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Lmstraubie

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A perfect day would include a book, a cup of green/herbal tea & a cozy spot to enjoy them! Teacher Librarian📚 #mgbuddyread moderator
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Front Desk | Kelly Yang
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Pouncer wants to remind you that the #mgbuddyread is this Sunday. Questions will be posted around 4:00 EST. Join in when you can! Questions? Post in the comments 🙂

AlaMich What a beautiful tuxedo boy! 😻 5h
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Happiness is going to get a book at the library and finding out one of your holds came in as well! 😬

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Front Desk | Kelly Yang
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Thank you to everyone who participated in our #mgbuddyread slow chat during the month of May. Next up Front Desk! Discussion questions posted on June 30th around 4:00. Join in when you can! Questions? Post in the comments.

Peddler410 I love this book. Hoping to do a reread before the end of the month. 2w
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JaclynW Thanks for organizing our great discussions! 2w
mrp27 I read this one awhile ago but I look forward to the discussion! 2w
Lmstraubie @mrp27 @Peddler410 Same here. Looking forward to seeing something different this time around. 2w
Lmstraubie @JaclynW Thank you for participating! There wouldn't be any discussions if it weren't for you amazing Littens! 2w
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Tight | Torrey Maldonado
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Heard Torrey Maldonado speak at #nerdcampnj He was fantastic! Looking forward to reading this. #librariansoflitsy #middlegrade #teachersoflitsy

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I'm not a writer & I hate to sound so critical, but this book was a disappointment. It was like a dystopian event taking place in a regular world. In what universe does an entire school/town agree to ban books and only one adult speaks up; where parents have the time to rewrite their daughter's entire library and are so irrational it doesn't even make sense? Also the plot line with her friend breaking into the locker is never really resolved. cont

Lmstraubie This book did this storyline much better. 3w
JaclynW My son started the Rebel Librarian after reading Ban This Book and loving that one. He gave up on the rebel, he said it just wasn't that great. He agrees with you. Because of his reaction, I never even tried it. I loved Ban This Book! 3w
Lmstraubie @JaclynW Glad I'm in good company. I always feel bad when I don't like a nook, especially knowing how much goes into writing one, but this one just came across as a bad imitation of Ban This Book. 2w
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Bob | Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead
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Question 9 #mgbuddyread

Peddler410 I‘m still working through the book; I‘ve had a hard time connecting. That said, this 2nd attempt has been better. (edited) 1mo
mrp27 I thought this was a sweet and cute story about friendship and childhood but overall it didn't hit any high notes for me. I was expecting a little bit more. 1mo
LibrarianRyan Sorry i am late on these. For what ever reason they never showed up on my timeline. Thank Goodness I went looking. 4w
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Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan @cwarnier @mrp27 @Chelsibno @sblbooks @Peddler410 I have to say I was expecting more from this book. It was sweet, but it felt like something was missing. 3w
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan Sorry they didn't show up. You're not late - you had a whole week to join in. 🙂 3w
mrp27 @Lmstraubie I completely agree! 3w
JaclynW @Lmstraubie @mrp27 I agree with you both. It was okay, sweet but just didn't do much for me in the end. I can't quite put finger on what it was. Maybe just the "imaginary friend" aspect, the magic?? I usually love stories with magic. 3w
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Bob | Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead
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Question 8 #mgbuddyread

