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DrSpalding

Joined July 2016

Reading is the foundation of education!
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Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner
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The Book of Boy | Catherine Gilbert Murdock
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I finished the book last Saturday. I was surprised that BOY was an ANGEL! Did any of you see that coming? He was so loyal to Secunda until the very end. The photo is in St. Peter‘s Cathedral and the tomb is down below. #UCFBC19

CherylVDM I finished the book as well. I wasn‘t surprised that BOY was not “human” considering all the things he didn‘t do... I thought that perhaps he was in the “in between” and his task was to guide Secundus. Throughout the book I made connections to the relics, Catholicism, and my own belief systems. Rib, Tooth, Thumb, Toe, Dust, Skull, Tomb ... 🏡 2d
Ehoffman I finished as well. As I said from the beginning, interesting book, but I don‘t think I would use it in the classroom. I did think Boy was there to “guide” Secundus, but was surprised that he was an angel! 2d
DrSpalding I guess I saw SOME signs like when his hump was growing but I didn‘t think Angel. What genre would you think this book would be? 2d
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@AndreaG I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Thanks for the push to finally read it. Loving nature and being in a kayak myself, I loved that Kya took the circumstances she was dealt as the Marsh Girl, and made the most of them. She was so strong in the face of immense adversity and inevitably became a published author. I do wish we knew more of the love story that was her and Tate but knowing they lived a good life together was enough. ❤️📚

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The Book of Boy | Catherine Gilbert Murdock
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In chapters 1-10 I was immediately enamored with Boy. He‘s pure of heart! He LOVES animals which many of us in this book club do and obviously cherished the idea of reading and books! I made T-W connections with the Hunchback of Notre Dame especially in light of the recent fires and with several other stories where children have disabilities and just want to be accepted. In latter chapters I was happy to see the pilgrim caring for him.

CherylVDM I‘m enjoying the text but am concerned about the safety of Boy. He is so sweet and caring. Secundus is evil but I‘m not sure why. 1w
DrSpalding Secundas has some redeeming qualities but he is surely using Boy to access the seven relics of St. Peter! 1w
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KarriW @CherylVDM I agree about Secundus though he did show some kindness to Boy. 1w
KarriW I love Boy‘s connection to animals. I keep thinking that “never reveal yourself” means more than just the hump. 1w
DrSpalding Oh… I agree Karri! 1w
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The Book of Boy | Catherine Gilbert Murdock
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Let‘s begin reading this tomorrow UCF CCIE colleagues. Post your thoughts here using the hashtag #UCFBC19. ❤️📚

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Mentoring Preservice Teachers Through Practice: A Framework for Coaching with CARE | Melissa Mosley Wetzel, James V. Hoffman, Beth Maloch

Let‘s begin Litsy posts on this book related to our TQP using the hashtag #TQPbookclub2019 ❤️📚

TQP TQP now has a Litsy account! Looking forward to our upcoming book chats on Mentoring Preservice Teachers Through Practice: A Framework for Coaching with CARE. #TQPbookclub2019 2w
Ehoffman Loving this book!! 1w
Mlittle Great book! Excited for the continued learning! 18h
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Read! Read! Read!: Training Effective Reading Partners | Laurie Glass, Beth Pike, Linda Peist
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This is my book mark. All previous posts to this one are considered on time!

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Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship | Patrick Downes, Jessica Kensky
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Thank you Haley for reading and sharing this touching story. I was in Boston a couple of years after the bombing. I went to the finish line. It was surreal. This Schneider Family award winning biography was so touching! As you can see, my 🐕 Finn, at first wasn‘t interested but then, he liked it enough to nibble the corner. Dogs make lives better! Rescue makes Jessica‘s life better every day! #LAE3414sp19

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Since May, I have listened to 21 novels! This piece of HF has been a favorite along with Midnight Blue! While it was slow to start, this book, caused me to look up famous works of art and even more information about German occupation during WWII. Having recently visited Paris, one of the settings in the novel and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, my appreciation for the talents of artists renewed. If you enjoy wartime novels and art, read it!❤️📚

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Kelly found the SSYRA books near the front of the store! This is one of the many titles featured for the 18–19 school year! To see them all go to: https://www.floridamediaed.org/ssyra.html
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Wishtree | Katherine Applegate
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What would you wish for on your #WISHTREE?
#ucflae3414sub18 TELL US!

AJones I wish our students and teachers didn‘t have to worry about their safety while on campus. This environment should be their safe haven that inspires creativity and positive behavior. 10mo
AmyPerezCubas Love this! 10mo
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Wishtree | Katherine Applegate
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“Each offering represents a dream, a desire, a longing.” P. 11 #wishtree #ucflae3414su18
Wouldn‘t it be cool to make a WISHTREE on your school grounds?

