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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

Today we let TTT be taken over by one of my students as the post she wrote at the end of last year was focused on Christmas, so we held on posting it until now!

 Today’s Topic: Ten Favorite Christmas Books

from Maria N., 7th grade (now 8th grade)

1. Letters from Father Christmas

It is unique because it is written in letters.

2. The Snowman

A traditional book that every kid dreams of hearing.

3. Father Christmas 

Something you would not expect from Santa.

4. A Christmas Carol

A traditional Christmas book.

5. The Polar Express

This is a unique Christmas book that kids love. 

6. One Wintry Night

Betters the Christmas Story.

7. How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Dr. Seuss!

8. The Christmas Tree

A traditional Christmas book that has a good theme behind it. 

9. 12 Stories of Christmas

This book has different stories in it, and they are all perfect. 

10. The Night Before Christmas

The perfect traditional book that kids love.

Thank you, Maria!
And happy holidays, everyone!

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Ten New Authors We Met at NCTE/ALAN 2017

Ricki

Kellee’s list is almost identical to mine. We see so many authors at the conference, and it’s funny that the authors that I took pictures with are similar to hers. I regret working on this post after her! I am going to go with my gut and stick with the folks I planned before I saw Kellee’s list. I was going to start with Rashani Chokshi, but I will try to shift my list slightly from Kellee’s!

In no particular order:

1. Varian Johnson, Author of The Parker Inheritance and many others

2. Rick Riordan, Author of The Lightning Thief and many others

3. Julie Murphy, Author of Dumplin’ and many others

4. Angie Thomas, Author of The Hate U Give

5. Joseph Bruchac, Author of Code Talker and many others

Kellee

I am so lucky to be able to meet and hang out with SO MANY authors at NCTE and ALAN. Here are a couple of authors I met for the first time (and remembered to take photos with!).

1. Rick Riordan, Author of The Lightning Thief and many others

2. Angie Thomas, Author of The Hate U Give

3. K.A. Holt, Author of House Arrest, Knockout, and Rhyme Schemer

4. Rashani Chokshi, Author of Aru Shah and the End of Time

5. Joseph Bruchac, Author of Skeleton Man and many others

What authors have you met before?

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I was aware of several of these books before I went to NCTE/ALAN, but attending the conference and speaking with the authors and publishers made me even more excited about them. I could make a list that has dozens of books on it, but these ten came to my head first, and I am genuinely excited about all of them!

1. Dear Martin by Nic Stone

The topic is of utmost importance. I am really looking forward to reading this one.

2. Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callendar

Hearing this author speak… wow, wow, wow. And Lizette said this book is incredible, and I trust everything out of that woman’s mouth.

3. Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

I was fortunate to meet Jewell at the conference. She is such an inspiring woman. I am really looking forward to this book.

4. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Katie Halata said this book is incredible and lives up to the hype. And I trust everything that Katie says.

5. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

The premise of this book is very intriguing to me. I am really excited to crack the cover.

6. Spliced by Jon McGoran

Everyone is raving about this book, and I am really interested to read it. The cover is really neat, and the story idea sucks me in!

7. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Who doesn’t love Laini Taylor? She is an incredible writer, and I am excited to read her newest series!

8. A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi

I will read any book featuring another culture, and I am looking forward to reading about the refugee experience in this book. I’ve heard it is excellent.

9. Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth

I heard a section of this book read aloud at the conference. It took everything in me not to cancel my next meeting and just read this book!

10. Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

This author was one of the kindest people that I’ve met. She has such a warmth about her. I am very, very excited about this book. The premise is really neat, and I think it’s going to be a favorite.

If you attended NCTE or ALAN, what books are you most excited to read?

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Ten Books We Hope to Read This Winter

Ricki

1. American Street by Ibi Zoboi

This book has been on my to-read list for far too long.

2. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

I am interested in incorporating this book into my Adolescents’ Literature course next year. I think it might be a good fit for our week that we talk about grief.