Peddler410 Oh my gosh! I don‘t think I can adequately put into words why I read middle grade. I think the authors do a great job identifying the world of the intended audience. Experiencing new mg with my own middle grader has reinforced the impact these books/authors have on helping kids navigate their world. 1mo
sblbooks I started listening to them at work because they were shorter and easier to follow while working. 1mo
mrp27 Good question and I don't know for sure. I've been a life long reader so it's not liked I missed out on mg reads, I read plenty when I was that age. But I do feel mg author's today write with more variety and a wider scope than they once did. I can now actually see myself represented in mg books where as before I couldn't. I don't think I'll ever stop reading mg books! 1mo
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LibrarianRyan I love MG for the way it effects its readers. It's easy to find adult books that effect adults. But to speak to that age, in a way they will always remember. Plus I like that even the scary stories, the sad stories, etc, are still hopeful, still full of the joy of life, and not just the jade of adulthood. 4w
JaclynW @Peddler410 @sblbooks @mrp27 @LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie I love all your answers! I too love the expansion of this genre since i was reading it. I love the representation of so many different kids and places. It's so important for kids reading, to know that they are represented, seen, heard, etc. in our world. They can also find comfort in knowing they aren't alone. I read from a variety of genres because I love ALL good books. I also like to ⬇️ 3w
JaclynW Read what my kids are reading. Several books we've read here, I recommend to my kids. I also recommend them to our elementary school librarian and the teachers that I know. I like to chat with people about good books! The librarian at my kids school has ordered books for the library based on my recommendations. 3w
Lmstraubie @JaclynW Love that you share your love of books and reading and that it is so well received!! 2w
JaclynW @Lmstraubie We have awesome librarians! We are lucky. I'm always chatting books with them. They give me many great recommendations too. Our favorite elementary school librarian retired last year and things just haven't been the same. 😢😭 2w
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Bob | Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead
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Question 7 #mgbuddyread

LibrarianRyan What caused Livy's mom to move to America? If the community is so used to Danny going missing, why don't they make him take a phone, or a locator beacon. 4w
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan And I wondered about the dad - why he didn't come & there didn't seem to be much communication with him. 3w
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie yeah! That‘s a really good question. 3w
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JaclynW @LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie I wondered the same things! The dad was oddly missing, I wondered if there was marriage troubles. America is far from Australia, I assumed it was love that took her there. I also wish we could have had more insight into Bob's family. I was intrigued. 3w
Lmstraubie @JaclynW It would have been nice to know more about the story of Bob and his family. 2w
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Bob | Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead
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Question 6 #mgbuddyread

Peddler410 I do not recall having an imaginary friend. Not long ago, my daughter asked about imaginary friends. She wanted to know why she doesn‘t have one 😔 1mo
sblbooks I was told I had one when I was three or four but I don't remember it. My family likes to pick at me about it though 😏 1mo
mrp27 I never did. 1mo
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LibrarianRyan I never had one that I know of. I had imaginary monsters. Does that count. At one point in time some family members thought I could see ghosts. Does that count? Mostly it was an over active imagination. But to this day, I swear my uncle Jean was sitting at the foot of my bed telling me everything was going to be okay when I was staying with my grandmother. 4w
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan @cwarnier @mrp27 @Chelsibno @sblbooks @Peddler410 I did. I am an only child and spent a lot of time alone or around adults when I was little. It gave me someone to play with. 🙃 3w
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan You never know. Your uncle could have been there. 3w
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan @cwarnier @mrp27 @Chelsibno @sblbooks @Peddler410 This question came about because at one point I thought maybe he was Livy's coping mechanism (like Crenshaw in the book of the same name). 3w
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie I think for the first 60 or so pages he was imaginary too, or a real chicken that she was imagining was more. 3w
mrp27 I initially thought Bob was imaginary as well. 3w
JaclynW @LibrarianRyan @mrp27 I thought Bob was imaginary at first too! I didn't have an imaginary friend, nor did any of my kids @Lmstraubie It makes sense for kids to create something like this when there is a lack of kids to play with. 3w
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Bob | Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead
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Question 5 #mgbuddyread

sblbooks Probably because she wants Bob to stay with her. 1mo
mrp27 I agree, I don't think Bob's mother wants Bob to be lured away from her by Livy. 1mo
LibrarianRyan @sblbooks @mrp27 maybe its not just to protect Bob, but to protect their entire civilization. They are magic, magic is feared. They do not look human or animal, therefore they are to be fear and eradicated. If the family is as old as it seems, they would have seen this through several human generations of destruction. But there I go to the dark side again. 4w
mrp27 @LibrarianRyan Good point! 4w
JaclynW @LibrarianRyan My thoughts exactly! 3w
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Bob | Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead
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Question 4 #mgbuddyread

