Wednesday, May 31, 2017

VIOLET GRENADE by Victoria Scott Blog Tour & Giveaway


Our classroom is so excited to be hosting Victoria Scott today on her epic VIOLET GRENADE Blog Tour! Often in our daily lives, teens like us have to face bullying. We are so thankful to Victoria for joining us today to feature "10 Things to Know About Bullying"

Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the blog post!

Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Welcome to Violet Grenade...
DOMINO (def.): A girl with blue hair and a demon in her mind.
CAIN (def.): A stone giant on the brink of exploding.
MADAM KARINA (def.): A woman who demands obedience.
WILSON (def.): The one who will destroy them all.
When Madam Karina discovers Domino in an alleyway, she offers her a position inside her home for entertainers in secluded West Texas. Left with few alternatives and an agenda of her own, Domino accepts. It isn’t long before she is fighting her way up the ranks to gain the madam’s approval. But after suffering weeks of bullying and unearthing the madam’s secrets, Domino decides to leave. It’ll be harder than she thinks, though, because the madam doesn’t like to lose inventory. But then, Madam Karina doesn’t know about the person living inside Domino’s mind. Madam Karina doesn’t know about Wilson.
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Meet Victoria!




Victoria Scott is the acclaimed author of eight books for young adults. Her novels are sold in fourteen different countries, and she loves receiving fan mail from across the world. Victoria loves high fashion, big cities, and pink cotton candy. You can find her online at VictoriaScott.com.




Guest Post by the Author...

10 Things to Know About Bullying


  1. It happens to everyone. To the popular, and the not-so-popular. To the fat and thin and beautiful and odd and tall and short. No one escapes it. No one.  

  1. It usually happens within a definitive period in your life. Meaning, it will end. For me, it was when I was in middle school. I was never bullied after that. But I know people who were bullied in high school, or college, or in adulthood. But it always lasted for a period of time, and then ended.

  1. Bullies are usually afraid, yes, but some are just sadistic. Let’s say this out loud and stop defending bullies’ actions. Some people are just mean. Trust me when I say these people won’t win at the game of life. Sometimes I look up people who bullied me when I was a kid. Should I lie and say it doesn’t gladden me when I see how their lives have turned out? I won’t. *wink*

  1. Being bullied makes you a better person. Because you were bullied, you will be more understanding. Your heart will grow. You will care about others. You will have been there, and so you will hurt when others do.

  1. Some of the most successful, most brilliant people were bullied. See my first point. We all go through it at some point, but the most talented and intelligent usually get it more than others, because bullies smell that this person has potential, and they’re envious.

  1. The more you are bullied, the harder you should work. Get better grades. Work even harder on the field. Love yourself deeper. This is my motto in life. Are you paying attention? Here it is: Win…in the end.

  1. Talk to someone. Out loud. Do it. Right now. Right after you read this. And I want you to picture me holding your hand when you do. Now get up. Find someone who is kind. And tell them. *hugs you*

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Giveaway Details... WIN! Signed paperback of The Collector, a signed paperback of Titans, and a signed galley of Hear the Wolves.

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Classroom Favorite Reads


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Milk and Honey
By Rupi Kaur
Short Summary: Milk and Honey is a string of poems that detail the author’s life, through her hurting, loving, breaking, and healing. The book covers many topics including feminism, race equality, and domestic violence. It is vastly personally written with so much emotion it’s almost like the tears of Kaur are stained on the pages.

Characters: There is one, maybe two characters in this set of poems. The main character being the author and the possible count of a second character being the nameless man that is frequently spoken of throughout the story. The main character, or Rupi Kaur, holds a very strong voice from beginning to end. Even during the moments of loss, there is a sense of togetherness and grit that shines through all of the agony and dismay. Kaur’s character sets a good example to all of her readers to stay yourself even through the most difficult times because it comes in handy at the end of the storyline.

Theme: I believe Rupi Kaur’s main purpose of writing this book of poetry was to not only show other people her life, but to teach them of the dangers of harmful relationships and their physical and emotional damage. She wants to vividly paint how every woman, no matter size, color, sexual preference, etc., is welcomed and celebrated, which she does with not just her illustrations, but her words. Above all else, her message is meant to make the reader feel loved and important while explaining her life struggles.

Favorite Quotation: In the ‘breaking’ portion of Kaur’s book, she begins to discuss the pain that comes with leaving a loved relationship, regardless of its dangers. Even after saying how much she misses, yet despises him, she says, “More than anything I want to save you from myself.” This is my favorite quotation because I believe this is the part of the book where she finally realizes she had made the right decision. Although it is a given that pain will still follow this epiphany, it gives both the author and the reader hope of resolution and happiness.

Why is it important to read diverse books?: It is so extremely important to read diverse books because without them you know nothing but yourself. Beyond the few good friends you make throughout your life, books are your only opportunity to finally see what it’s like to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. Without learning of diversity, especially at a young age, you lack a basic skill of empathy and compassion. It is vital to learn of other cultures and religions and races and everything in order to avoid building your relationships and yourself on ignorance.

Review by: Mia O.
Published by: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Released on: November 4, 2014
Genre: Poetry

New to Our Shelves!


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Holding Up the Universe
By Jennifer Niven
  
Libby Strout was ready. Ready for dancing, ready to face the world, and most importantly, ready to be in contact with the very kids who used to bully her. But, what she was never ready for was to meet Jack Masselin, an afro-wearing, tall, and an offstandish popular boy. She wasn't expecting him to join into a cruel game and then apologize profusely with a note in her backpack spilling his most precious secret. She soon figured out that  Jack Masselin isn't like the kids leaving hate mail in her locker. He's kind, funny, and has a mental disease called Prosopagnosia- where you can't recognize faces. The two are the most unlikely of friends who seem to fit each other like puzzle pieces.

