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Chelsibno

Joined February 2017

"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." -- C. S. Lewis
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Ban This Book | Alan Gratz
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Here is a closeup of two of the banned books on my bulletin board. @LiteraryinLititz

LiteraryinLititz Thanks for the close up! 1mo
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Ban This Book | Alan Gratz
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Here‘s my banned books week bulletin board. Each little banned sign describes the reasons a book was challenged or banned. Lifting up the flap allows you to see the cover of the book with its title and author listed below it.

LiteraryinLititz How clever! Can you show us one close up? 1mo
Chelsibno @LiteraryinLititz Sure! I won‘t be able to post it until Sunday. I‘ll be sure to tag you in it! 1mo
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Ban This Book | Alan Gratz
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My banned books week book display! That poster took me forever to make! Yes, there are EXACTLY 50 stars and 13 stripes on it.

merelybookish Nice work! 😀 1mo
Chelsibno @merelybookish Thanks! I was determined to make it look accurate, especially for one student who makes it his mission to point out others‘ typos, mistakes, etc. 1mo
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This book was an emotional roller coaster, especially during the last hundred or so pages. I made the mistake of approaching these pages near bedtime, so all plans of sleeping were officially out the window. The story of what remains of a family trying to forget their grief through a non traditional lifestyle, and one daughter‘s journey to keep a promise and reclaim part of her past. I definitely recommend to anyone who loves an emotional read.

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Dragon Pearl | Yoon Ha Lee
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I enjoyed this great addition to the Rick Riordan Presents collection! I loved the focus on Asian myths and culture in a futuristic setting. Min is from a family of gumiho or fox spirits and desperately wants to join the Space Forces to get off her barren homeworld, Jinju. When her brother, a Space Forces cadet, is accused of desertion to search for the dragon pearl, she decides to leave Jinju to search for him and bring him home. #OwnVoices

MrBook Great review! 5mo
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Invisible Emmie | Terri Libenson
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This was a nice read during one of my busiest times of the school year. I‘d been wanting to read this book ever since I saw its book fair commercial last year. I‘m not sure the label graphic novel really fits it. It feels more along the same vein as Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Dork Diaries. It‘s still an enjoyable and quick read. I can‘t wait to talk about it more during the #mgbuddyread

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The Birchbark House | Louise Erdrich
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Just finished listening to this #audiobook for this month‘s #mgbuddyread. This is actually my third time reading it. I first read the book back when it was nominated for the William Allen White Children‘s Book Award when I was 11 years old. I then reread it a few years ago, since I had fond memories of it. After the third reading, it‘s still as good as I remember it being the first time. #ownvoices #weneeddiversebooks

Lcsmcat I love her writing for adults, but didn‘t know she‘d written a children‘s book. 7mo
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1. Fantasy
2. Hard cover
3. Library
4. BOTH!!!!
5. Romeo and Juliet
6. Physical copy

@MJSanty @Lmstraubie
#thisorthat

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The Family Under the Bridge | Natalie Savage Carlson
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A sweet, short children‘s book that is perfect for the holiday season. When Armand discovers a homeless family under his bridge, he reluctantly befriends them and allow them to share his space during the Christmas season. He soon becomes attached to them and decides to provide a home for them. I wasn‘t overly thrilled with how the Romani characters were viewed by some people, but it does reflect the unfair ways they have been historically treated.

Mdargusch I love any book illustrated by Garth Williams! 9mo
Ericalambbrown @Mdargusch I was just going to say that! I loved the Little House books he illustrated that I grew up with. 9mo
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New Year's Day | Edith Wharton
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I totally forgot to post this earlier this week. I managed to outdo my 2018 reading goal! True, I counted picture books, graphic novels, and audiobooks, but in my mind they count! I‘ve upped this year‘s goal to 300. I can‘t wait to read and discover new books this year!

BridgetteM Wow! Congratulations! 🎉🎈🎊 9mo
Eyelit Excellent! 🎉👏📚 9mo
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Rise of the Jumbies | Tracey Baptiste
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Wow! I think I like this book better than the first book! It explores some far more complex ideas than the first book concerning family, identity, memories, and history. I‘m not sure if Tracey Baptiste plan on writing more sequels, but if they‘re as good as this one, I‘m all in favor of more books!

