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DanyYnad

DanyYnad

Joined June 2024

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DanyYnad

I love the narrative style of this book and in my mind it plays just like a documentary. The unraveling of each moment as the followers of the account return to school and their present day memory of it and what was going on in their head was so interesting to see. It showed how the ways they were perceived were so different from what they remember and how memory can be so tricky in those tense moments.

Alexa_Cussans I completely agree! I loved how this book was written! I like that we get to see everyone‘s perspective on the matter! 1d
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There is a deep history to the racism being discussed in the book and the facts, lawsuits, context, and data that Slater includes alongside the narrative really adds to the nuances of what all was said. I feel like it‘s extremely educational both in the way of providing this essential history of racism and by showing the true story of how it‘s affecting these students.

Alexa_Cussans I also found this story to be very informative! I like how the author gives us some brief history about sensitive topics to demonstrate the severity of these student‘s “jokes.” 1d
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This is an extremely powerful read and Slater does such a great job at handling the writing between the balance of acknowledging the gravity of the situation at hand and the real people behind it. It‘s captivating to read but also such a hard story to get through and it all creates conflicting feelings which really encapsulates the complicated nature of this story.

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I really enjoyed this book as such an informative and entertaining resource for audiences to tap into to see the full depth of what it‘s like navigating media, news, and conversations in all sorts of forms. I think I will definitely revisit this multiple times in my teaching both to refresh on it myself and introduce for lessons and reading. Overall, I loved it!

Alexa_Cussans I also really enjoyed this book! I found it to be very informative and relative to today‘s issues. I plan on having this in my future classroom to help get students into non-fiction. 1w
kristinsmoyer I loved the stories that were included too! 1w
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I loved this part of the book as it serves as such a great tool for opening discussions and especially handling disagreements in classrooms. I feel like a big portion of English classrooms is knowing how to engage in difficult conversations and these steps help lay it out for younger students. For myself, I also appreciated the steps to improve my own handling of disagreements and difficult conversations.

Alexa_Cussans I never thought of this section being helpful for classroom management! Super cool! 1w
ms.miranda_readsbooks I didn't even think about how great this would be when doing discussion in the classroom. There was honestly so much stuff in here that could be used in the classroom that I will definitely be buying myself a physical copy so I can revisit throughout my teaching. 1w
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I absolutely loved the way that chapter 2 was introduced in the book with the story of Sara and Mimi in order to then use it to talk about the chapter‘s focus of biases. It gives a great example of our own biases that may come from the simplest of stories and what that informs us of. This book is definitely going in my classroom and I‘d love to use it as a resource in class!

sarabeth_donaldson I agree! I love the way that Yasmin demonstrates how stories matter through an emotionally interesting story. 1w
AriaBlue I‘m still reading the book but so far it‘s interesting. 1w
AriaBlue I‘m still reading the book but so far it‘s interesting. 1w
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On first impression with this book, I really like how the author/publisher included different compositional modes throughout the book. Everything from the pictures, graphics, bolding specific words, and sidebars made it for a really dynamic read that didn‘t get too tiring to look at. I think for the seriousness of the message that Yasmin is sending, it does a good job of making it easier to grasp!

sarabeth_donaldson Now that you mention it, I realize that those different elements are the reason I‘m enjoying reading it so much. It continues to show the importance of a more complex way of writing nonfiction. 1w
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Once again, I love this book so much and love it even more the second time around! The representation of complicated familial relationships and friendships, queer history, issues with racism, and overall coming of age story of finding your self identity makes for an amazing read that‘s so beneficial for young readers. I would love to have this in a classroom for the story and the message that displays all the complicated parts of getting older.

ms.miranda_readsbooks I would also love to have this in my classroom! Not only do I want it to help my students who can relate, but I want it to educate my students on what different experiences are. I just think this book is such a good read for anyone! 2w
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DanyYnad

To add onto my last post, I think the book also shows such a real and raw look into coming to terms with your sexuality and identity. Every journey is different but some are so similar it‘s bittersweet. Giving insight to just this one experience allows for readers to relate or learn and can be so beneficial to read as a collective class. It‘s makes me so emotional I love this book!

abbytayloryalit This book does a great job of highlighting the process of someone coming to terms with their sexuality. I think this book would be beneficial in a classroom because it demonstrates how Lily didn't become comfortable or confident in her sexuality overnight. She faced adversity and was still able to be herself. This book could make a struggling student feel seen or open the eyes of other students to the struggles their classmates may be facing. 2w
amw40488 I agree completely with you! Lily's journey of understanding her true self was not easy, but her struggles were worth it in the end because she finally learned who she truly was. I hope that young readers can read of Lily's struggles and understand that the journey of self-discovery can be painful and hard, but it can also be really beautiful and fulfilling. Glad you liked this novel! 2w
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I appreciate the portrayal of imperfect family dynamics in this book between Lily and her mom and the lack of support shown through her interests, self, and sexuality. It can be extremely hard to answer questions or give guidance to younger students who encounter similar issues and I think the story provides a great example with those in similar situations. It‘s a great resource that can show that understanding without direct interference.

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I absolutely love this book! I‘ve read it once before and it‘s been nice to be able to read it again. The topics of this book explore deep rooted issues that many experience but may not publicly talk about and shows the history of community that many people aren‘t ever aware of. It‘s a great story that exposes so much to younger audiences and can relate to in so many different ways.

