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The Puffin Plan - Nonfiction Book Review

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  The Puffin Plan Restoring Seabirds to Egg Rock and Beyond  By: Stephen W. Kress & Derrick Z. Jackson  Review:  This is a great addition to your nonfiction library. As an educator, you can pull out so many sections of the book to teach nonfiction text features and structures - it gives great examples while simultaneously teaching expository writing.  As a kid, I loved reading this whole set of animal encyclopedias my grandparents had, that I now inherited into my house, but this reminds me so much of that. What I love the best is the images and the fact that the font and language usage allows for such an easy read. You can absolutely tell that Stephen and Derrick took great pride in their research and their love of puffins.  Fifty years ago, a young ornithologist named Steve Kress fell in love with puffins. After learning that hunting had eradicated their colonies on the small, rocky islands off the coast of Maine, he resolved to bring them back. So began a decades-long quest that

YA Book Clubs: Part 2

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Candy Mafia Book Blog Tour

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  Synopsis:  In a city where candy is a crime and sugar is scandalous, Nelle Faulker is a 12-year-old private detective looking for her next client. When notorious candy gangster Eddie de Menthe asks for her help to find a missing teddy bear, Nelle Faulkner is on the case. But as soon as the teddy turns up, Eddie himself goes missing! As a seemingly innocent investigation unravels into something more sinister, Nelle and her friends quickly find themselves swept up in a shady underworld of sweets smugglers, back alley deals, and storefront firebombs. If Nelle has any hope of tracking down her missing client, first she'll have to unmask the true faces behind the smuggling ring. Can Nelle and her friends find a way to take the cake? Or will they come to a sticky end...? Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Bugsy Malone in this page-turning mystery from World Fantasy Award-winning author Lavie Tidhar. With moody spot illustrations by Daniel Duncan, readers will be sucked into the ac

Secrets of the Sand Series - Review

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  Synopsis:  In her search for answers, Sesha must find a priceless scroll for the pharaoh. Sesha and Ky, children of the pharaoh’s royal physician, are left charming snakes and stealing food to survive after a brutal fire takes their parents and their home. Unsure of whom to trust, the pair are found and brought back to the palace, despite misgivings that the royals are somehow involved in their parents’ deaths. Sesha is tasked with finding the rare and valuable medical document her father was transcribing for the pharaoh, who needs it urgently for his upcoming campaign. Befriended by another scribe and a young princess, Sesha must navigate palace intrigue and temple treachery while desperately seeking the priceless scroll that not only has the power to reveal the circumstances around her parents’ death and mitigate any casualties of battle, but may also be the only thing that can save her brother’s life. Student Reviews:  "I loved the adventure set in Egypt! It made me want to l

Guest Blogger: Kath and the 2K20 - Encouraging Future Authors

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  Encouraging Future Authors: Advice from the Class of 2K20 books By Kath Rothschild and the Class of 2K20 Books (Twitter @Class2k20Books; Instagram @class2k20books)  https://classof2k20books.com/   A teacher’s impact on future writers, whether online or in person, is huge. In recent research, students consistently linked their writerly identity to what their teachers had told them about their writing abilities (Rothschild, 2020). The Class of 2K20, a group of middle grade and young adult debut authors, can attest to the impact that teachers can have. They offer three ways today’s teachers can increase students’ interest in, and commitment to, writing: regular low-stakes writing, offering diverse books (especially inclusive of multiple languages), and encouraging small group book clubs and other extracurricular literary experiences.   Encourage Daily Low-Stakes Writing   It may seem simple, but often it is time that is spent not at home doing writing for homework, but in class writing—

Guest Blogger: Amanda Hunt - Book Review

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  Amanda Hunt, @thenextgenlibrarian Hey TeachersWhoRead! My name is Amanda Hunt and I am a middle school librarian in New Braunfels, TX. The book I want to share today is  They Wish They Were Us  by Jessica Goodman. This young adult thriller released on August 4, 2020 so it's still relatively new, but as soon as I saw the cover and read the blurb I knew I had to read it. I feel like ever since  One of Us is Lying  by Karen M. McManus dropped in 2017 the YA mystery genre has exploded. So many amazing authors are releasing who-dun-it style suspense books set in high schools so they're relatable to our middle and high school readers and  They Wish They Were Us  was no exception. In Gold Coast, Long Island, everything from the expensive downtown shops to the manicured beaches, to the pressed uniforms of Jill Newman and her friends, looks perfect. But as Jill found out three years ago, nothing is as it seems. When Jill was a freshman her best friend, Shaila, was killed by her boyfri

If you like Hatchet...

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SUMMER of L.U.C.K

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Stuttering Darby is never perfect enough for her mother. Justin’s been silent since his dad died. Naz is struggling to learn English. But after they meet at summer camp, mysterious calliope music from an abandoned warehouse grants them power to communicate without words. When they sneak inside, the dark, empty space bursts into a magical carnival. They’re greeted by the ghost of Leroy Usher, who asks for their help convincing his family to restore the carnival to its former glory. In return, he promises to teach the kids how to find their voices. As Darby, Justin, and Naz are swept off on a series of midnight adventures via Mr. Usher’s carnival rides, they discover they’re capable of more than they ever imagined. With each challenge, their confidence in communicating – and in themselves – grows. Meanwhile, they scheme to persuade the Usher family to revive the carnival. But when Darby’s bunkmates trick her into starring in the camp talent show, her budding confidence falters. Can she r

IMWAYR - September 14

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Summer Reviews from a Middle School Librarian - Amanda Hunt

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