LibrarianRyan hummmmm. It's hard to say. The drought is because he is missing. However they have tunnels all over the world and can pop up every where. How is it only Australia is in drought. Is it because that is where he went missing. And if that was the case, wouldn't Bob's mom know to go look at the dry spot? I like how it plays in the story but I don't think it's an ecological message or else the entire planet would be in a drought. 4w
JaclynW @LibrarianRyan Great thoughts. I wondered similar things. It makes sense to be concentrated in Australia because that's where Bob went missing. But what took his family so long to find him ifvtgus were the case. Some of this didn't make sense to me. 3w
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Bob | Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead
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Question 3 #mgbuddyread

mrp27 I'm not entirely sure and I wish this was explored more. It could just be her insecurity about a new baby in the family. I thought it was going to connect to the well and perhaps a traumatic experience with it. 1mo
Chelsibno I wonder if it has something to do with spending such a long time with her grandma as a young girl and not being able to remember any part of it. I remember as a child being very cautious or frightened by things that I couldn‘t remember happening before at an earlier age, like shots or flying on an airplane. 4w
LibrarianRyan @mrp27 @chelsibno

both your comments make sense, but could it be just her personality? I was never one to leave early, but I had a neighbor growing up who never made it full night at a sleep over. Livy seems pretty curious. being left with a grandma she only remembers by voice could be scary, or she could be feeling left out because once again the baby gets to go and do things she does not (stay with mom and go see new places).
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mrp27 @LibrarianRyan Agreed, could just be a part of who Livy is. I just thought it would lead to something since it was mentioned more than once. 4w
JaclynW @mrp27 I thought it would be explored more as well. It seemed significant but then was kind of forgotten. Or did I miss something? I do think it's more likely her personality. My oldest daughter is like this. She has a thing about sleeping in HER bed, at HER house, with HER family. Even family vacations are rough for her. @LibrarianRyan @Chelsibno 3w
mrp27 @JaclynW I agree, it seemed significant then dropped. I totally get that for some kids it's just in their personality and like I mentioned earlier, the adult part of my brain runs away with this and wants more answers. 3w
JaclynW @mrp27 I actually wondered if some traumatic experience had occurred. This could explain her forgetting her grandmother and her aversion to sleepovers. Do people still do sleepovers by the way? Maybe with family? Sleepovers are a thing of the past where I live. None of my kids' friends do them. I always had sleepovers as a kid. 2w
mrp27 @JaclynW Same. We do lots of sleepovers with family and my niece will sleep over at her friends house on occasion but for the most part they don't seem to happen as frequently as they did when I was growing up. I used to love them too. 2w
Lmstraubie @mrp27 @JaclynW My boys always had sleepovers growing up (now 21 & 16). The little one will still have a friend stay over occasionally. 2w
JaclynW @Lmstraubie @mrp27 Most people around here do it for safety reasons (sexual predators). I guess a lot of parents had these experiences at sleepovers when they were younger. 2w
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Bob | Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead
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Question 2 #mgbuddyread

sblbooks It might be because she lives so far away. I think if she saw her everyday, would she would remember more. Also she did have a bit of a traumatic experience. 1mo
Chelsibno I think @sblbooks has a point. I remember reading an article about how children remember earlier experiences better if adults or others talk about them with some frequency. It doesn‘t seem like Livy had anyone to reminisce about the experience with on a regular basis. 1mo
mrp27 I agree with @Chelsibno but this is also another question that I thought would be explored more but never really was. 1mo
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LibrarianRyan It kind of was explored. I think she doesn't remember because it's part of Bob's magic. Remember he gave her the chess piece and told her she had to hold on to it. He didn't remember that she wouldn't remember, just knew she had to hold it. But at the end, he sneaks away again to deliver the chess piece because now that he has his memories back, he knows she will forget without it. A little piece of magic.

