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This week’s book talks

16 Feb

It has been a whirlwind week! Although I was only at school for three days, I managed to talk about seven books.

Wednesday, I shared the Sibert winner and honor books.

 

Thursday, I book-talked Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly, the winner of the Newbery Award.I wrote about this book back in May. you can reread my post here.

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Friday,  I book-talked Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heiligman. I won the YALSA Award for Nonfiction and was a Printz Honor book.

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This week’s book talks 2/5-7

7 Feb

I’ve been waiting for over a year for this week. Tomorrow, I leave for the ALA Midwinter Conference in Denver!!!!! My four days of sub plans are written, but, this week, my students will only get three days of book talks – all from my Mock Newbery pile.

Monday,  it was See you in the Cosmos  by Jack Cheng

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Tuesday, I waxed poetic about Nikki Grimes’ One Last Word.

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And, finally, today, Wednesday, I will share The Someday Birds  by Sally J. Pla.

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I’ll be travelling tomorrow, so look for my first ALA update Friday morning.

This week’s book talks 1/29-2/1

2 Feb

I added some of the Mock Newbery club books to my classroom library and decided to book talk them this week.

 

Monday, it was Clayton Bird Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia.

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Tuesday,  I chose Train I Ride by Paul Mosier, one of my favorites.

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Wednesday,  I chose the book that has been getting a lot of Newbery buzz, Beyond the Bright Sea  by Lauren Wolk.

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Thursday,  I chose The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish.

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Today marks the end of the semester, so we have no kids today.

This week’s book talks 1/22-26

26 Jan

I had an out of building meeting on Monday, but still managed to talk about five books. I am sneaky that way.

Tuesday, I shared Making Bombs For Hilter by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, who lives in the town where I did my last year of high school.

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Wednesday, the kids clearly needed something less serious, so I chose Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi.

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Thursday, I caught up and gave them a twofer: two books by N. H Senzai, N. H Senzai. Escape from Aleppo, her new book, and  Saving Kabul Corner.

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Friday, I shared Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella, just because I love it.

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This week’s book talks 1/15 – 19

19 Jan

Because of MLK Day, we had no school Monday, but I gave the kids a twofer on Tuesday.

Tuesday, I booktalked David D. Levine’s two books in the Arabella Ashby series: Arabella of Mars,  and Arabella and the Battle of Venus.

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Wednesday, I shared Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson.

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Thursday, because my class LOVED Posted,  I shared John David Anderson’s Ms. Bixby’s Last Day.

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Friday, just for fun, I shared To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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An old-fashioned caper

15 Jan

I am always a little skeptical when celebrities turn author. I wonder if they got preferential treatment or if their fame in another area let them jump the queue and get a book deal when other, sometime better, writers are slogging away.

When Decembrists frontman Colin Meloy’s first book,Wildwood, came out in 2004, I was intrigued. I read it and enjoyed it, especially because it was firmly set in Portland. It was followed by two others in the series. All three were illustrated by his wife, Carson Ellis, best know for Du Iz Tak?

The pair also teamed up on 2017’s The Whiz Kid and the Grenadine Kid,  but the setting moves from the forests of Portland to the city of Marseille.

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Publisher’s Summary: It is an ordinary Tuesday morning in April when bored, lonely Charlie Fisher witnesses something incredible. Right before his eyes, in a busy square in Marseille, a group of pickpockets pulls off an amazing robbery. As the young bandits appear to melt into the crowd, Charlie realizes with a start that he himself was one of their marks.

Yet Charlie is less alarmed than intrigued. This is the most thrilling thing that’s happened to him since he came to France with his father, an American diplomat. So instead of reporting the thieves, Charlie defends one of their cannons, Amir, to the police, under one condition: he teach Charlie the tricks of the trade.

What starts off as a lesson on pinches, kicks, and chumps soon turns into an invitation for Charlie to join the secret world of the whiz mob, an international band of child thieves who trained at the mysterious School of Seven Bells. The whiz mob are independent and incredibly skilled and make their own way in the world—they are everything Charlie yearns to be. But what at first seemed like a (relatively) harmless new pastime draws him into a dangerous adventure with global stakes greater than he could have ever imagined.

This was such a fun read! It got me thinking about that scene in Oliver!

It also saw me flexing my fingers and practicing my sleight of Hand. I imagined myself as a magician or retrieving things from pockets using only my index and middle finger. Not other people’s pockets…just my own. But don’t worry – I don’t think younger readers will be pulled into a life of crime by reading the book. And I hope they do!

 

 

This week’s book talks January 8 – 12

12 Jan

I still feel energetic after my first five-day week since Winter Break ended. Go me!

As a result, I got in a full five books!

Monday: A Night Divided  by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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Tuesday: Real Friends by Shannon Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

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Wednesday: All the Light We Cannot See  by Anthony Doerr

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Thursday: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda  by Tom Angleberger

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Friday: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

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