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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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CONGRATULATIONS
Lisa M.
for winning our giveaway of Space Boy and the Snow Monster by Dian Curtis Regan!

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Last Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Ten Characters Who Would Make Good Leaders

Wednesday: Teaching Guide with Activities and Discussion Questions for Maya Lin: Thinking With Her Hands by Susan Goldman Rubin

Thursday: Aliens Get the Sniffles, Too! Ah-Choo! by Katy S. Duffield

Friday: Teaching Guide with Activities and Discussion Questions for Charlie and Mouse and Grumpy by Laurel Snyder

Sunday: Author Guest  Post!: “There’s No Such Thing as Pantsers” by Justin Lantier-Novelli, Author of Don’t Mess with Coleman Stoops

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee

  • I started listening to the Whatever After series by Sarah Mlynowski after a student recommended it to me. I was on an audio book lull, so when I saw that my library had them all, I started listening, and I really am enjoying them! What a fun take on fairy tales! In each story, Abby and her brother Jonah get transported into different fairy tales and always end up causing a ruckus even when they try really hard not to.
  • For my teacher book club’s November title, we chose Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina, and it is more than you could have expected from the summary. It is set with Son of Sam and a crazy summer in NYC as the background, but the story is so much more than the setting and historical aspects. It is a story of growing up and family and abandonment and friendship and love.
  • I then, on a whim, picked up House Arrest by K.A. Holt. I’ve had students recommend it, and I just randomly chose it–wow! I am so glad I did! It is a book that I wish I’d read when it came out, so I could have been recommending it since then. If nothing else, it is going to be a book I recommend highly to so many students going forward. Timothy just wants to help out his family, but after he steals a wallet to buy his baby brother’s medicine, he finds himself on house arrest for a year. This is his journal.

Trent and I had some fun this week reading some new books! I love when Trent is open to reading new stories!

  • If Picasso Painted a Snowman by Amy Newbold is a fun introduction to some of the best artists ever!
  • Up! Tall! And High! by Ethan Long is a silly book about adjectives with laugh-out-loud situations.
  • Boo Who? by Ben Clanton is about fitting in when you are new.
  • Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis is a book that I cannot believe I haven’t read yet. It is so interesting to try to figure out what the bugs are saying and to watch their world transform.
  • We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio is a perfect companion/introduction to Wonder as it is a perfect look at the themes that Wonder shows up.
 Ricki

Thank you all for being very patient with me while I moved into a new house. I had a lot going on this week with some major work items due and moving with two kids under four. 🙂 I am happy to say that I’m back in action and looking forward to seeing many of you at NCTE and ALAN!

I read Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds a couple of weeks ago and loved it. I’ve had three students read it since then, and we all are raving about it!

I went to high school with Julia Denos. She was a year above me, and her sister and I were very close friends in middle school. She is just as kind and smart as she seems in interviews and presentations. I think Windows is absolutely brilliant. She captures Somerville so well.

The final installation in Kobi Yamada’s series is a phenomenal ending. I was reluctant to read What Do You Do With a Chance? because I love the first two books, and I was pleasantly surprised by how different and complementary the book is. I am so grateful for this series.

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This Week’s Expeditions
Kellee

  • I am on #3 of the Whatever After series, and this time, Abby and Jonah are in “The Little Mermaid.”
  • My 7th grade book club has started up again (here’s info on last year!), and our first author that we’ll be Skyping with is Michele Weber Hurwitz. I’ve already read her Summer I Saved the World…in 65 Days, so I plan on reading her other two novels, Calli Be Gold and Ethan Marcus Stands Up. Looking forward to 12/1 and the Skype visit!!!

Ricki

Moving has really cramped my style. I am halfway through Turtles All the Way Down and embarrassed that I haven’t finished it sooner. I love it thus far!

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Upcoming Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Ten Books We Plan to Read this Winter

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After Tuesday, we will be taking some time off for conferencing, travel, and family. We’ll be attending two of our favorite events of the year!!!

We’ll be back the week of November 27th to catch everyone up. See you then 🙂

(On the 20th, we will still have the linky available for everyone to link up, so please stop by if you plan on doing an IMWAYR post.)

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 So, what are you reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Last Week’s Posts

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top ten tuesday 

Tuesday: Books to Read on Halloween

Wednesday: Living Things and Nonliving Things: A Compare and Contrast Book by Kevin Kurtz

Thursday: Miguel and the Grand Harmony by Matt de la Peña

Friday: Quack and Daisy series by Aileen Stewart

Sunday: Author Guest Post and Giveaway!: “The Power of Imaginative Play” by Dian Curtis Regan, Author of the Space Boy series
Giveaway open until Friday!!

