Not so silent reading

26 Sep

I almost laughed out loud during silent reading yesterday. Not at my book. Not because the kid at the table in front of me was laughing at his book.

I almost laughed out loud during silent reading yesterday because of all the sounds I hear. Sniff. Cough. Sneeze. Blow.

It is the fourth week of school and cold season has descended upon us.

I made my own contributions to the Congestion Symphony. I’m in the trumpet section, rising frequently for a kleenex. There is a choreography of sorts as students get up for a tissue, blow, put the tissue in the trash can,, then return to their seats. Some rise only one; some are frequent flyers. Perhaps I should call it the Congestion Ballet instead.

 

The over-the-counter medication I brought to school wasn’t doing much. I could have added moans and groans over the sinus pain I felt, but I’m the adult in the room and I am trying to be a good role model.

Today, I am bringing the out-of-date prescription decongestant I have in my bathroom cupboard, a relic from a more serious illness a few years ago. They might be out of date, but they still work.

Today, I am hoping to not be part of the audience. I am sure there will be someone new to take up my spot with the horns, so I can listen to the symphony and watch the ballet.

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A very satisfying end

25 Sep

Almost a year ago to the day, I wrote a post about the fourth Lockwood & Co. book. At the end I refer to an unnamed fifth book.

Well, this weekend, I finished the fifth book,  and with it, the series has truly come to an end. Fortunately, it was a very satisfying end.

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Author’s website: After their recent escapades, Lockwood & Co. deserve a well-earned rest  . . . so naturally they decide to break into the country’s most heavily-guarded tomb.

What they discover there changes everything.

So begins a desperate battle to uncover the truth behind the epidemic of ghosts. It’s a battle that will force the team to journey to the Other Side, bring them face to face with hideous phantoms – and pit them against the most terrifying enemy they have ever known.

Will everyone make it out alive?

As much as I like the US cover, I must show you this UK cover. I

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Although Lucy is the narrator and Lockwood the leader, I think George and the Skull might be my favorites in this book. Their characters are more fleshed out in book 5 than in any of the previous four books, and  Skull’s humor provides a nice counterpoint to the scary ghost stuff.

I am sad to see this series end. Stroud leaves things open enough that more books could come, but I imagine he already has something new series in mind.

 

 

This week’s booktalks 9/18-9/22

22 Sep

Monday, I actually encouraged students to listen to The Inquisitor’s Tale  because the audiobook is rather excellent.

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Tired Tuesday, feeling groggy after BTSN, I chose a book I could get super excited about sharing.

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Wednesday, I went for inspirational.

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Thursday, because we were talking about maps as inspiration for writing personal narratives, I chose The Map Trap, with its obvious connection.

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And, finally, Friday, I recommended All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook,  just because I like it. It is the perfect book to curl up with this week.

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Back To School Night 2017

19 Sep

Early Morning – Home                                                                                                                  Choosing two outfits                                                                                                                             Wearing the one I’ll teach in                                                                                                             Carrying the second

Before Students – School                                                                                                      Stapling up the photos                                                                                                                        I took of the students last week                                                                                                        Gussy up the classroom

Daytime – School                                                                                                                                Writer’s workshop begins                                                                                                                   Students engaged, thinking, writing                                                                                                  I worry about the night

After School – Near School                                                                                                        Dinner with the team                                                                                                                         At our favorite restaurant                                                                                                            Only water, please.

Before BTSN – School                                                                                                                            Classroom lights are off                                                                                                                       I sit quietly at my desk                                                                                                                         Awaiting the onslaught

During BTSN – School                                                                                                                        Wearing the second outfit                                                                                                                   Pacing and talking too fast.                                                                                                                   Can they see me sweat?

Mid BTSN Interruption _ School                                                                                                The Sheriff is here                                                                                                                                If you parked in the fire lane                                                                                                     Please move your car now.

After BTSN  – In the car                                                                                                          Driving home, there’s rain                                                                                                              Washing away the long day                                                                                                         Peace in my heart.

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Très drôle

18 Sep

The rain has finally returned to the Pacific Northwest. The smell of smoke in the air has been replaced by the scent of damp earth and I imagine those fighting fires are celebrating. Those of us who prefer cooler, wetter weather are celebrating, too. It is as though we have crossed a line: life before the rain, life after the rain.

And that gets me thinking about My Pictures After the Storm by Eric Veillé.

More witty than funny, this picture book proves that a picture is worth a thousand words.

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The book, which has a cover that is reminiscent of a board book, is simply a collection of before and after pictures, all of which have a

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We have Back to School Night tonight. The picture of me after BTSN will be more about exhaustion than humor.

 

 

This week’s booktalks 9/11-15

15 Sep

 

Monday, September 11

Nine, Ten by Nora Raleigh Baskin

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Tuesday, September 12

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

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Wednesday, September 13

I meant to talk about Booked, but when I learned most kids hadn’t read Kwame Alexander’s Crossover, I booktalked both.

 

Thursday, September  14

Lucy and Andy Neanderthal by Jeffrey Brown

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Friday, September 15

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle, provided a little humor for the end of the week.

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2017 National Book Awards for Young People’s Literature

13 Sep

The 2017 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature was announced yesterday.  I’ve read four already. I have a few on hold, one ARC, and there are a few that my library doesn’t have yet. And the first three weren’t even on my radar.

MY TBR pile just got longer.

Elana K. Arnold, What Girls Are Made Of

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Robin Benway, Far from the Tree

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Samantha Mabry, All the Wind in the World

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Mitali Perkins, You Bring the Distant Near

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Jason Reynolds, Long Way Down

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Erika L. Sánchez, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

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Laurel Snyder, Orphan Island

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Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

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Rita Williams-Garcia, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

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Ibi Zoboi, American Street

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