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Alexa_Cussans

Alexa_Cussans

Joined June 2024

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All My Rage | Sabaa Tahir

My second chosen book is “All My Rage.” This book centers around a young Pakistani immigrant who does not feel at place in the world after being forced to move out of her home country. I really like how informative this book is on Pakistani culture! Before reading this, I did not know a lot about Pakistan, but the author does a great job at exploring this country and its culture!

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I really enjoyed this book! I‘m not the biggest fan of nonfiction, but I was pleasantly surprised by this novel! I found myself really immersed in each and every person‘s perspective on the story. I think the author does a great job conveying these people‘s emotions and the effects cyber bullying can have on someone. Overall a great and impactful read!

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One thing I really like about this book is that it‘s told in multiple perspectives. This is a great way to see how this offensive account impacted everyone in this story. I believe this narrative choice was a great way to show how relevant racism is today and the psychological effects it can have on someone.

AriaBlue I liked how the author describes problems that readers can relate to. Especially in today‘s society. 17h
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I love how the writer constantly switches formats throughout the book. For instance, I love when they write in verse or reenact text conversations. I found this to be very creative and engaging!

sarabeth_donaldson I thought this too! It keeps readers on their toes, guessing where the author will go next. 11h
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I already like this book more than What The Fact! This non-fiction novel is so much easier to read due to the author writing this in a story-telling narrative! I think that lots of high schoolers would like this book due to this fact.

kristinsmoyer I also find this book super easy to read/very engaging. The narrative style definitely helps. 1d
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This is not typically I book I would read, but I found myself enjoying it! It was very informative and found it to be very relevant to today‘s issues. I think lots of high schoolers would enjoy this book due to it focuses on topics like social media.

colby_reads I agree, I feel like this is something that would be useful in a classroom today, and students would be able to understand it easily due to its references to social media. 1w
kristinsmoyer I really am enjoying this book! I‘m skeptical of a lot of media, and I think it‘s important to know how to navigate it! 1w
ms.reagan At first, I didn‘t think I would like it at all, but after pushing myself through, it really opened my eyes to the importance of understanding media and how it impacts our society! 7d
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I Must Betray You | Ruta Sepetys
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I loved this book! Not only did I love how informative it was, but I also loved the plot and characters. The author did an amazing job fleshing out the characters and the world around them. This novel kept me on the edge of my seat due to the drama and suspense rooted in the plot. I think this is a must read for anyone interested in trillers or exploring new cultures!

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I found myself learning a lot throughout this book! For instance, I had no idea what a troll army was until I read this. I think the author does a great job introducing new concepts in a digestible way. I think this kind of book is a great read for people who are starting to get into nonfiction due to its simplistic writing style.

DanyYnad I agree! I found all the new ideas and concepts that I did not know about before so easy to understand and see how they all fit together. It‘s such a good tool for younger audiences started to encounter more difficult social concepts and conversations. 1w
ms.miranda_readsbooks my jaw was actually on the floor during the whole troll army portion. Even though most of us have been on social media for at least over a third of our lives (and our students will probably have been on it for half of theirs), there is still so little we know about it! I think that is why this book was so important. 1w
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I Must Betray You | Ruta Sepetys

I‘m loving this book so far! I‘m only 100 pages in, but I‘m really enjoying myself. Not only do I love how the author describes communist Romania, but I love how they draw parallels from America. For instance, there‘s a chapter where the protagonist gets shocked when he meets an American and learns how different his country‘s is compared to Romania.

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I started reading this today and I‘m really enjoying the first chapter. I really like how the author uses real stories people have shared online to spread awareness about fake news or misinformation.

Laurenwhite0508 I agree with you! I think that this book makes for a really good introduction to non-fiction for students who have never read it before. There are plenty of anecdotal elements that keep this book compelling, while still being informational. 1w
AriaBlue Yes I agree that the author using real stories of others helps empathize the message she is trying to convey to her readers. 1w
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This has been my favorite book so far this summer! I really love how the author fleshes out her characters and works around them. I also love how informative it is about events that happened in the 1950‘s. I think this is a great read for anyone!

colby_reads I love how informative the author was as well! I was able to learn things that I was never taught before about the 1950‘s. Overall it was a great read! 2w
colby_reads I love how informative the author was as well! I was able to learn things that I was never taught before about the 1950‘s. Overall it was a great read! 2w
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I Must Betray You | Ruta Sepetys

