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The House That Wasn't There - Book Blog Tour

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  *Click the image to purchase the new release!  Afflink THEMES:  friendship, life changes, loss and grief, embracing who you are, and family.  Magical realism has become the types of book that students seem to  go  after when they want a little something to connect to, but also feel as though they can  escape the every day worry of real life - which is exactly what  The House That Wasn't  There  can do for young readers. This is one of those novels that really helps student  see themselves in a book.  Oak and Alder are suddenly living next door to one another and their relationship is  not off to a great start. Alder's knowledge of his father is minimal, but his favorite  picture was taken in front o the walnut tree in the yard between his and his  neighbor's house - the tree meaning so much to him. BUT THEN, Oak is forced to  move from San Fransisco to LA and her mom has plans for some construction on  their property - including removing the large tree.  Alder is devastat

365 Days to Alaska - Review

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  *Click on the image to purchase! Afflink   A thoughtful middle-grade debut about a girl from off-the-grid Alaska adjusting to suburban life   Eleven-year-old Rigel Harman loves her life in off-the-grid Alaska. She hunts rabbits, takes correspondence classes through the mail, and plays dominoes with her family in their two-room cabin. She doesn’t mind not having electricity or running water—instead, she’s got tall trees, fresh streams, and endless sky. But then her parents divorce, and Rigel and her sisters have to move with their mom to the Connecticut suburbs to live with a grandmother they’ve never met. Rigel  hates  it in Connecticut. It’s noisy, and crowded, and there’s no  real  nature. Her only hope is a secret pact that she made with her father: If she can stick it out in Connecticut for one year, he’ll bring her back home. At first, surviving the year feels impossible. Middle school is nothing like the wilderness, and she doesn’t connect with anyone . . . until she befriends

If You Like.... Then Try This....

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If you are new around here, you may not be familiar with the three of us on our social media platforms. My Instagram handle is @cassie.m.thomas and on there I share (every 3rd photo actually) an image of If you like _____, TRY _____ where I give several similar books that a child may want to try after they finish the main book. If it's a specific theme I focus on, I will mention that - or a specific author. But ultimately I try to hit all of the major plot points with my recommendations. All of these posters are actually available to you HERE in a Google Drive folder to print off! I range from early middle grade (3rd grade) all the way to YA books. If there are ever any books you'd like this poster for, PLEASE let me know! I'm constantly asking on my Instagram for more ideas. :) 

Guest Blog Post: Kiri Jorgensen - "Why We Teach Literature To Kids"

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  Why We Teach Literature To Kids Every human on the planet spends their life learning how to see beyond their own bubble. Some people get pretty good at seeing a broad scope, others don’t branch much beyond the next tier, but there’s happiness to be found in any level of ‘looking beyond’. The goal isn’t just to see, but to find joy.  As a teacher, I love using middle grade novels with my students to help them practice extending beyond their own bubble. I love showing them new worlds and new people and new ideas. My goal has always been to help them become better humans as they learn to see the joy. I want them to see other kids being resilient and finding happiness. I want them to see other kids having challenges but creating positive solutions. I want them to see other kids exploring and reaching and learning, on a quest for truth and contentment. I want to show them new perspectives, and new understandings all with the intent of helping them become just a little more noble, and more

IMWAYR: 3.8.21

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Book Pairings

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Sometimes I fall down a TikTok rabbit hole. As I was recovering from my second Covid vaccine I discovered #perfectmatch. With that as my inspiration I decided to make book matches with March releases. Just like how partnerships include people with similar interest but their own personalities, these matches share some commonalities  but are each special in their own way. 

One Stupid Thing - Review

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To Purchase: Click HERE! Out March 16      “Like  The Breakfast Club  set during a New England summer... One Stupid Thing  captures the nuances of power and self-doubt that shape the lives of today’s text-obsessed youth." ― Foreword Reviews It was just one stupid thing that happened… Summer on Nantucket island. Three high school friends drinking warm beer on a rooftop. Everything is cool, until a seemingly innocent game takes a sinister turn, and the course of their lives is changed forever. For a year, they keep it a secret, until the following summer when they meet a mysterious girl with her own dark past who may have the answers they are looking for. A story about friendship, mistakes, and the quest for redemption, One Stupid Thing follows Jamie, Sophia, Trevor and Violet as they contend with the consequences of their choices, navigate the drama in their individual lives and try to uncover what really happened on that fateful night. For fans of ONE OF US IS LYING and WE WERE LI