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Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan @cwarnier @mrp27 @Chelsibno @sblbooks @Peddler410 Thank you for these different perspectives. Definitely enlightening. 3w
JaclynW @LibrarianRyan I agree with you. I thought it was the magic. If EVERYONE knew about Bob and his magic, you'dhave the news media there. Haha! It was a way to keep Bob and his family safe. @Lmstraubie @cwarnier @mrp27 @Chelsibno @sblbooks @peddler410 3w
mrp27 @JaclynW I too agree (sort of) about the magic but I don't understand why the magic would make her forget her grandmother. I think this is the point in which my adult brain has to ask why and why isn't here a bigger explanation for that? 3w
JaclynW @mrp27 Oh yes, the grandmother. That is odd. Do they not regularly keep in touch? There really was no explanation for it. Odd. 2w
Lmstraubie @jaclynw A necessary magic 2w
JaclynW @Lmstraubie Apparently so. 2w
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Bob | Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead
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Question 1 #mgbuddyread

Peddler410 I always love when a story is presented from multiple points of view. For me, it worked well for this story. 1mo
sblbooks @Peddler410 Agreed I think it's better to have more than one perspective. 1mo
Chelsibno I‘ve read several books that are told from two or more perspectives and have enjoyed them. When you have more than one main character, it can be beneficial. I especially like the ones that have two different authors write the different perspectives. I think the differing writing styles can show the character differences more acutely. 1mo
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mrp27 I always enjoy this literary tactic, makes the story more interesting. 1mo
cwarnier I loved it in this book. It was very well written and done. 1mo
LibrarianRyan I am not always a fan of this in books, but here it works well. I think it helps fill in the story since so much of Livy's memory has faded, either through time, or...

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Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan @cwarnier @mrp27 @Chelsibno @sblbooks @Peddler410 I like this writing style as well. I enjoy seeing the story from more than one point of view. 3w
JaclynW @Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan @cwarnier @mrp27 @Chelsibno @sblbooks @Peddler410 I also love books that tell the story with multiple voices. I enjoy the different perspectives. 3w
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Bob | Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead
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Currently on #audio

Lmstraubie @Caterina I'm enjoying it as much as that one. I love her characters. 1mo
Caterina Oh good! I'll have to get my hands on this one too! 1mo
Lmstraubie @Caterina The #audiobook is great. I love a British accent 😬 1mo
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Pickpick

This was my third, but the author's first, book. I enjoy the characters she creates. It was an enjoyable read, not fully a pick, but not so-so.

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I'm fangirling today!!! Got to meet this amazing author at #nerdcampnj I am so impressed with all she does for the Kidlit community and the world at large. If you don't already you need to know Ann Braden. Oh, and her book is great too! #librariansoflitsy #teachersoflitsy

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In a #middlegrade kind of mood lately. Really looking forward to this one

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Bob | Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead
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Just a reminder this month's #mgbuddyread is tagged above. Due to the holiday weekend we will have a slow chat this month. Questions will be posted on Sunday, May 26th and the discussion will continue through Sunday June 2nd. Join in when you can! Questions? Post below 🙂

JaclynW Sounds good! Thanks! 1mo
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Pickpick

Some books know just how to land in your heart and stay there. Loved this middle grade novel 💙💚💜🧡

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Absolutely fascinating

RaimeyGallant Agreed! 1mo
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Bob | Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead
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Up next - Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead. Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 2nd (trying to avoid the holiday weekend unless you all agree to Sunday, May 26th LMK). Questions are posted around 4:00pm EST. Join in when you can! Questions? Just comment below 🙂

sblbooks @Lmstraubie I'm fine with both dates, whatever you decide. 2mo
Peddler410 I‘m good with the 26th. That might actually be the better weekend for me. 2mo
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JaclynW I prefer June 2nd, but could possibly make May 26th work. 2mo
mrp27 Either date works for me. 2mo
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie cool beans. Started the book last night. 1mo
Lmstraubie @librarianryan This has turned into a #middlegrade reading month for me lol Just finished Sweep A Story About a Girl and her Monster, starting The Benefits of Being an Octopus & then on to Bob! 1mo
TheBookHippie I‘m gone 26-31 I‘ll catch up! 1mo
Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie No pressure. Join in when you can! Have fun! 1mo
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie I have a copy of that, but I have not read it yet. Most of the books on my TBR were MG but that doesn't mean I will get them read. I forgot bob at home so I started There's someone in your house., 1mo
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan So many books! So little time!! 1mo
85eliana Front Desk is so very good! My kids have never loved a read aloud more. 2w
Lmstraubie @85eliana I really enjoyed this one. It will be a second read for me. 🙃 2w
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Invisible Emmie | Terri Libenson
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It was also great to have some new voices join in! Thank you to @LibrarianRyan @amie @Peddler410 @Chelsibno @Daisey @TheBookHippie & @JaclynW for a lively discussion!!