Laurenwhite0508 I agree with you and I think this would be a great book to introduce more in schools. It a very intriguing read with many real and relatable experiences and could be a really great tool to introduce to younger audiences. 2w
Alexa_Cussans I also loved this book! I really like how the boom handles topics like race and sexuality! I also really like it it‘s historical fiction. 2w
AriaBlue I liked how the book described what it was like being young in the 1950s. It's interesting to learn about the youth culture experienced before our time. 2w
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I was mixed up with this book both because of my appreciation for an audience of younger readers and also for my own taste as a reader. I think this is a wonderful book to introduce to older middle school or younger high schoolers with even certain sections being perfect to introduce for poetry units. This will definitely stay in my own library to see how I would put this to use.

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Very honestly I was lost throughout a lot of this book. I felt like I understood and then felt lost and the cycle continued as Whimsy also encountered her own confusing emotions and feelings and memories. It was such a cool moment getting that realization that the confusion was so purposeful to represent what it must be like. I think it‘s something that younger audiences would love to see and have an even more interesting aspect to the story.

Alexa_Cussans I also found this book to be really confusing at times, but I think that younger audiences might like that aspect 3w
ms.gabourel I agree, Dany! I think this would also be a great book to work through with young readers. It really demonstrates author's choice in writing, which may be unfamiliar to our students. This book could be a great learning moment for them as they explore untraditional narratives. 3w
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Although this is geared more towards a high school aged audience, I think it would work great as a book for middle schoolers. It might seem a little too simplistic for a high schooler, and the content is still relevant for younger audiences who would benefit from hearing about more sensitive topics that are being discussed in the book.

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I didn‘t know what all to expect from this book as it was my first time reading a novel that is fully in verse but I loved the way that McBride intertwined it with the typical YA content and style. It can be confusing to understand verse poetry and especially with dealing with more intense content (like depression, suicide, and mental health) but it was overall easier to understand than I expected.

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Overall, I really loved Flying Lessons! This collections is great in so many ways and I loved the variety of stories and more personal, vulnerable experiences that so many can relate to.

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I loved the inclusions of poetry in this book! It‘s nice to see poetry geared towards younger audiences with styles of poetry that show just how creative and understandable it can be. Poetry can be daunting but making it relatable is such a nice way to open up to a wider audience of readers and I loved this poem.

sofiajurado I also loved the poetry in this story, even thought I'm not usually a fan of poetry. It was quite simple and would be great to ease kids into reading and discussing poems without it being too intimidating. 1mo
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Seeing multiple forms and styles of writing was refreshing compared to other books I‘ve read that were collections of short stories. The variety really makes it so readers can see the different forms of writing and build their preferences. This story in particular really struck me as how it important it can be for kids to find those people and those places to escape to, grow, learn, and take into their own lives.

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I absolutely loved this short story and the way that such complex feelings and experiences were told through much simpler language. I appreciate this story and others in Flying Lessons for how they can cater to a much younger audience than classic YA does while still carrying the heavy weight of some harder topics.

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Solito: A Memoir | Javier Zamora
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This book was an incredible display of an experience that we know so much so little of. I loved reading Zamora‘s work and all the details he includes in them. The nuances of the issues in Latino culture with machismo, colorism, and issues of immigration all are shown through the eyes of a young child which makes it all the more impactful.

kristinsmoyer I love how you mentioned his experience is something we as readers know so little of! There isn‘t much literature that depicts the immigration experience, so reading this opened up something rather mysterious and made it feel personal. 1mo
kodieleidson The mention of this experience being something we know so little about it not only true but impactful! I feel we don‘t always realize or understand just how little literature there is about immigration and the experience of it all. 1mo
kodieleidson The mention of this experience being something we know so little about it not only true but impactful! I feel we don‘t always realize or understand just how little literature there is about immigration and the experience of it all. 1mo
abbytayloryalit I think you are so right. I think in today's society there are so many negative connotations surrounding immigration which limits the platform where these people can tell their stories. In addition, your post made me wonder about how Javier's experience would have been different if he had been an adult during the process. 1mo
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DanyYnad
Solito: A Memoir | Javier Zamora
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Zamora really puts in great details to bring the readers straight into the story and into his perspective in his experiences. The misspelling to reflect the broken Spanish spoken by the guards is such a brilliant way to show how young Zamora is having to understand them in the midst of such panic, confusion, and fear. The way that Patricia, Clara, and Chino became a family really hit me hard especially in this scene.

AriaBlue Hello Dany. I agree that Javier does a great job with attention to details in the book. Javier struggle throughout his journey to the US. Being young awhile traveling alone can be stressful and takes courage. His story is interesting. 1mo
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Solito: A Memoir | Javier Zamora
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The feelings that this scene brought to me were heavy. The panic that sets as everything goes so fast and so slow and everything comes to conclude. I felt this panic while reading and the heavy feeling afterwards sat with me as I kept going with my reading.

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Solito: A Memoir | Javier Zamora
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I appreciate the inclusions of Spanish punctuation and words throughout the story and how they are sometimes explained and sometimes not. As a Spanish speaker, it‘s nice to see familiar words my family or friends use and understand the severity of them. I‘d imagine for non-Spanish speakers it‘s a reflection of how Zamora endured his time listening to and reading a language he had no knowledge or explanation of.

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Solito: A Memoir | Javier Zamora
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I love the subtle ways that Zamora reminds us of just how young he is throughout the book. Throughout his journey he‘s still learning new words in his own language and newer slang far from the one he knows from home. He‘s still a child learning about the world he recognizes and he‘s going into a completely new world where everything will be new. Zamora showing us these glimpses of his naivety puts into perspective how immense of a journey this is.