We will keep the voting live for a few days to give everyone amble time to have their voices heard. The winning design will be the 2015-16 Guys Read T-Shirt and be available for both the 6th Grade and the 7th/8th Grade Chapters.
Today was the first meeting of the 7th/8th Grade Chapter of Guys Read. We began by enjoying some of our favorite Star Wars memories as we prepare for the onslaught of new Star Wars toys that will be hitting stores, like Target, around September 4. Most of the lads enjoyed the end of Episode III the best, I on the other hand, was pee my pants exited when I was driven from my grandparents cabin on Flathead Lake to Kalispell, Montana in the summer of 1984 to see The Return of the Jedi. Man I was in heaven!
My new school computer then decided to freeze up, so whilst it rebooted we took advantage of the time and talked about stories we might like to start with this year. I had a few Scholastic Book Orders around the room that allowed us a nice browsing minute. We landed on two interesting, and cheap, ideas from the book orders.
After a democratic and very close vote the lads have decided to start with The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. You should be able to find a copy relatively easy at the libraries and local stores, but if you would like to order a copy from Scholastic Books you just need to hand me $5 by our next Guys Read meeting. If you would like to write a check please make it out to Scholastic Books.
We also were interested in a new story called I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest. I really liked the idea of pushing some gender norms and starting with a story that is clearly marketed for a girl audience, and a few of the guys were game, but in the end the vote came down for the Iron Trial first and I Am Princess X next. Princess X is also only $5 in the book order, and comes with four stickers! If anyone would like a copy you can add the $5 to your order and I will get you both books.
I am looking forward to reading both of these stories and jumping into some interesting reading challenges with the ideas we find hiding within their covers. As always here at SMS Guys Read you do not need to buy the books and members are always welcome even if they have not read or finished the current read. It just makes it more fun when everyone is on the same page, so to speak.
We ended our meeting by looking a few Guys Read T-shirt ideas. I will add the idea powerpoint here, and the voting post will go up very soon. Remember to vote early and vote often.
It is finally time to get SMS Guys Read fully engaged!
The 6th Grade Chapter of Guys Read has met twice during their 6th grade lunch. We will continue this Friday, August 28 and most Fridays while Track 4 is in session. At last Friday’s meeting we voted to read The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger while we waited for Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang to come out later in September. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda is super easy to find, so 6th graders find a copy and start reading… Activities will start this Friday!
The 7th/8th Grade Chapter will officially begin this Tuesday, August 25, in Mr. H’s room (2407) from 3:10 to 4:10. We do not have a first read, but we are thinking about starting with I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest. It’s only $5 in the Scholastic Book order and wouldn’t it be grand to have our first read be called Princess X?
So I will see 7th/8th graders on Tuesday after school and the 6th graders on Friday at lunch.
This past Saturday a group of student readers found themselves at a local Barnes and Noble for a quick talk and book signing by debut author Robert Beatty. Mr. Beatty was in town to promote his new story called Serafina and the Black Cloak.
I just finished Serafina, and will write more about it soon, but I will safely say that you will surely love Serafina and the creepy mystery that develops at the Biltmore House.
It was great fun to hear Mr. Beatty speak about the formation of his first novel and then meet him, if only for a few seconds.
I have loads of thoughts about the story, and some good ideas swirling in my head, plus Mr. Beatty and Disney/Hyperion have a few contests that some of you Inklings might want to enter.
So we begin this Thursday (August 20) in Mr. H’s classroom (2407) from 3:15 to 4:15. Make sure you have a ride lined up and join us for Inklings.
On Tuesday I book talked the novel I am currently reading and we watched a book trailer that really hooked a few of our student readers. That story is Serafina and the Black Cloak, the debut novel by Asheville author Robert Beatty. I just found out that Mr. Beatty will be signing copies at the Barnes and Noble in Cary this Saturday starting around 2:00. I’m going to try and get down there for the visit, but if you are free on Saturday and interested in meeting the author of a really good local story you might want to check it out.
Serafina and the Black Cloak will be the first book for the Inklings this year.
Let me know if you have any questions.
ps. Go watch the book trailer on Mr. Beatty’s website…it’s awesome.