It's Monday What are you Reading? 8/12/13

We have been blessed lately with beautiful weather.  That means LOTS of pool time.  Pool time = LOTS of Reading!  YAY
It's Monday, and I'm linking up with Jen and Kellee to share what I've been reading this week.

This is a Professional Development book by Dave Burgess.  AMAZING!  I'm sure that many of you have read it, and if you have not, please go find it.  It is such a great reminder of what educators SHOULD be doing in their classrooms instead of making themselves crazy over state assessments.  I am going to share this book with my principal.  I'm hoping that others will be interested in reading it during the school year.  I've read it twice, and may go back a third time because I'm always thinking about different hooks.  There are great chats on TWITTER about this book.  Try #tlap to get started.

Here is the AMAZON summary of Legend by Marie Lu.  (The picture is also from them.. click to travel there)

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.
This book came from a recommendation of a blogging buddy.  It was amazing.  I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the second book: Prodigy.  I'm going to share the title with my school librarian, and make sure that several copies appear on our library shelves.
The third book I read this week was:

A hilarious Southern debut with the kind of characters you meet once in a lifetime

Rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, NC, where everyone's business is fair game and no secret is sacred. She washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she's been making waves ever since. Although Mo hopes someday to find her "upstream mother," she's found a home with the Colonel--a café owner with a forgotten past of his own--and Miss Lana, the fabulous café hostess. She will protect those she loves with every bit of her strong will and tough attitude. So when a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known.

This was a great quick read.  Sheila Turnage does a great job of making you like these characters right away.  I mean how can you not love DALE EARNHARDT JOHNSON...   very clever.  I think I will keep this book on hand as a mentor text.  Turnage uses a lot of different types of figurative language, and when I can find examples from chapter books, it makes my smarties feel like grown ups, and not babies.. always important in middle school!

What have you been reading this week?  Leave me a comment or two below and let me know what has kept you up late reading instead of sleeping!  Be sure to visit Jen or Kellee and see what others have to share too!


  1. Ooh! I've never heard of Teach Like a Pirate but I love it already based on the title alone! Off to put it on my to-read list! :)

  2. Teach Like a Pirate is on my to-read list for sure! I keep hearing about it and I can't wait to start it! I'm reading Love and Logic right now, but then Teach Like a Pirate is up next!

    Sweet in Seventh

  3. I am using Legend with my book club in the fall. I really liked it and thought that Prodigy was even better! I can't wait to see how she wraps things up! Have a great week. By the way, the link on Teach Mentor Texts did not work properly. Have a great week!

  4. I enjoyed Legend. You just reminded me I haven't read Prodigy yet. And reading time is about to go down. *insert kind of sad face, as much as I enjoy the kiddos*

    Lots of blogs talking about Teach Like a Pirate this summer. Will have to check it out.

  5. Wow! You loved Teach Like a Pirate that much??!! Then I must have it! Adding to my wish list now! I've heard great things about it, I need an easy read-is it?
    Head Over Heels For Teaching


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