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Haley's June Reads

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I've been out of school for 26 days. I promised myself that this summer I'd read more than just contemporary fiction. My book gaps became too noticeable this year when I booktalked. So this summer, I've been using a visual reading tracker that Corrina Allen posted on Twitter. This has helped me be cognizant of my reading choices. And while contemporary fiction still dominated what I read in June, I also read 5 other genres! Do you have any reading goals this summer? 

Author Interview: Elly Swartz

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My Review: Smart Cookie Frankie wants to have a family just like everyone else. She wants her family to be complete and her dad to be happy again. She wants a mother. She creates a secret dating profile for her dad online. But, all of that gets side track when there might be a ghost hanging around the bed and breakfast. This is a heartwarming story of what family really means with a twist of mystery and adventure. When you fall in love with Smart Cookie, go and check out Molly's story in Finding Perfect and pre-order Give and Take to read Maggie's story! You will love them all! :)  Q: Tell us about your book, specifically the story behind the titles (Finding Perfect, Smart Cookie, Give and Take). A: GIVE AND TAKE In GIVE AND TAKE (FSG/Macmillan 10/15/19), you meet twelve-year-old Maggie who knows her new baby sister who smells like powder isn’t her sister for keeps. Izzie is a foster baby awaiting adoption. So in a day or a wee

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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Hello and happy Monday! I think most of our readers are on summer break right now (or does the East Coast get out after this week?) If you are off school, I hope you are enjoying every second and getting a lot of reading in! If you aren't on break yet, it will be here soon!!! I have been busy reading some backlist from the past few years for my children's literature class called Today in Children's Literature . I love teaching this class so much! If you need any graduate credits and would be interested in this class - let me know! I will be teaching it every Summer and Fall semester.   Ok, onto the books we're reading this week! Be sure to let us know what YOU are reading in the comments below!   Have a great week! 

HarperCollins MG New Releases

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We have had the privilege to be a part of the Influencer Team over at HarperCollins for their middle grade releases. This past month of May they had FOUR amazing releases that I think should be in EVERY middle grade classroom.  My review for Other Words for Home:  Beautiful. Necessary. A book that all kids need to read and familiarize with. This will be a read aloud for my 5th graders this next year. Loved every page.   This book is a part of the Project Lit Community this year and I can not wait to share with my readers this upcoming school year and years to come. Written in a verse, this book is one to be devoured and loved.  Synopsis:  I am learning how to be sad and happy at the same time. Jude never thought she’d be leaving her beloved older brother and father behind, all the way across the ocean in Syria. But when things in her hometown start becoming volatile, Jude and her mother are sent to live in Cincinnati with relatives. At first, everything in America seems

Author Interview: Sean Easley

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A magical hotel, a mysterious tree, and a cryptic story about their missing father leads twins Cam and Cass on a worldly adventure in this enchanting debut novel that’s perfect for fans of  Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library  and  Wildwood . Twins Cam and Cass have never known their parents. They’ve been told their mother died, and Cass is certain their father abandoned them. Cam isn’t so sure. He wants to prove her wrong; he  must . Cam’s wish is soon granted in the form of a glistening, golden sign with elaborate flourishes that reads:  The Hotel Between . With doors that open to countries all over the world, magical trollies, charmed corridors that can be altered on a whim, stone elephants that come to life, sweets made from rocks; everything is possible in the Hotel. Cam has a hunch his father is somehow connected to this magical place, and may even be lost within its hidden halls. Every journey has its risks, and The Hotel Between is full of dangerous secrets. If Cam’

IMWAY~June 17

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Good morning readers! If you are on summer break, I hope you are having fun soaking up all the sun, doing all the things or not, and reading ALL THE BOOKS. If you are still in school, the end is coming! Hold on because we know how hard you are working and how much of a break you need!  Here's what the ladies and I are reading this week: Happy Reading!

2018-2019 Top 5th Grade Picks

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*All of the images are from Amazon