Great experience today at Panera's

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  1. INteacher

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    After a day of shopping, my DD and I popped into Panera's for a quick snack and claimed the closest booth. Shortly thereafter, three teenaged girls sat in the booth behind us. So, as I get up to refill my drink, I observed the common teenage posture - head bent down looking into lap that is usually connected with rapidly texting. Lo and below, I almost fainted when I saw what they were actually holding in their hands - BOOKS!! Real books, not magazines but real BOOKs and each girl had her own book. :woot: :eek: :woot:

    There might be hope after all :2up:
     
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    :lol::lol:
     
  4. Tasha

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    My only question is . . . what kind of books were they reading?
    No,no don't tell me, at least they were reading. Maybe they were each reading one of the summer reading books to tell the other 2 what they were about.
     
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    :lol:
     
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    Yeah!!! Someone reached these kids!!!
     
  7. hernandoreading

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    I'll bet I can guess what they were reading.....the last book of the Twilight series came out this past week-end. (Yes, I've already read it!)
     
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    Probably so... I've already finished reading all 750 pages of it - LOVED IT.
     
  9. sue35

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    what age is the Twilight series for? I have considered getting it for my classroom but I have not heard of it until today.

    Sorry, didn't mean to hijack, just so happy that there is something out there that children will read:)
     
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    God Bless Us every one!
     
  11. runsw/scissors

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    middle/high school, I think.
     
  12. runsw/scissors

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    That would be my guess. Or maybe they want to be on one of those funny Panera radio commercials.! :p
     
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    Hopefully, they weren't reading trashy romance novels! :) BTW, I like Panera Bread!
     
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    LOL, too funny!
     
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    I would say it is due to the new Twilight book coming out. I have seen a bunch of teens reading this (waiting at the soccer field, sitting at the pizza place on Main St, waiting for movies). How exciting to me!
     
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    I would think for the middle school high school level. I am a member of goodreads.com and many adults read it as well. In fact I had no idea it was really a teen book until I started reading it. Doesn't bother me - all four books were page turners.

    By the time the 3rd book comes they start to talk about physical relationships...in the 4th book they begin talking about sex more....not sure if its appropriate for the 5th grade.
     
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    On that note, when some of my 7th graders read the Laurel K. Hamilton books in my class they get very embarrassed when I say "You read the Anita Blake novels?" They don't like the idea that the adult knows what kind of book they're reading!
     
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    Wow! 7th graders reading Anita Blake books? *blink* I love those books, but there is no way I would let my 7th grae read it....maybe the parents are just sooo happy they are reading?
     
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    This is refreshing news!
     
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    Who is Anita Blake?
     
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    I love it when kids, any age, are reading! I guess Twilight is the Narnia/Harry Potter/Series of Unfortunate Events for the older kids. Another popular series has to do with a vampire, I believe, unless that is the Twilight series. There's a lot of great books out there, though.
     
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    Sue35, it isn't for our grade.... :(
    runsw/scissors is right, it's a middle/high school thing.
     
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    Yeah, the Twilight series is about vampires. I haven't read any of them, but a friend (23 years old) said that she is hooked on them.
     
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    I read Danielle Steel books in seventh grade. I don't know who Anita Blake is, but is she worse than Danielle Steel??
     
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    That's great.
    Applebees here has books available for the kids to read while waiting for food and stuff :)
     
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    An awesome supernatural detective book that turned into a supernatural sex-fest after book seven. Or thereabouts. Any book after Obsidian Butterfly. Its amazingly brazen. We're talking werewolf domination. I've been told by now she's had sex with so many were-creatures she has six strains of the lycanthropy virus.

    It's a terrible thing to happen to such a well written serious. I go to Jim Butcher's the Dresden Files for great supernatural mystery now. Read eight books in two weeks. Couldn't put them down. The case is always solvable with the clues at hand and the drama, horror, and humor are superb. If Raymond Chandler wrote books in the Harry Potter world, it would be the Dresden Files.
     
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    Darn it:( I need books that these kids can get hooked on!
     
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    The Artemis Fowl books are really good. Think of them as Tom Clancy's Spiderwick Chronicles.
     
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    I have those but my kids don't seem to love them. I think it must be the size of the books as they are quite long. Maybe I will read one and really talk it up.
     
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    INTeacher, great story!
     
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    You might want to try Anne McCaffery's Pern series. It's a little bit of science fiction (it's set on another planet), a fair amount of fantasy (flying dragons on which people ride), and quite well-written. Personally, I still enjoy them myself! I'm not crazy about her Acorna series, but it's not bad.

    Interestingly, McCaffery's son has now written a new installment in the Pern series. Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to read it yet!

     
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    My boys were passing around The Lightning Theif last year. I bought a copy for myself, just so i could read it and know what they were into. It is a fantastic book full of Greek mythological references modernized. I couldn't put it down and bought the next book in the series. City of Ember is coming out as a movie some time this fall, so I'll be reading this one aloud to the class. Hopefully some of them will get hooked and want to read the other two books in the trillogy.
     
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    My teens are avid readers, and I am very proud of that fact. :wub:

    Their dad and I are huge readers and always have our nose in a book, so they come by it honestly, but they did go through a phase where they would not read for pleasure because they were afraid their friends would make fun of them.:rolleyes: I have always been a bookworm, and I don't recall ever having my friends make fun of me, though they did ask me to do their homework, etc..:lol:
     
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    I read things that were likely too "old" for me growing up. I was a huge Judy Blume fan, though...but I remember when Forever came out and I read it and was passing it around to all my friends in 7th grade. :lol:

    I am pretty comfortable letting my kids choose what they read, but I do screen it to a degree. If I read something I think they would like I suggest it. I just finished Jennifer Weiner's Certain Girls, and because it touches on Mother and Daughter relationships in it, I allowed her to read it, but it did have some touchy subject matter we talked about as it came up.
     
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    My eighth grade daughter and I were reading the Twilight books together. I read each one to make sure that it was appropriate and then she would read. Well we went to a Breaking Dawn release party and I decided to let her read our copy first. Now I find out from the other teachers at my school that this is much more graphic with more adult situations than the previous three. I am not sure that I am happy about that.
     
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    None of them is mystery or horror, but I like Tamora Pierce's Protector of the Small series (First Test, Page, Squire, Lady Knight), Sherwood Smith's Wren series (Wren to the Rescue, Wren's Quest, Wren's War), and Diane Duane's Young Wizards series (which beginns with So You Want to Be a Wizard and includes the outstanding Wizard's Dilemma).
     
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    I love Panera! I may have to stop there this morning.....HMMM!
    That is great that the girls were reading. I bet you all are right about the Twilight series. I want to get some for my room. I haven't read any of them yet, but everyone is talking about them at my school.
     
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    My daughter loves the Twilight series-she's 8th gr.-I recently picked up Laurie Halse Anderson's books; Speak and the sequel Catalyst. I think every 14-15 year old girl should read them.
     
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    The third and fourth books the issue of sex comes up quite often so I don't think they are apropriate for middle school aged students. High school maybe. They are great books though!

    ~nice to see kids reading instead of texting :)
     

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