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven features many issues girls like Libby go through daily. Libby says, “Dear friend, You are not a freak. You are wanted. You are necessary. You are the only you there is. Don’t be afraid to leave the castle. It’s a great big world out there. Love, a fellow reader.” I find this quote to be beautiful, because Libby tries her hardest to make everyone feel as though they matter- even though she hasn't been treated that way by any of the students in her school. My favorite character was Jack, because he holds kindness and the right thing to do closely- even if you may think his actions are wrong.

Jennifer Niven and her wonderfully diverse group of characters taught me that everyone has something going wrong with them at some point, and the best thing to do is to accept them and try to help.
4/5 stars.

Review by: Ariana P.

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Infinite in Between

By Carolyn Mackler

This book was phenomenal. Five freshman get together on orientation day and do an “ice-breaker” activity. They all decide to write letters to their future selves and meet again on graduation day to unearth their letters. What will happen when graduation day comes?


Carolyn Mackler encourages the reader to open their eyes and to quite literally, walk in another person’s shoes. To feel what they feel. To be aware of their struggles, and more importantly-how they overcome them. I recommend this book to everybody! It is a good book and will help people be more compassionate towards others. This 461 page novel is a page-turner that will have any teenage girl or guy who loves drama up at all hours of the day, rooting for Gregor, worrying for Jake, encouraging Mia, crying for Whitney, and hoping for Zoe!


Our class received this book from Jamie Miller @brokeandbookish Thank you, Jamie!!


Review by: Kelley C.

Literary Reflections

All The Bright Places

by Jennifer Niven

A boy, beautiful and broken,
A girl, whose smile bears great pain,
Meet high above the earth
In their own little world.
In a town too small,
The future is so endless,
Yet there is so little time.
Call me an optimist,
Or is it truly
Love At First Sight?
They Bond.
They Laugh.
They Cry.
They Overcome their fears.
It seems they can conquer the world,
Together.
Until it all ends forever...
What do you do when all seems lost?
When it felt like they were going to be with you forever
If only I could just bring you back
For even a second
And Hug you
Kiss you
And tell you I loved you
One final time....
....or at least have said good-bye.

Poem by Kelley C.

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Our Chemical Hearts

By Krystal Sutherland
What would you think of a girl who mysteriously showed up at your school dressed head to toe in boy’s clothes, had the most unkempt and ratty hair, and walked with a cane? In Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland, Henry Page was put in the same position. Henry noticed Grace and, like everyone else, initially wondered how much of a complete weirdo she had to be to walk (or hobble, in this case) into a new school in her senior year, reeking heavily of men’s cologne and wearing baggy boys clothes. But unlike everyone else, he also wondered about how someone so odd could be someone he found himself unwillingly growing more and more attracted to.
Our Chemical Hearts was published on October 4th, 2016 by G.P Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers. My favorite character in this book had to be Murray, Henry’s redundantly Aussie slang speaking friend. Murray has the urge to speak entirely in slang from down under, much to everyone's dismay. He says it's because the ladies love the accent even though he is perfectly able to speak in a regular tongue. I find so much enjoyment when reading about him, due to his comically Aussie advances towards each and every character. The author probably added Murray into the book due to the heavy-hearted tone the book quickly takes up.  Comic relief was vital to the plot.
This book would be a hard 4/5 stars. I recommend this to people who like the dark and twisted Shakespearean-feeling type of book. Thank you to Jamie Miller @brokeandbookish for sharing this book with us!

For more information, visit the author’s website at krystalsutherland.com.

Review by Ariana P.

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Salt to the Sea
By Ruta Sepetys

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to live in a time of war? The novel, Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, takes place in the 1940s during World War II in Europe. The four characters all come from different places, with different stories to tell, and cross-paths with one another. At first, they don’t want anything to do with each other, but to their dismay being together is inevitable for their survival.

As an unexpected bond forms through the characters, the reader also starts to form a bond with them. Each character is unique with a rough back story, causing the readers to sympathize for them. Joana is a nurse, who feels guilty for everything that had happened. Florian, a conservationist, who is keeping a secret to prevent his death. Emilia, a young Polish girl who is keeping an unwanted secret inside of her and Alfred. A German sailor who just wants to be the hero.

Throughout the novel, Ruta Sepetys kept the pages turning, with unexpected plot twists and cliffhangers. As each chapter was filled with a different character's thoughts, the reader was left to ponder about what was happening to the character in the previous chapter, even though you were deep into the new character’s thoughts. My favorite character in this book is Emilia because, she is the most unpredictable character ever. Sepetys did a good job at developing her, because she would make you believe that something was going to happen, when in reality, something completely different happened, keeping you on the edge of your seat. Another thing I liked about this character was her innocence. She was so young and was like the little sister, the other characters always took care of her, even though she didn’t speak the same language as them. When Emilia goes through some tough times (and trust me, there are plenty), I couldn’t help but to empathize for her.

Sepetys wants her readers to see the struggles of some people during this time, so we can learn from mistakes and make sure that it won’t happen again. I would definitely recommend this book with 4 out of 5 stars. If you enjoy, historical fiction, drama, and a little bit of romance, this could be your next favorite read! You can learn more about Ruta Sepetys and her novels on her website: http://rutasepetys.com/.

Review by: Mia B.