It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

Hey everyone!

It’s been a while! The beginning of the year and snuck up on us and we are all in that back to school phase where our bodies are in shock and our priority lists are out of control. I know for me, during this time of year, not a lot of reading is happening. It won’t take long to get back into a groove though. If you are also in the first few weeks of school, we hope you are getting off to a great start! If you are still on summer break, we hope you enjoy every last second! Have a great week! Amber 


Ms. Mulligan and the Enchanted Ice Cream Tour

Hey there friends! 

I am SO excited to share with you today Ms. Mulligan and the Enchanted Ice Cream on their book tour blog stop! 

So, here's the synopsis: 

Tabby Easterland wakes on her twelfth birthday to find herself magically transformed into the twenty-five-year-old “Ms. Mulligan,” an event witnessed only by her young friends – the platinum-haired southern belle Dolly Hargrave and the hard-boiled urban detective wannabe Kat Dorsett. Hiding her true identity, Ms. Mulligan becomes a teacher at her own school, where a desperate search for answers lead the girls to seek out Tabby’s long-lost father, discover an ancient mystical society, and fight the evil Black and White Sisters–witches determined to complete a long-planned curse upon Tabby. In a race against time, will love be enough to overcome the crippling curse and restore Tabby to her former self?

RIGHT! Totally my reaction!!! ^^^^^ 

My review: 
Look, I was totally pumped to read this. It seemed like the CUTEST storyline, and thankfully it totally was! I LALALA LOVE that others in the tour have compared it to 13 going on 30, Freaky Friday, 17 again.. Because it was so much that, AND MORE. Because well 

... which means as I kept reading I kept thinking about how much I would've enjoyed this story as a young girl. Tabby has some of the coolest friends (Kat and Dolly) who inevitably realize, "Oh crap. You're an adult, we got your back. We will figure this out." So, first things first right, Tabby decides to become a teacher at her school in hopes of figuring out WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON. 
As Tabby goes through her life now as Mrs. Mulligan she finds herself figuring out more and more about her family that at times may seem a little..well.. spooky. (Some long lost "Black and White" sisters, who are actually devious witches, who could possibly be the reason this happened to her.) She also discovers who her father is throughout this journey. Now, as a teacher, this is a tough subject, and one that is far too common. An absent parent and a child who has this urgency to find them and figure out WHY they are absent (HELLO! MY LIFE TOO!) BUT - the way this story carries you through her adventure helps kids to experience this in a healthy, natural way, without getting too out of control and in your emotions (in a negative way.) 

Overall, it's totally cute. Will I put it in my classroom? Absolutely. Will I book talk it? Of course. There are kids who want fantasy, but not the kind with flying/talking animals, witches/wizardy/goblins, etc., but just easy fantasy, something that is fun to get lost in, but be able to come out realizing... this could really happen. 

Click on the link above to purchase for your classroom, for a family member, for Christmas coming up?! :) 


2018 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Winner & Finalists Announced

2018 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Winner & Finalists Announced
The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is pleased and proud to announce the 2018 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award for Young Adult Fiction finalists and winning title. Established in 2008 to honor the wishes of young adult author Amelia Elizabeth Walden, the award allows for the sum of $5,000 to be presented annually to the author of a young adult title selected by the ALAN Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Committee as demonstrating a positive approach to life, widespread teen appeal, and literary merit.
The 2018 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Winner is:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (HarperCollins/ Balzar + Bray)
The 2018 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award finalists are:

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

(Penguin Random House/ Crown Books for Young Readers)

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

(Simon & Schuster/ Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed (Simon & Schuster/ Simon Pulse)

An Uninterrupted View of the Sky by Melanie Crowder (Penguin Young Readers/ Philomel Books)

The winning title and finalists will be honored at the 2018 ALAN Workshop on Monday, November 19th in Houston, TX, and the authors will be invited to participate in a panel discussion.

The 2018 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee would like to thank: the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Foundation, the ALAN Executive Council, the ALAN Board of Directors, NCTE, and the many publishers who submitted titles for consideration.

The 2018 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee considered over 350 young adult titles throughout the process. The committee was comprised of eleven members representing the university, K-12 school, and library communities. 
They are:

Beth Scanlon, Committee Chair Teacher
Cypress Creek High School, Orlando, FL

Lisa Scherff, Past Committee Chair Teacher

South Ft. Myers High School, Ft. Myers, FL

Sheila Benson

Associate Professor, English Education University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

Robert Bittner

SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Marie LeJeune

Professor, Literacy Education Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR

Lisa Morris-Wilkey


Casa Grande Elementary School District, Casa Grande, AZ

Sarah Mulhern Gross


High Technology High School, Lincroft, NJ

Kerry Neuberger

Teacher Garner-Hayfield-Ventura High School, Garner, IA

Jennifer Paulsen


Holmes Junior High, Cedar Falls, IA

Beth Shaum


St. Frances Cabrini Catholic School, Allen Park, MI

Wendy Stephens

School Library Media Specialist Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville AL

For more information on the award, please visit ALAN Online: The Official Site of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents