MotherReader’s Fifth Annual 48 Hour Book Challenge

One of my favorite weekends of the week is creeping closer and closer- the Fifth Annual 48 Hour Book Challenge.  The rules are the same.  :)

The weekend is June 4–6, 2010. Read and blog for any 48-hour period within the Friday-to-Monday-morning window. Start no sooner than 7:00 a.m. on Friday the fourth and end no later than 7:00 a.m. Monday the seventh. So, go from 7:00 p.m. Friday to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday… or maybe 7:00 a.m. Saturday to 7:00 a.m. Monday works better for you. But the 48 hours do need to be in a row. That said, during that 48-hour period you may still have gaps of time in which you can’t read, and that’s fine.

Sign up now!

I’m not sure if I can devote an entire weekend to the readathon, but I sure plan on giving it my best shot!

The Clique Summer Collection #1: Massie by Lisi Harrison

The Clique Summer Collection #1: Massie (Clique Series) by Lisi Harrison is the first of the Clique Summer Collection books. I’ve never read the Clique books but every year I have a handful of students who love them. I’ve flipped through them before but I’ve never sat down and read one all the way through.

Massie is a spoiled brat. In fact, spoiled probably isn’t even a strong enough word. She drove me crazy throughout the book, tossing out designer names, treating her friends and parents like dirt, and generally being a miserable human being. Yet, I couldn’t put the book down. This is chick-lit for kids, silly, over-the-top, and fun to laugh at.  You would never want to be friends with Massie but you totally love laughing at her insanity!

I know there are some people who think the Clique series is teaching tweens to focus solely on looks and designer brands but my students laugh at that idea.  They tell me all the time that they know the books are fiction and they would never even talk to someone like Massie in real life.  But they do love reading about girls like her.

 

Don’t forget!  You can win all 5 Clique Summer Collection books at my blog by entering here!!!

48 Hour Hour Book Challenge Wrap-up

Today is a very busy day- grocery shopping, getting dressed, and then I am leaving for the TONY AWARDS!!!!

That means I am wrapping up the Challenge early this year. But I’m happy with the time I was able to devote to it this year, despite a busy weekend. Here are my final stats:

A Map Of The Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell- 273 pages

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han- 276 pages

Moon Science, History, And Mystery by Stewart Ross- 121 pages

Boys Are Dogs by Leslie Margolis- 195 pages

Girls Acting Catty by Lesle Margolis- 158 pages

My Season with Penguins: An Antarctic Journal (Robert F. Sibert Honor Books) by Sophie Webb- 47 pages

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson- 353 pages

The Princess Diaries, Volume II: Princess in the Spotlight (Princess Diaries Series) by Meg Cabot- 86 pages (audiobook while driving 1 hr roundtrip for cupcakes!)

Hate That Cat: A Novel by Sharon Creech- 148 pages

Biology: Life as We Know It! by Dan Green- 128 pages

The Clique Summer Collection #1: Massie (Clique Series) by Lisi Harrison- 127 pages

The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick- 90 pages

Total pages read: 2001
Total Time: 17 hours reading, 2 hours tweeting/cheering on

Total Reading Time: 19 hours!

 

*If I get any more reading done, I will update this post.

Biology: Life as We Know It by Dan Green

I’ve been reading this one on and off all day.  It’s definitely a great book to flip through and read what interests you.  But I love these books because they always hook my students.  The illustrations by Simon Basher are fun to look at and always catch my students’ attention.  

The topics in this edition of Basher’s science series, Biology: Life as We Know It! include cells, mammals, DNA, and much more.  A great addition to any science teacher’s library.

48 Hour Book Challenge Update #8

A Map Of The Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell- 273 pages

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han- 276 pages

Moon Science, History, And Mystery by Stewart Ross- 121 pages

Boys Are Dogs by Leslie Margolis- 195 pages

Girls Acting Catty by Lesle Margolis- 158 pages

My Season with Penguins: An Antarctic Journal (Robert F. Sibert Honor Books) by Sophie Webb- 47 pages

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson- 353 pages

The Princess Diaries, Volume II: Princess in the Spotlight (Princess Diaries Series) by Meg Cabot- 86 pages (audiobook while driving 1 hr roundtrip for cupcakes!)

Hate That Cat: A Novel by Sharon Creech- 148 pages

Biology: Life as We Know It! by Dan Green- 128 pages

 

Total pages read: 1784
Total Time: 14 hours reading, 2 hours tweeting/cheering on, 31 hours since starting

Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech

Hate That Cat: A Novel continues the story of Jack. His awesome teacher, Miss Stretchberry, has moved up to the next grade with him and they are still working on becoming poets. As an aside, let me just say I love Miss Stretchberry! She is teaching her students that they are poets, whether they choose to rhyme or not. Whether they choose to use alliteration, assonance, or anything else. YAY!

Jack is still recovering from the death of his beloved dog, Skye. He also hates the big, mean black cat that has taken up residence in his neighborhood. But when he gets his own kitten, he starts to change his mind. Until his new kitten also disappears, leaving him.

