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Johanna414

Johanna414

Joined May 2016

Tired mom & school librarian, reading her nights away...
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PHO Love Story | Loan Le
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This one was super fun! Great pick, @Shadowfat

I will get this in the mail soon! #lmpbc @GondorGirl @peanutnine

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Is there anything better than reading on the porch at the cabin?! #raisingreaders

Leniverse My kid is a big fan of The Pokémon Adventures. He has every single box set and volume, and has read most of them multiple times over the past years. (He's made me read them too.) 7d
Magpiegem I have a Pokémon crazy 9 year old here who would kill for a chair like that to read his books in! It looks perfect! 7d
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PHO Love Story | Loan Le
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My hold for this audiobook came in, so I‘m starting it today and will just fill in my notes when the paper copy gets to me 😊
#lmpbc @GondorGirl @peanutnine @Shadowfat

peanutnine Gosh I am SO sorry, I finished it this weekend and have it in my car to take to the post office today! 2w
GondorGirl My book for the month just showed up and I plan to start it later today. 2w
Johanna414 @peanutnine no worries at all! I just wanted to take advantage of the audiobook while I had it. 2w
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GondorGirl @Johanna414 @peanutnine @Shadowfat Well, I read it on one sitting and will send it to the last reader sometime this week. 😅 2w
Johanna414 @GondorGirl I did pretty much the same thing, and still can't decide exactly how I felt about it 😂 2w
Shadowfat I should be done with mine this week to mail out. Sorry I'm so behind!! 2w
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Jadie in Five Dimensions | Dianne K. Salerni
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A fun, fast paced middle grade sci-fi! Recommend for fans of Sal and Gabi Break the Universe
#middlegrademay #knitting #audioknitting

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Jadie in Five Dimensions | Dianne K. Salerni
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This weekend is turning out to be way more busy than I planned, but I‘m finally making time for some #MiddleGradeMay reading while I knit before bed.

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Obsidio | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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This was a solid conclusion to a great trilogy! I alternated between the physical book and the audio so I feel like I got the full experience.

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Finally got my #lmpbc books in the mail this afternoon... sorry it took so long this month! It's been a crazy couple weeks and I haven't been able to make it to the post office during business hours

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Gallant | V.E. Schwab
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I liked this one, but didn't love it as much as I had hoped. It started to drag for me about 2/3 through it, though I can't really pinpoint why... I will say that the illustrations were fantastic!

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Pony | R. J. Palacio
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I finished reading this to my 6th grade Lit Lunch today and they absolutely loved it! I'm annoyed with myself that I forgot to take a photo of them with the book like I usually do...

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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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My kids went to a Star Wars event at our public library after school today, which means I gathered quite a stack of books while waiting for them. Most for the kids, but I did start reading this one and had to bring it home...

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White Smoke | Tiffany D. Jackson
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I spent most of the week listening to this on audio during quiet moments at work. Finally sat down and finished it tonight. Another fun, fast paced horror/thriller. It was a bit of a genre change for Tiffany D. Jackson, but i liked it!

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Hide | Kiersten White
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This was a fantastically creepy and fun horror story! Fourteen young people are recruited to play the ultimate game of hide and seek in an abandoned amusement park. The stakes are a little higher than anticipated as the contestants slowly start to realize they are being hunted...

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Tea Dragon Society | K O'Neill
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What a sweet little story! I absolutely loved the artwork and can't wait to read more in the series! 💙💚💜

TheAromaofBooks There is also an ADORABLE card game based on this book where you are taking care of your tea dragons - I love it!!! 1mo
TieDyeDude A lovely, uplifting series! 1mo
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I made my May #bookspin list a week ago and promptly forgot all about it...

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The Cat Who Saved Books | S?suke Natsukawa
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This read like a modern fairytale about the power of books. I wasn't completely blown away by it, but it was a fun story.

