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Reading Queue: October

The Reading Queue

Hi guys! Okay and it’s time again for our Reading Queue! The Reading Queue is a monthly event hosted by Books a True Story and myself to help us keep track of our reading plans for the month. We love to have people join us too, so you should sign up! How I Did In…
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Top Ten Tuesday: Read Alikes

Top Ten TuesdayWelcome back!

Every Tuesday I participate in the Top Ten Tuesday Meme which is hosted by the wonderful people over at The Broke and Bookish.  Every week they post a theme for others to create lists so that us book bloggers can get to know each other better and talk about what we love… books!

This week’s list is Books for People Who Like X book…in other words its read alike week! Today I’ll be giving read alike suggestions for some popular Middle Grades and Young Adult fictions titles. Hopefully this list will be helpful to you in figuring out what to read next!

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day GeorgeIf you like Princess Academy by Shannon Hale… try Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

Both Hale and George are the queens of middle grades fairy tales retold! And they’re friends in real life.  They’re perfect read alikes.

The Loser List by HN KowittIf you like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney… try The Loser List by H.N. Kowitt

Both books are about boys who are struggling to make it through their teenage year and are told in words and doodles.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny HanIf you like  Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen… try The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

These two rock the summery contemporary YA world!

The Maze Runner by James DashnerIf you like the The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins… try The Maze Runner series by James Dashner

Both dystopian novels feature strong characters fighting against corrupt governments.  Both are pretty intense reads!

Death Cloud by Andrew LaneIf you like the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz… try Death Cloud by Andrew Lane

Alex Rider is the modern-day version of Sherlock Holmes.  Both are British teen spies/detectives attempting to save the world. Fun stuff!

Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny RorbyIf you like Hatchet by Gary Paulsen… try Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby

Both tell the stories of teens attempting to survive in the wilderness.  One in the Canadian mountains and another in the Florida Everglades.

Eighth Grade Bites by Heather BrewerIf you like the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan… try the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer

Although one is about Greek gods and the other focuses on vampires, both stories are about boys who uncover their true identities.

Football Hero by Tim GreenIf you like The Underdogs by Mike Lupica… try Football Hero by Tim Green

Both authors write books about regular kids and sports. Both are really fun middle grade reads!

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret StohlIf you like The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray… try Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Both are paranormal young adult novels with a dollop of romance thrown in!

Paranormalcy by Kiersten WhiteIf you liked The Mortal Instruments series or The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare… try the Paranormalcy series by Kiersten White

Both series center on a teen girl who thinks her life is pretty normal until she realizes her connection to the supernatural world.

Do you recommend any other read alikes for the books I’ve mentioned above?

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Top Ten Tuesday: May New Releases

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event held over at The Broke and Bookish as a way for book bloggers to socialize a little and have some fun!  Every week they post a Top Ten Tuesday theme or topic.  This week’s official theme is Top Ten Books You’d Like To See Made Into A Movie.  Well, I just posted a Top Ten Tuesday with this theme a few months ago (which you can read here), so this week I’m doing my own thing. :)

Okay, so this was most relevant yesterday when it was still April 30, but it’s way too funny not to post!  So, pretend you’re reading this post on Monday, April 30.

Its April 30, so that means that tomorrow….It's Gonna Be May

HAHAHAHAHA OH. MY. GOSH.  Its a day later and it still makes me laugh out loud. For real.

Aren’t you so glad I shared that?!  I know. Me too!

Okay.  Back to books!

Since it is officially May, its time to talk about some of the awesome reads that will be released this month. So, that’s exactly what this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is about: May New Releases!

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra ClareCity of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare, May 8 (YA)

Insurgent by Veronica RothInsurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth, May 1 (YA)

Bitterblue by Kristin CashoreBitterblue (Graceline Realm #3) by Kristin Cashore, May 1 (YA)

Game Changers by Mike LupicaGame Changers by Mike Lupica, May 8  (MG)

Struck by Jennifer BosworthStruck by Jennifer Bosworth, May 8 (YA)

Crush by Gary PaulsenCrush by Gary Paulsen, May 8 (MG)

Until I Die by Amy PlumUntil I Die by Amy Plum, May 8 (YA)

Enchanted by Alethea KontisEnchanted by Alethea Kontis, May 8 (YA)

The Hunt by Andrew FukudaThe Hunt by Andrew Fukuda, May 8 (YA)

The Accused by John GrishamThe Accused (Theodore Boone #3) by John Grisham, May 15 (MG)

There are just so many books being released in May, so I’m sure I left a few off.  Are there any May releases you’re excited about?

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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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In My Mailbox (3)

Okay, so I didn’t actually get any of these in my actual mailbox this week.

But whatever.

I either a) bought them for my school’s Media Center (why we didn’t already have some of these I don’t know), or b) got them as e-books from NetGalley.

So, now that it’s all been cleared  up, let’s go ahead and see what tasty treats I got!

Books I bought:

books1The Son of Neptune and The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Kingdom Keepers III and Kingdom Keepers IV by Ridley Pearson

books2Storm Runners by Roland Smith

Showoff and The 6th Grade Nickname Game by Gordon Korman

books 3The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Boy Project by Kami Kinard (you can win an ARC copy here!)

Vanishing Acts by Phillip Margolin and Ami Margolin Rome

books 4The Adventures of TinTin by Alex Irvine

The Underdogs by Mike Lupica

A King’s Ransom by Jude Watson

E-books from NetGalley:

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen (ARC)

May B. A Novel by Caroline Starr Rose (ARC)

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (ARC)

Aboveworld by Jenn Reese (ARC)

I absolutely love getting new books to read and share with my students!

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

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Book Trailer of the Week: The Underdogs

I’m always on the hunt for middle grades books for boys and Mike Lupica never disappoints.  The Underdogs by Mike LupicaThis week’s highlighted book trailer is Lupica’s The Underdogs.  It was published in fall of 2011, so its been out for a little while already.  I’m going to have to add this one to the next purchase I make for my school’s Media Center.   To learn more about the book watch the trailer!

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Book Trailer of the Week: Hero

Wait? Isn’t the Book Trailer of the Week usually posted on Saturday? Yup, but I’ve moved it to Friday for scheduling reasons. It’s easier for me to get one posted on Friday. So there. :)
I read so many “girly” books that I figured it was time to highlight one that an appeal to both boys and girls.

Mike Lupica is known for writing sports fiction for teens. Well, okay maybe he’s also known because he’s a sports columnist too, but in my world he’s a middle grades author. The fact that Lupica usually writes sports fiction is important because Hero is about superheros, not sports!

P.S. I really like the cover art, a lot!

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Tuesday Top Ten: Sports Fiction

My boys at school love sports, as most boys do.  Problem is they will read the same nonfiction sports book over and over again. Not that there is anything wrong with nonfiction. Nonfiction should an incredibly important part of any readers’ reading experience, I just want my boys to branch out into different books.   So, I’ve been trying to push them towards some sports fiction.

In my research I’ve found some titles the students like.  Here they are (in no particular order):

Airball: My Life in Briefs by L.D. Harkrader

Heat by Mike Lupica

Football Hero by Tim Green

Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper

Game by Walter Dean Myers

Pop by Gordon Korman

Tangerine by Edward Bloor

Gym Candy by Carl Deuker

Schooled by Paul Langdon

Crash by Jerry Spinelli