Just finished/Currently/Up next

Inspired by a fellow slicer who described her email signature today, I decided to steal her idea and do the same. You can read Cindy’s post here.

When I started teaching Middle School this year, I saw other ELA teachers posting in their signature three line that listed book titles related to their own personal reading. Their modeling pushed me to follow suit. At the moment, this is what is included below my signature when I send out emails:

Just finished: As Brave As You  by Jason Reynolds
Currently reading: The graphic novel of A Wrinkle in Time
Up Next: The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown
As Brave As You  by Jason Reynolds
I ordered this book as part of my Social Issue Book Club Unit. Then when a student book club were discussing the trouble in the story and couldn’t agree on parts of the book, I decided I needed to read it. The book is a page turner and I finished it in a day. Once back at school on Monday, I shared my notes with the group and had them reread a few parts with me to help clarify what was happening. Soon we were all finding evidence in the book related to the social issues of blindness, guns, and dealing with a death in the family. My 6th grader book clubers and I all recommend this book!
The graphic novel of A Wrinkle in Time
A few weeks ago, I was at the independent book store, Politics and Prose and saw this graphic novel. I had just heard about the movie coming out soon and thought I’d refresh the story in my mind by rereading this story from my young in graphic form. In the back of this book, the author’s acceptance speech given in 1963 when she won the Newbery Award for writing this novel was included. 1963 – that’s the year I was born!  Now this story felt more special to me. Then on the way to work last week, I heard this story on NPR all about the making of the movie (I recommend taking 7 minutes to hear the story). I loved learning that a 5th grader in the 1960s spent her life determined to make this book into a movie. This week I am going to finish reading the graphic novel version and then go see the movie, too. Fantasy and graphic novels aren’t usually my go-to but for this story, I am engaged!
The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown
TODAY this book is released!!!!!!!!!!
I read The Wild Robot to my 6th graders as part of the Global Read-aloud  in the fall. We LOVED meeting Roz. Now Roz is back!!! I ordered the sequel on my kindle so I’ll have it without taking time to visit a bookstore tomorrow. Thank you, Peter Brown for writing more about Roz! (If you haven’t met Roz yet, I recommend that you do soon!)

What are you reading?

13 thoughts on “Just finished/Currently/Up next

  1. Ramona says:

    Love this signature format and your words about each of the books. I just requested The Wild Robot Escapes. I’m hold #118 on 44 books! Maybe I’ll check the middle school library. They still let me check out books.

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  2. Tamara says:

    As Breve as You has been on my TBR pile forever. I will read over spring break thanks to your book club’s recommendation. You’ve intrigued me with the conflict and the “in one sitting” statement. I also love that signature and the idea to turn it into a post.


  3. Ms Victor Reads says:

    I have read, own the second (but have not read it yet), but not the third yet- great choices all around. Someone recommended I not read Wrinkle in Time right before the movie (instead have my fuzzy childhood memories of the book) and I took that advice- having seen the movie now I am glad the book was not fresh in my mind- I would have been even more annoyed at the movie version (just my preference).

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  4. lvahey says:

    I’m re-reading All American Boys (Jason & Brendan are coming to our community in October!!!), and I just bought The Creativity Project — a book by YA authors (edited by Colby Sharp) that includes prompts and stories. And A Wrinkle in Time needs to go on my list. I love that you’re reading the graphic novel — I think I will, too!


  5. amyjuengst says:

    I loved The Wild Robot and am excited to here your future review of The Wild Robot Escapes. Hmmm…I haven’t seen my Winkle in Time graphic novel in my classroom library for awhile now. Happy reading to you.

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