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee

I am so glad I reread The Impossible Knife of Memory before hosting a round table with Laurie Halse Anderson. It is brilliant, and rereading definitely allowed for me to be able to get more in depth with it when I am chatting with her.

 Ricki

Ricki just moved, so she is away this week 🙂

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This Week’s Expeditions
Kellee

This month’s Faculty Book Club choice is Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina, so I started that today.

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Upcoming Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday 

Tuesday: Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders

Wednesday:  Teaching Guide with Activities and Discussion Questions for Maya Lin: Thinking With Her Hands by Susan Goldman Rubin

Thursday: Aliens Get the Sniffles Too! by Katy S. Duffield

Friday:  Teaching Guide with Activities and Discussion Questions for Charlie and Mouse and Grumpy by Laurel Snyder

Sunday:  Author Guest Post!: “There’s No Such Thing as Pantsers” by Justin Lantier-Novelli, Author of Don’t Mess with Coleman Stoops

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 So, what are you reading?

Link up below and go check out what everyone else is reading. Please support other bloggers by viewing and commenting on at least 3 other blogs. If you tweet about your Monday post, tag the tweet with #IMWAYR!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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CONGRALATIONS
Dandi D. 
for winning our Bruce’s Big Move giveaway!

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Last Week’s Posts

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top ten tuesday   

Tuesday: Ten Unique Book Titles

Wednesday: Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years by Stacy McAnulty

Thursday: Pug & Pig Trick or Treat by Sue Lowell Callion

Friday: Brave Red, Smart Frog: A New Book of Old Tales by Emily Jenkins

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: “I Have a Confession” by Laura Gehl, Author of Peep and Egg

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee

First, I wanted to share that I finished listening to NPR’s S-Town, the podcast I had started. It was such interesting piece of storytelling and although really not appropriate for any children, it is something I recommend to all of you!

I also finished Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson which I cannot wait to chat with her about at ALAN! It is a book that doesn’t fit any specific genre but is about how the future and past all intertwine and about our future here on Earth.

Ricki

This week, I REREAD Unwind by Neal Shusterman, and I look forward to talking about speculative fiction with my students!

I also read every Sandra Boynton board book that was available in the bookstore. There were at least a dozen there. I may or may not have purchased three of them to add to our collection. My younger son and I spent two hours in the bookstore looking for the best books to purchase with a birthday gift card that he received, so we perused A LOT of books. It was a great time!

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This Week’s Expeditions
Kellee

  • I am hosting Laurie Halse Anderson at a round table during the “YA Lit is Complex!” session at NCTE, so I am rereading The Impossible Knife of Memory to complete a handout and write some questions for Laurie.
  • Our next book for my teacher book club is Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina, so as soon as I’m done with Impossible, I’ll be picking up Burn.
  • I don’t know what to listen to next!!! Nothing that I want to read has an aubiobook available at my library… Ugh. Maybe I’ll listen to another podcast first.

Ricki

I just got Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, and I am PUMPED to read it!

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Upcoming Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday 

Tuesday: Books to Read on Halloween

Wednesday: Living Things and Nonliving Things: A Compare and Contrast Book by Kevin Kurtz

Thursday: Miguel and the Grand Harmony by Matt de la Peña

Friday: Quack and Daisy series by Aileen Stewart

Sunday: Author Guest Post and Giveaway! from Dian Curtis Regan, Author of Space Boy

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 So, what are you reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Last Week’s Posts

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top ten tuesday  

Tuesday: Ten Favorite Books That Feature Food

Wednesday: National Geographic Kid’s What Would Happen? 

Thursday: Landscape with Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson

Friday:  Review with Giveaway and YouTube Video!: Bruce’s Big Move by Ryan T. Higgins

Giveaway open until Thursday!!!

Sunday:  Blog Tour with Author Guest Post with Activities and Discussion Questions!: Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee

My parents were in town last weekend into early last week, so reading didn’t really happen (neither did commenting on blogs–SORRY!), but I was able to finish my audiobook and one of my ALAN books.

