It’s Monday! What are you reading? 12/9/13

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys and invites bloggers to recap what they’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

This week flew by with lots of after school events and not much reading time. I did, however, sneak in a few books!

Here’s what I read:

(Click on the book covers to add these titles to your Goodreads TBR piles)

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My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kugler
YA Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
This book has been in my TBR pile since August and I am so glad I didn’t give it back to my friend Mandy without reading it. It’s a fun YA book that is very reminiscent of The One and Only John Green’s Will Grayson, Will Grayson. The characters are humorous and readers will find themselves quickly invested in each characters’ story. There are a lot of musical references that some students may not get, but it has a fantastic storyline that will definitely win them over.

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Explorer: The Lost Islands Edited by Kazu Kibuishi
2013
MG Fantasy Graphic Novel
My Goodreads Rating: 3/5 Stars
The Lost Islands is the follow up to Mystery Boxes, which I really enjoyed. Both have a lot of kid appeal with lots of short stories set in mysterious places and gorgeous pictures, but I enjoyed Mystery Boxes a lot more.

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More Bears! by Kenn Nesbitt, Illustrated by Troy Cummings
2010
Picture Book
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
If you are looking for a picture book to read that provides some opportunities for audience participation, this might work for you. This is a funny book that even my middle school students would enjoy.

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Rawr by Todd H. Doodler
2013
Picture Book
My Goodreads Rating: 3/5 Stars
This is a silly book about a well behaved dinosaur. The dinosaur on the cover is cloth too for extra cuteness.

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How Do You Hug a Porcupine?
2011
Picture Book
My Goodreads Rating: 3/5 Stars
This is a cute rhyming picture book that younger readers will enjoy.

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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
2009 – Newbery Medal (2010)
MG Mystery
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
I had no idea what to expect when I opened this book and wow, was I impressed! A quick read, but very complex and thought provoking. It definitely appeals to those readers that have read A Wrinkle in Time.

Here’s what I plan to read next: (Click on the cover for more info from Goodreads)

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Confession time – Arcadia is an ARC from NCTE 2011. I knew right away that I wouldn’t be able to put it in my classroom library, but I still decided that I would read it someday. I started it this weekend, and it is completely different than anything I have ever picked up. I still have to give it my 100 page test to see if I want to finish it, but I am trying to broaden my reading tastes. This definitely is a true test. The Nazi Hunters is another book out of my reading comfort zone, but I will definitely give it a try. I’m also ready to read Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller, who I respect so much when it comes to the importance of lifelong reading.

What are you reading to finish up 2013? Have you started planning you Winter Break book stack yet?

Happy Reading!

Lesley ♥

It’s Monday! What are you reading? 12/2/13

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys and invites bloggers to recap what they’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

Happy Monday literacy lovers! I hope you all had a relaxing long weekend and aren’t too sleepy this morning! I’m still in my end of the year reading mode – only 8 more books to get to my goal of 130 for 2013. I’m getting there… slowly but surely.

Here’s what I’ve read lately:

(Click on the book covers to add these titles to your Goodreads TBR piles)

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Picture Me by Lori Weber
3/1/14 release date – NetGalley ARC
MG/YA Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 2/5 Stars
There are three female characters in Picture Me who are involved in both sides of a bullying incident at school that changes their lives forever. This book attempts to tackle a lot of heavy subjects from each of the girls’ own perspectives and does a great job of showing that there is more to a person than meets the eye. Unfortunately,  readers are left with three cliffhangers, and wondering what happens to each of the girls. Lots of unresolved plot.

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Storm Runners: The Surge and Storm Runners: The Eruption by Roland Smith
2011 and 2012
MG Realistic Fiction / Adventure
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars to both
I really like this series. It has action, suspense with lots of witty one liners and memorable characters. The Surge is the follow up to Storm Runners and Eruption is the last in the series. The Surge is about what happens to Chase Masters and his friends after Hurricane Emily. They are still on the Rossi farm and there are circus animals on the loose amidst all of the flooding and damage of the hurricane. His father, Tomas and the news crew are still trying to reach him. In Eruption, the group goes to Mexico after an earthquake that has cause a volcano to erupt. Upper elementary and middle school students will like this fast paced story.

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Kizzy Ann Stamps  by Jeri Watts
2012
MG Historical Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
This novel is all about Miss Kizzy Ann Stamps attending a newly integrated school for the first time. Talk about a a resilient character – Kizzy Ann writes her new teacher letters about her life in the segregated South and all of her thoughts and fears about this new adventure. This smart little girl is sassy and fun to read about.

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Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds, Illustrated by Peter Brown
2013
Picture Book
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
This is a really funny picture book that readers of all ages will enjoy. I laughed out loud while reading this in class and I love the carrots’ expressions throughout the book. Great ending, too!

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The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
2013
Picture Book
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
This is definitely in my top five favorite picture books that I’ve read this year. So funny! Duncan’s crayons have gone on strike, and each one writes him a letter that explains their demands. This book might be a little long for bedtime, but it can be used in so many different ways. It would be an excellent perspective and point of view mentor text for older students. Can’t say enough about this one!

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Explorer: The Mystery Boxes  Edited by Kazu Kibuishi
2012
Short Stories Graphic Novel
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
The very popular author of the Amulet series edited this fantastic book of eight different short stories all centering on the theme of a mystery box. The stories are written by different authors, including Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman and there are a lot of different styles showcased throughout the book. I am definitely on the look out for book #2 of this series!

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Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show by Michael Buckley and Illustrated by Dan Santat
2012
Picture Book
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
This picture book about Kel who learns to face his fears is hysterical and laugh out loud funny. It is a favorite among my eighth grades who are continuing their picture book study this week.

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The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Illustrated by Dan Santat
2012
Picture Book
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
This is a fantastic fractured fairy tale sort of book and play on The Three Little Pigs. The illustrations are funny and all of the pig references are clever. A great picture book!

Here’s what I plan to read next: (Click on the cover for more info from Goodreads)

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Three more “odds and ends” books that I’m trying to read before the end of the year. I also got a few books for an early Christmas present and it is going to take a lot of will power not to dive into them before these three are finished. Crossing my fingers for an early in the season snow day!

Happy Reading!

Lesley ♥