LibrarianRyan Thanks for letting me comment. 2mo
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan Your insights are always welcomed 🙂 2mo
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Invisible Emmie | Terri Libenson
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Question 10 #mgbuddyread

Peddler410 I genuinely loved the way Emmie‘s story was told. I‘m looking forward to reading the next by this author — which I already own, like this one, from a year ago 😳 2mo
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 So many books, so little time! 2mo
TheBookHippie I loved it and also want to read the next one!!!! 2mo
JaclynW I loved the story this book told and the format it was told in. I will definitely read more from this author. 2mo
mrp27 I enjoyed it! I look forward to reading more by this author. 2mo
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Question 9 #mgbuddyread

Peddler410 Assuming you mean Katie‘s: I believe it shows everyone has something going on. Katie was portrayed as having it all together, being popular, lots of friends...but what she craved was alone time. 2mo
Peddler410 Or did you mean the illustrations in the final Emmie chapter? In that case, I loved how Terri Libenson shows Emmie letting go of Katie ... indicating she has learned to accept herself for who she is. 2mo
Chelsibno @Peddler410 Summed this up pretty well on both possible sides of the question. I definitely agree. 2mo
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Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @Chelsibno Actually if you notice the last couple of pages Emmie's pictures are much more colorful and brighter, not as subdued as in the rest of the book. I like how the author did this as a reflection of Emmie feeling brighter and more seen. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Lmstraubie yes I agree!!! More vibrant ! But true to self acceptance. 2mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie I Agreee! I loved that! The visual bits in the book really play to the story taking place. It is subtle but definitely noticeable and important to the story. A layer. 2mo
mrp27 I loved seeing Emmies's pages brighten up, it signified to me that things were looking up for her. 2mo
Lmstraubie @mrp27 It was such a subtle change, but I love that the author did it. 2mo
mrp27 @Lmstraubie Me too. 2mo
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Question 8 #mgbuddyread

LibrarianRyan I think it depends on the patent. 2mo
Peddler410 I don‘t think there‘s a one-size-it‘s-all answer to this question. My nieces are 9 yrs apart — I‘ve talked with my sil about raising little Anna and she commented more about the differences in tech more so than her parenting — I mean, there are formula Keurigs now! A friend mentioned he age/experience at the time her girls were born playing a role (19 first time mom; girls 6 yrs apart). (edited) 2mo
Peddler410 Temperament of the children I think also plays a big role in parenting. What works for one may have no effect on another. 2mo
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Chelsibno I think a lot of factors come into play with parenting styles. Birth order can have an effect on it, but so can the ages of the parents, the state of the times, the temperament of the different children, etc. There is a 15 year age gap between me and my oldest sibling. My parents were 19 when she was born and 34 when I was born. So they were in completely different stages of their own lives with each of us. 2mo
Lmstraubie @Chelsibno @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan This question stemmed from the way Emmie's parents were always on the fly, but really intense when they were in her presence. The age difference between her and her siblings also factored in as well. 2mo
TheBookHippie Yes. For sure I raised my first kid in my 20-30s now 40-50s way more relaxed -less stress -more go with the flow 🤣🤷🏽‍♀️ 2mo
JaclynW @LibrarianRyan @peddler410 @Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie @Chelsibno YES!! Although, like many of you stated above, many other factors are influencers as well. The way Emmie's parent's are definitely stood out to me. I could identify. I know I'm a completely different parent to my youngest compared to my oldest -there is an 8 year gap. I'm definitely more relaxed and confident. With your oldest, everything is a "first" so there is that learning curve. 2mo
Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie You are just wiser 😉 2mo
TheBookHippie @Lmstraubie tired and you realise it just doesn‘t matter 🤣🤣 2mo
Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie My kids are 4 1/2 years apart. It's amazing how much I learned between them. 🤣 2mo
TheBookHippie @Lmstraubie almost 18 is a whole other ballgame 2mo
Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie Definitely! 2mo
mrp27 In my house growing up it definitely did. 2mo
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Question 7 #mgbuddyread

