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Top Ten Tuesday: Books Read In One Sitting

21 Mar

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Granted, I probably didn’t read all of these in one setting, but most I read in large chunks and just couldn’t put down! Check out these awesome titles.

  1. Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
  2. Weekends with Max and His Dad by Linda Urban
  3. Wish by Barbara O’Connor
  4. Moo by Sharon Creech
  5. Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  6. Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz
  7. The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
  8. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  9. The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
  10. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 3/20/17

20 Mar

Still didn’t get to a lot of reading this week – we had friends stay over during our snowstorm, which only led to a lot of shoveling and very little reading and then my mom came to visit for a long weekend which also lent itself to very little reading. My goal for this next week is to finish Carmer and Grit: The Wingsnatchers by Sarah Jean Horowitz, hopefully get to The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts by Avi and maybe even jump into some YA books – The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge and The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis.


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Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 3/6/17

6 Mar

25665016I read two amazing young adult books this week. I finished up The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig – and fell completely in love with the story, the characters, the plot, absolutely everything. I definitely want to spend more time talking about this book, so I’ll be writing up a review (hopefully this week). I also read The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork – the story of a teen who wakes up in a hospital after a suicide attempt. It’s the story of what happens after a suicide attempt as the main characters comes to terms with her depression and the tools she begins to learn to manage it when she goes back to her day-to-day life at home. This novel really spoke to me, partly because the author uses his own experience with depression to write the story and for the importance of having a novel like this accessible to teens. These are two very different novels, but both were well-written and really great to read.

This upcoming week is going to be spent reading a few ARCs from Workman Publishing. I’m going to start with Carmer and Grit: The Wingsnatchers by Sarah Jean Horowitz. My friend at Workman described it as, “One-Winged faerie and a magicians apprentice solve a slew of faerie kidnappings.” It’s piqued my interest (and I’m not quite ready to start the book I got that came with tissues!). I’ve also got an ARC for Avi’s new book, The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts. I’m super excited to start these books and want to get through them before they are officially published so I can start talking to kids about them!


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Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.

Middle Grade Gets Real – 25 Titles About Tough Topics

3 Mar

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There are arguments that kids shouldn’t read about tough topics – topics that include death, adoption/foster care, childhood illness, substance abuse, disability and more. But, how do kids learn about these topics if they don’t see them in their daily life? Or, how to kids feel less alone if they are dealing with these issues at home? Middle grades authors, for the most part, are very careful when dealing with tough topics when writing for their audience. Not, that they sugar coat these issues, but they provide a close look at a tough topic at an age appropriate level.

I love these types of books because it allows kids to really open up, ask questions and discuss topics that are often seen as taboo. But, how are kids supposed to learn? We’ve used at least a few of these titles during our middle school book discussion and the kids are always very insightful and full of questions which they feel comfortable enough to ask. Many students share their own experiences or discuss what they might do if they were in a certain situation. This open communication fills my heart and makes me so happy to hear because I truly believe that books and discussion can truly help educate young people about tough topics and how to react or what they can do when something happens in their own life.

#MGGetsReal is a collaboration of authors reaching out to kids about tough topics. And although the blog doesn’t look like much is happening, Kerry O’Malley Cerra, middle grade author, has an absolutely amazing list of titles on her website about all different types of tough topics.

Take a look at some of these amazing titles below and search for more online or by asking your local librarian. There are many more titles that I could have included and the only reason I didn’t was to make a prettier graphic, so what other titles would you offer for this booklist?

  1. George by Alex Gino
  2. The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy
  3. Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  4. Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  5. Booked by Kwame Alexander
  6. Pax by Sara Pennypacker
  7. Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
  8. Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
  9. See You At Harry’s by Jo Knowles
  10. Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley
  11. Ruby On the Outside by Nora Raleigh Baskin
  12. One for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly Hunt
  13. Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
  14. The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner
  15. Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  16. Sunny Side Up by Jennifer & Matthew Holm
  17. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
  18. Lost In the Sun by Lisa Graff
  19. Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin
  20. The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
  21. The Girl In the Well Is Me by Karen Rivers
  22. Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
  23. Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
  24. All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
  25. Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2/27/17

27 Feb

21979832It was a super busy week with late hours at work and Saturday hours as well which left me close to no time to spend reading. I finally got a chance to start The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig this weekend and I’m already in love! The story reminds me of Dr. Who with time travel and the possibility of multiple realities, but with a pirate ship. And I can’t say enough about it, although I haven’t finished it yet – I love the worlds that have been created and Nix is not only interesting character but a deep character as well. I’ll definitely be reviewing this story when I’m finished with it this week. I’ve already suggested the title to a couple of friends.

I’m super excited for my week of reading ahead… I just received a few new titles published by Workman Publishing from their spring list and I can’t wait to get started reading those! I also still have The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork which I’m excited to read as well.


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Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.

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