We're finishing our close reading of Max Steele's "The Cat and the Coffee Drinkers" tomorrow. Among the things our close reading revealed was the idea that readers sometimes revise their initial ideas about characters based on what they notice as the story unfolds. We also studied some words from the story that hopefully will end up in the students' ever expanding vocabulary: poise, defect, and endear.
Also, I shared book trailers. I read Hero by Mike Lupica last year after a student recommended it. I've not read Shelter by Harlan Coben, but it's on my TBR (to be read) list.