“With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering,” announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he’s got mad beats, too, that tell his family’s story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood.
Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story’s heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.
A few other things I found interesting this week:
- Theft, Lies, and Facebook Video
Hank Green (of vlogbrothers fame) makes some very important points about Facebook as a video platform. It’s an important reminder to think about who created all of those videos that are autoplaying as you scroll through your feed – often, the person gaining likes and shares is NOT the person who worked hard to create the content. As the PDS Digital Compass reminds us, it’s important to Credit Others. (You can read more about our Digital Citizenship initiative on the One2World blog.)
- Learning to Read is Not Enough. Your Students Need a Reading Champion.
I loved reading Jennifer’s reflection on her own Reading Champions. Her post caused me to pause and remember my own Reading Champions. I’ll be forever grateful to the kind after-school care counselors who accepted me and my indoor-kid tendencies, giving me a place to skip kickball and curl up with the Sideways Stories from Wayside School series.
This little review+roundup is going to be a weekly feature, so if you have a title you’d like to see reviewed or an article to share, please leave me a comment!
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