SayersLover It definitely gets points for an interesting cover! @Johanna414 1mo
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Of Octopuses and Men | Anna Zaires, Dima Zales, Misha Bell
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Tonight's kindle ad made me snort, then click out of curiosity... unfortunately, $4.99 is a little steep for me to indulge said curiosity! I just want to know how one comes to have a pet octopus... 🤣

vonnie862 Oh man...I want to read this now! 🤣 1mo
DinoMom I need to read this now 🤪 1mo
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White Smoke | Tiffany D. Jackson
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Feeling a little grumpy about getting added to 2 committees at work today, so I'm slacking on all library duties in favor of listening to a fun audiobook and helping @LittleMouse5708 with the yearbook... #schoollibraries #teachersoflitsy #librariansoflitsy

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Frankie & Bug | Gayle Forman
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This has been my work audiobook for the last week or so and it was absolutely fantastic. I am not a huge fan of Forman‘s YA novels, but she hit middle grade right out of the park! I‘d be thrilled if she returned to these characters again - Frankie and Bug are such big hearted kids that you can‘t help but cheer them on.
I like this new trend of historical fiction set in the ‘80s - I think it feels more accessible to middle grade readers.

Johanna414 @TheAromaofBooks this was my April #bookspin 😁 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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Love and Other Words | Christina Lauren
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I picked this up yesterday thinking I'd read a few chapters over the weekend. Well, I just finished it... I loved it! @peanutnine @GondorGirl @Shadowfat #lmpbc I'll get it in the mail sometime this week!

GondorGirl I feel like I'm so behind this month. I'll try to start mine today. 1mo
Shadowfat I'm also behind, I'm only a couple chapters in but I think it'll go quick. 1mo
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The Cat Who Saved Books | S?suke Natsukawa
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Cats and books- two of my favorite things... this is bound to be great, right?

I picked up this and 2 other books when I took the kids to the library this morning, despite sternly reminding myself of the stack of books I already have at home and promising myself that I wouldn't check any out... Oops!

SpookyDonut This is on my TBR! My friend read this and absolutely loved it! 1mo
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Midnight at the Electric | Jodi Lynn Anderson
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I've been eyeing this book for the 5 year since I got it for the library and finally got around to picking it up yesterday. I could not put it down! It was such a beautifully written, quiet story that just got under my skin. Soooooo good!

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At first, Nina cried because she didn't want the book to be over... then she saw how many more we get to read! 💙 #raisingreaders

Soubhiville Cuties! 1mo
DogMomIrene So much THIS👏🏼 Man, I remember always being excited when I saw that there were more books in a series! 1mo
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Of Beast and Beauty | Stacey Jay
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I really liked this one! It was exactly the fast paced, easy read I needed to start the week. Thanks, @Bookwormjillk#lmpbc
@ozma.of.oz @Endowarrior21
I'll try to get it in the mail this week sometime

ozma.of.oz Woohoo! ❤️ 1mo
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Vicious | Victoria Schwab
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I loved this - definitely my favorite V.E. Schwab novel to date. I've sometimes felt like her writing style just didn't speak to me, as others seem to rave about her books and I liked them but have never been blown away. This had just the right blend of a morally ambiguous anti-hero who thinks he's the villain, a villain who thinks he's a hero, mixed with the loveable side characters and the promise of more to come.

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Of Beast and Beauty | Stacey Jay
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Opened this one today, thinking I'd just read the first chapter or two... I'm almost halfway through it 🤣 A quick, fun read so far! #lmpbc
@Bookwormjillk @ozma.of.oz @Endowarrior21

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I seem to be on a roll with the "it was ok" books... another low pick. This one takes the characters of P&P and moves them into middle class. When Bingley is suspected of murder, Darcy and Lizzie are in competition over whose law firm will represent him- Darcy or Lizzie's father. Lizzie of course dreams of practicing law herself and decides to find the true murderer. All sorts of hijinks ensue...

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Here's to 33 and another trip around the sun! I've spent the last few days getting spoiled by my family, I had a great birthday shopping and drinking margaritas with my best friends, and I'm generally just feeling very happy about my little life and the people in it. Picture credit to @LittleMouse5708 who caught me fantasizing about all the books I could read in this chair...

