Feature Shelf #36: The Edgy Books Edition

Archives | Podcast RSS | Podcast iTunes Now that we’re back on track after I was out of town for a weekend, here’s Feature Shelf #36. Dead Ends by Erin Jade Lange http://bit.ly/ejl-dead-ends Period 8 by Chris Crutcher http://bit.ly/cc-period8 The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson http://bit.ly/lha-memory Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse … More Feature Shelf #36: The Edgy Books Edition

Book Preview: Catalyst

The science lover in me (I originally went to school to be a pharmacist, not a reading teacher) loved how Anderson wove the scientific concepts into this book. In school, my two favorite sciences were chemistry and physics. I don’t know why I liked chemistry so much, possibly curiosity — mix two chemicals together and see … More Book Preview: Catalyst

Books I Read in February

February was a pretty good month for me. I attribute all of the YA reading to small class sizes and daily full class SSR. I enjoy the opportunity to model enjoying reading for my students who may have never had that experience. So without further ado, the books I read in February.

>Rough Start

> Last week was the first week of school, and the first time we’ve ever started on a Monday. In previous years, we started on Wednesday or Thursday–two or three days to get to know the students, then the weekend and Deming Duck Races, then we’d hit the ground running the next Monday. Everyone felt like … More >Rough Start

Book Preview: Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson Published 2008 by Atheneum Hardcover, 316 pages; audiobook 7hrs 35mins Lexile:  780L Laurie Halse Anderson reading from Chains at the 2008 National Book Awards Finalists Reading I think I begin all commentary on historical fiction novels like this: I usually don’t like historical fiction. Maybe I should quit doing that. … More Book Preview: Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson