The Iron Trial was at our Scholastic Book Fair in the fall and I was intrigued by the cover. I know that many people say "Don't Judge a Book By Its Cover" but honestly I do. This novel turned out to be an adventurous story that reminded me a lot of 3 spunky characters in Harry Potter. Callum, Tamara and Aaron are a trio thrown together to be trained by a mage for the war against the Evil One. Many twists and turns lead the characters through adventures, problems and challenges. If you liked Harry Potter or if you enjoy Sci-Fi/Fantasy, I would recommend this book.
Recently I have read two great books! One is by one of my favorite authors, Ally Condie. She wrote the Matched series. If you haven't read that, it is a must read! Atlantia is her newest novel and she once again created a whole new world of the Above and Below. The Above represents the Earth and the Below represents the Water. It is a beautiful story of faith, friendship, family and love. I highly recommend it.
After I finished Atlantia, I received a copy of El Deafo. CeCe Bell did an amazing job writing a graphic novel of a young girl going through her school years with hearing aids and a Phonic Ear with a "magic microphone." This novel would connect with any student or person who has ever felt different or out of place, so in my experience, that is pretty much everyone I know!
Jennifer Holm is a great author with a wide variety of talent. She can write historical fiction like Boston Jane, illustrate and write a graphic novel, Babymouse, and now write a realistic fiction with a twist of sci-fi called The Fourteenth Goldfish. Every book I have read of Ms. Holm's has been wonderful and I was not disappointed by this one!
Ellie's life is about to change in a way she cannot imagine! Her grandfather moves in with her and her mom, but only he doesn't look like her grandfather; instead he looks like a teenager! This story does a great job of weaving together tales of family and friends. I really enjoyed the scientific lessons woven throughout the book - it taught me things I did not know!
Earlier this fall, I tweeted Jennifer Mathieu to see if she would come and speak to our writing club. Well, yesterday SHE DID! It was so great. Our students had come up with great questions and we had an intimate group and were able to ask her all kinds of things. We were so excited to find out that she has a new book coming out this next summer called Devoted. Several of our girls and a mom had the chance to read The Truth About Alice (her first novel) and it was passed around quickly! I am so grateful to Jennifer for taking time out of her busy schedule to come visit us, bring us bookmarks, and answer all of our questions! You can find out more information about her at: http://www.jennifermathieu.com/.
Last weekend I made a stop at Half-Price Books in Rice Village and I found so many great treasures. They even had a clearance section with books for $1! I picked up Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass and have really enjoyed reading it. It tells the story of three main characters and how their lives meet as they camp out together to watch the stars. It's a fun read because it alternates between different points of view. I would highly recommend it!
Our Fall Book Fair is here and boy, are we excited?! The theme is Sir Read a Lot so we made a castle, had our amazing theater teacher sew costumes and decided to have lots of fun! Today was our first day and we will be going strong until this Friday. I am very thankful for our book fair coordinator, the many parent volunteers, and our students! Check out more information and even order online at our Scholastic Book Fair Website!
One of my favorite authors released the sequel to her book, I'll Be There, this summer! This is a great story of friendship, family, love and protection. Holly Goldberg Sloan is a talented author and I wish I could sit down and have coffee with each of the characters in her novels. Check them out - both great reads!
This summer, Ms. Logan and I had the opportunity to attend the Scholastic Reading Summit in Houston and hear from many great speakers, including Donalyn Miller. Ms. Logan and I learned so much and even got autographed copies of Donalyn's newest book, Reading in the Wild. If you are not familiar with her books, check them out! You can find her books at http://bookwhisperer.com/.
Ms. Ayala, the language arts teachers, and myself are so excited to welcome you back to a new school year! We cannot wait to share some of the great information we have learned over the summer...and most of all share books we read!
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
So you would think with summer and extra time on my hands I would be posting more, but I have not. The good news is that I finished The Truth About Alice it was a great read. I was so impressed with Jennifer Mathieu and the voice of high school students she captured in this book. I've read quite a few others since then so my "bad book streak" is officially finished! I've even made it through a nonfiction read by Brene Brown called The Gifts of Imperfection. Her book talks about living wholeheartedly and the challenges we face in our society. For this perfectionist -me- (gulp!) this book challenged me greatly in good and tough ways. I think I will do some light chick-lit reading next!https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability
Confession #1: I usually read a ton of new books in the summer, but this summer I just can't get motivated.
Confession #2: Since I finished Kiera Cass' The Selection series, I haven't felt drawn to a particular book.
Confession #3: I've abandoned 3 -count them - 3 books so far this summer!
Good News: I finished Corey Whaley's book Where Things Come Back and my faith is beginning to be restored in books. Yes it had confusing chapters with alternating cities and points of view, BUT it turned out to be very delicately woven together.
Confession #4: I am afraid the next book I read won't be so great so to ensure that it is...I am going with a highly recommended mystery.
I'll be reading...The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu. I'll post when I finish. ;)