Lmstraubie I met the author last spring. She is so full of enthusiasm. She had just written a Minecraft book with input from her son. 9mo
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This was an awesome #graphicnovel! I loved the story and characters! The artwork was also great!

RebL This is recommended to me by one of the Teen Ambassadors I work with. 9mo
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Patina | Jason Reynolds
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This was an awesome follow up to Ghost. Focusing on Patina, the story follows her as she is still adjusting to life at her new school, handing off several of her old responsibilities, and learning how to successfully run a relay with her new teammates. Going into the book, I loved Reynolds‘s dedication, “To all those who were passed the baton too young.” I think this is a great novel to discuss the ideas of teamwork & sharing responsibilities.

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Friday's Child | Georgette Heyer
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1. Read 300 books
2. My mom‘s special cheese ball recipe
3. Rogue from X-Men
4. December
5. High five to my niece!
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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Dancing Home | Alma Flor Ada, Gabriel M. Zubizarreta
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This was an interesting #ownvoices read. Margie isn‘t happy when Lupe, her cousin from Mexico comes to live with her family. She feels worried that Lupe‘s lack of English language skills will bring back a lot of bullying from classmates. As the months pass by, Margie & Lupe manage to bond, & Margie comes to understand & feel proud that she is both American & Mexican.

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Leah on the Offbeat | Becky Albertalli
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I loved this sequel! Leah is such an interesting character that I think a lot of readers can relate to. As someone who is bisexual, I appreciated the portrayal of a bisexual teen who is still in the closet and trying to navigate all the issues that come with that. I think readers who loved Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda will also enjoy this book.

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#mgbuddyread Here‘s the cover of the ebook edition I read. I‘ve also read two other editions of the book in the past. The original edition from my school library in 2001 and a 2014 edition in 2015.

Lmstraubie I like the ebook cover 🙂 10mo
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I‘ve enjoyed the picture books for years, so it‘s exciting to see these characters in a beginners‘ chapter book! Rosie Revere is recruited by the Raucous Riveters, a group of ladies who built planes together during WWII, for a special engineering project. Can Rosie and her friends, Ada & Iggy, create an invention that will work? I enjoyed seeing these characters in a longer & more fleshed our story. I can‘t wait to see where this series goes!

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Amal Unbound | Aisha Saeed
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This was such an awesome read! Amal‘s story is spellbinding, making it difficult for me to stop listening when I had other things to do. Amal loves school & dreams of going to college & becoming a teacher. But when she must stay home from school to help her family & later becomes an indentured servant, her dreams of education seem over. The story shows many challenges faced by girls in countries like Pakistan. Definitely a must-read!

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Contenders | Peg Cheng
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I really enjoyed this wonderful middle grade novel. Eunice is a highly relatable protagonist. Intelligent, athletic, and empathetic, she also has plenty of flaws that she must learn to overcome throughout the story. Watching her growth as a character was definitely the best part of this middle grade book. #OwnVoices #MiddleGrade #DiverseReads

Chelsibno I also enjoyed the setting. Months ago, I read a string of middle grade and young adult novels with plots inundated with modern technology. This story had a splendidly timeless feel to it. I don‘t recall any explicit mention of internet, cellphones, or any other type of technology that might date the plot. Because of this, it feels like the events could be taking place in the seventies, eighties, nineties, or aughts, which was highly refreshing. 11mo
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Matilda | Roald Dahl
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I‘m listening to the audiobook version of one of my favorite childhood reads. It‘s a lovely stroll down memory lane. I‘m loving Kate Winslet‘s narration!

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Harry Potter: fun book | J.K. Rowling
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The books I won in the #OctHPGiveaway arrived, and I‘ve given them a space on my shelf! I‘m so tickled to finally have a beautiful set of the series! I can‘t wait to read them all! Thank you @wanderinglynn for the awesome giveaway!

wanderinglynn My pleasure! Enjoy! ❤️ 11mo
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Imagine | Juan Felipe Herrera
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So every week or two, I go into the public library and check out anywhere from 4-12 children‘s picture books or chapter books at a time. It‘s usually the same three people that help me checkout at the circ desk. Since I never have a child with me when I check out all these kid books and they don‘t know I‘m an elementary school librarian, I have to wonder what weird backstory have they come up with to explain my quirky checkout history?

