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This week’s booktalks 10/2-6

6 Oct

It was series week in my classroom. All my booktalks were about the first book in a series I thought my students might enjoy.

MONDAY I talked about Spy School by Stuart Gibbs. In addition to talking about that series, I also shared some of his other series.

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TUESDAY, I went a little more serious with Silverwing  by Kenneth Oppel.

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WEDNESDAY, I went for spooky with Jonathan Stroud’s first Lockwood & Co. book – The Screaming Staircase.

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THURSDAY,  I veered into the history of World War I and talked about Steampunk by talking about Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld.

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And, finally, on FRIDAY, I booktalked L. A. Meyer’s Bloody Jack,  the first book in a series I hold very dear.

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This Week’s Book Talks 1/30-2/3

3 Feb

I intended to bookend the week with nonfiction.

Monday I talked about this classic:

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I saved this one for today, but the weather prevented me from book talking it. Yes, we have another day off due to freezing rain. The streets are covered in ice. I guess I will start next week with We’ve Got a Job.

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In between, I talked up these three gems:51hhnx3g3jl-_sx334_bo1204203200_

I will read anything Stuart Gibbs writes!

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Space Case

15 Dec

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As I started to listen to Stuart Gibbs’ Space Case, I had a little flashback to the 1970’s TV series Space 1999. Both Space Case  and Space 1999 feature moon colonies named Moonbase Alpha.

Humor and suspense combine in this space mystery. It is the year 2040 and twelve-year-old Dashiell Gibson is famous the world over for being one of the first humans to live on the moon and bored out of his mind. It’s not the great space adventure everyone told him it would be. When Moon Base Alpha’s top scientist turns up dead. Dash senses there’s foul play afoot, but no one believes him. There are lots of suspects, but it is easy to keep track of them. Although parts of it are predictable, the ending was a surprise.

Kids, particularly boys, interested in space travel or mysteries will really enjoy this fast paced adventure.

I listened to the story on CD (provided to me by Audiobook Jukebox). It was well narrated by Gibson Frazier, who has also narrated other books by Stuart Gibbs. Although an adult male he does a good job giving voice to characters from young girls to old men. The audiobook, on 6 CDs, runs about six and a half hours.

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