LibrarianRyan It was typical. I remember being that way and my life going one way and my friends going the other. 2mo
amie I thought it was sweet but surprising that they had stayed friends in spite of their different interests. 2mo
Peddler410 Any other manifestation of their friendship would not have worked for me. Theirs is a typical friendship — exploring interests different from each other as they move into middle school. Many young friendships don‘t survive to high school but it does happen. I like that this story shows readers that it‘s possible. 2mo
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Chelsibno It reminded me of a lot of my friendships back then. Meeting in early elementary school and becoming friends out of convenient circumstances is pretty common. As is developing different interests and skills in middle school and not being as close but staying friends. I found it a bit surprising that they managed to make amends so easily, but then again it‘s a pretty short book, so suspension of disbelief ought to come into play. 2mo
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan @amie @peddler410 @Chelsibno I was bothered by the way Brianna treated Emmie. I guess it's natural to have a more dominant friend & a passive one, but it still bugged me a little. Sidenote: My closest friends are those from childhood - some from kindergarten, some from 4th grade(when we switched to a new school) & some from jr. high. 2mo
JaclynW @LibrarianRyan @amie @peddler410 @Chelsibno @Lmstraubie I thought the friendship seemed genuine and real. It is something I could identify with and have seen in my children's friendships. Middle school/jr high is a common time where friendships change or are abandoned. Many of my current friends are ones I met in 7th grade. I have a couple that I've known since elementary school. Changing relationships is part of life when your interests change. 2mo
mrp27 I agree the friendship was typical but it irks me. Primarily because I see so much of myself in Emmie that when I look back at my friendships I had my own Brianna. Wish I was less passive in my youth. 2mo
Lmstraubie @mrp27 If we could go back in time knowing what we know today 😏 2mo
mrp27 @Lmstraubie Right?! The saying, "Youth is wasted on the young" is so true. 2mo
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Question 6 #mgbuddyread

LibrarianRyan Not sure. I don‘t think I saw the clues. But I still enjoyed it. 2mo
Chelsibno The following is a copied-and-pasted part of my response to the last question: “I think the different formats of their chapters helped to tip me off. Like some comic book characters, Katie just seemed too perfect to possibly be real.” 2mo
Daisey I didn‘t take the time to try and figure out any twist, but I definitely thought it was weird that these two girls were always in the same place! 2mo
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Peddler410 The fact that these two girls had ALL the same classes started to bug me. Then I started thinking of the use of the graphic novel format for Katie‘s character coupled with Emmie‘s artistic talents... (edited) 2mo
JaclynW @Daisey @Peddler410 Oh! Those were both good clues! I can see it in hindsight. 2mo
mrp27 Katie was too perfect and I couldn't pinpoint it at the time but @Peddler410 nailed it. I knew there was something in Emmie's art that would be a part of the twist. 2mo
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Question 5 #mgbuddyread

LibrarianRyan I knew there was a twist, but I didn‘t have it exactly figured out. Thout they would become friends, or might be secretly sisters. I liked what actually going on, and think it fits the character and the story well. 2mo
Peddler410 I figured it out, don‘t remember when exactly. I loved that twist 😊 And, yes it fits so perfectly. 2mo
Chelsibno I figured out the twist pretty early on. I think the different formats between their chapters helped to tip me off. Like some comic book characters, Katie just seemed too perfect to possibly be real. 2mo
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Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @Chelsibno I was in the same ballpark as @LibrarianRyan I knew something was up, but not quite sure what it was. It was a nice surprise. 2mo
JaclynW I was surprised by the twist. I loved it! 2mo
mrp27 I figured there would be a twist coming because Katie was too perfect. 2mo
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Question 4 #mgbuddyread

