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Enchanted Misadventures with Great-Aunt Poppy - Review

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  Spooky recommendation for this 2021 year!  *AffLink support when purchased! A typical December for the Alexanders consists of gingerbread baking, movies, and looking at Christmas lights, but after their parents are called in to work, Ava, Nolan, and Charlotte are sent to stay with their most feared relative for a week-Great-Aunt Poppy. Have mom and dad gone mad?                                                                                                                                                     Of course, the children are terrified. Who wouldn't be? No one believes them when they say that Poppy-or Groppy as they call her-is a witch. If the haunted house isn't bad enough, there are thousands of crazy cats, chaotic and deadly spells, and even worse-frightening howls from the woods that grow louder and closer every second. Something deadly lurks outside. Staying alive while living with Groppy for an entire week is-well-impossible!                                   

September + October MUST have library additions!

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  Reading Round-Up!  Must have books for your middle grade classroom!  Partly Cloudy  by  Tanita S. Davis   On sale 9/7/21, Katherine Tegen Books  Ages: 8-12 MG Review:  Partly Cloudy by Tanita S. Davis gives keen insight into the many microaggressions white people enact against Black people without a thought on their impact. Because of a terrible sixth grade year at school, and a few changes in the family situation, Madalyn begins to live with her great uncle Papa Lobo during the week. She attends a new school becoming the only Black student in her grade. While she makes new friends, one begins to say and do things that make Madalyn uncomfortable and Madalyn must decide how to have the uncomfortable conversation about race. Teaching Points: Finding your voice, changing friendship, relatable fears and insecurities for middle grade kids, courage, discussing middle school struggles    Looking for a Jumbie   by  Tracey Baptiste   Illustrator:  Amber Ren On sale 9/21/21, Balzer + Bray Ages

Ghost Girl by Ally Malinenko - Review and Interview

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  *Click image for AffLink Perfect for fans of  Small Spaces  and  Nightbooks , Ally Malinenko’s debut is an empowering and triumphant ghost story——with spooky twists sure to give readers a few good goosebumps! Zee Puckett loves ghost stories. She just never expected to be living one. It all starts with a dark and stormy night. When the skies clear, everything is different. People are missing. There’s a creepy new principal who seems to know everyone’s darkest dreams. And Zee is seeing frightening things: large, scary dogs that talk and maybe even . . . a ghost. When she tells her classmates, only her best friend Elijah believes her. Worse, mean girl Nellie gives Zee a cruel nickname: Ghost Girl. But whatever the storm washed up isn’t going away. Everyone’s most selfish wishes start coming true in creepy ways. To fight for what’s right, Zee will have to embrace what makes her different and what makes her Ghost Girl. And all three of them—Zee, Elijah, and Nellie—will have to work togeth

INTRODUCING! Read to Lead - Literacy BLITZ!

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  WHAT IS?  Read to Lead is:       A FREE game-based literacy program to help boost student engagement and achievement.       Choose from a library of online learning games, lessons, and projects that support  CASEL’s  Social-Emotional Framework and align to  College and Career Readiness standards . Bonus: Use filters to find learning games for your students based on the skills they need to develop the most!" (See screenshots below! Just an intro to the skills offered!)      Allow students to build  literacy and social-emotional competencies  within the context of an immersive “day at work” so students can connect the dots between school and their future.      Invite students to take on the role as the “boss” in a virtual workplace scenario and watch student agency and confidence soar. Build friendly competition with the  national leaderboard  that counts every word read in classrooms around the country! Literacy Blitz Campaign! Games for grade 5-9!  Here’s how you can get started

It All Comes Back To You - YA Review

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  About the Book:   Kiran’s older sister is in love with Deen’s older brother. That would be complicated enough, but Kiran and Deen once had their own little love story—at least until Deen ghosted Kiran with no explanation. Now these two are forced back together to help plan their older siblings’ nuptials—if they don’t strangle each other first.   Pride and Prejudice   meets   When Dimple Met Rishi  in this enemies-to-lovers rom-com about first love, second chances, Muslim culture, loss and grief, and of course, gaming.   Amazon   |   Goodreads   |   B ookshop   “Replete with desi and Muslim cultural references, this romantic drama offers an emotionally wrought story of owning one’s self and one’s past.”   —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books “ Let me just start off by saying this has the "hate each other irl, but unbeknownst to them they're actually bffs online" trope. Which is really just the superior trope let's be honest. ” — Sami on Goodreads,   5 stars “

The Wolf's Curse - Review and Interview!

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 The Wolf's Curse - Review and Interview!  *AffLink Twelve-year-old Gauge's life has been cursed since the day he witnessed an invisible Great White Wolf steal his grandpap√°'s soul, preventing it from reaching the Sea-in-the-Sky and sailing into eternity. When the superstitious residents of Bouge-by-the-Sea accuse the boy of crying wolf, he joins forces with another orphan to prove his innocence. They navigate their shared grief in a journey that ultimately reveals life-changing truths about the wolf--and death. Narrated in a voice reminiscent of  The Book Thief , this fast-paced adventure is perfect for fans of fantasy such as  The Girl Who Drank the Moon  and  A Wish in the Dark. The Wolf's Curse  is an absolutely beautiful story full of metaphorical context that will rope you in and pull you under. A story about grief, but also about family, true  friendship, loss, and hope. The Wolf was full of wisdom, humor, and compassion to a point where I was so amazed with Jess