3. Dear Martin by Nic Stone

The only reason I haven’t read this sooner is that I can’t find the box that I packed it in. We moved this summer, and this is really cramping my reading style. 😉

4. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

I am quite intrigued by this book, and I want to read it this winter.

5. Refugee by Alan Gratz

I just got this book on Audible, and I can’t wait to listen to it!

Kellee

These are all books my students have asked me to read “soon!”

1. Young Elites by Marie Lu

Students keep on trying to spoil this one for me because they just want to chat about it, so I need to read it so I can be as excited as they are!

2. Rebels by Accident by Patricia

One of my students is Egyptian and says very rarely does she feel reflected in a book but that Rebels by Accident does just that. How can I deny reading this when she sells it to me that way?!

3. Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

Mark of the Dragonfly is on our state list for this year, and I have tried listening to the audiobook, but I was just not having much success; however, a student who I’ve had for 3 years swears to me that I will love it. I promised her I’d read it during break.

4. Randoms by David Liss

Randoms is the longest book on our state book list but it is also the one book I haven’t heard anything negative about. I will finish all 15 books on the SSYRA list, but I want to read this one soon because I want to promote it to help get it more readers who will love it, and I also promised a few of my readers I’d read it soon.

5. Prisoner of Ice & Snow by Ruth Lauren

One of my 7th graders is so enthusiastic about this book, and I promised her that I would find time for it soon.

What books do you plan to read this winter? 

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders

Ricki

1. Lupita from Under the Mesquite

She does a great job leading her siblings.

2. Lydia from The Serpent King

She isn’t very well-liked by her peers, but she would be a fearless leader.

3. Fadi from Shooting Kabul

Fadi is brave and determined to find his sister. He’d make a great leader.

4. Tyrell from Tyrell

Tyrell is a natural leader.

5. Natasha from The Sun Is Also a Star

When Natasha finds out she is going to be deported, she doesn’t take no for an answer. She would be a phenomenal leader.

Kellee

So, I wasn’t really sure what direction I wanted to go with for this TTT post, but I decided that I was going to focus on characters that I would want to be my Student Council President if they were running in high school.

1. Risa from the Unwind Dystology

I would know that Risa would get what was needed done while not going against her conscience.

2. Aven from Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

Aven is hilarious and smart, and I know she would be a great leader (not to mention that she wouldn’t let any obstacle stop her from succeeding).

3. Florian Bates from the T.O.A.S.T series by James Ponti

If Florian can help the FBI, think of what he could do for a school!!

4. Alex Rider from the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz

And Alex keeps saving the world with the help of MI6, why not save a high school from bad policies?!

5. Robyn from Shadows of Sherwood by Kekla Magoon

Even after losing everything, Robyn keeps her head on straight and focuses on making the decisions that need to be made. Just think if this was in a high school situation instead of life-and-death?!

Which characters do you think would make great leaders? 

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Ten Books To Read on Halloween

Ricki

1. Shivery Shades of Halloween: A Spooky Book of Colors by Mary McKenna Siddals

2. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

3. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

4. The Merciless by Danielle Vega

5. Monster Trouble by Lane Fredrickson

Kellee

Here are five picture books that are perfect to read during the Halloween season!

1. Halloween Hustle by Charlotte Gunnufson

2. Five Black Cats by Patricia Hegarty

3. Goldfish Ghost by Lemony Snicket

4. I Am (Not) Scared by Anna Kang

5. Little Monsters by Jan Pieńkowski

What are your favorite Halloween reads? 

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Ten Unique Book Titles

Ricki

I am so bummed that Kellee got to this post before me. I was so excited to use The Smell of Other People’s Houses. I can definitely find five others, though!

1. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

3. By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters

4. Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltras

5. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Kellee

Here are five unique book titles of books I loved!
(Although for all of the titles, the uniqueness makes complete sense once you read the book.)

1. Curious Incident of a Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

2. The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

4. The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

5. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

What are your favorite unique book titles? 

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