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BookFlix Friday (8) – The Future Of Us

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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.

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

The Future of Us

It’s 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They’ve been best friends almost as long – at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh’s family gets a free AOL CD in the mail,his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they’re automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn’t been invented yet. And they’re looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.

By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they’re forced to confront what they’re doing right – and wrong – in the present. (Goodreads summary)

Book Trailer

My Thoughts


I loved this book, and I adore the book trailer. It gives such a quick, perfect preview of the book. My students were amazing that “that noise” was the sound of the computer connecting to the internet. It’s next to impossible for them to imagine a world without facebook! They absolutely love the idea of being able to see their “facebook future” as they put it. If you haven’t shared this trailer with your students, it is destined to get this book the shelf and into a reader’s hands.

BookFlix Friday (7) – If I Stay

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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.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…

A sophisticated, layered, and heart-achingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make, and the ultimate choice Mia commands. (Goodreads summary)

Book Trailer

My Thoughts


I think that this is such a great example of a “fan-made” trailer! My students love this trailer, and many of my students have picked up this book because of it. However, when you read If I Stay (and the sequel Where She Went) be sure that you have a box of tissues handy!

BookFlix Friday (6) – Boy21

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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.

Boy21 by Matthew Quick

Boy21

Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He lives in gray, broken Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish Mob, drugs, violence, and racially charged rivalries. At home, he takes care of his disabled grandfather, and at school he’s called “White Rabbit”, the only white kid on the varsity basketball team. He’s always dreamed of getting out somehow with his girlfriend, Erin. But until then, when he puts on his number 21, everything seems to make sense.

Russ has just moved to the neighborhood. A former teen basketball phenom from a privileged home, his life has been turned upside down by tragedy. Cut off from everyone he knows, he now answers only to the name Boy21—his former jersey number—and has an unusual obsession with outer space.

As their final year of high school brings these two boys together, “Boy21” may turn out to be the answer they both need. (Goodreads summary)

Book Trailer

My Thoughts

Boy21 was one of my absolute favorite reads of 2012. Some people might shy away from this because “it’s about basketball,” but it is about so much more than basketball. Friendship. Loyalty. Finding yourself. Family. This is one that I’ve booktalked to my students, and it is always checked out!

BookFlix Friday (5) – Leviathan

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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.

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever. (Goodreads summary)

I absolutely love, love, love they’ve animated illustrations from the book in order to make the trailer! Scott Westerfeld spoke at the ALAN Breakfast during NCTE, and he talked about how books yearssss ago, books for adults, had illustrations and how we’d moved away from that over time. Today, a book with pictures is frowned upon. We encourage elementary aged children to read picture books and middle school students to read Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but as students get older they are often told to read something “harder.” I read picture books with my high school students all the time, and it takes them a while to get over the fact that we’re reading “kid” books, but my students love them! They get mad if they can’t see the pictures! Encourage them to read good stories and books, whether they have pictures or not! I loved the illustrations throughout the Leviathan series; honestly, I don’t think I could have visualized the  beasties and machines without them!

I can’t wait to share this trailer with my class. I really think that they will love it!