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DebbieGrillo

DebbieGrillo

Joined May 2016

🍁 Proudly Canadian, English Teacher || Strong back, soft front, wild heart.
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❤ New Brunswick, Canada
🧡 47
💛 I teach High School English so I can read and call it work!
💚 Happily hitched
💙 she/her
💜 I didn't know enough about Litsy to realize not to just use my actual name. 🤷‍♀️

#gettingtoknowyou

EmilyM Same here on the whole List handle thing! 2d
EmilyM *Litsy 2d
LeahBergen Yep, just used my own name, too. 😆 2d
Cosmos_Moon ❤️New Orleans. 🧡36. 💛borrowing from the library, used book sales and books my mom sends me after she reads. 💚married. 💙she. 💜my kids names & Moonstruck. 2d
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Thunderhead | Neal Shusterman
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1. Tagged

2. The Handmaid's Tale graphic novel

3. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Scythe by Neal Schusterman

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

CBee Agree 100% on Scythe and Thunderhead is AMAZING too 👏🏻 👏🏻 3d
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I finished this book on my #audiowalk today. It's a multigenerational story that examines what it means to be American. Themes of racial discrimination, cultural heritage, and the importance of family relationships (especially amongst women) make this an important and compelling read. I will have no trouble recommending this one.

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Love | Matt de la Pea
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I'm teaching a new course this year called Growth, Goals and Grit 120: Skills for Success. Every student has a passion project. I'm doing it along with them, and have decided to blog about developing my practice as a teacher of writing. #teachersoflitsy https://t.co/LGckkULkGv

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Thunderhead | Neal Shusterman
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"It is the plight of every child to have depth their parents can scarcely imagine."

I'm at the end of the first chapter and I'm already hooked!

Raemorales Love this book trying to wait patiently until the next one comes out this fall 2mo
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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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An unexpected teenage pregnancy pulls together two families from different social classes, and exposes the private hopes, disappointments, and longings that can bind or divide us from each other.
#TBR

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The Gravity of Us | Phillip Stamper-Halpin
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This YA title is being released right before my birthday. Happy birthday to me? #TBR

Lovesbooks87 It sounds really good. I have had it preordered for months! 2mo
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Another #TBR

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Foul Is Fair: A Novel | Hannah Capin
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Love the sounds of this one! YA

xxjenadanxx It is one of my top 5 books from this year. SO GOOD. 2mo
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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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Sadie is a self-reliant, strong young woman who never really got to be a kid. This novel deals with themes of violence, murder, abuse, addiction, pedophilia, grief and revenge. You get Sadie's story as it unfolds alternating with a podcast that deals with Sadie's sister's murder and Sadie's disappearance. A disturbing YA thriller.

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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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"Money burns fast. Knowing that doesn't get easier with age and it's worse when you learn it young. The beauty of childhood is not entirely grasping the cost of living; food just appears in the fridge, you have a roof over your head because everyone does and electricity must be some kind of sorcery, like right out of Harry Potter or something, because who could ever put a price on light?" ( continued in comments.)

DebbieGrillo "Maybe it's not even that you believe in magic. It's that you never really had to think about any of it before. Then one day you find out you've been walking the razor's Edge all along." 2mo
TheBookKeepers Beautifully written!! I need to read this one! 2mo
Megabooks Loved this book! 2mo
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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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"For some people, the future ahead is opportunity. For others, it's only time you haven't met and where I lived, it was only time. You don't waste your breath trying to protect it. You just try to survive it until one day, you don't."

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I didn't remember hump day last week until Thursday. Please forgive me!

1. My new book is called "In the Form That You Have"
2. Enjoy the Journey
3. I used to want that. Now, my focus is on other things.
4. I write reflectively and with my students. I'm a high school English teacher. I aim to practice what I teach.

#HumpDayPost @DebbieGrillo @MinDea

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The Upside of Unrequited | Becky Albertalli
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I just finished listening to this. Such a cute story dealing with themes of first love, body image, LGBTQ relationships, anxiety and self-esteem. I enjoyed listening to this, rather than reading it.

mom2bugnbee My 17yo is in love with all of her writing. And now she has one co-written with Adam Silvera! 2mo
Mem_ugh I just started reading this one! 2mo
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This book isn't just for writing teachers, but for all teachers and administrators who have ever questioned why students and/or teachers struggle. For me, it felt a little like he was preaching to the choir, but also validating my philosophies and practices. There were a few takeaways that will help me improve my practice as a teacher of writing. What more could I ask? #teachersoflitsy

Karisa My daughter has struggled with this too. She's had panic attacks over a paragraph. Seems like it's starting to get a little better this year, finally, in 10th grade. Her teacher also told them to turn in papers with pseudonyms on them for grading. After grading, the students reveal who wrote it for the score. She said that has really helped her write! 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
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"Writing is thinking, and I have yet to meet a writer who thinks in sentences. To suggest we must know sentences before we start to write is a lie."

