Monday, February 3, 2014

It's Monday February 3rd



I have two weeks worth of reading to update, since my trip to ALA last weekend wore me out enough that I didn't get a Monday post done.

Don't forget to hop over to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers to check out more #IMWAYR posts!





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You can tell I've had a wonderful few days of reading, because my wrist is now really sore. All that "holding books open" does a number on me! Can that count as my exercise for the week?









What counts for my #MustReadin2014 and #CORL challenge?


Cinder was fabulous! I'm so glad I finally made time to read it.                                                                                                                                                                                            Smekday is a great middle grade science fiction read - complete with all kinds of crazy aliens and gobs of humor. Another title I'm glad I put on my list.                                                                                             Gettysburg Address was amazing! A non teacher, non-librarian twitter pal recommended I read it. Check out my full review. http://www.mariaselke.com/2014/01/the-gettysburg-address-graphic-novel.html



Aphrodite has never been my favorite goddess - but O'Connor found a way into her psyche that helped me understand and even delight in her character.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I helped to kickstart Earthward - so my name is in the back! I'll do a full review of this middle grade science fiction graphic novel soon. It was delightful, and Bryan Q. Miller is a big name in comics.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Uzumaki is on the Cybils short list for YA graphic novels, so I can't comment on it yet. It is manga, and listed as for 17+ (horror genre) 
Just a few more to share....

Seven Stories Up just released - and it is one to put on your middle grade shelves! A little bit historical fiction, a little bit magical realism... and a whole lot of spunky girl adventure. Get it!

Qwikpick Papers- an ARC I grabbed while meeting Tom Angleberger last weekend. There aren't any Star Wars references, but there are tons of poop jokes. Kids are gonna eat it up... er.... ewwww....

Wolf Brother - one of the books on my class Battle of the Books list. I loved the peek at ancient times, mixed with some magic. If you have students who like survival books OR magic... this is a great one to get them to expand their horizons.

Planet Kindergarten - not out yet, but an adorable picture book about heading off to kindergarten... in space! I loved how it had tons of science fiction elements but was still a strong contender for getting kids to be less worried about that big step.

City of Fallen Angels - a fun read. I actually liked this one more than some of the earlier books. I adore Simon. 

I got the chance to interview the author of one of my earlier "Must Reads" - the Lost Planet - on release day.  http://www.mariaselke.com/2014/01/interview-with-rachel-searles-author-of.html


Crystal Brunelle and I posted some mouth-watering bookish treats at the Nerdy Book Club site. 


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