Chelsibno This was especially true in library school when I took my resources and services for early learners and children classes. At that point, I was checking out anywhere from 10-30 picture books at a time. 11mo
Nebklvr I dont have kids and everyone knows it but I always recommend picture books to people who are low or in a rut because they just make you smile! 😍 11mo
Amie As a public library employee, I can assure you that you checking out kids books without a kid is probably the least odd thing those library workers are seeing during their day 😃 11mo
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1. To read as much as I can. I‘m currently reading a book written by my boyfriend‘s aunt.
2. I‘m not participating in NaNoWriMo, but I do enjoy writing stories, poems, and in my journal.
3. Sweater weather & Thanksgiving food
4. @MJSanty
#HelloThursday @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! ☺️🧡 12mo
bookcollecter Have a "Novel" November ??? 12mo
MJSanty Happy November Sweetie! 12mo
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The Hidden Staircase | Carolyn Keene
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Having just finished a modern Nancy Drew novel, with a “haunted” house plot, I really appreciated reading this one. The way Nancy stayed cool, calm, & collected during eerie scenes was definitely different from her reactions in the modern plot. Although it might be unrealistic, Nancy‘s confidence in such situations feels reassuring to this reader. Though, I have to admit that certain parts of the plot felt like a Scooby-Doo mystery.

Chelsibno By the way, wouldn‘t it have been awesome if the Scooby gang had met Nancy Drew in an episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies and helped her solve a case? 12mo
Bookzombie That would have been so cool! 12mo
gradcat I love Nancy Drew—always have, always will! 12mo
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Harry Potter: fun book | J.K. Rowling
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#OctHPGiveaway @wanderinglynn

I‘ve wanted to own hardcover editions of the Harry Potter series since I first read Sorcerer‘s Stone in elementary school. I can‘t wait to find out the results of the giveaway. Even if I don‘t win, it‘s nice to know that a fellow Harry Potter fan won such an amazing prize. Thank you, wanderinglynn, for holding such an awesome giveaway.

wanderinglynn Thanks for entering! ☺️ 12mo
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My Side of the Mountain | Jean Craighead George
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I loved Julie of the Wolves as a kid. Can‘t believe I didn‘t read this one back then too. I had my own fantasies of running away & living in the wilderness as a kid. When Sam Gribley tires of living with his parents & 8 siblings in their cramped NYC apartment, he decides to run away to the Catskill Mountains & live off the land. The details of his survival & fellowship with nature are fantastic!

Eggs I ❤️❤️❤️Jean craighead george 12mo
Prairiegirl_reading I read this as a kid and I still want to run away and live in the woods! 12mo
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#mgbuddyread @Lmstraubie I‘m reposting a picture I‘d taken of the edition I had read. I had returned it to my school library by the time of the buddy read discussion.

sprainedbrain Omg I read that book when I was in elementary school! It scared the bejeezus out of me. 😂 12mo
Lmstraubie This was the cover I had too. 12mo
Lmstraubie @sprainedbrain This was just our #mgbuddyread for October. A little corny and creepy when read as a grown-up 😉 12mo
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Wishtree | Katherine Applegate
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This was a delightful read! I love Red as a narrator, contemplating its life and purpose as a tree. Its relationship with the animals that call it home and with the humans that come to hang their wishes on its branches every year make Red feel incredibly human. I would definitely recommend this book!

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Since I listened to the first Nancy Drew book this weekend, I‘d thought I‘d give a book from the most recent Nancy Drew series a try. Going into it, I thought I would like Nancy being the 1st person narrator, since the traditional 3rd person narrator always seemed to make Nancy seem too good to be true. I‘m not sure I like just how much this narration style humanizes her. It feels odd to see Nancy so scared & confused at times. Continued below....