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Hello, Universe | Erin Entrada Kelly
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Ugh @LisaMart I had to tag you! I‘m on page 116 and I‘m mad at Chet! He‘s a bully and Mulligan is in the backpack! 😔 #savetheguineapig #stopbullying

LisaMart @DrSpalding 😂 I think you meant Gulliver...and yes! I know I felt so bad for that poor guinea pig...keep reading though!! Chet puts “the Bull” in bully for sure!! (edited) 14mo
DrSpalding Ha! Yes Gulliver! I am reading now!💜📚 14mo
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One more quick blurb; these are the four audio book novels I have listened to during December and January! I find that listening to books in the car helps me keep up with my reading. I usually have an in print and audiobook going at the same time. These four titles of which three are RF and one is HF are great books. I enjoy mysteries and crime novels. #lovebooks #chargeon 💜📚

LisaMart @DrSpalding How was The Woman in the Window? I just got that book in a book subscription box I get every month, and I haven‘t started it yet. Hoping it‘s good! 🤞 1y
DrSpalding Not to give too much away, she‘s an agoraphobic and recluse for good reason. Very suspenseful. I liked it! 1y
WendyV I love having a book playing in the car too, especially on the long drive to and from school! 1y
DrSpalding Playing books for your children at @wendyv works well too! I do this when my seven-year-old niece is with me. I use free YouTube videos. Most recently we listened to Silverlicious. Otherwise they are adult books and I thoroughly enjoy it. 1y
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Quick post on this wonderful B about John Newbery. With the latest book for 2018 having been announced on Monday, knowing where this award came from and the influence this particular gentlemen had on children‘s literature, is powerful. I will bring this book back to class in two weeks. Excellent posts so far; keep using your rubric! 💜📚 http://www.ilovelibraries.org/booklovers/youth-media-awards Check out this link for more award info!

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To be honest, I had thoughts of abandoning this book. Eleanor was such an odd character however, she became endearing as the book went on. @Rcoco shared that it was being turned into a movie. I ended up truly enjoying this title and look forward to seeing it on the big screen.

AJones I completely understand your perspective because I am having this same feeling while reading “A Wrinkle in Time” by L‘Engle. Her form of writing is so different and I find myself losing focus. I really don‘t want to give up, so I am pushing forward. 1y
Jess7 Yay‘ this is exciting!!! 1y
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Egg | Kevin Henkes
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http://100scopenotes.com/ Head to the School Library Journal blog to see their best book picks of 2017 along with award/medal predictions. They predict Egg by Kevin Henkes will be the Geisel medal winner!❤️📚

AJones I haven‘t read this book. Thanks for sharing. . .I just added it to my stack. I recently purchased two wonderful books written by Henkes: “Lilly‘s Purple Plastic Purse” ( recommended by @KayleeC) and “Kitten‘s First Full Moon.” 1y
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Bear's New Friend | Karma Wilson
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Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman's lovely bear series of books are in the Chick-Fil-A kid's meal! They are great little additions to your classroom library! Bonus… You get to eat yummy Chick-fil-A.😋

MadisonFeltis Someone left one of these books in my break room at work! If it‘s still there after Christmas I‘m gonna take it :D 1y
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While this is not The Fault in Our Stars, this is another coming of age novel that enlightens the reader to love, loss, teen angst and the perils of living with OCD. After my nephew encouraged me years ago to read Green's YA novels, specifically Looking for Alaska, I have continued to read all of his work. They are all worthy of reading and this is no exception. #ucflae3414f17

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This New York Times Best Seller is an eye opening HF account of the infamous Georgia Tann; the woman known to have stolen poor children from shanty boats off the Mississippi River to wealthy families or possibly worse! Chronicling a particular families journey, this caused me to research the truth behind this fictional account. https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/537866/before-we-were-yours-by-lisa-win... #ucflae3414f17

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The Chemist | Stephenie Meyer
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I knew I'd enjoy this thriller by the author of the Twilight series when she dedicated the book to Jason Bourne. Government/spy thrillers are so intriguing and this one does not disappoint! #ucflae3414f17

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Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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I am fascinated by WWII books and this was excellent. It told the story of women sent to Ravensbruck, the only all women concentration camp of the war. Heartwrenching! https://nypost.com/2016/05/08/the-women-tortured-by-nazi-doctors-and-the-america... This link takes you to a story of the real women and the heiress who saved them! #ucflae3414f17

