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MeganAnn
Fully Booked | Emma Strandberg
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Signed up for #Booked2020 🎉 I haven't been very good about finishing book challenges in the past, but I'm hoping I can manage this one. I love that it's broken up into seasons to make it more manageable and there are some fun prompts here.

Now off to scout my shelves for possible books that fit each prompt.

Chrissyreadit 🙌🙌🙌 just sent email 😘 3d
MeganAnn @Chrissyreadit 👍🏻😍 3d
Sace I'm finding it really hard to resist joining. 3d
MeganAnn @Sace I think it‘ll be fun! 😆 I‘m not helping you resist though, am I? 3d
Sace I caved in and signed up. I realized I could use the January #MGbuddyread choice for January for one of the winter prompts and that was like a jumpstart I couldn't resist. 😂 I opted out of the giveaway though. 3d
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Lmstraubie
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The results are in for the next round of #mgbuddyread titles.
Nov./Dec - A Boy Called Christmas
January - Letters from Rifka
February - The Parker Inheritance
March - Refugee
April - Fish in a Tree
May - The Night Diary

More details to follow about the Nov./Dec. selection. Thank you for your input!

@JaclynW @mrp27 @sblbooks @LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 @amie @Chelsibno @TheBookHippie @cwarnier @Daisey @Lifeisasnap @SamanthaMarie @SaturnDoo

Sace Do you have to commit to all the months? I would be very interested in reading for January. 3d
cwarnier Thanks for sharing the results. @Sace I don't always join in each month, but love to when I can. Some months are crazier than others. 3d
TheBookHippie @Sace I‘ve popped in and out as well. Join when you can 📖❤️ 3d
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megnews Ooh, I‘m going to join in on some of these! 3d
Sace Oh yay! Thanks! 3d
Sace I'm going to try for February and March too because those books look really interesting. 3d
SaturnDoo 😢I have already read the choices for this round so I won't be joining in very much. Have fun 😁 3d
sblbooks @SaturnDoo I've already read Refugee but I'm still going to join in the discussion it should be a good one. @megnews Yay! I was thinking the other day you should join our group, since you like middle grade too. 3d
megnews @sblbooks @saturndoo Yes, I‘ve read The Parker Inheritance but I‘m going to join in for that one and read a few of the others. 3d
SaturnDoo @sblbooks @megnews yes I could join in on the discussions 😁 I wasn't thinking about that 😂 2d
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Lmstraubie
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The results are in for the next round of #mgbuddyread titles.
Nov./Dec - A Boy Called Christmas
January - Letters from Rifka
February - The Parker Inheritance
March - Refugee
April - Fish in a Tree
May - The Night Diary

More details to follow about the Nov./Dec. selection. Thank you for your input!

@JaclynW @mrp27 @sblbooks @LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 @amie @Chelsibno @TheBookHippie @cwarnier @Daisey @Lifeisasnap @SamanthaMarie @SaturnDoo

TheBookHippie Yay!!! 3d
SamanthaMarie Fun fun fun!! Sorry I missed the voting but I'm looking forward to the discussions!!! 3d
SaturnDoo I just voted 😂 but it's ok. I probably won't be participating much as I have already read most of the chosen books for this round. 😢 3d
Peddler410 I read the tagged book to my daughter two years ago and the sexual last December. I might sit this one out unless I can remember enough details to chime in on the discussion. (edited) 3d
LibrarianRyan Cool beans. I‘m off to buy some books. 3d
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Lmstraubie
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Peddler410 Done! 1w
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 Thank you! 1w
mrp27 Done! 1w
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Lmstraubie @mrp27 Thank you! 1w
LibrarianRyan Good choices. I went a little holiday heavy. 1w
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan They all came from the group 🙂 1w
Daisey Done! 1w
Lmstraubie @Daisey Thanks! 1w
JaclynW Awesome! I will research and get my votes in by Friday! 1w
sblbooks Done. Lots of great choices it was hard to narrow down to just five. 1w
Lmstraubie @JaclynW Sounds good! 1w
Lmstraubie @sblbooks We can always recycle some 😉 1w
JaclynW Just voted! That was hard! 6d
Amie Thanks for including me! I haven't had time to participate in the discussions as much lately, so I'll pass on voting for titles. I'll join in the discussions when I'm able to, but I'll let people who are more active vote on the books they're interested in. 5d
TheBookHippie Got it !!!! Ooooo I can‘t wait to see!!!! 4d
TheBookHippie @JaclynW it was difficult! 4d
JaclynW @TheBookHippie So many good choices! 4d
Lmstraubie @amie Hope you find the time to join us! 3d
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Daisey
Small Spaces | Katherine Arden
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Pickpick

I forgot all about reviewing this book yesterday, but that means I get to post a photo of the copy for my class library that arrived in the book order today!

I really enjoyed this spooky #middlegrade story that explored grief and friendship alongside a ghost story. It was creepy and intriguing and a perfect October read.

