Monday, October 21, 2013

It's Monday! Here's What We Will Be Reading!

Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers cohost It's Monday!  What Are You Reading?  Be sure and stop by to see what others are reading and recommending or to participate.

Saturday I wrote a post about celebrations, thanks to Ruth Ayres and her Celebrate This Week Link-up.
I was celebrating the inauguration of my Mock Newbery Breakfast Club.  I had a couple of people ask what book titles I was including, so I thought I would write today about those books we WILL be reading.

All of the books were recommended on Goodreads and by teachers on various websites.  My goal is to persuade my readers to read books which are out of their comfort zone.  These students are high ability, and I want to push them to think more critically about the books they read.

Here's the list I currently have but several more I want to add.  I have not read all of them, so I welcome feedback on my choices or other titles you feel I need to find.

Happy Reading!


  1. I se so many fabulous books here - but my top choice is Counting By 7s. Such an inventively told story.

  2. Oh my goodness, so many good books here! Rump is fantastic, as is Navigating Early. I'm waiting on Counting by 7's to arrive for me at the library, and currently have The Boy on the Porch on my nightstand.

  3. I enjoyed reading Moon over Manifest by Vanderpool, and her writing is quite reflective - a little slow in the beginning until everything comes into place and you won't be able to stop turning the pages. Haven't read Navigating Early yet, but it promises to be as good as her debut novel. These are all recently-released titles. Have you given any thought about novels by Konigsburg (A View from Saturday) or Tolan (Surviving the Applewhites)?

  4. I've only actually read two of them. I will say that Wig in the Window didn't turn out to be my favorite. it wasn't BAD ... it just didn't grab me and there were parts that I think were supposed to be funny that just weren't. To me, anyway. Our library copy hasn't come in yet so I don't know what the kids think. I have read Every Day After and I LOVED that one. It's historical fic, though. I have such a hard time getting kiddos to read historical fic! Heard good things about the rest of your list so I doubt you could go too wrong!

  5. This is great, Leigh Anne! I'm relieved to see that we are reading many of the same titles with our 6th grade! I think we are maxed out on our budget so I can't order any more!
    I just finished The Center of Everything, personally, and it was great!

  6. Hi Leigh Anne, I'll share your list with our librarian who is running the club with me. Here are some other titles we are using: The Year of Billy Miller, The Real Boy, Doll Bones, Flora & Ulysses, Far, Far Away, Hold Fast, Salt (verse novel), The Thing About Luck, and Water Castle. We are including all of yours, but The Wig In The Window and Every Day After. Clearly, everyone has a lot to read! So far, I've only read The Real Boy (wonderful) & am nearly finished with The Year of Billy Miller. What a great list for us to choose from! Thanks very much!

    1. I just out our library has Doll Bones. I am so excited! I have also heard a lot about that one too. I really need to get to the bookstore! I am glad my list is similar to others.