Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - The Lost Hero Graphic Novel

WoW is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, in which we share the titles of upcoming books whose release we are eagerly anticipating.

We don't have to wait too long for this one, but I only found out about it last Wednesday when I queried Disney about Percy Jackson #4. This'll do while my students await #4. 

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. Adapted by Robert Venditti. Art by Nate Powell and Orpheus Collar. Heroes of Olympus book 1. 192 p. Disney-Hyperion, October 7, 2014. 9781423163251.

Publisher synopsis: Jason has a problem. He doesn't remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently she's his girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they're all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for "bad kids." What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea—except that everything seems very wrong.
Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he's in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn't recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on?
Leo has a way with tools. His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls. What's troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper's gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all—including Leo—related to a god. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Taking Stock - September

Total posts: 14

Total books this month: 25

Total books this year: 257


Audio: 4/51

Debut: 1/7

Picture books: 3/59

The Good:  Considering how busy I was with school starting up again, I'm pleased with 25 as a total.

The Bad:  Need to get a few more debuts read before year's end.

The Books:

233. (64) What's New? The Zoo! by Kathleen Krull (9/1)
234. (65) Discover More: Reptiles by Penelope Arlon (9/1)

End of summer (65 books read over summer vacation)

235. Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan (9/2)*
236. Maria Had a Little Llama by Angela Dominguez (9/5)
237. Discover More: Human Body by Steve Setford (9/5)
238. Odd Weird & Little by Patrick Jennings (9/5)
239. Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey (9/6)
240. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (9/7)*
241. The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs: a scientific mystery by Sandra Markle (9/8)
242. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (9/11)*
243. Positive: a memoir by Paige Rawl (9/12)
244. The Program by Suzanne Young (9/13)
245. Last-But-Not-Least Lola and the Wild Chicken (9/15)
246. Mix it up! by Hervé Tullet (9/17)
247. She's So Dead to Us by Kieran Scott (9/19)
248. He's So Not Worth It by Kieran Scott (9/20)
249. This is So Not Happening by Kieran Scott (9/21)
250. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton (9/22)
251. Face to Face with Polar Bears by Norbert Rosing with Elizabeth Carney (9/23)
252. Face to Face with Manatees by Brian Skerry (9/23)
253. Chasing Cheetahs: the race to save Africa's fastest cat by Sy Montgomery (9/24)*
254. One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington (9/26) (Reviewing for ALAN Picks)
255. The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett (9/28)
256. Jenna and Jonah's Fauxmance by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin (9/28)
257. Sisters by Reina Telgemeier (9/30)

Monday, September 29, 2014

What's on hold?

Travis Jonker and Mr. Schu have a monthly blog post called, "What's on Your Hold Shelf?"

I don't really have a hold shelf as I hand-deliver each hold as it comes in because I have a flexible schedule and don't see students weekly. The best way to generate a hold list is through booktalking. I am lucky in that the language arts teachers like to get their classes in early (and frequently) for booktalks. Of course, I also love it when holds lists start as a result of student to student word-of-mouth. Here's a list of books (in rather random order since the list is ordered by patron name) currently in the hold queue:
Bomb: the race to build and steal the world's most dangerous weapon by Steve Sheinkin.

Loot: how to steal a fortune by Jude Watson.

Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan.

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer Smith.

The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han.

A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan.

Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg.

The Port Chicago 50: disaster, mutiny and the fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin.

The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti.

Divergent by Veronica Roth.

The Graveyard Book: graphic novel by Neil Gaimen. 

Revenge of the Flower Girls by Jennifer Ziegler. (I just noticed that the actual cover is different that the one published online Apparently, the backs of a bride and groom under the arch were photoshopped in.)

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to (Not) Reading by Tommy Greenwald.

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Extra Credit by Tommy Greenwald.

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Summer Vacation by Tommy Greenwald.

Each title has more than one student eagerly awaiting it. The hold list usually grows as students begin recommending them to each other.

Non-fiction Monday: Positive: a memoir by Paige Rawl with Ali Benjamin

Positive: a memoir by Paige Rawl with Ali Benjamin and forward by Jay Asher. 288 p. HarperCollins Publishers, August, 2014. 9780062342515. (Purchased.)