#MGBuddyRead #MsDsLibrary

LibrarianRyan I agree! 2w
Lmstraubie It was a great choice! 2w
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LibrarianRyan
Small Spaces | Katherine Arden
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Last question. #mgbuddyread

It‘s not uncommon for parents to not be around in MG books. Usually the dad was gone, or just never there, but no mom usually means she is deceased.

Is this a common trope that we should be asking authors to change. Maybe more dead dads and more missing moms? Maybe parents who are in the picture? Thoughts?

Lifeisasnap Good question. I‘m going to have to think on this one. I‘ve read a lot of MG books and I feel that the tide is changing towards what you are suggesting, however the majority of stay at home parenting or main parenting is still in the hands of the mother so a deceased mom is just still that effective in my opinion. I still want to think about it though, so that‘s not my final answer.😀

Thanks for the great Q‘s. What did you think of the premise?
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LibrarianRyan @Lifeisasnap Sorry for being so late with my answer to the Premise. I finally answered that on the intro page. You probably just got a lot of notices.

As for the dead mom, I'm kind of tired of it. It makes this book somewhat of an “issue“ book. It's not as on the nose as When Darkness Calls, or I Kill Giants, but still...

It might just be that with #LMPBC I have been reading a lot of girls with dead moms MG lately.
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Daisey I am going to have to pay closer attention to this. I always notice how the parents are missing or in the background, but I have not specifically noted the proportion of dead moms and other reasons for the lack of parents. I kind of waited until today to comment because I wanted to think on it and see what others said. In this book, I do think the recent death of a parent provided another ghost opportunity. 2w
Peddler410 I agree with @Daisey For this book specifically, the mom being dead was central to Ollie‘s response to the situation. Especially since it was the watch helping her out. 2w
Peddler410 In general, I don‘t give a lot of thought to the reason for absent parents but I DO notice when the parents are in the picture. 2w
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LibrarianRyan
Small Spaces | Katherine Arden
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#mgbuddyread

Why do you think the narrator waited 88 pages to tell the reader the mom was dead?

Did this revelation surprise you?

Do you think it will surprise a MG reader?

Daisey I figured this out very quickly, but I think it is a good slow reveal for middle grade readers. I think whether or not they would figure it out would depend on their own reading skills and life experiences. 2w
Lifeisasnap I liked the time it took to find out. It made Ollie a little more dependable on her reasoning for not truly trusting the watch. Which keeps the suspense going. It didn‘t surprise me, however it was a pleasant twist. Each child will come to the conclusion at their own speed. If I wasn‘t reading at night I think I would‘ve figured it out sooner. However, I got a little too into the story and freaked myself out. My review explains that. Lol 2w
Peddler410 It was obvious to me from the beginning. I think the interactions between Ollie and Dad pointed in this direction. It was no surprise when it was finally confirmed. 2w
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan @Lifeisasnap @Daisey I agree I liked the slow reveal. You kind of came to that conclusion early on, but the confirmation was helpful. I think it depends on the kid if they would figure it out. I would have liked to know a bit more about the family dynamics before the mom died. 2w
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LibrarianRyan
Small Spaces | Katherine Arden
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#mgbuddyread

A. How did an entire class field trip have only one chaperone?

B. How did this one adult explain the kids being gone overnight and then just emerging from the mist?

Daisey This is the perk of being a middle grade story. Somehow the adults just always seem to fade into the background. At least that‘s my simple reasoning. 2w
Lifeisasnap The bus driver was considered a chaperone too? That can be the only explanation. I love lack of details like this In a story as it prevents the interference of the adults. It‘s like Charlie Brown, or as @daisey said, it fades them into the background. I think Chaperones would‘ve tried to control the situation.
MG readers don‘t really care about the adults in a story anyway. Didn‘t some of the parents show their concern? IDK, maybe I‘m wrong?
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Peddler410 Again, I agree with the above. I was not bothered by the lack of field trip reality 😊 My husband would spend his time poking holes in the probability 😂 2w
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan @Lifeisasnap @sblbooks @mrp27 @Daisey Middle Grade Book + Adults = suspended reality lol 2w
mrp27 @Lmstraubie Exactly! I'm not too bothered by the lack of adults, they would just make things complicated. 2w
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LibrarianRyan
Small Spaces | Katherine Arden
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#mgbuddyread

Why or how do you think Ollie‘s broken watch talks to her? How could Ollie be sure who was giving her instructions?

Peddler410 The watch was her mother‘s adventuring watch. I believe Mom is the only possibility. While I have never personally experienced supernatural occurrences, I believe in the possibility. 2w
LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 I had one when I was 4 or five. My great uncle was sitting in the end of the bed telling me not to worry because everything would be fine. He wasn‘t anywhere around, I do t remember meeting him prior, and it was the night he slipped into a coma that lasted until his death almost 20 years later. I‘ve been told I woke up masking for the man, pointed out the picture of my uncle and wanted to know where he went. 2w
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan I think her mother was able to communicate with her because of where they were. The advice she was receiving was helping them so Ollie was able to trust it. 2w
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