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Feature Friday 7.28.17

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It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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Happy Monday! Here at TWR, we are soaking up every last bit of summer by reading as much as we can. We are beginning to think about our classrooms though and thinking about getting in there soon, are you? I know I personally like to have things done a little sooner than necessary because it makes those days right before school starts a little less hectic so spending time in my classroom unpaid is worth it for my mental health later! I just finished Wishtree by Katherine Applegate and it met ALL the hype it’s been getting. I’ll be honest, this book is getting A LOT of buzz this year so I was nervous it wouldn’t meet those high expectations I had formed … but, let me tell you, IT DID! I’ve always liked trees, but now … I think I have an even bigger appreciation and love for them. Read it. You will not regret it! What have you been reading and loving lately? What are you reading right now? We love to know what our readers are enjoying so let us know in the comments! 

Just Finished: Two Highly Recommended Novels

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Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein Goodreads Summary:  At the start of 1991, eleven-year-old Ali Fadhil was consumed by his love for soccer, video games, and American television shows. Then, on January 17, Iraq’s dictator Saddam Hussein went to war with thirty-four nations lead by the United States. Over the next forty-three days, Ali and his family survived bombings, food shortages, and constant fear. Ali and his brothers played soccer on the abandoned streets of their Basra neighborhood, wondering when or if their medic father would return from the war front. Cinematic, accessible, and timely, this is the story of one ordinary kid’s view of life during war. I know what you are thinking, the title makes you question it, right? But, boy will it ever make you reconsider questioning a book title again. I found myself turing page after page of this book wanting to know more about Ali and his life in Iraq during the Gulf War. It's interesting to watch a young boys viewp

Smart Cookie Review: Cassie & Amber

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What was it about Smart Cookie that made you want to read it?  Cassie - I loved Elly’s style of writing in Finding Perfect and I knew that anything by her I immediately was going to want to read. Then reading the back synopsis, I loved Frankie already. Amber - I agree! After reading Finding Perfect and watching my kids go nuts for it, I knew that I would NEED anything that Elly writes! I first noticed how adorable the cover for Smart Cookie was and when I read the synopsis I felt that Frankie sounded very similar to Molly which put a huge sold sign up for me! What was your initial reaction to Smart Cookie? Did it hook you immediately or did it take some time to get into? Cassie - I was hooked immediately. Not long into the story it talks about how Frankie is a “barefooter” and that is SO ME. I couldn’t believe that someone else took notice of kids being barefoot that they would actually include that description in their writing, so I was super excited to have something

Author Spotlight: Jennifer Maschari

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©OpenImageStudio Welcome to Teachers Who Read - we are students of Mrs. Thomas's class who have a love of reading and want others to know about our favorite authors!  Let's start things off with introductions, what is your name and where are you from?  Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Cassie. I am so exited to answer your students' questions! My name is  Jen Maschari, and I am an author and teacher. I live in Columbus, Ohio with my husband and two English bulldogs, Oliver and Hank.  Tell us about your most recent book. I'd love to! THINGS THAT SURPRISE YOU is about a twelve-year-old girl named Emily Murphy who tries to solve her friend and family problems by following the advice from self-help CDs she orders off an infomercial. Emily's parents have recently divorced, and her sister is returning home from a residential facility where she was receiving treatment for her eating disorder. On top of that, her friendship with her very

IMWAYR 7.17.17

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Let us know what you're reading in the comments below. And for more PB, MG, and YA reads check out the following blogs: Teach Mentor Texts Unleashing Readers Mrs. Knott's Book Nook The Late Bloomer's Book Blog

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Using 6 Word Memoirs to Promote Books

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IMWAYR-July 3

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Top 10 Nerd Camp Tips

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Hello! We have a guest blogger today! We have collaborated with Amanda from My Shoestring Life and put together some of our favorite pieces of advice for the quickly approaching Nerd Camp MI! We LOVE Nerd Camp and over the years we have learned a thing or two. Check out our must-have #nErDcampMI tips! Shout out to nerdy author, Jess Keating for the blog post idea with her Nerd Camp tweets last week! Jess will also be at camp!    Amber : Be prepared to want every.single.book from every.single.author that is there. The authors are some of the nicest people around and just as happy to be there as we are - in fact, many of them fund their trip to Nerd Camp themselves! Go through the list  of authors that will be at Nerd Camp this year and scour your shelves for  your books (if you like autographed books). When I got home, I put a “signed copy” sticker on the books so students would know it was signed. Those moments when a student realized they had a signed copy were always