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My secret guide to Paris

By Lisa Schroeder

Book Source: purchased
Book Status: available

One day on Twitter I saw an author commenting on reviewers and especially how influencers pick their subjects. It made me curious about the author so I looked up their books. Imagine my surprise to find out I had started but not finished one of their books. So I decided to finish it… Especially because it was about Paris, which is one place I really want to go.

1. It’s a treasure hunt.

2. It’s in Paris.

3. At the start of each chapter it teaches you French.

4. It’s about fashion too.

5. It a very nice story of how family stuff can get in the way of love.

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More to the story

By Hena Khan

Book Source: ARC shared by my librarian

Book Status: Available September 3

I saw on Twitter about a very outdated reading list for kids. I bet Little Women is a book recommended but I don’t get it. Lucky me I got to read MORE TO THE STORY first!! It is a modern retelling of the same story and so much easier for a kid to get.

The characters are dealing current issues and represent the diversity of schools. Plus the book touches on a big issue at schools called “microaggression”. As a kid, let me tell ya this is an issue in the middle grades.

Middle grade teachers and librarians should plan to add this book to their library.

Heck this would be a fantastic way to start a new TV show for kids. I mean they are rebooting everything so why no Little Women but from Hena Khan perspective. Can you imagine how much kids could learn about Muslim culture???

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By Jen Calonita

Book Source: purchased book 1 and borrowed book 2 from library

Book Status: available

The first book is about a girl who’s mom becomes the tour manager for her favorite band and spends the whole tour with them and moves her crush from one member the one other and meets an annoying girl who is the daughter of an important person who is a big helper to the band. But the band is falling apart and she has to stop it from falling apart .

The second book is about the bands next song being stolen and a sneaky vlogger who’s leaking the bands secrets and the new band has to cope with the old band and it torture for the kids but they devise a plan to stop is. The second book is about trust and working as a team.

What is interesting about these books is every kid thinks it would be cool to hang out on tour with their favorite but in reality, it sounds like a lot of work. This could be an interesting creativity writing project for students. Who would you go on tour with and what would you do? That would be so much more interesting than “What did you do this summer?” I think you would learn a lot about each kid and their interests.

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Books by Kathryn Griffin Swegart

During my vacation at my grandparents, I read three books by Kathryn Griffin Swegart O.F.S. Today I am sharing a reviews of all three.

Heavenly Hosts second edition

  1. This book is cool because it has soooo many true stories about Eucharistic miracles.
  2. It also teaches kids to be grateful of what you have because of conditions some saints lived in.
  3. It teaches about saints who did the impossible.
  4. It inspires kids because of all the things that happened with the miracles
  5. There are photos in the back of the book and are of the places men tion in the book 

Perilous Days Brave Hearts: Book 1

1 This book is cool because it is set in World War 2 

2 It shows the things that happened to German soldiers.

3 It shows how soldiers lived

4 It showed that soldiers were as young as 16 in Russian fronts where temps could dip below 50 degrees below 0!

5 It inspires kids to be grateful that they arent 16 and in a war ( kids who are 16,just be grateful you’re no in war)

Martyrs Brave Hearts: Book 2

1 This book is true story

2 This book is about a french priest in a wabanaki tribe trying to teach the catholic faith

3 Its about the tribe trying to fight for their land

4 Its about how mistreated native americans were in colonial times

5 It shows how the many tribesmen, including the chief, died trying to protect the priest

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Brooks Benjamin

Online presence (website/social media)
Twitter: @brooksbenjamin
Instagram: @thebrooksbenjamin

  1. When you were my age (10), did you have a book inspire or impact you?
    Yes! Bridge to Terabithia had a huge impact on me. I grew up on a little farm in the middle of nowhere and I really connected with Jess. But then I got to the end of the book and got so mad at Katherine Paterson for what she did to Leslie. I vowed to never read the book again and maybe even form an anti-Terabithia club or something. But I couldn’t stay away from that story for some reason. It had rooted itself in my heart and it wasn’t going anywhere.