  • Stella By Starlight by Sharon Draper is a book that I think is one that is perfect for introducing kids to the idea of racism. The book overall is Stella’s story of her every day life. She struggles in school, she gets in trouble, and something happens in her family; but more than that, it is the story of freed Black Americans fighting racism in their town.
  • The Dark Intercept by Julia Keller is a sci-fi book where a man believes he has made the perfect world, so he created New Earth with only the richest and most intelligent people of Old Earth. He uses a system called The Intercept as a weapon to keep everyone safe. The Intercept uses memories and emotions as a weapon against disobedience and criminal behavior. Violet, President Rowley’s daughter, begins to figure out that something is going on that is threatening the safety, and she is certain she can figure it out. This was one epic novel!
Ricki

We enjoyed Pug & Pig Trick-or-Treat by Sue Lowell Gallion! It is an adorable story that we’ve read a few times this week. This duo is always a pleasure to read.

Henry and I have been reading a little bit of Making Scents by Arthur Yorinks each night. It tells the story of a boy who was raised as a dog. When his parents pass away, he goes to his aunt and uncle’s house, and they are not pleased to have a boy who thinks he is a dog in their house. I recommend this book for upper elementary or lower middle school readers. It’s a fun graphic novel that was interesting to read.

I REREAD Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. My students are reading it this week, and I wanted to refresh my memory. It was just as enjoyable to read the second time.

I finished listening to The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock. I really enjoyed this book and loved the audio. I plan to read it in print, as well. I think it would be enjoyable in different ways in print.

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This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee

I am taking a break from audiobooks for a bit to listen to S-Town, a podcast created by a producer of This American Life. It is hard to describe what it is about, but it begins with a man from Alabama contacting the producer about a suspected murder in his town that he believes is being covered up because the perpetrator is the richest teen in town. But then it ends up not being about that at all. It is very good–I highly recommend it. I am currently on Chapter 4 of 7, so I hope to finish it this week.

My other ALAN panelist is Jodi Lynn Anderson, and I am just starting her newest, Midnight at the Electric. It is also about someone leaving Earth for somewhere else, but I think that is where the similarities with Dark Intercept will end. Hopefully I have time to finish it this week.

Ricki

Life has been really crazy, but I am really looking forward to diving into Turtles All the Way Down by John Green.

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Upcoming Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday   

Tuesday: Ten Unique Book Titles

Wednesday: Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years by Stacy McAnulty

Thursday: Pug & Pig Trick or Treat by Sue Lowell Callion

Friday: Brave Red, Smart Frog: A New Book of Old Tales by Emily Jenkins

Sunday: Author Guest Post from Laura Gehl, Author of Peep and Egg

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 So, what are you reading?

Link up below and go check out what everyone else is reading. Please support other bloggers by viewing and commenting on at least 3 other blogs. If you tweet about your Monday post, tag the tweet with #IMWAYR!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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CONGRATULATIONS 
Margo J.
for winning our Baseball Mysteries by David Kelly giveaway!!

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Last Week’s Posts

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top ten tuesday 

Tuesday: Ten Picture Books About Autumn

Wednesday: The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie

Thursday: Nerdy Bird by Aaron Reynolds

Friday: Twinderella by Corey Rosen Schwartz

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee

Two young adult books in one week? Oh yes I did!!

  • History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera is a roller coaster of emotions. I know that is a cliché, but Adam Silvera takes us on a figurative roller coaster by switching between present tense, where Griffin is dealing with the grief of his first love’s death and the awkwardness of his new boyfriend, and the past when Griffin and Theo fell in love. The story is beautiful and sad and wonderful and terrible. In other words: you should read it and live this roller coaster.
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green may be my favorite by him, and I have loved everything he’s ever written. Now, I know it could be the John Green hangover talking because when you finish a John Green book you always feel like you read perfection, but I found this story to be the one with most heart and hurt by him. I can tell it is personal, and it is. I’m not going to tell you much more, but I am going to say you should read it. John Green has done for anxiety in this book what Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls did for eating disorders and Impossible Knife of Memory did for PTSD, what Teresa Toten’s Unlikely Hero of Room 13B did for OCD–they show that mental illness isn’t something that the person does to annoy others or that they choose to have, and that people with mental illnesses are more than their illness though it is part of them, and loving them can be hard but they need love. I love how this is explained in Turtles.

  • My parents are visiting this weekend and bought Trent and I It Takes a Village by Hillary Rodham Clinton which is a book that all teachers and parents and librarians should read to all their kids. It is full of acceptance and diversity and love.
 Ricki

I started the week off with M. T. Anderson’s Landscape with Invisible Hand. This is a phenomenal book. It reminded me a bit of Feed. It’s shorter and there is an alien element to the text. The book is an awesome social commentary that is wildly satirical. It’s bleak and dark.

