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Final Bullet-Reviews of 2018 with @IowaAmberReads

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Oh, hey! It’s been a while! I’m just over here grappling with the fact the fact that today is the last day of 2018! I feel like I was just setting personal reading goals for the year and now I’m wrapping up those goals and thinking of a goal for 2019! Watch for a post on goals and a post with my favorite middle-grade reads of 2018. I have been reading a lot the past few months so I thought I’d do a quick Bullet Review post! The Prophet Calls by Melanie Sumrow ·      For fans of: Amal Unbound, George, Refugee, A Night Divided ·      First line: “Let’s play apocalypse!” my cousin yells. ·      The book: The Prophet Calls is about Gentry who was born into a polygamous community in New Mexico. She lives apart from the outside world and its “evils.” Things happening in Gentry’s community make her uneasy and she begins to question the Prophet, who is in prison but calls frequently with his revelations from God. What happens if Gentry continues to question the Prophe

FAVE 2018 releases - suggested MUST HAVE in MG classrooms

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Children of Jubilee

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As a kid, I always dreamed of doing adventures on my own. I would use my imagination and escape to a whole different world where I had to fight bad guys and figure out ways to survive. When I think back to my time when I lived by the lake and how I would walk down to the neighborhood docks just to pretend and have all of these amazing adventures - the Children of Exile series fits into that thought perfectly. If I could have recreated and wrote about one of my "missions" - Margaret Peterson Haddix did just that, and executed perfectly.  The Children of Exile series is a three part series. The first book: Children of Exile was beyond un-put-down-able. I luckily had the second, Children of Refuge, right then too so I was able to continue the story line. I then had to wait for the third Children of Jubilee (out now!).  This was my review of the first in the series:  As if Haddix wasn’t already the Sci-Fi queen… I have had several friends recommend this book and then he

Books for Those Cold Winter Nights

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My students are seasonal readers. Their reading choices are influenced by weather. Right now they're clamoring for book that takes place in the winter. Here are the most popular reads right now! Book blurbs courtesy of Amazon.

The Language of Spells student/teacher book review

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The Language of Spells by Garret Weyr  Thank you TLC Book Tours for the free review copy of this book.  Why did you pick up this book?  Finlay : It looked very interesting and fun and has an interesting back that made me want to read it. Such as Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. Mrs. Kuehler: I was approached by TLC book tours about reading and reviewing this book. I was instantly intrigued by the gorgeous cover! What genre is this book? Is it a genre you typically read? Why or why not?  Finlay : The genre of this book is fantasy.  Yes, this is the typical genre I like to read. Mrs. Kuehler : This book is firmly in the fantasy genre, but there was a lot of real-life lessons that could be taken away from it. I’m not usually drawn to fantasy novels, but I’m almost always glad when I read them! Were the characters believable? Why?  Finlay : In a way I guess they were believable but otherwise like what the characters were not really. I guess their situation is kind if believable

5th Grade Homeroom Favorites (so far)

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