2. Have you read anything recently that inspired or impacted you? Recently, I can’t get enough of Ronald L. Smith’s books. He writes the most wonderfully creepy stories and his latest, The Owls Have Come to Take Us Away, has quickly become one of my most favorite books of all time. And it’s the one that inspired me to begin working on a spooky story of my own.

3. Can you share what your usual day as an author looks like?
It’s positively glamorous. I’m talking fluffy fleecy robes, cereal in diamond-studded bowls with milk that has the little gold flakes in it, imported coffee, you name it.
wakes up
Oh, sorry, what was the question? My typical day? Got it. Well, I’m also a full-time teacher, so most of my day looks like me running around, making weird jokes and goofy faces, trying to make kids laugh while I teach them stuff. Which is odd because that’s also how I look when I write. I do that for one hour before I go to work. I have my cereal (normal bowl, normal milk), my coffee (it’s from Kroger), and a head full of ideas freshly plucked from dreamland.

4. Is there a newer or less known author you think kids should know about?
Absolutely. Greg Howard should be on everyone’s to-read list. His first MG book, The Whispers, is positively phenomenal and he’s got a new MG coming out next year that is going to be so much fun!

5. What is a cool thing about being an author?
Connecting with young readers will always be my absolute favorite thing about being an author. Emails, letters, drawings, all of it. And when I’m lucky enough to meet readers in real life? My smile practically wraps the whole way around my head. Which is scary. It scares people. Especially me.

6. Is there anything hard about being an author? I know it is not rainbows, cupcakes, pens and a pot of gold.
Well, there are cupcakes. But that’s because I like cupcakes and I buy them sometimes. Mainly because being an author is hard. One thing every author faces is rejection. For every book we have out there, there are probably two or three (or more!) that never made it. Rejection stings. And when you’ve got anxiety like I have, sometimes that sting carries a bit of poison that soaks into your brain, infecting every thought you have about your writing. Sometimes it can feel like you’re sinking. But luckily I have the most amazing wife who is a pro at helping me stay afloat. And my agent is so relentlessly supportive. I’m very grateful to have them on my side.

7. Book access and diversity in books is a big topic. As an author what do you think your role is in this topic?
You know those cheerleaders who toss the other cheerleaders into the air so they can do some amazing flip kick twist move? I think that’s my role. Not doing the flip kick twist move, but heaving others into the air so they can do it. I want to find those books my students need and show them off. I want to lift up those voices because, unfortunately, a lot of times they don’t get the attention they deserve.

8. If you could portal into any book which would it be?
This is such a tough question! There are so many books I want to live inside. But if I had to pick just one, I guess I’d go with the Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond series by Sayantani DasGupta. There’s so much magic and action and adventure. There are also plenty of monsters, but I know I’d be safe because Kiranmala is exceptionally good at kicking evil’s butt.

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Mia Marcotte and the Robot

By Jeanne Wald

illustrated by Saliha Caliskan

Book Source: provided in exchange for a fair review

Book Status: Available

  1. This book is cool because the girl ( strong female!) Desires to be and astronaut and go to Mars!
  2. It’s also cool because her aunt who lives in PARIS is a scientist!
  3. Her aunt sends a loooooot of boxes before she comes to the girls house and in a box is a robot!
  4. The robot is a very intelligent bot and is the result of a date to make bot as curious as a kid. The bit helps the girl make her science project for the science fair because a he wants to win so she can go to the space center.
  5. It teaches how to make a basic telescope through the story!
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Ella & Mrs Gooseberry

By Vikki Conley & Penelope Pratley

Book Source: provided for review

Book Status: available in August

  1. This is the story of how a pet can change someone.
  2. It is about how the meanest person may just be lonely and being nice to them could change it all
  3. It is about how awesome cats are! Hands down best pet!
  4. It is a good book to read aloud about showing people compassion
  5. This book could start a discussion on how you can be nice to people!