For my chosen book, I decided to read I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys. This book follows a 17 year old in communist Romanian who is forced to become a spy. I really like how informative this book is! In the first few chapters, the author explains a lot of Romanian‘s history and how the communist party works there. I found this aspect to be really fascinating!

abbytayloryalit I have also read I Must Betray You. I think the historical context is extremely important to the story. As a college student, I would have been able to figure out the situation given the period this book takes place. However, I think middle schoolers would need an explicit explanation of the period to understand the circumstances Cristian faces. 2w
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I love how this story is told in multiple perspectives, like Lily‘s mom and dad. I think it makes the story more well rounded.

sarabeth_donaldson I also appreciate the way that it isn't their perspectives in the present, but in the past. I think it's really interesting to include flashbacks in this way. 2w
AriaBlue Yes, I agree. some of the best stories are told from multiple perspectives. 2w
CassidyCheatwood I do too! It gives it more layers to unpack that some books we wish we had. 2w
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I love this story so far! One of my favorite aspects is that It‘s historical fiction. I‘m really enjoying learning about how race and sexuality was handled in the 1950‘s. I also really like how the red scare is a crucial plot point. These details make the book feel more authentic!

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One thing I really like about this novel is the timeline feature. During every section of the novel, the author shows the narrators family timeline. I found this to be a really cool detail!

sarabeth_donaldson I really love the timeline! Every part of the timeline is relevant to the story, which I really appreciate. I‘m able to bookmark those pages and go back to reference. The only thing I wish is the author put in one long timeline (which maybe they have and I haven‘t gotten there yet). 2w
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I found this book to be a very unique experience. I really liked how the book tries to tackle sensitive topics, but I feel like the author could have explored these topics a little bit more. I sometimes found the fairy tale themes to be excessive and couldn‘t completely understand what was happening most of the time. Regardless, I still enjoyed myself and found the author‘s use of imagery to be gorgeous.

colby_reads I agree, Alexa I found myself struggling at times to grasp what was going on fully, but I think that was on purpose. I also feel like the lack of depth at times with those sensitive topics was also intentional in order to cater more towards a younger audience. 3w
ms.reagan I completely agree! I feel like sometimes the meaning of the stories convoluted the message/meaning of the mental health struggles the author was trying to convey! 3w
kodieleidson I also agree! I did find myself at times confused because of the excessive use of fairy tale themes. I definitely understand what you mean when you said the author could've explored the sensitive topics a little more. At times, I felt it was lacking that deeper exploration. 3w
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I really like all the parallels to fairy tales in this novel. For instance, I love how they interlock with the plot and themes of the story. An example of this could be the candy house in the forest. While this is an obvious reference of Hansel and Gretal, it‘s also used to symbolizes a loss of innocents in a dark situation.

DanyYnad I thought this too! It was really cool to see the parallels in subtle or not-so-subtle ways while seeing how it connected to the overall themes of the book. It‘s perfect for using as an analysis of verse poetry and easy to understand! 3w
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I think Whimsy is a very interesting protagonist for this story. For instance, the author makes the bold decision to make Whimsy an unreliable narrator. Most of what she says is fiction, but when we catch glimpse of reality, like her brother‘s background, it makes these moments even more impactful.

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I really enjoyed this quote from chapter two. I like how the protagonists reflects on how she handled her brother‘s mental health, realizing that her reaction was not what he needed after experiencing the same thing as him.

sarabeth_donaldson This was one of those parts that made me tear up- full of regret and sadness. We get a lot of information in this little chapter, which to me is one of the most impactful things in this book. Much of the book doesn‘t make sense, but then we get short blurbs of information. 3w
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I really like this quote in chapter one of the novel. I like the way the author references fairy tales while talking about sensitive topics. It makes it seem like the protagonist uses these stories as a form of escapism.

ms.miranda_readsbooks I didn't even notice this references! I also really loved the use of fairtytales within the story, and especially that they were fairytales that Whimsy had written in her book. The stories were all so different and diverse, it was interesting to see all of the different worlds through the eyes of Whimsy and her tales. 3w
AriaBlue Everyone needs some form of escapism in this world. Whimsy‘s was the fairytales she wrote. 3w
abbytayloryalit When I read the chapter, I remembered thinking the reference to a pea under her mattress was odd. I didn't realize she was referencing “The Princess and the Pea“. I loved how McBride gave Whimsy an outlet even though she was struggling. 3w
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I just finishing reading Flying Lessons and other stories! I really enjoyed this book. I believe that students in middle grades or early high school would enjoy a book like this because these stories are short, simple, and tackle heavy topics in a digestible way. My personal favorites from this book were “Secret Samantha” and “The Difficult Path.”