#truth #writing #teachersoflitsy

taraWritesSci Ah! I've wanted to read this book, and a quote like this is the exact reason why. 💛 2mo
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1. Go kayaking with hubby, and we may do that today for our anniversary. 15 years!
2. Walks along the river under a canopy of colourful leaves.
3. Francis Bay, St. John, USVI
4. We saw this moose along the highway in New Brunswick, Canada on Monday. Pretty Cool!
#HumpDayPost @DebbieGrillo @MinDea

Bookjunkie57 Happy Anniversary! 2mo
Elizabeth2 Happy Anniversary! 2mo
QuietlyLaura Happy Anniversary! I hope you both have a wonderful day! 🎉💐❤️ 2mo
hgrimes Wow! NICE moose! So jealous! They live where I live in Western Massachusetts but I‘ve only seen one once ever, in Vermont, 25 years ago, a big bull, and I‘m still mad I didn‘t have a camera on me! Happy anniversary! 2mo
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Lindy Looks good. Stacked. 3mo
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Dirty Dancing: A Celebration | Eleanor Bergstein
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1. Dirty Dancing
2. None
3. Pokemon Go
4. Instagram - Keto Community
5. Tagging all who read this. Your turn!

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs Thanks for playing 🤗🤗🤗 3mo
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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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Best read of 2019 this far. In a future where all death and disease is a part of our distant historic past, and the only deaths are at the hands ordained Scythes, Schusterman imagines what life would be like. I got lost in the world of Citra and Rowan. This novel makes you question the very meaning of life and death, but is wrapped in such an all-engrossing story that you don't mind the challenge at all.

mcctrish Isn‘t this an awesome book! I have the next one and I think I‘ve saved it long enough 3mo
wanderinglynn This is on my TBR. 👍🏻 3mo
twohectobooks Ok fine, you‘ve sold me on this one! 3mo
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Lucy_Anywhere Such a good book - I loved it 3mo
ShelleyBooksie Must read!! 3mo
DebbieGrillo @ShelleyBooksie I don't have to take it back to school til the end of August. Want to borrow it? 3mo
ShelleyBooksie @DebbieGrillo - yes please!! :) 3mo
librarygoddess619 I'm glad to hear this, I own this but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. 😂 3mo
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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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#empathy

".. .empathy will keep us human..."

Reggie Amen.... 3mo
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Never have I ever
...read anything by Jane Austen.
...stayed up all night reading.
...gone to a book signing.
...read or written fan-fiction.

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Tagging @wanderinglynn and also consider this an open tag. Let's play!

JackOBotts Three drinks over here: 🍺🍷🍸 3mo
Sresendez12 One drink for me 🍷 3mo
ShyBookOwl 🍺🍺🍺🍺!! 4 drinks! I've stayed up late reading, but never all night 🤷🏽‍♀️ 3mo
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Bookjunkie57 🍸🍸 3mo
PathfinderNicole Just one drink! 3mo
wanderinglynn That‘s 3 drinks for me! 🥃🥃🥃 3mo
cobwebmoth 🥃🥃🥃 3mo
mom2bugnbee No drinks for me! Should I be embarrassed? 3mo
DebbieGrillo @mom2bugnbee All In good fun. You should play along. Consider yourself tagged. 3mo
AsYouWish 2 drinks, I have read books based on Jane Austen books, but never actually read one of her‘s. 3mo
Exbrarian 🥃🥃 3mo
ImperfectCJ ?? Depending on how one defines "all night"... 3mo
gibblr 🍷 3mo
TheEllieMo 🥃🥃🥃 although I really wish I hadn‘t bothered with one of them 3mo
shadowspeak17 🍷 3mo
IndoorDame 🍷🍷🍷 3mo
hgrimes 🍷 3mo
LauraJ 🥃🥃 3mo
JessClark78 🍷 3mo
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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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Halfway through this chunkster & am LOVING it! Also, I achieved 97% of my step goal, considering the heat & that I spent 12 hours driving one day this week & 12 hours in emerg with Dd (she's okay) another day, I'm going to call that a win!

7/6 books read & steps away from my July goal!
#BFCr2 #BFC #bookfitnesschallenge #week5
@wanderinglynn @mcipher @krayoncolorz @BeckyB @Lucy_Anywhere @okthislooksbad @twohectobooks @Books.Bottles.and.Babies

Cathythoughts Love this cover ! Not a fan of YA though. 3mo
Lucy_Anywhere I loved this book! Such a great read 3mo
DebbieGrillo @Cathythoughts If you like post-apocalyptic fiction, this one is worth giving the broad genre of YA another chance. 3mo
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Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🥳🥳👍🏻📚🍾 3mo
BeckyandBooks Great job! 3mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week! 🎉 3mo
mcipher Total win! Glad you had a good week and everything is okay despite the ER visit!! 3mo
hwestfall I just picked the second one in the series up today. Target had it 20% off and then an additional 20% off with Cartwheel! 3mo
twohectobooks Glad things are ok! I keep seeing this cover and feeling curious, but not curious enough to add this one to my TBR. 3mo
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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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"Everyone is guilty of something..."

GlassAsDiamonds Oh I like this!!! So much of the modern especially online brouhaha seems to like to pretend that humans are monoliths of GOOD or EVIL and never the twain shall meet.... when mostly I think we‘re all a mix. 3mo
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1. Scattered vacationland.
2. Litsy, Samsung Health, and Pokemon Go.
3. Vegetables of some sort.
4. This is my niece Lauren.
5. @kspenmoll @FantasyChick @Lacey
#wondrouswednesday @eggs

LibrarianJen I like your app priorities! 3mo
Eggs Great smile!!! Thanks for joining in 💗🤗 3mo
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Hubby helped me with these questions, so these are his answers:
1. Walking the trails.
2. Hibernate
3. The shade

Here are mine:
1. The abundance of restaurants and breweries with inviting outdoor seating.
2. Use the garage as extra fridge space.
3. The shade.

#HumpDayPost @DebbieGrillo @MinDea

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The Most Fun We Ever Had | Claire Lombardo
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New books for my #TBR list from the July 14th NYT Book Review.

AutumnRLS I really want to read The Chain. 3mo
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Beach Reading | Mark Abramson
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From last week's NYT Book Review

AlaMich Yeah I saw that. She had the perfect vacation, IMO. 😆 3mo
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Shout | Laurie Halse Anderson
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Met and exceeded my step goal even though we are STILL away visiting family and it's hotter than blazes. Also, finished three books this week bringing my total to 7 of the 6 I had planned on reading during the 6 weeks. I still have two more weeks to read!
#BFCr2 #BFC #bookfitnesschallenge #week4 #checkin
@wanderinglynn @mcipher @krayoncolorz @BeckyB @Lucy_Anywhere @okthislooksbad @twohectobooks @Books.Bottles.and.Babies

Lucy_Anywhere Well done 🙌 you're smashing your goals! 3mo
twohectobooks Bravo! I‘m very envious of your long vacation! 3mo
mcipher Nice! So glad you‘re having a nice vacation and still getting to work on your goals. 👍 3mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Awesome week! 3mo
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Shout | Laurie Halse Anderson
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I loved this poetic memoir from the author of Speak. She shares her difficult childhood and in doing so exposes her parents inadequacies. She goes on to prove her father's advice, “...we must be gentle with the living, but the dead own their truth and are fearless.” Themes reveal truths of rape/sexual assault, classism, poverty, addiction, trauma and triumph.

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People Kill People | Ellen Hopkins
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1. Most recent 5⭐ tagged
2. Both, crunchy, but really both!
3. Sunrise
4. I'd put it toward a hot tub.
5. Grade 5
#friYAYintro @howjessreads

Amandajoy Hot tub. Awesome answer. 3mo
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Shout | Laurie Halse Anderson
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Censorship

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Shout | Laurie Halse Anderson
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"Daddy loved Jesus"

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Tradition | Brendan Kiely
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I love how expertly Kiely writes from both protagonist's perspectives. This YA novel has a setting rooted deeply in the patriarchal society of an elite bording school. The story challenges that at every turn, highlighting the injustices of white, male, hetero privileged. An easy one to recommend.

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This was a great window into the world of a young adult struggling with mental illness. It's a mystery that deals with themes of integrity, wealth, class, grief, and relationships. "Nothing in this world is deserved, except for love."

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1. When I was in elementary school I wanted to be a teacher. When I got older and more practical I decided I'd be an accountant. I also went through courtroom lawyer phase. In that scenario, I wanted a house husband.
2. I'm a high school English teacher.
3. Definitely!
4. Getting married isn't a life goal.
5. Are you ready for the love?
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TheEllieMo I love that your career is what you originally wanted to be😊 3mo
julesG I miss @MinDea 😢 3mo
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I was in search of a book to replace To Kill a Mockingbird as a class novel for my 11th graders and I think this is it. I love Mockingbird but most students don't. This is just as important and deals with the important current issues of bullying, harassment, gender discrimination, gender identity, young offenders, restorative justice, racial discrimination, poverty. There's so much to discuss.

TrishB I enjoyed this one and you‘re right- plenty for teenagers to discuss! 3mo
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I'm looking for books that students could read based on their interests as it relates to the course. The book does not have to cover every focus.

Butterfinger Would critical literacy pertain to life living?- Inheritance laws, tax forms, mechanical/engineering manuals? I don't even think I know what I'm talking about. 3mo
DebbieGrillo Critical literacy is an instructional approach, stemming from Marxist critical pedagogy, that advocates the adoption of "critical" perspectives toward text. Critical literacy encourages readers to actively analyze texts and offers strategies for what proponents describe as uncovering underlying messages. @Butterfinger 3mo
Butterfinger @DebbieGrillo very interesting. Thank you for explaining. Now let me see if I understand. This is fascinating to me. Would this be acceptable to the course? Solzhenitsyn and a Marxist essay to analyze how socialism could have worked or what made it fail? I think you could discuss many different themes in comparison. Am I closer than I was? 3mo
SaunteringVaguelyDownwards The opening anecdote of Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott might be good for goal setting, especially if you introduce the SMART model (goals should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-based). 3mo
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1. Ocean, lake, river, I love nature's swimming spots.
2. Francis Bay, St. John, USVI.
3. Theater but I like Netflix too.
4. Yesterday. It was fantastic!

#HumpDayPost @DebbieGrillo @MinDea

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Last Day: A Novel | Domenica Ruta
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Another one to add to my #TBR thanks to the NYT Book Review.

AlaMich In my next life I will be named Domenica. 😊 3mo
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The Body in Question | Jill Ciment
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Last Sunday's NYT Book Review highlights this book. It's going on my #TBR

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Heretics Anonymous | Katie Henry
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Met my step goal even though we are away visiting family and it's as hot as blazes. Even went to the gym this morning with my brother and SIL. Read two books this week, so I'm halfway to my overall book goal.
#BFCr2 #BFC #bookfitnesschallenge #week2 #checkin
@wanderinglynn @mcipher @krayoncolorz @BeckyB @Lucy_Anywhere @okthislooksbad @twohectobooks @Books.Bottles.and.Babies

RvnclawWhovian Working out when you‘re on vacation isn‘t always easy, good job!! 4mo
BeckyandBooks Great job! Keep it up! I always have really good intentions of running while I‘m on vacation, but never do. It‘s so much easier to sleep in and relax. 4mo
wanderinglynn w00t! Way to go! 🙌🏻 A fantastic week especially since you were on vacation! 🎉 4mo
twohectobooks Bravo! I walk so much whenever I‘m on holiday ... unless it‘s super hot out. Great job powering through :) 4mo
mcipher The gym on vacation?! That is dedication! 👏 👏 4mo
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People Kill People | Ellen Hopkins
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This will be an easy one to recommend to my students. I love how the story is told from the perspective of six teenagers with unique life situations. Then, interspersed with poetry that could easily stand alone and it is highly thought-provoking. I will use some of the poetry as writing prompts. This is my first read by Ellen Hopkins and it did not disappoint.

Chrissyreadit What age are your students? 4mo
DebbieGrillo @Chrissyreadit I teach 11th and 12th grade, so 16-18. 4mo
Chrissyreadit I think I will get it then. 4mo
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People Kill People | Ellen Hopkins
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"Ethnicity was never a concern for you. Kids were kids were kids. Nice, mean, athletic, sedentary, smart, not so. Those traits were independent of skin shade. Yes, there was always the gang faction, but criminals and druggies come in Caucasian, too."

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There are no posts about this one yet. Has anyone read it? I just put it on my #TBR

LauraJ Be our guinea pug! 4mo
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So, yesterday was hump day and my vacation brain screwed up. Will you play along anyway?

1. I win the day. That means any day that we don't have to go to work, being the first one up for at least long enough to read and have a cup of coffee and enjoy the quiet of the house.
2. Summer pleasures: floating, ice cream, night time peepers, a porch swing & a good book.
3. Being with my cousins at the lake.

#HumpDayPost @DebbieGrillo @MinDea

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Wednesday's Wrath | Don Pendleton
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I'm on vacation in Indianapolis visiting my brother and fam. I almost let Wednesday go by completely without posting this and I had it prepared ahead of time! Time to put reminders in my calendar!

Can we play #HumpDayPost even though it's way late? I'll post my responses on Thursday.

@DebbieGrillo @MinDea

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People Kill People | Ellen Hopkins
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"...therein lies the peril--lack of self control."

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People Kill People | Ellen Hopkins
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Find joy in the heat of the afternoon.