In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme! I enjoy keeping track of my reading and sharing with others each week.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – High School/Science Fiction out words that were deepest thoughts of the character in addition to the brilliant plot pulling me throughout the book. I found the book compelling and actually found myself comparing it to the much younger book (and lighter in many circumstances) The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester and Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Goodreads Summary: The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – so I did it. I started an adult book. And also I started a book that is part of an addicting series. This was my gift to myself since I know I’ll want to read it everywhere and can carry my iPad around and enjoy getting lost in this fantasy, complicated world. Understanding and remembering characters and their interconnectedness is the biggest challenge so far for me. It has been a while since I read a book with such a large character driven community in it, but I’m loving every minute so far! **No I haven’t and won’t watch the show until I’m done with the book/series. I hate having others reshape my imagination as I read a book… 🙂
My apologies to friends in the US who will now hear about gorgeous new picture books published in Australia. I have the bonus of getting to review these new books that just came into my school library! *Soon I’ll spend more time reversing images, etc… Rushing today as I have no internet at home yet…
The Coat by Julie Hunt, illustrated by Ron Brooks – wow, what a beautiful story! The text and illustrations work together in a gorgeous way to describe a magical coat that is offended just sitting out in the middle of a field and the magical experience a human has when he decides to go and put the coat on. I loved the fantasy element of this story and was drawn to all the illustrations. I look forward to finding more books in my new library created by both the author and illustrator!
Pooka by Carol Chataway, illustrated by Nina Rycroft – awww. Just look at the cover illustration. Doesn’t your heart melt? Imagine a family finding a dog on their doorstep and falling in love with the dog and at the same time having to advertise that they found the dog… Imagine the family completely connecting with the dog but then the owner showing up. What a beautiful, touching story! I would use this book with students when I’m trying to help them understand about empathy and reflectiveness. I loved the ending which was just perfect as well. I recommend this to any dog lover!
A Boy Like Me – A Story About Peace by Libby Hathorn, illustrated by Bruce Whatley – This is a gorgeous book with a message that needs more than one read to deeply understand on what peace means to different people, how to seek and find peace, and how to understand peace… Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
A Bear and a Tree by Stephen Michael King – I always fall for those friendship stories. This one is beautiful… it started slightly abrupt for me but was drawn quickly into this story that I thought was perfect for illustrating how to be reflective and enjoy the process of life and projects vs. the product.
No Bears by Meg McKinlay – Here is an Australian author/illustrator who is akin to Lauren Child, one of my favorite book creators. What a cute story with an additional story through the illustrations… like Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman. A little girl share how she is creating a story which has absolutely no bears in it since she’s totally sick of seeing bears in stories… and in the background there is a bear helping, rescuing, and interacting in the background on every page. What a hilarious book this was—and I enjoyed how it connected with fairy tales as well to make it slightly a fractured fairy tale too!
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