Aims42 Happy Birthday!!! 🥳🎂🥂 1mo
LeahBergen Lovely photo. Happy Birthday!! ❤️📚❤️📚 1mo
LittleMouse5708 Your reading porch needs that chair! 1mo
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AmyG Happy Birthday! Have a wonderful year ahead. 🎂 1mo
Librarybelle Happy Birthday! 1mo
Jas16 Happy Birthday 🎉🎂🎈🥳 1mo
rubyslippersreads Happy 🎂🎂🎂! 1mo
QuietlyLaura Happy Birthday! 🎉🎂🎉 1mo
JessClark78 Happy Birthday! 🎊🎂🎉 1mo
fredamans Happy birthday! 1mo
DaveGreen7777 Hope you‘re having a wonderful birthday! 🥳🎂🎁🎈🎉 1mo
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The Maidens: A Novel | Alex Michaelides
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A pick, but a low one... I did not really care for Mariana and the way she inserted herself into the investigation seemed a little far fetched. I cared enough to keep going until the end though.

StaceGhost Oooo what are you making? 1mo
Johanna414 @StaceGhost just some socks 😊 1mo
StaceGhost @Johanna414 man I love socks! 1mo
Johanna414 @StaceGhost I was too intimidated to try them for the longest time, but now I'm obsessed! They're all I want to knit lately 1mo
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The Maidens: A Novel | Alex Michaelides
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Starting some seeds for my garden while listening to this audiobook. I'm a little on the fence about the book, but I do want to know who the killer is so I'll keep going. #audiogardening

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My sister-in-law and I both have birthdays this week, so my mom and grandma treated us to a girls day with shopping and lunch. Naturally, a bookstore was an essential part of the day! #bookhaul

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Diablo Mesa | Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
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Nothing like starting spring break with a good book! Nora and Corrie are among my favorite characters. My only complaint about this book was a lack of closure for Corrie and her investigation

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Diablo Mesa | Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
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My girlie is *finally* starting to feel better! We're looking forward to a quiet, snuggly weekend at home 💗 Thanks, everyone, for the well wishes!

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Gallant | Victoria Schwab
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Our middle high school is doing a dodgeball tournament for the last two periods of the day. I helpfully volunteered to hang out with any kids who didnt want to be in the noisy gym all afternoon - what a shame that I have to miss out on the chaos and read my book for the next hour... 🤣
#schoollibraries #teachersoflitsy

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Blood Water Paint | Joy McCullough
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This was a beautifully written story and the narrator did an excellent job, but the content was not always easy to read. I‘d like to know more about the real Artemesia Gentileschi - Im Going to have to do some research!

SRWCF I love when a book piques an interest in other subjects, and next thing you know down the rabbit 🐇 hole you go! 2mo
GondorGirl She's worth researching! I know, because I liked her up after reading this book! 😂🥰 2mo
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Diablo Mesa | Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
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This just might be the book that gets me out of my 2 month book slump! It's good to have those standby authors you can always rely on to tell a good story. 💙

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Sick day #3 with my daughter- I think she has the flu. While she watches tv and snoozes on the couch, I'm trying to break my reading slump. Reading the first chapter of all these until one of them sticks and I don't want to put it down.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope she feels better soon 💗 2mo
EvieBee I had to do the same and ended up devouring 2mo
Johanna414 @EvieBee ooh that one sounds cool! I'm adding it to my TBR! I started Diablo Mesa and am already 75 pages in 2mo
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EvieBee My friend has been begging me to read a book in the series. I just might have to! 2mo
LKK526 @EvieBee I loved Eight Perfect Murders 2mo
Follow.my.read I love Museum of Extraordinary Things! 2mo
Johanna414 @EvieBee Preston and Child are my go-to authors when I want a good mystery! I love their books! 2mo
GondorGirl I just finished The Cartographers and thought it was FANTASTIC! 2mo
EvieBee @LKK526 It is not anything I imagined! I think I'll be on a Swanson kick after this. 2mo
LKK526 @EvieBee read Nine Lives. You‘ll love it. He wrote a bunch that I‘ve read in the past including The Girl with a Clock for a Heart 2mo
EvieBee @LKK526 Okay, will do. Got the audiobook checked out right now from the library. Thank you! 🤗💕 2mo
LKK526 @eviebee😀👏 (edited) 2mo
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Vespertine | Margaret Rogerson
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I'm giving this a pick, but a low pick. Honestly, I think the problem was me because I've been disappointed in quite a few highly anticipated books recently. The book slump continues...
I think I need to either read nothing for a week (is that even possible?!) or find something totally different from what I've been reading lately.