How does a pretty, popular, bright cheerleader end up on the receiving end of relentless bullying? By confiding in her best friend the fact that she's HIV-positive at an evening school event. Within minutes, sixth grader Paige Rawl sensed a change in vibe from her classmates and within days, she's dubbed PAIDS, finds her name scrawled on bathroom walls and is viciously cyberbullied. When someone forges a threatening note to Paige's now ex-best friend, school administrator's don't believe Paige. When she finally confides in the school counselor, the counselor accuses Paige of being dramatic and infers that she's the cause of the problem. Phone calls and letters from Paige's mother to administration go unanswered and Paige's grades plummet and she hates to go to school. The cumulative effects of the stress led to a type of seizure disorder and eventually Paige left school to be homeschooled.

Once she hit high school, she was ready to try mainstream schooling again and applied to a charter high school where she and her mother were assured that bullying would not be tolerated and Paige would be accepted. Unfortunately, the years of abuse affected Paige deeply and, despite the positive new environment, she attempted suicide. Time spent in an inpatient psychiatric ward and later, at a sleep away camp for HIV positive kids helped heal.

This engaging and intelligent memoir by an articulate and brave young woman has an informal, almost conversational tone and should resonate with teen readers. As someone with a nursing background, who worked in an ER during the early 80s, I recall the panic over this mystery illness and witnessed some less than exemplary behavior by a few colleagues. It outraged me then and it saddens me now that people still react so ignorantly and cruelly. Particularly cringeworthy were the reactions of school personnel. I cannot imagine either of the schools I've worked in ever treating a student in such a manner.

This book belongs in every middle and high school library. Our eighth grade students study HIV/ AIDS in health. Paige's perspective would add depth and meaning in the health class. The eighth graders also do a memoir unit near the end of the year and this will be a welcome addition to that collection. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

What's New? Stacking the Shelves

StS is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Hop on over there to ogle what other bloggers got.

An intriguing box that was rather light for its size:

What in the world could be perishable?

A peek:

Good one Amulet!

The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John. Illustrated by Kevin Cornell. Terrible Two series #1. Amulet Books/ Abrams, January 13, 2015.  9781419714917.

Publisher synopsis: Miles Murphy had it made. He lived in a great town near the ocean, he had two best friends, and, most importantly, he had a reputation for being his town’s best prankster. All of which explains why he’s not happy to be moving to Yawnee Valley, a sleepy town that’s famous for one thing and one thing only: cows. Worse than that, Miles quickly discovers that Yawnee Valley already has a prankster, and a great one. If Miles is going to take the title from this mystery kid, he is going to have to raise his game.
It’s prankster against prankster in an epic war of trickery, until the two finally decide to join forces in order to pull off the biggest prank ever seen: a prank so huge it would make the members of the International Order of Disorder (a loose confederacy of pranksters that flourished a couple of centuries ago) proud.
In THE TERRIBLE TWO, bestselling authors and friends Jory John and Mac Barnett have walked an impressive tightrope: They’ve created a series that has its roots in classic middle-grade literature yet feels fresh and daring at the same time.
Plus, the book boasts some impressive blurbs from some of my faves. But really folks, does Mac Barnett need blurbs to sell books? He's pretty much an automatic purchase in my book.
 "This book is terrible! Terribly funny, terribly full of pranks (and cows), and terribly wonderful."
–Jon Scieszka, author of The Stinky Cheeseman and the Frank Einstein series

"Miles and Niles are both hilarious and real-feeling friends I’ve never seen before. The pranks, the brotherhood, the art, the heart! What’s not to love about The Terrible Two?"
–Sara Pennypacker, author of the Clementine series

"The Terrible Two are my kind of kids, and what’s more, they’re kids’ kind of kids."
–Annie Barrows, author of the Ivy & Bean series

I booktalked it to two fifth grade classes on Friday and everyone wants it.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Cover Coincidence

Cover coincidence is the occasional post inspired by the question, "Where have I seen this before?" Oddly, this is the second time this month.

It happened this morning when I read Paperback Treasures' Bookish Anticipation post. I had to wait till I got to school and pulled out the handout I downloaded from SLJ's webinar, Teen Book Buzz.


All Those Broken Angels by Peter Adam Salomon. Llewelyn Worldwide, Ltd., September, 2014.

Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes. 368 p. HarperCollins Publishers, March 24, 2015.

Freaky, no? 

Waiting on Wednesday - Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia

WoW is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share the titles whose release we are eagerly anticipating.

I'm Facebook friends with a fair number of authors for this reason - to keep up with new releases. Rita Williams-Garcia posted this to her FB page the other night. So glad because I did not know a third book about the Gaither girls was in the works. BN online doesn't have a picture of the cover online yet and there isn't even a synopsis. I don't care because I adored One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven.

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia.n304 p. HarperCollins Publishers, April 21, 2015. 9780062215871