Chandi Thanks for that link.the cruelty some people are capable of— I don‘t even have a word for it, heartbreaking is an understatement. (edited) 1y
DrSpalding @Chandi you are right! It‘s fascinating and heart-wrenching! Totally different topic (similar themes) but you should read Before We Were Yours! Wow!😢 1y
Chandi Oh, I‘m not familiar with it! 1y
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The Mountain Between Us | Charles Martin
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I read this because I wanted to have it done before the movie came out. This is an example of the book being MUCH better than the movie however, Kate and Idris were wonderful! I didn't want to put this one down! #ucflae3414f17

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The Great Gatsby | Francis Scott Fitzgerald
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A wonderful book with a movie that brings the characters to life. A true classic! #ucflae3414f17

LaurenR One of the only books I actually finished in high school! Both movies are great to watch! 1y
DrSpalding I've only seen Leo's version. I should see the classic @LaurenR 🎬 1y
LaurenR @DrSpalding YES! That‘s the first one I saw and I love old movies so I prefer that one LOL 1y
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Here's my #bookhaul @MadisonCarter & @Aimeejett from the #Scholastic warehouse sale! $66 for 24 books. I saw FIVE former students; four of which were working for books and happily teaching at Cheney, Crystal Lakes and Lake Mary Elementary! Most of these will be giveaways to my spring LAE class. #ucflae3414f17

DrSpalding It cut off the picture but that is my dog trying to dig into my book bag. Finn ❤️loves books.🐕 1y
MadisonCarter Great books! I was amazed at the selection! It didn‘t feel like I was digging through “leftovers”. Thanks for sharing! 🐶🐱❤️ 1y
DrSpalding Thank you @MadisonCarter ❤️📚 1y
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Red: A Crayon's Story | Michael Hall
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This F, E.B. White Read Aloud honor book would be an excellent addition to any elementary classroom library. The theme of this book is about being true to yourself. The red crayon label on this blue crayon confused everyone including his family and the teacher. In the end, being true to himself is what helped everyone accept him. This book would be best RA, using the HC teacher's guide to make use of effective B, D and A reading strategies.

DrSpalding https://b0f646cfbd7462424f7a-f9758a43fb7c33cc8adda0fd36101899.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.co... The UDL principles 3.1 & 3.2 regarding activating prior knowledge and highlighting big ideas along with EL 4 & 14 linking content to student's prior knowledge and reading slowly at an appropriate pace all could be met by this picture book. #ucflae3414f17 (edited) 2y
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Beyond the Bright Sea | Lauren Wolk
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Last but not least, now that the fall semester has begun, I am back to reading quality children's literature. Having read Wolf Hollow by Wolk, shortly after it won the Newbery Honor in January, I was intrigued to read another book of hers. This story revolves around an orphaned girl named Crow in search of finding where she came from. So far so good. ❤️📚

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With this one, I completed my goal of reading all of Moriarty's books. Knowing that Big LittleLlies was turned into a miniseries on HBO, some of her other titles like this one are also worthy of a movie rendition. #MoreSummerReads

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Three Wishes | Liane Moriarty
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I was on a mission to finish all of Moriarty's books. Three wishes was the second to last. I enjoy her writing style. Big Little Lies was the best but the rest have been entertaining. #MoreSummerReads

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The Rumor: A Novel | Elin Hilderbrand
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Having enjoyed The Identicals, I read another of Elin Hildebrand's books, The Rumor. Good book not great. I intend to read more of her work in the future. #moreSummerreads

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The Identicals | Elin Hilderbrand
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Another summer read! I saw this on the New York Times Bestsellers List and I thought I would enjoy it. I did. The Hildebrand books take place in beautiful Nantucket and Cape Cod; I enjoyed learning more about the area. I hope to visit one day!

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Hamilton: The Revolution | Lin-Manuel Miranda
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This was one of my many summer reads. I want to see this musical and learning about the hard work it took to create this REVOLUTIONARY show was amazing! Lin Manuel Miranda is a true wonder!

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How to Read a Story | Kate Messner
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Having written the noted book above, Rolling Thunder by Kate Messner illustrated by Greg Ruth is a wonderful tribute to the memorial day bike parade that takes place to honor our service men present and past. Having been born on Memorial Day in 1972, this book is a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made for us all. Watch this 3 minute video: http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history #UCFLAE3414su17

melissaallam I'm not sure how I'm expected to comment on the book when there is an adorable puppy in the background! 😍 2y
DrSpalding ❤️🐕 2y
Elizabethhunt96 Oh man! I have to get my dog to model all my books too!! 2y
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DrSpalding Great idea; fellow book lovers will like to see your Corgi! 2y
Ashleywwolfe 🐶❤️! Like the resource though and the date still falls in the school calendar most places! 2y
DrSpalding @Ashleywwolfe you are correct and national holidays fall under the Social Studies curriculum! 🙂 2y
Ashleywwolfe @DrSpalding - anything to get those social studies in! 👏 2y
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The Sandwich Swap | Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah,, Kelly S. DiPucchio
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This RF book has been a favorite since 2010. The best friends secretly judge each other's lunch sandwiches; the pb&j vs hummus and pita fight began. The girls learn how to appreciate each others culture and even start a multicultural food event at their school! Meets UCF Cultural Competencies: C2, C4, C5, A1, A7, S5, and S7. http://reedteachers.d92.org/wedewer/Reed_LMC/Sandwich_Swap_files/The%20Sandwich%... #ILA17

BrielleR 💕 2y
BrielleR Hope to read this one! 2y
LForsythe This is one of my favorites, too! 2y
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She Persisted | Chelsea Clinton
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The words and images combined in this book highlight the accomplishments of 13 amazing women, past and present. I am adding this title to the TeachLivE read aloud list! The inspiration for the book can be found here: https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/us/politics/elizabeth-warren-republicans-f... ❤️📚Read this book!

Mskay I just got my copy this weekend! So impressed with it - can't wait to share this! 2y
DrSpalding @Mskay I just bought a second copy on Amazon! Using this is a read aloud option in TeachLivE this summer. #shepersisted 2y
DrSpalding Thank you @Angiepuc this would be a great choice for your read aloud! #shepersisted 2y
DrSpalding Thank you @Ashleywwolfe this would be a great choice for your read aloud! It's brand new! ❤️📚 2y
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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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Wow! I don't think the ending was at all a surprise, even the fact that Patrick covered for his son. When he drowned the cat, I knew he was bad news. There was no closure to Mark's disappearance, Lina's father or where Shawn went however my guess is that he's dead, it's the old boyfriend and far away from Helen to begin a new, twisted life. Julia becoming a mother figure to Lina was a good thing; they need each other. 🎥 potential! #ucfproflc

BrielleR Drowned a cat? That's horrible :( 2y
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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins

I have finished this book a week early and in order not to spoil anything regarding this crazy read, I will wait to make my final post until next Sunday. I will say that I could see this being turned into a movie; possibly a suspenseful and scary one @CherylVDM @Mlittle @Ehoffman #ucfproflc

Ehoffman I too finished the book early 😉 too intriguing to put down. That's all I'll say for now. More next Sunday! 2y
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What Alice Forgot | Liane Moriarty
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I'm hooked on Moriarty's stories! Much like Big Little Lies, there were intriguing characters, love, loss and hope! Great book! Looking forward to reading Three Wishes!

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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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I have now read up to part 3! I think I have all of the characters straight now. Patrick and Shawn Townsend are both hiding something. I think Shawn cheated on Helen with Nell and possibly, Patrick (identified as the Satan of the town) took care of her! I didn't see the Mark and Katie connection coming at all. What else does Josh know about his sister's death? I feel sad for Lena's losses! Will someone else die in the drowning pool? #ucfproflc

Ehoffman It is definitely easier to keep all the characters straight at this point in the book, but still so many unknowns. Jules is really having a hard time keeping it together! #ucflitprof 2y
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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins

So, the funeral was a strange event. Julia's response to seeing Nel's old boyfriend and Erin's observation of Patrick, the cat killer, were both interesting. Helen is the DI's wife and Patrick is her father in law; their relationship is odd. It's still somewhat confusing with so many characters but it's intriguing! #ucfproflc

Ehoffman Agreed, still quite confusing and the plot becomes more entwined with each turn of the page! 2y
CherylVDM I was thinking the same thing. The whole town seems to have a "secret" that they perceive is worth protecting. I wonder if Nicki is the voice of their collective conscience. 2y
Mlittle I agree! Everyone seems to have a past that they're wanting to hide. That's what makes this reading so intriguing! Thanks for inviting me to be a part of this read and discussion! 2y
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DrSpalding So, I was so ahead of the reading, I read another book, What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty! Now, I am behind. Will catch up and post soon! #ucfproflc 2y
BrielleR Do you recommend this book @DrSpalding ?? I am looking for a good summer read! I like thrillers! 2y
DrSpalding @BrielleR it is a strange one! I am not done yet. Keep checking our posts to see if you think you'd like it. I will post again soon! 2y
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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins

This book is still somewhat confusing to me. I'm concerned about Nell's daughter; Aunt Jules is making her out to be a psychopath. Nell taunted and bullied Jules throughout her childhood. No wonder she left town and didn't respond to her calls. The cabin is a scary place. The water is worse...looking forward to figuring some if this out!

anakenn The connection between Nell's daughter and the girl who died is interesting. I wonder why the mom is avoiding her. Also, what is going on with that cabin????? 2y
DrSpalding Right! I think Nell was at that cabin before she died. 2y
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Mlittle I agree! Each character seems to have secrets!!! Yes....Nel discovered something at that cabin....in that town! Love the book! 2y
DrSpalding Way to post @Mlittle ❤️📚 2y
Mlittle I think Nel was dead before she went into the water.., or, maybe too many CSI shows! 2y
DrSpalding I love those shows too @mlittle ! I agree! Was it Mark the teacher? Was it her daughter? 2y
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Towers Falling | Jewell Parker Rhodes
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This was another book that's been in my TBR stack since last year! Having watched the terror unfold on that fateful day and having visited the memorial in 2012, I was interested in reading RF from a kid's point of view. Being set in a school modeled after PS146, it tells the facts while also, describing what it means to be an American! This would be an appropriate LC book for the middle grades. #ucflae3414sp17

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Fish in a Tree | Lynda Mullaly Hunt
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@Maya.A read and posted on this book and I immediately added it to my TBR pile. While the beginning was upsetting, the message of resiliency and never giving up was inspiring! An excellent book to help kids understand what it's like to be dyslexic. #ucflae3414sp17

BrielleR I'm reading it now!! 2y
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DrSpalding I read it @Riley.Clayson 🐟 2y
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Career of Evil | Robert Galbraith
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This third book in the series was quite violent yet just as suspenseful as the first two. I enjoy mysteries and detective stories. I believe Galbraith AKA Rowling is working on the fourth book in the Cormoron Strike series. For now, I am all caught up!

BrielleR Sounds like an intense book!! Not sure if it's my type of genre though. It is cool that it's written by J.K Rowling!! 2y
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This book came in the mail Saturday. I purchased it knowing that it is one of the Moonbot Studios virtual reality options. I believe the use of the app will enhance the story however it is appropriate for kindergarten and first grade students. Very creative! http://moonbotstudios.com/

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The Silkworm | Robert Galbraith
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The second book in the series, I believe was as good as the first. We get to know more about Robin and of course Cormoran Strike, the detective. I was intrigued until the end! The image is of a Bombyx Mori AKA silkworm.

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Half a Chance | Cynthia Lord
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#ucfprofLC I enjoyed the friendship between Lucy and Nate along with the photography and loon theme throughout the story. The bald 🦅 scene was sad but expected. I saw an eagle while kayaking on the St. John's River over Spring Break. This was a recent text to 🌎 connection. Overall, I think this book would be a good addition to a classroom library but I wouldn't place it in a book pass for LCs.

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Half a Chance | Cynthia Lord
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"Half a chance beats none." ~ Lucy, Ch. 1
We hear this title quote as we meet Lucy as she acclimates once again to a new home. Twelve chapters in, I am enjoying the characters but mostly the talk of photography! I LOVE black and white pictures. My family photo wall is full of photos I have taken of the people I love and converted to black and white. I'm hoping Lucy enters and wins the contest so that her dad recognizes her talent! #UCFprofLC

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This is an excellent TL folklore variant for teaching point of view! Share this after reading the classic version then compare and contrast! ❤️ the pumpkins the kids at Red Bug Elementary created related to quality children's literature!

Maya.A This is a great book and a great assignment that goes with it! This would be great for dramatic reenactment. 2y
DrSpalding I agree @Maya.A 🙂 2y
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Wolf Hollow | Lauren Wolk
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After finishing this book, there were several disturbing elements! Betty the bully dies but so does the do-gooder Toby. This was so sad for Annabelle, her family and the reader. Aunt Lily was another character that I disliked and basically caused Toby's death. Being that this book brought on so much emotion, I know it is well written however it was a rough read! @KarriW @LForsythe @Ehoffman @CherylVDM

CherylVDM I agree. I was disappointed that Toby died. I wanted good to out weigh evil. 2y
LForsythe Me too @CherylVDM I was also expecting more history to impact the story. We never really learned Betty's motive,either. 2y
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Harry Potter | JK Rowling
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Between June and December 2016, I read the entire Harry Potter series! https://www.pottermore.com/writing-by-jk-rowling/the-sorting-hat #gryffindor #sortinghat #ucflae3414sp17

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