LibrarianRyan I love graphic novels. Especially for this age. They give the mind something to focus on when they wander from the words. But I‘m not sure I would call this book a graphic novel. A fully illustrated novel, yes, a graphic novel no. Only parts of the book are layer out in visual panels, not the entire thing. 2mo
Peddler410 Thank you, @LibrarianRyan for those words! This is not a book I would describe as graphic novel. It‘s a pet peeve of mine when illustrated novels are grouped with graphic novels. 2mo
amie I like graphic novels, and I love how much kids love them. I have a hard time focusing on the right panel when I read them in print because my eyes like to randomly wander all over the page, so I prefer to read them in ebook format because I have the option to view one panel at a time. I actually listened to the audiobook of this one which was definitely lacking without the pictures. 2mo
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Peddler410 As to my feelings about the genre — I really enjoy the format. It‘s wonderful for many groups of readers: ELL, reluctant, struggling, anyone. 2mo
LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 I like this form of book for parents who are peeved their kids only read GN, but also for kids who have yet to find a chapter book they can sink into. This is a nice melding of two worlds. So much so I bought the next book. 2mo
Chelsibno I absolutely ADORE graphic novels! I think this stems from a childhood of reading comic books with my older brothers. However, I‘m rather peeved by the description of graphic novels as a “genre”. They aren‘t a genre, they are a format. Just like how film is a format, not a genre. Many different genres exist within the graphic novel format, just like with films. 2mo
Chelsibno As others have mentioned, I wouldn‘t exactly call this book a graphic novel. I thick @LibrarianRyan described what keeps it from being a graphic novel best. It felt more like the love-child of an illustrated novel and a graphic novel. 2mo
CouronneDhiver Ignorant. I‘ve never tried one 2mo
Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan I completely agree! As a school librarian it‘s not only parents, but teachers too that I aim to assist. @Chelsibno I‘m with you on the genre but. In the school libraries I work in, we do keep the graphic novels separate but I‘ve though about moving them to the genre sections. 2mo
JaclynW @LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 @Chelsibno @Lmstraubie @amie @CouronneDhiver Thanks for the clarifications. I wondered if this was a true graphic novel. I'm new to that format and still trying to decide if I like it. I've done better when it is a graphic novel meant for younger readers. The graphic novel I read for adults was more difficult. I get distracted and can't follow or truly get into the story. I'm thinking I just need more practice. 2mo
JaclynW @LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 @Chelsibno @Lmstraubie @amie @CouronneDhiver I know several parents who won't let their children read the graphic novel formatted books. They don't consider them to be "real reading." This saddens me because I think if someone is enjoying what they read, you shouldn't hinder that. Have you run across this? What do you say to parents who believe that? I think graphic novels could also be a springboard into other formats. 2mo
LibrarianRyan @JaclynW When I talk to parents that are like that, I try to appease them and still find a happy medium with the kids. Something like Brian Selznick who does fully illustrated books, or chapter books based on their favorite comics. Or a book like Emmie that mixes both. 2mo
JaclynW @LibrarianRyan Great ideas! 2mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW I think the most frustrating thing for me are parents & teachers who dismiss them without ever having read one!! 2mo
mrp27 @Chelsibno Good point! I love that graphic novels are really evolving into some awesome books. I'm reading more and more of them on all levels, kids, YA etc. I do feel like they get a negative reaction as not being real reading or mislabeled as comics or super hero ish. They are so much more! 2mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie Yes, that is often the case too. 1mo
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Question 3 #mgbuddyread