Chelsibno Then I wonder how much of that is just my preconceived notions of how I think Nancy should think under pressure. Would I feel differently if I had read books from her POV first? Probably. Like most of the later series, this one does a lot of updates to the setting & characters. I liked how smartphones figured into the sleuthing in this story. 12mo
Sace I admire your courage! I don't have the nerve to try an updated Drew. I can only stick when the classic Nancy! (though I do believe even my "classic" Nancys are updated from the 1930's.) 12mo
Chelsibno @RestlessFickleBookHoarder I don‘t blame you! It‘s always a bit odd to see a character that you have rooted in a certain time setting put in a more modern one. You are correct! In the 1950s, Harriet Stratemeyer Adams revised most of the original books from the 1930‘s, many of which were originally written by Mildred Wirt Benson. She changed several aspects of the story & even Nancy‘s personality. Makes me wonder how fans of the original reacted. 12mo
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It‘s been years since I last read a Nancy Drew book. I had never read the first book in the series, so I was excited to find a copy on Overdrive. Revolving around the search for a revised will that would benefit a deceased man‘s most destitute relatives, this book‘s mystery was engaging. My only critique would be that Nancy as a character seems much too good to be true. This was the ‘50‘s revised edition, & I‘d love to read the ‘30‘s original.

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#superstition #blackcatchallenge @Clwojick
Personally, I prefer Rip Van Winkle, but this story is good too. Ichabod Crane is an incredibly superstitious character, and his terror is palpable leading up to and during the story‘s climax.

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#vampire #blackcatchallenge @Clwojick
This is the edition I first read as part of a comparative studies of gothic literature course. It was definitely one of the better vampire books we read for that course.

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Pig the Star | Aaron Blabey
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#purple #BlackCatChallenge @Clwojick
Book fair is finally over! This was one of the books featured in the book fair video. Like most of Aaron Blabey‘s books, it‘s a wonderfully written and illustrated book that relates a great lesson to young readers.

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Wolf Hollow | Lauren Wolk
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This was a great historical fiction novel that reminded me a lot of Harper Lee‘s To Kill a Mockingbird. Like TKaM, it deals with prejudice & false accusations that arise due to prejudice. The characters feel realistic and compelling. The plot is well-paced with great conflict, which made me keep reading.

MayJasper Oh wow #coversublime 😍 11mo
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The Collector | KR Alexander
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A lot of parts of this book reminded me of works by Mary Downing Hahn and Betty Ren Wright. The story was gripping, especially once the real action gets started. While I wasn‘t sure how creepy or scary it would be, I was satisfied by its unnerving factor. The last chapter felt like those last scenes in old horror movies, like Friday the 13th or Carrie. I wasn‘t overly happy with the final chapter, but I imagine that many people would like it.

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Bunnicula | Deborah Howe, James Howe, Alan Daniel
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#October #BlackCatChallenge @Clwojick
This was one of my favorite books to read during the month of October as a child. As an adult, I still love it. Finding out about the authors‘ backstories have made me love it even more. If you‘re a fan of Bunnicula, definitely give James Howe‘s webpage a read:
https://www.jameshowe.com/about-me/

heidisreads My third grade teacher read us this and I had nightmares every night. I still haven‘t been able to reread it 🤦🏼‍♀️ 12mo
bookcollecter OMG I read this in elementary school as well. Thanks for the trip down memory lane 😁 12mo
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#Haunted #BlackCatChallenge @Clwojick
I‘m reading this great novel as part of the #mgbuddyread for October. I‘ve read it before, but it‘s such a great book that I don‘t mind rereading it, especially this time of year! Definitely a must-read for any young horror lover!

Dragon Great photo 🕷 12mo
bookcollecter Weird my daughter just read this in school and she wants me to read it now. I've read the first two chaps so far 12mo
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The Best Halloween Ever | Barbara Robinson
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#candy #BlackCatChallenge @Clwojick
Although not as great as The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, this entry in the misadventures of the Herdmans is still a lot of fun. Like any good Halloween book, it‘s full of tricks and candy-galore!

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#gory #BlackCatChallenge @Clwojick
“A is for Amy who fell down the stairs. B is for Basil assaulted by bears. C is for Clara who wasted away. D is for Desmond thrown out a sleigh....”
I love this mock alphabet book focusing on children dying in various ways! Edward Gorey‘s text and illustrations are an absolute delight! As long as you don‘t mind a bit of morbid humor in your reading, this book is sure to please you!

