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Saint Ivy: Kind at all Costs Review and Interview

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  Sometimes, there are just books that you read and you immediately are taken back to your own 12 year old self. Saint Ivy was exactly that for me. I have loved ALL of Laurie's books since she started getting published in the last few years and this has definitely been my all time favorite so far. So much that I am asking for donations to use it with my 6th grade groups at the beginning of the year. (I am 6-8 reading interventionist and I love to start the year with empathy building and kindness).  A thoughtful middle-grade novel about caring for others and for yourself––and what it truly means to be kind and vulnerable Thirteen-year-old Ivy Campbell has always been a good kid: She supports her soccer-star brother, bakes with her nana, and puts her friends’ needs before her own. So of course, Ivy is 100 percent supportive when her mom decides to be a gestational surrogate, carrying and giving birth to her friends’ baby. But when Ivy finds out the surrogacy treatment worked and her

On My Way Home by Joseph Trencher

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  Indiana Jones meets Wizard of Oz-esque fairy tale settings. Amen finds himself on an adventure for treasure (a fairytale all kids hope to have become a reality). As Amen is on the hunt for this treasure he starts in the harsh desert, moving through fantastical settings such as a dangerous forest, enchanted cave, frozen mountain peak, and a castle unlike anything he’s seen before up in the clouds. (think Disney movies - KIDS WILL LOVE). As he embarks on this journey, as with any journey in life, decisions are made. Lessons are learned. Lessons that impact a young boy for the rest of his time. Amen meets many new faces. Some of these faces are friendly and others, not so much (hello adulthood). This story is one to read together, as adults and kids. Reminds me of the perfect bedtime story, full of adventure and hints of fantasy, history, and real life lessons. Out on Amazon and currently 2.99 for kindle!  🗺   Synopsis:  On a day like any other, a young child named Amen is suddenly rec

Chunky and Luna Howls At The Moon - New Releases We Love from Katherine Tegan Books

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 Have you ever read books that you just KNEW were going to be hits with your students? After receiving these books from SparkPoint I started to see some buzz going around on social media about their popularity. Little did I know that everyone was right. After reading, I couldn't agree more and am so excited to book talk when we get back into the classroom.  MUST BUY!  This graphic novel ranks up there with New Kid for me in terms of "GET IN THE HANDS OF STUDENTS!"  I absolutely loved the message behind this story. The situations are so real, so much Hudi’s life, and I love that he shared these personal situations with kids especially. I know others wish he had support from someone in the story more than his imaginary friend Chunky, but in these situations sometimes an imaginary friend is all someone has until someone sees the reality, they read a book, or they find a teacher/mentor to support them. Hudi mentioned in his acknowledgments he had support from his family, but

Mightier Than the Sword: Rebels, Reformers, and Revolutionaries Who Changed the World through Writing

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*Aff Link - You click to purchase and I will receive a small monetary payment.    Throughout history, people have picked up their pens and wielded their words--transforming their lives, their communities, and beyond. Now it's your turn! Representing a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences,  Mightier Than the Sword  connects over forty inspiring biographies with life-changing writing activities and tips, showing readers just how much their own words can make a difference. Readers will explore nature with Rachel Carson, experience the beginning of the Reformation with Martin Luther, champion women's rights with Sojourner Truth, and many more. These richly illustrated stories of inspiring speechmakers, scientists, explorers, authors, poets, activists, and even other kids and young adults will engage and encourage young people to pay attention to their world, to honor their own ideas and dreams, and to embrace the transformative power of words to bring good to the world. &qu

The Conjurers Blog Tour

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About  The Conjurers #1, Rise of the Shadow •  Publisher:  Crown Books for Young Readers (July 28, 2020) •  Hardcover:  240 pages Siblings Emma and Alex tumble into a secret world where magic is real and skilled illusionists can perform actual tricks–for better or worse. Perfect for fans of the Magic Misfits and the Land of Stories series. After their parents vanished, Alex and Emma are sent to live with strict Uncle Mordo. Only Emma’s pet rabbit, Pimawa, keeps them company. But when flying skeletons called Rag-o-Rocs storm their once-quiet home, the kids escape just in time with Pimawa leading the way. The rabbit takes the siblings to the Conjurian, a land where magic exists and Pimawa can talk. But the Conjurian is in trouble. Magic has been disappearing, and the Shadow Conjurer, the most mysterious sorcerer of all, is on the hunt for the Eye of Dedi, an object so powerful it could destroy the Conjurian and human worlds. The battle to control all magic has begun. There’s only one pro