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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.


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


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


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


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

Friendship & Forgiveness

3 Dec


The Ethan I Was Before, by Ali Standish, is a book I chose to add to my Mock Newbery Club list before I’d actually read it. It was getting some buzz and was on the lists of a few other people.

Publisher’s Summary: Life can be transformed in one moment, but does that one moment define you for life?

Lost in the Sun meets The Thing About Jellyfish in Ali Standish’s breathtaking debut. A poignant middle grade novel of friendship and forgiveness, The Ethan I Was Before is a classic in the making.

Ethan had been many things. He was always ready for adventure and always willing to accept a dare, especially from his best friend, Kacey. But that was before. Before the accident that took Kacey from him. Before his family moved from Boston to the small town of Palm Knot, Georgia.

Palm Knot may be tiny, but it’s the home of possibility and second chances. It’s also home to Coralee, a girl with a big personality and even bigger stories. Coralee may be just the friend Ethan needs, except Ethan isn’t the only one with secrets. Coralee’s are catching up with her, and what she’s hiding might be putting both their lives at risk. The Ethan I Was Before is a story of love and loss, wonder and adventure, and ultimately of hope.

My sense from the club members who have read Ethan is that they liked it well enough, but it isn’t top of their list. It reminded me a lot of Bridge to Terabithia. 

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