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Thank you to Macmillan Children's Publishing for the free review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own. To be completely honest, I don’t love fantasy. I struggle with the genre and it can be a big reading gap for me. However, when fantasy is well done, such as the Harry Potter series, I'm alllllll over it! The Train to Impossible Places was giving me all the Harry Potter vibes right away and I was immediately hooked and couldn't put it down. This book is about Suzy, an eleven-year-old girl that wakes up in the middle of the night to discover the Impossible Postal Express; a troll-operated delivery service that runs everywhere from ocean-bottomed shipwrecks to Trollville, to space. The catch is … the train has stopped in her living room . Yes, her living room! Suzy loves science and all things logical, and a train in her living room just … doesn’t make sense. However, it is there and she is confident that she is not dreaming. I book-talked this boo

Bullet Book Review with @mrs_cmt1489

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Disclaimer: I'm a 5th grade teacher in south central Texas, what works for my kids may not work for your kids, and what does work it may work the same or in different ways.  Where the Watermelon Grows By: Cindy Baldwin  Release Date: 7/3/18 For fans of:   The Thing About Jellyfish, A Snicker of Magic, Out of my Mind First Line:   On summer nights, the moon reaches right in through my window and paints itself across the ceiling in swirls and gleams of silver.  The book:   Della’s family is far from “normal” but what family isn’t? Della’s mother struggles with a mental illness and Della can’t help but carry guilt for thinking her illness is her fault. This is an amazing story of community, love, family, friendship, and understanding. Della is empowering as a young girl. I can’t wait to share with students next year. The author:   This is Cindy's debut novel! I was blown away when I read it this summer!  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16

Bullet Book Review with @mrs_cmt1489

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Welcome back to my second list of bullet book reviews.  Disclaimer: I'm a 5th grade teacher in south central Texas, what works for my kids may not work for your kids, and what does work it may work the same or in different ways.  Here are more of my favorites from this past summer!  #BulletBookReviews #MGLit The Night Diary By: Veera Hiranandani  Release Date: 3/6/18 For fans of:   The War the Saved my Life by Kelly Brubaker Bradley, Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai First Line:   His jaw was the first thing to move, back and forth like a seesaw.   The book:   My review:  Beautiful. Necessary. Eye opening. “Doesn’t freedom mean you can choose where you want to be? ... My childhood would always have a line drawn through it, the before and the after. ... Is it the brain that makes people love and hate? Or is it the heart? ... You can’t split us. You can’t split love.” Absolutely beautiful! I read and listened to this book in one d

Mo & Dale Series: The Laws of Finders Keepers

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The final installment of The Mo and Dale series by Sheila Turnage is here.  In case you haven't had a chance to read any of these wonderful books in the series, here is the Goodreads synopsis for The Law of Finders Keepers: Pirates, family, and the truth about Mo's Upstream Mother collide in the conclusion to the Newbery Honor and  New York Times   bestselling  Three Times Lucky   When the Colonel and Miss Lana share the clues about Mo's watery origins that they've been saving, it seems the time is finally right for the Desperado Detectives (aka Mo, Dale, and Harm) to tackle the mystery of Mo's Upstream Mother. It's the scariest case Mo's had by far. But before they can get started, Mayor Little's mean mother hires them to hunt in her attic for clues to Blackbeard's treasure, which could be buried right in Tupelo Landing. Turns out, the Desperados aren't the only ones looking. A professional treasure hunter named Gabe has come to tow