I REREAD Endangered. This is my fifth or sixth time reading this book. My students are reading it for class tomorrow, and I wanted to remind myself of everything in the text. This book holds up to a rereading every time. Kellee—are you jealous I reread this one? I am laughing because Kellee and I are obsessed with this book. Eliot Schrefer kindly agreed to talk with my students on Wednesday. He is simply the best.

I read Miguel and the Grand Harmony, Matt de la Peña’s latest masterpiece. It is an absolutely beautiful, lyrical picture book. The illustrations are stunning and the words are captivating. This is another winner.

A friend said to me, “Have you read Flashlight Night? I love that book.” I was in the bookstore with Henry, and I decided to read it again. This is such a fun, clever story. (It’s by Matt Forrest Esenwine.)

I’d never read Triangle by Mac Barnett, so I was excited to read this one in the bookstore, too. I love Mac Barnett. Everything he writes is so clever!

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This Week’s Expeditions
Kellee

I am so excited to be moderating a panel between Jodi Lynn Anderson and Julia Keller at the 2017 ALAN Workshop, so I am so excited to start their novels.

Ricki

I have a few more ALAN and NCTE books on the docket, and then I’m all ready to present at the workshop. Yahoo!

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Upcoming Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday  

Tuesday: Ten Favorite Books That Feature Food

Wednesday: National Geographic Kid’s What Would Happen? 

Thursday: Landscape with Invisible Hand by MT Anderson

Friday:  Review with Giveaway and YouTube Video!: Bruce’s Big Move by Ryan T. Higgins

Sunday:  Blog Tour with Author Guest Post with Activities and Discussion Questions!: Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr

 So, what are you reading?

Link up below and go check out what everyone else is reading. Please support other bloggers by viewing and commenting on at least 3 other blogs. If you tweet about your Monday post, tag the tweet with #IMWAYR!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Last Week’s Posts

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top ten tuesday    

Tuesday: Ten Favorite Significant Others in Books

Wednesday: Blog Tour with Book Trailer, #ProtectOurWorld Challenge, and Review!: Zoo Scientists to the Rescue by Patricia Newman and Annie Crawley

Thursday: You’re All Kinds of Wonderful by Nancy Tillman

Friday: Author Guest Post!: “Teaching Kids Hope” by Carla Mooney, Author of Terrorism: Violence, Intimidation, and Solutions for Peace

Sunday: Author Guest Post and Giveaway!: “Inspiring Stories” by David Kelly, Author of Ballpark Mysteries

 Giveaway open until Saturday!!

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee

  • I love Alex Rider books so much! Anthony Horowitz just has a way of writing middle grade/early teen books that are so sophisticated and complicated and intriguing! I couldn’t put the book down–it truly is comparable to a James Bond novel! AND the end of the book is a cliffhanger and at the end there is a surprise, so I tweeted this:

    AND ANTHONY HOROWITZ REPLIED TO ME! AHHH! I was so excited! And I cannot wait until summer 2018 🙂
  • I also finished listening to Little Monsters by Kara Thomas, and it was a mystery that I just couldn’t solve which is my favorite type! The ending was shocking and overall the story was so crazy and messed up! I tweeted with Kara Thomas about it, too 🙂
 Ricki

This week was filled with rereads of old favorites. I am simultaneously reading three new YA books, but while I am close to the end of each of them, I haven’t finished any of them yet. 🙂

I REREAD Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos and Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. My colleges students loved both of them. A few of the students said that Roskos captured mental health so well that it made them cry. And obviously, the response to Between Shades of Gray has been overwhelmingly positive. I saw two students on campus and they said, “This book is SO GOOD.” I am excited to hear the whole class’s thoughts tomorrow.

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This Week’s Expeditions
Kellee

  • I am almost done with History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, and it is just as heartbreaking yet love-filled as promised.
  • I am going to start listening to Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper today!
Ricki

I am really enjoying M. T. Anderson’s Landscape with Invisible Hand. It’s a bit weird, but it’s a really GOOD weird. I love books that are unique and unlike any others that I’ve read, and Anderson always succeeds in this category.

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Upcoming Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday 

Tuesday: Ten Picture Books About Autumn

Wednesday: The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie

Thursday: Nerdy Bird by Aaron Reynolds

Friday: Twinderella by Corey Rosen Schwartz

 So, what are you reading?

