Linking up with Doodlebugs and Five for Friday!
It feels like forever since I’ve posted! What a busy week… getting things at home and school ready to be out of town for 4 days, then actually BEING OUT OF TOWN!
We arrived at TXLA (Texas Library Association Conference) yesterday afternoon around 4pm. It was about a 7 hour drive and we were still able to attend a couple of sessions yesterday. Well, after my first full day today, here’s what I *carried* back to the hotel with me.
We’re talking about a block across the street and down the road. I need a back massage! It’s so worth it though. Here’s the book I’m most excited about getting my hands on today:
I mean really.. how much more do I need to say?! I use Al Capone Does My Shirts as the summer reading novel for my incoming 6th graders. After discussing the book and doing a few activities, we read a nonfiction article about the 3 men who tried to escape from Alcatraz and were never found dead or alive. My students always eat up the sequel, and now there’s a third book! From what I remember from the book talk, here’s a QUICK synopsis: There is a fire on the island and (of course) everyone is quick to blame Natalie. Who holds the key to helping Moose find out the truth? Well, Al Capone of course! I’m looking forward to reading this one myself!
Next, a close SECOND favorite book I got my hands on:
WHAT! WHAT WHAT! A PREQUEL to Fallen Angels and Sunrise Over Fallujah?! YES PLEASE! I can’t wait to read this one myself. I’ll probably read it before Al Capone. No, wait. If I don’t read it on the way home from Ft. Worth, there’s a 6th grade boy whose hands I can’t WAIT to put this book into on Monday!
Aaaaand… my 6th graders are benefitting so much from this trip! Take a look at THIS!
My 6th graders read a short story called “The Bracelet” by Yoshiko Uchida. It’s historical fiction about a Japanese family forced into an internment camp during WWII. I love reading that story because my kids are always in a state of disbelief that it really happened and have never heard of it. ANYWAY, this little nonfiction GEM is going to make a great little non-fiction companion to that story! I can’t wait to research it further next year and do more with this.
I’ll show you one more, even though I have SEVERAL I want to talk about! I’m not a huge James Dashner fan, but many of my students LOVE the Maze Runner series and I’m certain they are going to like this:
Since my mind glazed over while the girl talked about this one (sorry) here’s a little tiny overview from Amazon:
From James Dashner, the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series, comes an all-new, edge-of-your seat adventure. The Eye of Minds is the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares.
Like I said, I wasn’t crazy about The Maze Runner, but several of my 8th grade boys were specifically, and I *know* they are going to eat this one up!
Well, that’s my five! I’ve got so much more from TXLA to share so look out this weekend for more great upcoming books!
Ooooh and today I met Marie Lu (uh huh!), Jennifer Zigler, Peter Lerangis, Gail Giles, and Chris Rylander. Oh, and we stalked John Corey Whaley for a very short time because he’s staying at the same hotel as us.