sarabeth_donaldson I also love the short and simpleness of it. It was an enjoyable read, but there were certainly parts that were hard. Including stories from a diverse group of authors is also important because students are likely to find a story or character that they relate to. 1mo
ms.reagan Me too! The length of the stories were just short enough to hold most students attention but contained so many impactful messages for just about anything a student could go through! 1mo
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I really enjoyed Seventy-Six Dollars and Forty-Nine Cents. I loved how the story was written in verse. I found it quick to read and believe that it would be enjoyable for students who don‘t have patience for long stories.

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I really enjoyed reading Flying Lessons by Somali Chainani. I found the protagonist of the story to be really relatable. As someone who struggles with social anxiety, I felt really seen through Santosh‘s character. I personally really liked the part where he refused to play with a boy on the beach, thinking that he was only talking to him to be nice. I found it very relatable.

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I really enjoyed reading Sol Panting Inc. by Meg Medina! My favorite thing about this story was the narrators relationship with her brother. I love the fact that the two of them are so different, but have a very tender bond. This reminded me a lot of my own relationship with my brothers. I feel like everyone with siblings can relate to this story.

AriaBlue Yes, I also have a brother and sister, and the three of us are so different but we have a close relationship with each other. Sibling relationships are the most unique. (edited) 1mo
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I really enjoyed reading The Difficult Path by Grace Lin. I found the characters and the plot of this story to be really compelling! I love how it tackles education and sexism in a digestible way through simple descriptions. I would recommend this story to my future students.

Laurenwhite0508 I also really enjoyed this story and agree with you that the displays and examples of sexism are very understandable for a young audience. The author of this story did a great job of tailoring this essay to connect with young people, especially. 1mo
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Solito: A Memoir | Javier Zamora
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Solito was a very good book! I found it to be investing from beginning to end! I think Javier Zamora does a great job conveying his past emotions through his simple descriptions, detailed imagery, and internal monologue. I also really liked how he explored his relationships and how they shifted throughout his life, like the bond he had with his grandfather. I recommend this book to anyone looking for an emotional read.

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Solito: A Memoir | Javier Zamora
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I really enjoyed this quote in the book. I think this depicts Javier‘s relationship with his grandfather perfectly. I like how it develops and causes Javier to miss and even depend on his grandfather he was once afraid of.

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I really like the end of chapter five. Here, Javier and Patricia have a conversation about their families in America. This scene is very intimate and I found Patricia playing a maternal role by comforting Javier while remaining stern. I believe that she is symbolic of the hope Javier has, being a positive figure in one of his darkest hours.

CassidyCheatwood I loved this moment too!!! 1mo
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Solito: A Memoir | Javier Zamora
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I really liked chapter two of this novel! I found Zamora‘s relationship with his grandfather to be really interesting! For instance, throughout this chapter, Zamora‘s internal monologue constantly changes when he interacts with his grandpa. By the end of the chapter, his perspective of his grandfather completely changes and causes him to feel sad when he finally has to leave. I think lots of people can relate to this kind of relationship.

sarabeth_donaldson YES - I love the relationship change with his grandfather. One of my favorite things about this memoir is Zamora's ability to keep changes in the characters' relationships a secret until the reader realizes how MUCH a relationship has changed. It's like he is literally focusing on every moment and how he felt toward certain people in that very moment. 1mo
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Solito: A Memoir | Javier Zamora
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I really like the use of Spanish punctuation in this novel (ex: ¿?). I not only found this to be an interesting reminder to the audience that the characters aren‘t actually speaking English, but it can also be used as a helpful tool for bilingual classrooms. By using Spanish punctuation, readers whose first language is Spanish could have an easier time understanding the text.

colby_reads I also found this to be very interesting as well as effective throughout the novel. 1mo
kodieleidson I also really loved the usage of Spanish punctuation in the novel! It really added to the overall tone of the book as well as remind us of the language that is being spoken during this! 1mo
ms.gabourel I also love the use of Spanish punctuation and language throughout the novel. I think it emphasizes the blend of the two cultures Zamora has been exposed to. Funnily enough, I listened to the book on audible so I had no idea that this punctuation was used until I looked at the ebook to gather quotes! 1mo
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