VioletBramble I love this book. N is my favorite. 12mo
Lcsmcat My kids loved this when they hit about middle school age! 12mo
Clwojick Oooooh I love it! I need to find this! 12mo
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Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story | Mary Downing Hahn
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This was a great read! I loved the characters and the way they developed over the course of the story. My one critique has to do with the description of it being “a ghost story” & one reviewer calling it “spooky”. While these descriptors are definitely true for many of Hahn‘s other works, I didn‘t feel they really fit this one. The story revolves more around supernatural time travel & the switching of two lookalike relatives from different eras.

Chelsibno I just felt like calling it “a ghost story” was a bit like false advertising. And I have to wonder if that reviewer ever actually read the book. While there is a bit of eeriness leading up to the time traveling swapping of places, it didn‘t feel like enough to warrant the word “spooky” being applied to the whole book. 12mo
Allietaylor16 This was one of my favorite books growing up!! 12mo
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#Monster #BlackCatChallenge @Clwojick
This is a cute children‘s picture book brought to life by the teamwork of the master of horror (for children) and the creator of everyone‘s favorite fictional aardvark.

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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#thrill #BlackCatChallenge @Clwojick
I read this book as part of a book club a couple years ago. It was such a thrilling story that I couldn‘t put it down! I just had to see what would happen next!

Andrew65 I love love love this book. Thoroughly recommend the audiobook read by Jim Dale! ❤️❤️❤️❤️😍😍😍😍 12mo
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The Last Kids on Earth | Max Brallier
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#zombie #BlackCatChallenge @Clwojick
I haven‘t had the chance to read these books yet, but they are popular with several of my students. The series is definitely on my to-read list.

Lmstraubie Same here. I have trouble keeping them on the shelf. I'm really overdue to read one! 12mo
Daisey Same here too! I‘ve had great luck recommending them, but no chance to read them myself. 12mo
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The Collector | KR Alexander
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#Nightmare #BlackCatChallenge @Clwojick
After I showed the promo video for this book, I thought I‘d have nightmares. I think most of my older students were the most enthusiastic about this book. So many of them asked me if I was going to purchase it for the library. I think readers who liked Took might also like this one. I‘m definitely going to give it a read.

LeslieO The video did scare some of my students! 12mo
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#Wizard #BlackCatChallenge @Clwojick
I was setting up everything for the book fair the past couple of evenings, so I missed some days. I was excited to see the new cover illustrations, but disappointed that there weren‘t any new illustrations inside. 😔

VioletBramble On Wednesday I'm going to see Harry Potter: The History of Magic at the New York Historical Society. There is some new content that is different from the exhibit when it was in the UK. One of the things is a mural of the new Scholastic Harry Potter covers. If you line the books up in order they make one large continuous picture. 12mo
Chelsibno @VioletBramble That‘s right! On the book fair video, the camera pans over that large continuous picture! 12mo
Clwojick ♥️♥️♥️ 12mo
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#black #BlackCatChallenge @Clwojick
My students love these books! They are so fun and imaginative!

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Took: A Ghost Story | Mary Downing Hahn
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#spell #blackcatchallenge @Clwojick
Nothing is the same for Daniel & Erica when they are forced to move to an old house in the woods. But things get stranger as Erica begins to act oddly, becoming more withdrawn & holding conversations with her doll. Could the old legends about a witch named Old Auntie who puts a spell on & abducts young girls every few decades be true? This is definitely a spellbinding middle grade novel for October!

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#boo #blackcatchallenge @Clwojick
This is a cute book to share with kids to get them pumped for Halloween or for any fans of Doreen Cronin‘s adorable Click Clack series. Since October began, I can‘t keep my library‘s copies on the shelf.

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond | Elizabeth George Speare
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#Witch #BlackCatChallenge @Clwojick I loved this classic novel the first time I read it years ago. I‘m thinking it may be time for a re-read soon. This was the first book that showed me that women who were accused of witchcraft were often accused simply because they were different or independent during a time when those qualities in women were frowned upon.

Lola LOVED this one as a kid-I keep mean to revisit as an adult. It even inspired me write some fan fiction back in the day-before that was a thing 🙃 12mo
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