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BookFlix Friday (4) – Under the Never Sky


BookFlix Friday is a meme started by David Etkin of {Eat the Book} where we post book trailers that we plan to share with our students to get them reading.

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1) Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered. This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland – known as The Death Shop – are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild – a savage – and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile – everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky. (summary from Goodreads)

I saw Veronica Rossi at my local indie, Blue Willow Books in February-ish of 2012. I bought her book, got a photo…and then just haven’t read it. I’ve booktalked it, recommended it, and checked it out to students and colleagues who have loved it. I just haven’t read it yet. I think (honestly) that I’m intimidated by the sci-fi factor…which is probably the same reason I haven’t read Across the Universe.

However! I said all that to say this: I want to read Under the Never Sky, and my plan is to read it before the end of January. My friend who teaches biology is reading it over the break, so I might get her to book talk it to our freshmen, then I can follow up with this awesome, action-packed trailer!


I love how there is so much action in the trailer. I think it might draw the attention of some of the guys just as much as the girls.

Are there any books that you’ve had forever and haven’t read for whatever reason? I hope I’m not alone in this!


BookFlix Friday (3) – Please Ignore Vera Dietz


BookFlix Friday is a meme started by David Etkin of {Eat the Book} where we post book trailers that we plan to share with our students to get them reading.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Please Ignore Vera Dietz Vera’s spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she’s kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything.

So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to?

Edgy and gripping, Please Ignore Vera Dietz is an unforgettable novel: smart, funny, dramatic, and always surprising. (summary from Goodreads)

This was a Printz Award Honor Book in 2011, and I’m planning to read it for the #NerdPrintz challenge. I’ve heard great things about it, so I’m looking forward to reading it.

I like the style and imaging of this book trailer, but it. is. really. fast. I could barely keep up with what was being said! What did you think?

The challenge is on!


As I’ve read different blogs written by the inspiring people I follow on Twitter–blogs by teachers, YA book bloggers, librarians, and more–a theme that I noticed was that of reading challenges. Readers challenged themselves to finish a certain number of books in 2011. Donalyn Miller (@donalynbooks) challenged readers to read a #bookaday during the summer and holiday breaks. Many bloggers joined group challenges to read a certain genre or author. Everywhere I looked, readers were challenging themselves to read more.

I have always loved reading…always been a reader. I devoured books when I was young. However, when I entered my junior year of high school my reading dwindled to a small serving every now and again. I moved from a small K-12 school (where I’d known the librarian since I started there in 2nd grade…and had even dated her son) to a large 4A school (where I didn’t even know where the library was). I got “busy” and reading kind of fell by the way-side. When I started college courses,  naturally I was reading, but not what I really wanted to read. I remember reading I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings to my son on a swing outside because I needed to read, and he needed to be entertained. My favorite college class by far was my Adolescent Lit class where we read banned books — Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone; Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret; The Giver; The Chocolate War; and many others.

I started teaching in the fall of 2006, right after my college graduation, but it wasn’t until I read Nancie Atwell’s In the Middle in the summer of 2008, after my second year of teaching, that I ended my reading famine. That book was an eye-opener professionally, and it helped to re-ignite my passion for reading. In the years since, I read almost as voraciously as I did when I was young. (I say almost because it’s a little hard to have “everyone needs to leave Mommy alone so she can read” when there are young ones around!)

So for this upcoming year, it’s not enough for me to just read. I want to challenge myself to read more as well as discuss and engage with others who are reading. As a proud member of the #nerdybookclub, I have joined in on the #nerdcott and #nerdprintz challenges. LibLaura5 is hosting the #nerdcott challenge and discusses all of the info in this blog post. Kathy (@thebrainlair) is hosting the #nerdprintz and discusses info in this blog post. I chose these two challenges because I know that there will be some quality Twitter discussions among all of the participants. I *love* reading YA, so the Printz award titles are right up my alley, and I *love* reading with my children, so the Caldecott titles are right up my alley!

Both of these challenges are pretty “stress-free” (to steal Mr. Schu’s phrase about his #nerdbery challenge), so here are my personal goals for these two challenges this year:
(1) I challenge myself to read 150 Caldecott winner and honor titles, in as close as I can get to chronological order.
(2) I challenge myself to read 28 Printz winner and honor titles, in chronological order/from bottom to top as listed on the YALSA website.

As a whole by the end of the year, I challenge myself to read 200 books. There are some 2012 releases I cannot WAIT to get my hands on (Insurgent, Bitterblue) and there some 2011 titles that I still need to read. So what about you? What are your goals for the coming year? It doesn’t have to be big…just more.