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The Sick Day | Patricia MacLachlan, Jane Dyer
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This little diva has a fever and is feeling pretty crummy tonight - looks like we're taking a sick day tomorrow! Here she is getting settled in her tent bed. She arranged all her stuffed animals just so and then demanded stories- she knows how to make the most out of things!

jen_the_scribe Aww hope she feels better soon! 2mo
Patchshank Awwww....the poor thing. Hopefully shes better soon. 2mo
DGRachel Oh no! I hope she feels better soon. 2mo
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Rissa1 Hope she feels better soon. 2mo
britt_brooke So cozy! Feel better soon little one. 💚 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope she feels better soon 💞 2mo
Jas16 Awww. I hope she feels better soon 2mo
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Samira Surfs | Rukhsanna Guidroz
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I always enjoy finding weird trends in children's lit publishing and the coincidences that sometimes pop up. In the last couple months, Junior Library Guild has sent me to middle grade novels in verse about young girls who take up surfing to help them cope with challenges in their lives. Because we live in the middle of nowhere Western NY (6 hours from the closest beach),

Johanna414 I think these might be the only two books I have on surfing, so it seems crazy to me that they were published within a few months of each other. Now I think I need to read them both! 2mo
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A Court of Silver Flames | Sarah J. Maas
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After 3 attempts to read it and finally having to download the audiobook, this one just didn't do anything for me... I'm really disappointed. Nests grew on me and I liked the female friendships, but i could have done without the Nesta/Cassian lovefest. I just could not have cared less about their relationship 🤣🤷‍♀️

BethM I ended up on audio too but ended liking it. It was slow and hard to care for me in the beginning though. 2mo
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The Last Laugh | Mindy McGinnis
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Damn, Mindy McGinnis is intense... I could not put this down!

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Proctoring the middle school NYS ELA exam today, which is super boring... can't decide which one to start next!

Slajaunie Gallant! Tell us how it is! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole The YA sticker on The Sentence is interesting 🤔 2mo
Johanna414 @Chelsea.Poole it's because I'm a school librarian rather than a public librarian. Anything meant for upper high school or adults gets a YA sticker which basically just indicated the middle school students need a note from home saying they're allowed to check it out 2mo
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Amazona | Canizales
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This was a beautiful and heartbreaking story. I was not fully aware of the extent of violence against indigenous communities in Colombia in the last few years. It's absolutely awful.

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Red, White, and Whole | Rajani LaRocca
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I had so much fun reading middle grade this month, and I‘ve had great luck convincing students to read these books as I‘ve finished them! I read 10 books today, ranging from 1483 to 2001. My favorite was definitely Red, White and Whole, followed closely by Show Me a Sign. Least favorite was probably All the Greys on Greene Street…
Thanks @megnews for organizing the #Middlegrademarchthroughtime

kellyann28 Wow this is really neat! 2mo
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The Lost Language | Claudia Mills
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Once again, I thought I had my reading planned out for the next month until my Junior Library Guild shipment showed up... now I just want to drop everything and read all these! #schoollibraries #teachersoflitsy #librariansoflitsy

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The Last Laugh | Mindy McGinnis
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Next up! I'm excited for this one 🖤💗💙

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Other than what I've been reading for work, I'm in a bit of a reading slump. I'm giving myself a lot of freedom to mood read with my next #bookspin #doublespin list.
@TheAromaofBooks

BookLineNSinker I have felt the same exact away! I'm buying books and feeling so exhausted by reading them lol! But I just happened to get on my library app and found a random book that turned out to be an easy listen that I enjoyed. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Good luck!! 2mo
katiekat311 Recently read and enjoyed your #8! Hopefully you‘ll get out of the slump to enjoy Easter Break reading material! 2mo
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This was a super cute middle grade mystery, heavily inspired by Agatha Christie and her characters. #MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime

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The Loners | Lex Thomas
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When a middle school students says, "Mrs. Ross, I'm reading the best series - you HAVE to read it!" I really have no choice, do I? Well, I'm reading it... and it's not good... ?
When she asks what I thought on Monday, I'll say it was "intense."

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Big Apple Diaries | Alyssa Bermudez
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I thought pretty much everything about this one was excellent! The author was the same age as me when the towers went down, so I related to all of the cultural stuff that came with being a middle schooler at the time. #MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime