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Books I Finished This Week:
I was really interested in reading Ship Breaker
by Paolo Bacigalupi both because of the Printz challenge and because the cover was so interesting. This book is well-written and beautiful while at the same time quite disturbing. It took me quite a while to get into the story in part because the world in the book is so bleak. Once I was invested, the story picked up for me and I found myself reading quickly so that I could see what would happen to Nailer. This is definitely a dark vision of a post-apocalyptic world. I will certainly recommend this one to teens and adults alike, although it wasn't exactly my cup of tea.
Thanks to netgalley I was able to read Bruised
by Sarah Skilton which will be released on March 5th, 2013. I highly recommend this book for teens. Imogen is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She was the youngest student in her dojang to reach this belt level. She has dedicated her life to the study of martial arts and she is quite proud of herself. Then one day she is in a restaurant at closing time and a gunman enters the place to hold it up. Imogen feels like she did not do enough to help the situation and is living with the guilt she feels after this traumatic situation. This is a really interesting look at what a trauma like this can do to a teenager. I was fascinated with this story throughout the entire novel. I will absolutely be looking for this book to buy it for my class library as soon as it comes out.
I ordered this series from a Scholastic catalog for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
This is a fun book about middle school and getting in trouble. It is a perfect book for students who might be below level and it mixes graphic and text really well. I enjoyed this story and will certainly recommend it to students, especially those students looking for easier texts.
I have had Elsewhere
by Gabrielle Zevin on my TBR shelf for quite a while. If I had to think about book gaps, my weakness would involve books that I think may be heartbreaking in some way. I am the same way with movies. If I think it is going to be a sad story, I avoid the movie. So suffice it to say, I was avoiding reading this book. I thought the premise sounded really good but I was afraid of heavy crying. I should not have worried so much! Elsewhere
is about the afterlife. Specifically, Liz has been hit by a car and wakes up on the boat taking her to her new life (death?) in the afterlife. The adjustment to being in Elsewhere is tough for Liz and she wants to spend her days spying on her family and friends on Earth. This book is about the process of letting go. The original idea about how the afterlife might be for people is both beautiful and troubling. I will definitely recommend this one to my students and will be curious to hear what they have to say about the ideas presented in this novel.
While looking for ideas for my unit teaching American Born Chinese
, I stumbled upon a preview chapter of Teaching Graphic Novels: Practical Strategies for the Secondary ELA Classroom
by Katie Monnin. I was intrigued by the lesson idea so got on Amazon and ordered the book. This book is full of interesting ideas and strategies for teaching with graphic novels. I definitely appreciate the first chapter which has examples and handouts for helping students understand terminology unique to graphic novels. However, some of the strategies and graphic organizers suggested are quite complex and confusing. I will need to reread the lessons to determine if I want to use those ideas. Overall, this book is helpful but a little disappointing.
What I am Currently Reading:
Energize: Research Reading and Writing
by Christopher Lehman has already given me great ideas for starting the informational/expository research projects I will be doing. I will be finishing this book soon so that I can begin to use the practical ideas and strategies to help my middle schoolers learn to research well. I am also reading Adventures in Graphica
by Terry Thompson because I was curious about the ideas I would find in this book for teaching graphic novels. I love the ideas in this book so far and will be able to apply them in my 8th grade classroom even though the book is written for younger grade level teachers.
On the Horizon:
I want to read All the Broken Pieces
this week. I will probably also pick up Before I Fall
and Beautiful Creatures
. I also should read Unenchanted
on my Kindle because I have a student who just finished it and wants me to talk to her about it. I have Ashes, Ashes
on audiobook that I will listen to during my workouts this week.
Big Nate is one of my daughter's favorites, she has the complete series, I think. I have Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker but I haven't gotten around to reading it yet, hopefully this year. I used American Born Chinese for my book club for young readers here in Singapore and we had such a lovely discussion from that session - definitely one of our best last year. Have a great reading week!ReplyDelete
I love American Born Chinese and have used it every year that I have taught middle school. I just wanted to get more of a graphic novel/comic study involved this year. It is always a hit!Delete
I have used Elsewhere with my book club and the kids really respond well to it-lots of great things to talk about. I need to use it again soon! I need to get back to the Caster Chronicles series. I really liked Beautiful Creatures but for some reason I never made it past the second book. It has been so long it may be time for a reread. Have a good reading week!ReplyDelete
I don't know why it has taken me so long to get to Beautiful Creatures. I am definitely looking forward to it.Delete
Bruised looked good, so I may move it up in my TBR pile. I liked Elsewhere, and when I brought it home years ago, my children all picked it up and liked it, and they were 4th, 6th, and 8th grade at the time.ReplyDelete
Would Bruised be considered a sports book? That's my book gap challenge :)ReplyDelete
Bruised is more about the psychology behind her trauma, but there is quite a bit of information about martial arts and the practices. Sure, it could count as a sports book if you want it to. ;)Delete