Monday, May 14, 2012

It's Monday! What are You Reading? Capture the Flag & Marty Mcguire

I read and enjoyed many books in my TBR stack this weekend!  Two of the books that I read were books I won last week on Twitter!

I was lucky to win an ARC copy of Capture the Flag by Kate Messner on Twitter - Thanks Kate for having that giveaway! This book will be available at the beginning of July and I highly recommend purchasing it for your middle grades classroom.  It is a suspenseful mystery with some history involved.  Without giving too much away, it is about three kids who get to know one another while stranded at the Washington D.C. airport due to a snow storm.  While at the airport, there is breaking news that the famous flag that inspired "The Star Spangled Banner" was stolen and that the thieves must be at the airport stranded too.  While they begin searching for the missing flag, they meet a politician and a mysterious tatooed man that they become suspicious of.  Read to find out if Anna, Jose, and Henry find the stolen flag and bring the thieves to justice!

During my mini 'winning streak', I also won a copy of Marty McGuire Digs Worms by Kate Messner on Twitter - Thank you John Schu and Colby Sharp for offering this giveaway and hosting the Twitter book club conversation for Marty McGuire on May 23rd!
This book is the 2nd book in the Marty McGuire series and is an early chapter book series that is perfect for students who love characters like Clementine and Just Grace.  Marty Mcguire is a strong character that kids can relate to because she is so real! In Marty McGuire Digs Worms, Marty is a third grader who is trying to come up with the best project to help the environment after her school has an assembly on saving the environment.  With the help of her grandmother, Marty comes up with a creatively gross idea to have a composting bin full of worms to help reduce the wasted food in the school cafeteria.  Of course this idea can not be successfully implemented without problems along the way! Marty is a character kids can connect to because she thinks and acts like a real third grader might and she is believable.  Enjoy Marty McGuire!
Be sure to visit Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts to see what others are reading too! Enjoy!

Happy Reading!


  1. Love Kate Messner--can't wait to read Capture the Flag. I loved EYE OF THE STORM and all of her others so am looking forward to this one--and who doesn't love Marty McGuire:-) Thanks!

  2. That's so exciting you won two great books! I can't wait to read both of them. I have Marty McGuire Digs Worms checked out right now.

  3. Two Kate Messner books?!? You are a lucky girl. I loved Marty McGuire Digs Worms...possibly more than the first Marty book. I can't wait to read Capture the Flag...need to wait for my 6th grader to read it and get it back to me. She was excited to be able to read it before me. :)