IMWAYR ~ October 26th


Happy Monday, I hope everyone is finding some peace with this crazy. Any moment I can chill and read I am definitely taking advantage of that! Here is what we are reading this week.


Have a wonderful reading week and don't forget to tell us what you are reading this week!

IMWAYR: 10.12.20


The Puffin Plan - Nonfiction Book Review


The Puffin Plan
Restoring Seabirds to Egg Rock and Beyond 

By: Stephen W. Kress & Derrick Z. Jackson 

This is a great addition to your nonfiction library. As an educator, you can pull out so many sections of the book to teach nonfiction text features and structures - it gives great examples while simultaneously teaching expository writing. 
As a kid, I loved reading this whole set of animal encyclopedias my grandparents had, that I now inherited into my house, but this reminds me so much of that. What I love the best is the images and the fact that the font and language usage allows for such an easy read. You can absolutely tell that Stephen and Derrick took great pride in their research and their love of puffins. 

Fifty years ago, a young ornithologist named Steve Kress fell in love with puffins. After learning that hunting had eradicated their colonies on the small, rocky islands off the coast of Maine, he resolved to bring them back. So began a decades-long quest that became one of the biggest conservation victories of our time.


Tumblehome Books is launching  - The Puffin Plan -Restoring Seabirds To Egg Rock And Beyond by Stephen Kress and Derrick Jackson. This is the story of their endeavors told for the reader 12+ to be released 10/1/2020. Below are book details.

 I hope you might be interested in reviewing it.

The Puffin Plan -Restoring Seabirds To Egg Rock And Beyond 

by Stephen W. Kress & Derrick Z. Jackson


Authors – Stephen W. Kress is a world renowned ornithologist. He is the founder of Project Puffin and retired Vice President of Bird Conservation for the National Audubon Society. He is a Visiting Fellow of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.


Derrick Z. Jackson is an award-winning former columnist of the Boston Globe. An accomplished photographer, his column was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and his UCS blog won a 2018 prize from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.


Synopsis – Fifty years ago, a young ornithologist named Steve Kress fell in love with puffins. After learning that hunting had eradicated their colonies on small, rocky islands off the coast of Maine, he resolved to bring them back. So began a decades-long quest that involved collecting chicks in Canada, flying them to Maine, raising them in coffee-can nests, transporting them to their new island home, watching over them as they grew, and then waiting—for years—to see if they would come back. This is the story of how the Puffin Project reclaimed a piece of our rich biological heritage, and how it inspired other groups around the world to help other species re-root in their native lands.


Product Details

Age Range: 12+ years

Grade Level: 6+

Hardcover: 184 pages

Publisher: Tumblehome, Inc.; None edition (10/1/2020)

Language: English

ISBN-13: 978-1943431571

Product Dimensions: 7.25 x 1.0 x 10.5 inches


Retail - $16.95

Available – 10/1  on Amazon 

Tumblehome Link -  HERE


Available Formats – Hardcopy or PDF


“A story that is, at its heart, about how a kid from Ohio accomplished one of the biggest conservation victories of our time” BirdWatching Magazine

Restoring puffins to Maine has been a glorious, four-decades obsession for Steve Kress—one underpinned by plenty of stubbornness and grit, as this frank retelling of Project Puffin’s remarkable history makes clear. And thank goodness for that tenacity, because the techniques he pioneered on Eastern Egg Rock are today helping endangered seabirds around the world. This is the compelling story of the messy, uncertain, ultimately uplifting work of real conservation.”
– Scott Weidensaul, author of Living on the Wind

Appropriate for ages 10+
Date: October 7, 2020
Time: 5:00pm to 5:45pm ET
Register: HERE 


YA Book Clubs: Part 2


Candy Mafia Book Blog Tour


In a city where candy is a crime and sugar is scandalous, Nelle Faulker is a 12-year-old private detective looking for her next client.

When notorious candy gangster Eddie de Menthe asks for her help to find a missing teddy bear, Nelle Faulkner is on the case. But as soon as the teddy turns up, Eddie himself goes missing! As a seemingly innocent investigation unravels into something more sinister, Nelle and her friends quickly find themselves swept up in a shady underworld of sweets smugglers, back alley deals, and storefront firebombs.

If Nelle has any hope of tracking down her missing client, first she'll have to unmask the true faces behind the smuggling ring. Can Nelle and her friends find a way to take the cake? Or will they come to a sticky end...?

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Bugsy Malone in this page-turning mystery from World Fantasy Award-winning author Lavie Tidhar. With moody spot illustrations by Daniel Duncan, readers will be sucked into the action-packed narrative as Nell pulls the curtain back on the black market candy rings.

A very well-told detective story for middle grade readers that will definitely keep them on their toes. I have so many readers who are constantly wanting adventure and mystery solving, but again not always intrigued by a "murder mystery" - and this is definitely the type of mystery story that my students are going to dive after. EVEN BETTER - it comes with illustrations. A lot of teachers are always looking for titles that will bridge the gap of constantly reading Dog Man, then moving to Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and they struggle to bring in more literature with the same design concept - The Candy Mafia is exactly what I would recommend next to readers. It has the adventure, the humor, and it's relatable. As a kid, I remember constantly playing detective, or being a private investigator and using my imagination to make up "cases" in our neighborhood, and following Nelle through her investigation took me back to those days big time. 

Literary elements to discuss: vocabulary, tone, plot layout, theme, character development. 

I have added here where you can access the teacher's discussion guide if you choose to do this a read aloud or book club. 

Lavie Tidhar social handles:

            Twitter: @lavietidhar

            Instagram: @lavietidhar


Daniel Duncan social handles:

            Twitter: @DanielDuncan

            Instagram: @dunks_illustration


Peachtree social handles:

                Facebook: @PeachtreePub

                Twitter: @PeachtreePub

                Instagram: @peachtreepublishing

Stops on the blog tour:

            Monday (9/21): The Library Voice

            Tuesday (9/22): Teachers Who Read

            Wednesday (9/23): Mom Read It

            Thursday (9/24): Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

            Friday (9/25): Librarian in Cute Shoes

            Saturday (9/26): Beagles and Books