I enjoyed this just as much as I enjoyed LOVE THAT DOG. It’s a great duo of books to help introduce kids to poets and poetry. I have a soft spot for William Carlos WIlliams, so I loved the constant references to his poetry. I will be sure to recommend Hate That Cat: A Novel to the teachers in my building who already share LOVE THAT DOG with their students.

48 Hour Book Challenge- Update #7

A Map Of The Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell- 273 pages

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han- 276 pages

Moon Science, History, And Mystery by Stewart Ross- 121 pages

Boys Are Dogs by Leslie Margolis- 195 pages

Girls Acting Catty by Lesle Margolis- 158 pages

My Season with Penguins: An Antarctic Journal (Robert F. Sibert Honor Books) by Sophie Webb- 47 pages

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson- 353 pages

The Princess Diaries, Volume II: Princess in the Spotlight (Princess Diaries Series) by Meg Cabot- 86 pages (audiobook while driving 1 hr roundtrip for cupcakes!)

Hate That Cat: A Novel by Sharon Creech- 148 pages

Total pages read: 1656
Total Time: 13.5 hours reading, 2 hours tweeting/cheering on, 30.5 hours since starting

48 Hour Book Challenge Update #6

A Map Of The Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell- 273 pages

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han- 276 pages

Moon Science, History, And Mystery by Stewart Ross- 121 pages

Boys Are Dogs by Leslie Margolis- 195 pages

Girls Acting Catty by Lesle Margolis- 158 pages

My Season with Penguins: An Antarctic Journal (Robert F. Sibert Honor Books) by Sophie Webb- 47 pages

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson- 353 pages

The Princess Diaries, Volume II: Princess in the Spotlight (Princess Diaries Series) by Meg Cabot- 86 pages (audiobook while driving 1 hr roundtrip for cupcakes!)

Total pages read: 1508
Total Time: 13 hours reading, 2 hours tweeting/cheering on,  30 hours since starting

A Map of the Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell

I went into this book expecting a nice story about an artist who is into maps.  Because my fiance is a cartographer, I am drawn to anything that involves cartography.  As you can imagine, that’s not very often.  So when I heard that Lis Ann Sandell’s A Map Of The Known World had a plot that included cartography, I added it to my TBR pile.

This is a book that’s about a lot more than cartography.

I had no idea how intense it would be when I sat down on my couch and opened to the first page.

Cora’s brother Nate was a jerk. He wasn’t always a jerk; in fact, he used to be her best friend. But for the last four years, since he entered 8th grade, Nate was a jerk. He rebelled against their parents and was unusually cruel to the entire family.

But now Nate is dead. And on the night he crashed his car, he and Cora had a huge fight. Now she has to start school at the same high school Nate went to. She is struggling to survive with her parents, who have completely shut down. Her mother has become insanely overprotective, requiring that Cora be home by her 4pm curfew and never go anywhere without a parent. Dad has shut down completely, locking himself in his study, drinking gin and tonics and ignoring his wife and daughter.

The only bright spot in Cora’s life is her advanced art class in school. And the brightest spot in the class? Damian. Her brother’s best friend. The guy who was in the car with him the night he died. The guy her parents despise and blame for Nate’s death. And the guy that Cora is slowly by surely falling for.

I cried no less than three times while reading this book. The last time I cried was for the entirety of the final 50 pages. I’m talking tears-streaming-down-my-face crying. Sandell has crafted an exquisite and touching novel- it’s a love story, a coming of age story, and an artists’s story all in one. What a powerful combination! Highly, highly recommended.

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

A few months ago, one of my former students emailed me and told me I absolutely had “to read Suite Scarlett immediately because it’s amazing!” I picked up a copy and it went on my TBR pile. Today seemed like a great day to finally dive in.

Scarlett Martin lives in Manhattan, in the fabulous art deco Hopewell Hotel. Sounds glamorous, right? For Scarlett and her family, it’s anything but. The hotel is falling apart, the staff has been let go, and the money is drying up. It’s Scarlett’s fifteenth birthday- the day each Martin child is given a suite in the hotel to care for on their own. When a guest actually shows up to stay in Scarlett’s suite, everyone is shocked. And when that guest, Mrs. Amberson, turns out to be a C-list starlet intent on spending most of her time with Scarlett, she doesn’t really know how to react. Throw in a cute new boy in her brother’s acting troupe, an older sister who seems to be hiding something, and a younger sister who totally hates her and Scarlett has the makings of an interesting summer. She’s not quite sure if it will be the best summer ever or the worst.

I loved Suite Scarlett! Despite being told in third person, I felt like I knew Scarlett. Like she was a good friend. In fact, I felt like a part of the Martin family. Scarlett is easy to relate to and her relationship with her family is realistic.

This is a book that I think will appeal to a lot of my readers. It’s a funny book. Those who love New York will be thrilled with all of the tidbits about growing up in the city. For the fashionistas and aspiring stars, Scarlett and Mrs. Amberson couldn’t be more perfect. Realistic fiction fans will really dig the story. And then there are the theater lovers….so many great theater references!

I plan to booktalk Suite Scarlett on Monday and I expect a lot of hands to go up for this one!

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