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Friday, January 11, 2019

Killing the SS

Book #3 Read in 2019
Killing the SS by Bill O'Reilly

This book details the hunting of the Nazis who did not get caught immediately after the war.  It talks about the trials, their punishment and their lives in hiding.  The format made it a bit difficult to read since it didn't read like a novel but the content was interesting.  I could see high school readers reading it in they were interested in the period of history as well as adult readers.  I borrowed this book from the public library.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Bully on the Bus

Book #2 Read in 2019
Bully on the Bus by Kathryn Apel

This is a verse novel, geared towards elementary readers, about a boy who is being bullied on the bus by a high school girl.  He is in second grade; his sister, a 5th grader, is on the bus with him and tries to help him but the bully shuts her down.  It shows the effect bullying can have on a child.  I feel the adults in the book (the parents, bus driver and teacher) were a little clueless but I think it was because the author wanted to show how a child can handle bullying him/herself.  I can see the value of this book as a read aloud/discussion book in elementary classrooms and by parents at home.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The Wicked King

Book #1 Read in 2019
The Wicked King by Holly Black

This is the second book in a YA fantasy trilogy and of course, I need #3 now.  This book was excellent and full of action, murder plots, romance and strong characters.  There was a twist at the end that I did not see coming.  I recommend this series to high school and adult readers.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

I ended up reading 109 books in 2018, 9 more than the 100-book Goodreads goal I set for myself.  Not a bad reading year.

Friday, December 28, 2018

City of Saints and Thieves

Book #109 Read in 2018
City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

Christina's mother was murdered and she has joined a street gang to survive.  She wants to punish her mother's murderer.  But does she know the whole story?  This book has lots of action and twists and turns that will keep high school and adult readers hooked.  The characters are interesting.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Lead with Literacy

Book #108 Read in 2018
Lead with Literacy by Mandy Ellis

Any book that starts off saying what a great influence Donalyn Miller has had on the author, and saying that happy teachers make happy students, is a book that I'm going to love and this did not let me down.  It talks about how to be a literacy leader within your reading community and how administrators can support their teachers and their PD.  If only my district leadership would subscribe to this theory.  But I digress.....a recommended read to all teachers, all grade levels, but especially literacy and English teachers.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Book #107 Read in 2018
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

This tells the true story of Lale, the man who tattoos the numbers of prisoners as they enter the concentration camp.  He sees Gita and instantly falls in love with her.  Their love survives horrible obstacles.  This book is brutal to read at times but one will not be able to stop reading it.  I read it in a day.  I loved it.  I strongly recommend it to everyone.