great risk.  Although the risks are real and make the reader nervous, there is a very happy ending all around–even the father, who was presumed dead by many, is reunited with his family at the end. If readers want more of Zasha’s story, they can read the prequel, Finding Zasha.

This Week’s Books:

Currently Reading:

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Last week I started one print book, one e-galley, and one read-aloud.

Chupacabra will be officially released Tuesday; however, Roland Smith and others are showing off their finds at bookstores that jumped the gun a little early. I think I will get it finished in time to still be able to say I read it early 😉 Chupacabra is the sequel to Tentacles and will definitely satisfy readers who enjoy the adventures of Marty and Grace.

I love Frances O’Roark Dowell. I especially love the beginnings of her books. I am loving The Second Life of Abigail Walker. I especially love the fox. If you haven’t read this yet, I am betting you will love it, too.

My (at home) read-aloud is Absolute Midnight by Clive Barker, the last book in the Abarat series. If you have not read this dark fantasy series, what are are you waiting for???  Speaking of waiting, I waited seven years for Absolute Midnight to come out (along with other fans), and then I had to wait another two years because right when Absolute Midnight was released, my son expressed an interest in the series. He was nine, and I thought our bedtime reading would soon be done so I agreed that we would read the series together and I would save the last book for us to share. And anyway, that would refresh me on the series, too. Because of our schedule, we don’t read every night so we just finished Days of Magic, Nights of War a couple of nights ago. My son is 11 now, and I love that he still loves reading with me. Our journey with Absolute Midnight began at 9:00 pm last night. I am sure it will last for many months, so just assume it’s in my “Currently Reading” pile even if I fail to mention on a regular basis how great it is and how exquisite Barker’s accompanying illustrations are.

On Deck:

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In the continuing trend of one e-galley /one print book, these are next up. I hope to get through everything this week (except Absolute Midnight of course), as my lesson plans are done and my evening commitments are limited.

What’s up in your reading world?

One more thing: trying out a related articles feature. I have no affiliation with these bloggers below–I just read their posts and liked what I saw.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/16/13

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

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If you click the image above, then you can connect to other participating blogs and discover even more new books.

Last Week’s Book:

inhumanInhuman by Kat Falls is set to be released by Scholastic on 9/24. I hope it is on my Book Fair the week of 9/30 because Falls has given us another great work of science fiction. I plan to write a full review this coming week. A couple things to know: it is definitely more YA than middle grade (but still appropriate for my students in grades 6-8), and I expect this to be the start of a series, although it can stand alone as well.

Next Week’s Books:

Currently Reading:

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Saving Zasha by Randi Barrow

On Deck:

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Chupacabra by Roland Smith, an e-galley
The book will be published on 9/24

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I love Frances O’Roark Dowell. So I am surprised I am just now getting to The Second Life of Abigail Walker. One of the best things about Dowell’s books is her exquisite opening sentences/paragraphs. Truly, Dovey Coe has one of the best opening paragraphs I have ever read. I just now read the first paragraph of Abigail Walker–another home run for Dowell 🙂

Goal for next week: to read more than one book. The beginning of the school year is always tough. This week, though, I have to sit through medical/dental appointments for both of my children. I’m not saying that I hope they will be running behind schedule; I’m just saying I wouldn’t mind sitting there with nothing to do but read….