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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Book Talking this Month at School

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A book talk is simply a way to get someone (mainly students) interested in reading a particular book. The goal is to create excitement for the book by telling the listener just enough about the book to whet their reading appetite! Teachers and librarians give book talks all the time – they’re a major tool of the trade! The main way I do book talks is over the school’s morning announcements, and I usually do one or two a week.

Today’s Top Ten list is centered on ten books I’m book talking this month at school. Since my book talks are a bit too long to add to this post, a brief summary of each book is included under each title.

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George1. Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celie’s favorite days. That’s because on Tuesdays the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing. No one ever knows what the castle will do next, and no one-other than Celie, that is-takes the time to map out the new additions. But when King and Queen Glower are ambushed and their fate is unknown, it’s up to Celie, with her secret knowledge of the castle’s never-ending twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom.

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick2. Wonder Struck by Brian Selznick

Ben and Rose secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother’s room and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are missing.

Ripple by Mandy Hubbard3. Ripple by Mandy Hubbard

Lexi is cursed with a dark secret. Each day she goes to school like a normal teenager, and each night she must swim, or the pain will be unbearable. She is a siren – a deadly mermaid destined to lure men to their watery deaths. After a terrible tragedy, Lexi shut herself off from the world, vowing to protect the ones she loves. But she soon finds herself caught between a new boy at school who may have the power to melt her icy exterior, and a handsome water spirit who says he can break Lexi’s curse if she gives up everything else. Lexi is faced with the hardest decision she’s ever had to make: the life she’s always longed for – or the love she can’t live without?

Heist Society by Ally Carter4. Heist Society by Ally Carter

For as long as she can remember, Katarina has been a part of the family business—thieving. When Kat tries to leave “the life” for a normal life, her old friend Hale conspires to bring her back into the fold. Why? A mobster’s art collection has been stolen, and Kat’s father is the only suspect. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help. The only solution is to find the paintings and steal them back. Kat’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family’s history—and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.

The Underdogs by Mike Lupica5. The Underdogs by Mike Lupica

Will Tyler can fly on a football field. He may not be the biggest running back around, but no one can touch him when it comes to hitting the hole and finding the end zone. And no one can match his love of the game. When Will has a football in hand, he may as well be flying for real because life can’t touch him – his dad isn’t so defeated, his town isn’t so poor, and everyone has something to cheer for. All of which does him no good if the football season is canceled. With no funding for things like uniforms and a cared-for playing field, with seemingly every other family moving to find jobs, there simply isn’t enough money or players for a season. Unless one kid can rally an entire town and give everyone a reason to believe . . .

The Maze Runner by James Dashner6. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko7. Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Moose Flannagan moves with his family to Alcatraz so his dad can work as a prison guard and his sister, Natalie, can attend a special school. But Natalie has autism, and when she’s denied admittance to the school, the stark setting of Alcatraz begins to unravel the tenuous coping mechanisms Moose’s family has used for dealing with her disorder. When Moose meets Piper, the cute daughter of the Warden, he knows right off she’s trouble. But she’s also strangely irresistible. All Moose wants to do is protect Natalie, live up to his parents’ expectations, and stay out of trouble. But on Alcatraz, trouble is never very far away.

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell8. How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is a truly extraordinary Viking hero known throughout Vikingdom as “the Dragon Whisperer” … but it wasn’t always so. Travel back to the days when the mighty warrior was just a boy, the quiet and thoughtful son of the Chief of the Hairy Hooligans. Can Hiccup capture a dragon and train it without being torn limb from limb?

The Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera Hirandani9. The Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera Hirandani

After her father loses his job, Sonia Nadhamuni, half Indian and half Jewish American, finds herself yanked out of private school and thrown into the unfamiliar world of public education. For the first time, Sonia’s mixed heritage makes her classmates ask questions—questions Sonia doesn’t always know how to answer—as she navigates between a group of popular girls who want her to try out for the cheerleading squad and other students who aren’t part of the “in” crowd. At the same time that Sonia is trying to make new friends, she’s dealing with what it means to have an out-of-work parent—it’s hard for her family to adjust to their changed circumstances.

No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman10. No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman

Wallace gives a thumbs-down to a book much to the chagrin of his English teacher, who sentences him to help with a stage version of the book. Wallace is unaware that his improvement suggestions will wind up changing the entire production and his life as well.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and Bookish!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved But Never Wrote A Review For

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I’ve often wondered if other book bloggers review everything they read.  For the most part I currently review everything I read.  This could change as life changes (gets busier etc…) but for now I have the freedom and time to do that.  However, there were tons of Young Adult and Middle Grades books I read before I started BookTasty and before I started writing reviews.  So today’s Top Ten list is focused on the poor, neglected titles that I absolutely loved, but never wrote a review for.  I can vouch for all of them as awesome reads and they deserve some love too!  Here they are:

The GooseGirl by Shannon HaleThe Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (ANYTHING by Shannon Hale)

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba BrayA Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle series) by Libba Bray

The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Gregor The Overlander by Suzanne CollinsGregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

Sorcery and Cecilia by Patricia C. WredeSorcery and Cecilia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede

A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C BunceA Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

The Sacrafice by Kathleen Benner DubleThe Sacrifice by Kathleen Benner Duble

The Princess Diaries by Meg CabotThe Princess Diaries (series) by Meg Cabot

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian SelznerThe Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brin Selznick

Fairest by Gail Carson LevineFairest by Gail Carson Levine

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann BrasharesThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants  (series) by Ann Brashares

So, like I said before these books were all great and deserved some attention!  Check them out!

Thanks to The Broke and Bookish for hosting Top Ten Tuesday every week!

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Movie Update: Hugo

I read the Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick last year although I didn’t review it (must have been before I started Book Tasty).

Anyway, it is a beautiful piece of work.  Seriously a gorgeous novel and you should read it if you haven’t.  The 526 page story is told in words and pictures so its not like anything else you’ve read.

Excited to say that the movie, Hugo is scheduled for release this November and there are some serious actors in it!  IMDB lists Jonny Depp, Jude Law, and Ben Kingsley just to name a few.

Check out the movie trailer: