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November 9, 2018

I read this book over my winter break, and it was absolutely the perfect timing. Karina Yan Glaser’s novel, The Vanderbeekrs of 141st Street, takes place entirely during the week before Christmas. You feel the gearing up for the holidays taking place in the setting of...

November 8, 2018

Mental health has been a hot topic in our society these days. We have a long, long way to go in improving the lives and care of those that struggle with mental illness. However, after reading Lucy Strange’s book, The Secret of Nightingale Wood, it is clear that we have...

November 7, 2018

Grab your tissues for this one! I at least had to make sure that I grabbed my tissues as this story focused on the troubles of a teenage boy that’s been in and out of the foster care system (My husband and I are both licensed foster care parents so I always cry when st...

November 6, 2018

I picked up this book because of the author. I loved Jewell Parker Rhodes’s book, Ninth Ward. I actually utilize that book as a small group novel in my class when we focus our reading on modern-day historical fiction novels. When I saw that Park Rhodes had a new book f...

November 5, 2018

Don’t you hate when there is not enough water? Well, in Patricia MacLachlan’s book Skylark, Anna’s family doesn't even have enough water to water a garden! Her family has to use it wisely. Eventually, Anna and her family realize that it is too hard to live without wate...

November 2, 2018

As a teacher, I understand the importance of differentiating the reading instruction I provide my students in order to meet their diverse sets of needs and varying reading abilities. I live this reality every single day in my classroom. And every single day, I am faced...

November 1, 2018

If you are in the mood for a heartfelt tearjerker, then this book is for you. I love books that make me emotional, so naturally, I loved Ali Benjamin’s novel, The Thing About Jellyfish. The story is told from the perspective of Suzy Swanson. Suzy is not your typical mi...

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