Link up below and go check out what everyone else is reading. Please support other bloggers by viewing and commenting on at least 3 other blogs. If you tweet about your Monday post, tag the tweet with #IMWAYR!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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CONGRATULATIONS
Leanne
for winning the giveaway for Flashlight Night!

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Last Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Ten Books that Feature Nontraditional Families

Wednesday: Welcome Fall with These Picture Books: One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me by John Micklos, Jr. & Autumn: A Pop Up Book by David A. Carter

Thursday: All My Friends are Fast Asleeby David Weinstone

Friday: Review and Giveaway!: Listen: How Peter Seeger Got American Singing by Leda Shubert

Giveaway open until Thursday!!

Sunday: Author Guest Post!: Giving Kids a Break: What’s so normal about “normal”? Or, in other words, is it OK to be “average”? by J.L. Powers (with M.A. Powers), Authors of Broken Circle 

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee

  • Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker is one of the most unique books I’ve ever read. Lisa took a very sci fi idea and wrote a diverse realistic fiction story. Felix was melded with a fourth dimensional being in a scientist accident that killed his father, and he now lives with *zyx in his brain who sometimes controls his body and can only communicate by typing. We also meet Felix’s family: his mom, his piano prodigy sister, and his gender fluid Grandy. This book is a chronicle of Felix’s secret blog and is the story of his life as he counts down the days to “the procedure” which may kill him trying to separate *zyx from him.
  • Refugee by Alan Gratz is a book that I don’t even know how to tell you how much I loved it. It gives voices to those that the masses like to ignore, it tells stories form the inside that not often are released, it is in your face and makes it so refugees cannot be ignored, and it builds empathy for our fellow humans. All within a very well written trio of stories. I am hoping to read this with my classes or at least my book club. (And the audiobook was really well done. I think I may have liked it more than reading because of the different voices for each character.)
  • Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan was exactly what I wanted it to be: fun! Julie is cast as a munchkin and her feeling of ordinary-ness is shot down, and she learns that everyone has a place and passion. I loved Julia’s voice–the stream of consciousness type narration was perfect! And the cast of characters in Julia’s story are all perfect–I love Mrs. Chang and her brother, Randy, specifically.

  • Cucumber Quest: The Doughnut Kingdom by Gigi D.G. is going to be a new favorite in my classroom. It is the perfect combination of colorful illustrations, adventure, humor, and fantasy. I cannot wait for the rest of the series–I have to see how the quest concludes!
  • Cosmic Commandos by Christopher Eliopoulos is also going to be a favorite! It is like Captain Underpants meets Big Nate in a graphic novel! I call that a win. I loved that in addition to an adventure, it also looks deeply into what it is like to be a twin.

  • Brad Melzter’s Ordinary People Change the World series is one of my favorites, and I was so happy to be able to read these four newest ones. I highly recommend them all! It is so amazing to see how these different people in history have changed our world! And I also love that Melzter is writing stories of people like Gandhi, Sacagawea, and Jane Goodall who most kids would not learn about in their history classes.

  • Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari does a wonderful thing–it normalizes therapy dogs! So often kids and even adults do not understand the need for a therapy dog if there isn’t physical disability, but Moose teaches us the power of dogs.
  • Tyrannasaurus Rex vs. Edna, The First Chicken by Douglas Rees was laugh out loud funny! You’ll definitely root for Edna in this story! Though not plausible, it teaches the readers about dinosaurs relation to birds at the end.
 Ricki

Hi, folks! I am unavailable to post today because my sister is flew out for the weekend to celebrate my younger son’s first birthday! I look forward to catching up with you next week!

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This Week’s Expeditions
Kellee

A NEW ALEX RIDER!!! I CANNOT WAIT TO START IT!!!

As for an audiobook, I am not sure what I am going to listen to. I’m hoping my Little Monsters by Kara Thomas becomes available at my library soon!

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Upcoming Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Ten Significant Others in Books

Wednesday: Blog Tour with Book Trailer and Review!: Zoo Scientists to the Rescue by Patricia Newman and Annie Crawley

Thursday: You’re All Kinds of Wonderful by Nancy Tillman

Friday: Author Guest Post!: “Teaching Kids Hope” by Carla Mooney, Author of Terrorism: Violence, Intimidation, and Solutions for Peace

Sunday: Author Guest Post and Giveaway!: “Inspiring Stories” by David Kelly, Author of Ballpark Mysteries

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