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Eve 2.0 Blog Tour

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Welcome to the Teachers Who Read blog! Today we're featuring Eve 2.0, a new gaming novel sure to appeal to fans of Ready Player One or anyone who likes to game! Synopsis: Just when Gwen thought she could beat any video game hands down, her boyfriend goes and gets her stuck in a top-secret government simulator named Eve 2.0. Being trapped within a couple of her favorite video games doesn’t seem so bad at first, but as time becomes a factor and the A.I. program begins to get smarter, Gwen soon realizes that winning or losing isn’t just about pride anymore; it’s about making it out alive. My Take: Can you imagine being stuck in a video game? Some kids dream of that. In fact, 10-year-old me would've given anything to play a real-life version of Super Mario. And given that gaming is anticipated to be a 230 billion market by 2022 (New Zoo), I bet there's a few students you know who would appreciate this gaming novel. The first in a series, Eve 2.0 features suspens

IMWAYR 10.21.19

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It's Monday! There are not enough hours in a day. I had 10 books on hold at our library and four of them came in on the same day. Of course, within a few days, all of my Netgalley requests were approved. I'm going to finish Jackpot (so good!) tonight so I can focus all my attention to some 2020 releases!  Happy reading,

22 Days of Anti-Racist Resources for Teachers: Teaching Identity in Middle Grades

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This post is one of the series: It's Time to Talk Racism: 22 Days of Anti-Racist Resources for Teachers. Check out the complete campaign here.   Often times in schools, students aren't able to celebrate who they are and what makes them unique and special. It is unintentionally at times overlooked. Celebrating who we are and our difference can by the first step to breaking the bias we and our students have.  I start by discussing with my student what is identity and things that make up our identities. At times it may be hard for even my fourth graders to understand with identity is. I love the lesson from Being the Change to also help to teach and help my students understand identity. After we talk about the meaning, we start to look at ourselves and our own identities. My students do this writing on a piece of paper about how they identify themselves (boy, girl, black, white, student, teacher, sister, mother, brother, etc). Next, we talk about why is it important to k

Author Interview: Ben Guterson

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Books by Ben Guterson Pictures from inside the book: Q: Tell us about your book, specifically the story behind the titles? A: Winterhouse (and its sequels The Secrets of Winterhouse and The Winterhouse Mysteries ) is a book about an eleven-year-old girl named Elizabeth Somers who lives with a cruel aunt and uncle in a little house in a small town. When mid-December arrives and her school goes on break, Elizabeth--much to her surprise--is sent to the mysterious Winterhouse Hotel far from her home for a three-week stay. At Winterhouse, Elizabeth makes a good new friend named Freddy Knox, discovers a strange and magical book in the enormous Winterhouse library, and comes to realize that the hotel may be endangered by a shadowy sorceress who has a connection to the family that's run the hotel for over a century. The title of the book came to me when I first thought of the idea for the story--I imagined an enormous hot

Naked Mole Rat Saves the World

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Hi Friends! No, it's not Kim Possible here with a naked mole rat, it's a just a new release by the amazing Karen Rivers through Algonquin Young Readers! *Affliate Link Advanced Praise: “A warm coming-of-age story populated with a cast of memorable characters.” — Kirkus Reviews Called  “witty and stylish” by  The Horn Book Naked Mole Rat Saves the World   Can Kit’s super-weird superpower save her world? Kit-with-a-small-k is navigating middle school with a really big, really strange secret: When she’s stressed, she turns into a naked mole rat. It first happened after kit watched her best friend, Clem, fall and get hurt during an acrobatic performance on TV. Since then, the transformations keep happening—whether kit wants them to or not. Kit can’t tell Clem about it, because after the fall, Clem just hasn’t been herself. She’s sad and mad and gloomy, and keeping a secret of her own: the real reason she fell. A year after the accident, kit and Clem st

IMWAYR: 10.7.19

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I don't know about everyone else, but today was the Monday-est of Mondays. It's been a dark and dreary day in Ohio, and I just wanted to curl up and finish Capturing the Devil ! If you haven't check out Keri Maniscalco's gothic series, add it to your list ASAP. Her murder mysteries will have you looking over your shoulder as you read.  The other book I'm currently reading is Noise. Although, I'd almost label it as a comic, rather than a graphic novel. Many of my students who tore through Guts last week were asking for a similar story. Noise is a short, 30 page story of an introverted girl who crosses paths with a talkative boy. Have the tissues ready!

Author Interview: Bobbie Pyron

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I had the privilege of receiving a copy of her newest book, Stay , and review for Teachers Who Read - I then developed some questions for Bobbie to help get in her mind as the author a little more. First I want to give some praise to Stay . My Review:  What a great heart print story. I loved the different characters point of view throughout the story, and I especially liked that Baby's point of view was told in verse. The resilience of the characters provides such a brave insight to what homelessness entails and how positive those experiencing have to be. Piper is inspirational as a young girl and one that I know boys and girls alike will look up to. Synopsis:  Piper’s life is turned upside down when her family moves into a shelter in a whole new city. She misses her house, her friends, and her privacy—and she  hates  being labeled the homeless girl at her new school. But while Hope House offers her new challenges, it also brings new friendships, like the girls in Fi