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2012 in review.

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

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December 31, 2012 at 1:34 pm Leave a comment

Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld.

Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can´t wait. In just a few weeks she´ll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty. And as a pretty, she´ll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.

But Tally´s new friend isn´t sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world-and it isn´t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally´s choice will change her world forever.

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld.

Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she´s completely popular. It´s everything she´s ever wanted.

But beneath all the fun-the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total freedom-is a nagging sense that´s something´s wrong. Something important. Then a message from Tally´s ugly past arrives. Reading it, Tally remembers what´s wrong with pretty life, and the fun stops cold.

Now she has to choose between fighting to forget what she knows and fighting for her life-because the authorities don´t intend to let anyone with this information survive.

Specials by Scott Westerfeld.

Tally thought they were a rumor, but now she´s one of them. A Special. A super-amped fighting machine, engineered to keep the uglies down and the pretties stupid.

But maybe being perfectly programmed with strength and focus isn´t better than anything she´s ever known. Tally still has memories o something else.

But it´s easy for her to tune that out-until she´s offered a chance to stamp out the rebels of the New Smoke permanently. It all comes down to one last choice: listen to that tiny, faint heartbeat, or carry out the mission she´s programmed to complete. Either way, Tally´s world will never be the same.

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December 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm Leave a comment

Divergent by Veronica Roth.

One choice

Decides your friends

One choice

Defines your beliefs

One choices

Determines your loyalties –forever

Don´t miss the book trailer:

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December 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm Leave a comment

The Summer Trilogy by Jenny Han.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han.

Some summers are just destined to be pretty. When each summer begins, Belly leaves her school life behind and escapes to Cousins Beach, the place she has spent every summer of her life. Not only does the beach house mean home away from home, but her favorite people are there: Susannah, her mother´s best friend, and her sons, Conrad and Jeremiah. Belly has been chasing Conrad for as long as he can remember, and more than anything, she hopes this summer will be different. Despite distractions from a new guy named Cam and lingering looks from Conrad’s brother, Jeremiah, Belly´s heart belongs to Conrad. Will he offer his to her? Will this be the summer that changes everything?

It´s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han.

Is it really summer without the beach? Or the boys?

After spending every single summer at cousins beach, Belly´s life is about to change. Since her brief relationship with Conrad fizzled out this past winter, she´ll be staying home for the first time. Her bet friend, Taylor, has lots of plans for them-boat parties and tanning by the pool and new boys to obsess over. But when Jeremiah calls and says that Conrad has disappeared, all roads seem to lead back to the beach house. Will Belly spend another summer chasing after Conrad, or will she finally be able to let him go?

We´ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han.

If only summer could last forever. Her whole life has been in love with the Fishers. Susannah was like a second mother to her, Conrad was her first love, and Jeremiah was her first real boyfriend. Now, after two years, Jeremiah gets down on bended knee and offers Belly what she was always wanted… to be Jelly Fisher.

As Jeremiah and Belly head back to Cousins Beach to plan their wedding, Conrad comes home to tell Belly he made a mistake when he broke her heart. Now Belly must confront her feelings for Jeremiah and Conrad and face a truth she has possibly always known: She will have to break one of their hearts.

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December 10, 2012 at 1:12 pm Leave a comment

Middle School Get Me Out of Here! by James Patterson.

If you like Big Nate and The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, this book is for you!

After sixth grade, the very worst year of his life, Rafe Khatchadorian thinks he has it made in seventh grade. He’s been accepted to art school in the big city and imagines a math-and-history-free fun zone. Wrong! It’s more competitive than Rafe ever expected, and to score big in class, he needs to find a way to turn his boring life into the inspiration for a work of art. His method? Operation: Get a Life! Anything he’s never done before, he’s going to do it, from learning to play poker to going to a modern art museum. But when his newest mission uncovers secrets about the family Rafe’s never known, he has to decide if he’s ready to have his world turned upside down.

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December 4, 2012 at 12:02 pm Leave a comment

Growing Schools by Debbie Abilock.

Presenting examples of school librarians leading professional learning in numerous contexts and for diverse learning goals with remarkable success, this book will inspire other practitioners to initiate and refine professional learning in their schools and districts.

When librarians work as professional developers, they can build relationships and develop deeper capacity within individual teachers, who can then share that increased expertise with their students. Professional development offers a nimble, scalable, and more efficient way to bring library instruction to every student.

School administrators are recognizing that school librarians are ideal to lead professional development because they service the entire school network, from the students and faculty to families and the community. As a national downturn in educational funding is diminishing districts’ ability to optimally staff libraries, investing energy in professional development is a sound strategy to bring information literacy skills to every student—especially in buildings with part-time librarians, or districts with only a single librarian of record.

December 4, 2012 at 11:58 am Leave a comment

Caught by Margaret Peterson Haddix.

Jonah and Katherine are at school when time freezes. Everyone, everywhere in the twenty-first century is frozen in time—except for those who have traveled through time before. Something is catastrophically wrong, but why? And how can they fix it?

Jonah and Katherine end up back in time again, in 1903, where a botched job of returning Albert Einstein’s secret daughter Lieserl has somehow critically damaged time itself. Cut off from all communications with other time travelers, they discover a second problem: Albert Einstein’s wife, Mileva, knows they’re there. And she’s determined not to let anyone take away her daughter.

December 4, 2012 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

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