Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Book Club beginning soon!





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Come sign up for book club in the library or send me an email carterj@springfieldpublicschools.com ! Snacks, good friends and great books will be provided!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Are you ready?

School starts back on August 29th, 2016!

Book club, please see Mrs. Carter after September 5th, 2016 so we can schedule our very first book club discussion/meeting! Thanks!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Ideas Beyond Reviews

Happy July everyone!

I've been reading about reading (because that's what teachers do in summer: work!). I have some ideas beyond book reviews.

Chose one of the books you have read this summer and: 

  • Draw a map of the setting
  • Write a short story about what the character(s) would be doing one year later, 
  • Imagine you could interview a character. What three questions (or more) would you ask? 
  • Redesign the cover, 
  • Write a letter to the author or to one of the characters, 
Thank you to Carly Okyle for her ideas, from her article Flip Summer Reading

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Book Review - Skyscraping

Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen

Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen came highly recommended by a friend. 

Written in free verse (similar to Ellen Hopkins novels), Mira tells her story of dealing with her senior year in high school. But, it is far more than just that. She deals with family problems, relationships, and her father's struggle with HIV. 

GoodReads states: "A heartrending, bold novel in verse about family, identity, and forgiveness

Mira is just beginning her senior year of high school when she discovers her father with his male lover. Her world–and everything she thought she knew about her family–is shattered instantly. Unable to comprehend the lies, betrayal, and secrets that–unbeknownst to Mira–have come to define and keep intact her family’s existence, Mira distances herself from her sister and closest friends as a means of coping. But her father’s sexual orientation isn’t all he's kept hidden. A shocking health scare brings to light his battle with HIV. As Mira struggles to make sense of the many fractures in her family's fabric and redefine her wavering sense of self, she must find a way to reconnect with her dad–while there is still time. 
Told in raw, exposed free verse, Skyscraping reminds us that there is no one way to be a family" 

If you like Ellen Hopkins or if you like Perks of Being a Wallflower, give this one a try. The City Library has two copies on order, and the HSC library will have a copy this fall. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Book Review - Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Cover of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor is one of the summer reading picks for Book Club. It came recommended by a few students.

I now see why. 

Honestly, I finished this book on Friday night, went out on Saturday and got the second and third in the trilogy and am now about 1/4 of the way through the sequel: Days of Blood and Starlight.

Summary: 

Karou is a 17 year old art student in Prague. Something is a little strange about her. She helps a magical beast, named Brimstone, collect teeth. What he does with the teeth, she doesn't know. She does know that teeth are traded for wishes. She has access to a near-endless pile of  tiny wishes, like tiny pieces of magic. She longs for the big wishes. One day, Karou encounters a seraph, Akiva, and he changes how she views the world and her place in it. 

What are the teeth for? What demands does magic make? And who is Karou? Why does she have the hamasas, a mark of the chimera, on her palms? Read the book and find out. 

Karou with the hamasas on her palms


My Review: 


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Summer Reading

The Springfield City Library has been so supportive and will be making sure we have copies of the recommended summer reading books for book club. Our three selections are:


The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. We can watch the movie after school in Sept.


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

and


Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Review: Demon in my View


Summary: The book is about a high school student, Jessica, who is a loner in her school. Her classmates avoid her like the plague. Little do they know she is the author of a popular book tiger, tiger, going by the name of Ash Night. 
She doesn't realize that the books she's writing are true. The main character of her latest hit, Aubrey, is real. The story she wrote about him, including his past, are true. He seeks her out, planning to kill her for revealing secrets of the vampire world and other vampires . 
When he finds her, things don't go exactly as planned. She is nothing like he expected her to be and something about her aura is not quite normal. There's something almost...vampiric about it.

Review: This book is pretty awesome. It's pretty short, I finished it in a day or two. The main character, Jessica is definitely one-of-a-kind. I loved her because she was dark. And not in the "I'm a good person with a dark side" kind. She knows the vampire are killers and it doesn't bother her.