Monday, November 26, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 11/26/12

Today the Boys and I are linking up to a meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey as well as Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts.  It's called: It's Monday!  What Are You Reading?  Check out both of their blogs for many, many, more wonderful book recommendations and links to others who are doing the same!
Rock on!

Our rating system, as written by P.J.:  
  • For every "rock" it means something different, like 1 rock is not very good, 2 rocks is OK, 3 rocks is good, 4 rocks is great, and 5 rocks is amazing! Well now that I got you up to speed, let's get into these book reviews.

Hello!  This is C.J.- 60% of the time, this is book report time... all the time.

Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix
Author:  J. K. Rowling
Right-now Review: I am currently reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix, so far it is bombastic. I haven't finished it yet, but so far, this is what's happening: Harry, Ron, and Hermoine have created the D.A. ( Dumbledore's Army) and are teaching people how to defend themselves from Voldemort and his followers. I have seen the movie before, and I believe that the movie is very accurate to the book. The movie picked up most of the details of the book. Like when Harry saw how Mr.Weasley was attacked by the snake, Harry was in the perspective of the snake just like in the book.
Recommended ages: 10-70
Rock Rating (So far): 4-5

Hey, this is P.J., and I'm reading Insignia.

Title:  Insignia
Author:  S. J. Kincaid
Review (so far!): I think that this book is very good and I love how the main character has developed over time as a person that I would want to be friends with.  What I mean is that he is the kind of person who sticks up for what he believes in and won't back down when the odds are against him. This book is about a boy named Tom Raines whose dad is addicted to gambling and his mom is married to a man who is a recruter from one of the richest companies in the world. This book takes place during World War III, but it is not fought on earth.  This war is over precious minerals on other planets, and Tom gets drafted to be a combatant, the people who fight the war. The rest you will just have to read for yourself.
Recommended for:  People who like adventure, action, and people who like video games.
Rock rating: 5/5

Mom's update:
I have recently read:
Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

I am currently reading:
(for my students)

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
(for my own enjoyment)

Pathways to the Common Core by Calkins, Ehrenworth, and Lehman
(for my professional development)

Coming up soon: The 25 Days of Book-mas!  

Both C.J. and P.J. will choose 1 book each day in December up to the 25 that they would recommend  for kids their age (11-15) to read (and Moms and Dads and Santa too!)  Stay tuned for the Book-mas AWESOME-NESS!! 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Intervention: Insignia

My most enthusiastic reader fell flat when school began.  I had hoped it was a temporary lag, due to the adjustment to school, homework, sports, and after-school extra-curricular activities.  I remained patient, positive that he would return to his summer-reading stamina.

He brought home books and read them.  School books.  Mysteries.  He seemed to enjoy them, but an effort was evident in the sighs that emanated when he chatted about them.

Red flags went up when our conversations began to include words such as, "more challenging" and "complex" - - uttered by my 13 year old, NOT me...  Still, I stayed silent and waited in earnest for my reader to re-emerge.

And when he had finished his assigned novels I asked, "What's next?"

"I don't know.  Whatever she gives us, I guess," was the reply.

"But what about you, at home, for fun?  What do you want to read?"

"I don't read for fun.  I read enough at school."

It was at that point that I knew an intervention was needed.  Immediately.  All of our summer reading progress plummeted into a deep, dark abyss with that statement, because I knew the truth.  Two books in two months is not enough reading.  Not even close.

So back to work I went, searching for that book that would pull him out of this reading blackout.  And I found what he needed.  He needed an Insignia.

And with that, my Boy is back.

Well, actually right now he is in the Pentagonal Spire, battling Medusa.

He is so far into the story, he has no idea that I even took these pictures.  Piper knows.

#2 in the series comes out in 2013!  Yay!