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This Week’s Book Talks- 2/13-17

17 Feb

Another full five-day week. That makes two in a row! President’s Day on Monday will break this streak, but I’m willing to suffer through another day off.

I bookended this week with nofiction, too. Monday’s book was Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science by John Fleischman.


Friday’s book was Blizzard by Jim Murphy.


In between, there was poetry  and fiction.

Red Butterfly  by A. L.  Sonnichsen is novel in verse about a Chinese  girl with a deformed hand raised in secret by an American woman must navigate China’s strict adoption system.


The idea of starting a mini-revolution got them excited about I kile the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora.


I explianed how advanced readers copies work on Thursday. Now, many students want to read Gordon Korman’s Restart before their peers.


ALA Youth Media Awards

1 Feb


Tomorrow is the big day when the Youth Media Awards are announced. I hope to watch them live, but that means I will have to get to school extra extra early. Or take the morning off. You can watch them live here.

There are many books I hope to see honored at the ALA YMA and I think today is a good day to share a few of  them with you, in no particular order.

Unknown-1 The Story of Owen by E. K. Johnston

images Poisoned Apples  by Christine Heppernan

Unknown The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus by Jen Bryant

Unknown The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy

Unknown El Deafo by Cece Bell

Unknown Gaston  written by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Christine Robinson

Unknown I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora

20615330 Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Unknown Going Over  by Beth Kephart

Unknown-1 The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee

Unknown Nuts to You  by Lynne Rae Perkins

Unknown Audrey (Cow)  by Dan Bar-El (this can;t win a Newbery because Bar-El is Canadian)

20702546 Gabi A Girl in Pieces  by Isabel Quintero

Unknown-2 Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Killing time & Mockingbirds

21 Jun

I had a lot of time to kill yesterday.

Thursday,  I was driving to pick up a dog, Bandit, to take him to his new home and  encountered the debris from a blown tire on I-5. It sounded as though I blew a tire, but when I pulled off, the plastic “pan” under the engine had come loose on one side and was dragging on the ground. I got to the Rest Area where I meeting Bandit. It turns out Bandit’s mom had a similar encounter. A kind man made a temporary fix with the spring from a pen. A very MacGyver solution! I called the insurance company & they sent me to a body shop, which I visited yesterday to have the repairs made. And, I read an awesome  book while I waited.


Paul Acampoa’s I Kill the Mockingbird is funny, poignant and a rallying cry about the power of books. Essentially, a trio of teens uses social media to create a campaign to get people to read To Kill a Mockingbird, by hiding copies of the book in bookstores and libraries. Basic supply & demand But it is also about friendship, growing up, life & death. And it references the book that combines two of my three favorite things:


I originally bought I Kill the Mockingbird  for my niece who will be 16 on July 4th, but I think it is a little to young for her. I have a few other titles in mind, but more on those later. If you are looking for a good, fun, quick summer read, that still makes you think, I Kill the Mockingbird  is a perfect choice.

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