LibrarianRyan The two sides of a personality. The side of who you think you are, and who you want to be. 2mo
Peddler410 I agree with @LibrarianRyan I really liked the use of the graphic novel format for Katie. 2mo
LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 yes. I thought it was cleaver to use two different types of story form for each character. 2mo
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Chelsibno I have to agree with @LibrarianRyan as well. The Emmie parts are laid out more like a Dork Diaries or Diary of a Wimpy Kid format. Both the protagonists in these series are pretty flawed, which is how Emmie sees herself. Meanwhile, Katie‘s parts are laid out in a more comic-like format, revealing how unrealistic Katie (& Emmie‘s idea of the perfect girl) truly is. 2mo
Daisey I agree with @LibrarianRyan and @Chelsibno as well. I thought the bold brightness of the panels was perfect for Katie and the chapters with more text were better for the more introverted and deeper thoughts of Emmie. 2mo
Lmstraubie Well said @LibrarianRyan! @daisey @Chelsibno @peddlee410 I liked the two formats as well. I wonder if the author considered switching the formats for each girl at the end. I know she didn't, but wonder if it was a consideration. 2mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie Interesting thought. I wonder now too. 2mo
JaclynW @LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 @Chelsibno @Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie @Daisey I loved the two formats and what they represented. The more muted colors and wordy sections emphasized Emmie's invisibility. I actually noticed how it messed with my head and really made me *feel* like Emmie. Vice versa for the Katie parts that were more colorful. You felt light, bright, fun, confident while reading those parts. It was a clever move on the author's part. 2mo
mrp27 I agree with @LibraianRyan I liked the use of different formats for both Emmie and Katie. 2mo
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Question 2 #mgbuddyread

LibrarianRyan Her fear. She has a fear of others noticing her perceived faults, so she “hides” herself in plain sight until she learns that her faults are not really faults. Just more quirks she should love. 2mo
amie I think it's the nature of being an introvert. The world has a tendency to not see us quieter folks (and we don't like being there center of attention), and especially in an environment like school it's easy for someone who's quiet to get lost in the background. 2mo
Peddler410 Emmie is insecure. She does what she can to avoid being noticed because of what she feels are flaws. 2mo
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Chelsibno I think insecurity with her perceived faults plays heavily into this. She believes she has more faults than positive qualities, so tries to stay out of the spotlight. 2mo
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan @amie @Peddler410 @Chelsibno It's interesting how a middle school environment can bring on or intensify those feelings. 2mo
TheBookHippie Severe insecurity!!!! And I think she is just quiet. 2mo
JaclynW @LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 @Chelsibno @Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie @amie Fears and insecurities most definitely!! She isn't accepting of who she is at her core. She doesn't want to stand out as being different. Middle school (junior high) does bring this to the forefront with great intensity. I get a slight dose of PTSD just thinking back...😬😣😖😟😢 2mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW I wasn't sure what the connection was between her siblings leaving & her becoming an introvert. I guess she felt more supported when they were home. 2mo
mrp27 Her insecurity and fear to just accept herself as she is. The one thing I can appreciate about age is the ability to finally own who you are without apology. 2mo
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Question 1 #mgbuddyread

LibrarianRyan She feels invisible because she is not popular. She is not “noticed” in her class. She is the fly on the wall observing everything, rather than the butterfly getting all the attention. 2mo
Peddler410 I think Emmie feels invisible because she doesn‘t feel special in any way. 2mo
Chelsibno I think she feels invisible because she doesn‘t feel like she‘s noticed at school. She doesn‘t have a lot of the things or qualities that she believes makes girls popular or noticed. We see this particularly with Katie, her idea of the perfect popular girl. Emmie thinks that to be noticed, a girl needs to be super gorgeous, outgoing, intelligent, athletic, and, most annoyingly, PERFECT. She doesn‘t believe she is any of these things. 2mo
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Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 @Chelsibno I agree with what you all said. I just found it interesting that she was so much more outgoing when her older siblings we're home and then that changed when they left. 2mo
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie very interesting. Because normally the baby in the family is stereotyped as the “performer”. It could also be the huge age gap between siblings. My friend and my guy are youngest but with a decade or more between youngest and next. Both are introverts. It almost becomes single child syndrome. 2mo
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan I remember reading somewhere (but please don't ask where lol) that an age difference of 8 years or more makes it seem as though the child is an only even though there are siblings. 2mo
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie I can believe that. There is 12 and 13 years between Josh and his brothers. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Lmstraubie yes I am eight years older than my brother we feel like onlys my kids 17.5 years apart are considered it as well. 2mo
TheBookHippie This is so how I felt and lots of the girls I read this book with. “Nothing stands out...” 2mo
JaclynW @LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 @Chelsibno @Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie I agree with your statements. Kids at this age, often/especially girls, struggle with insecurities and wondering where they fit in this big world. It's tough! Do you remember it? Just about every person I know really struggled through the ages of 12-15 - "popular" kids included. ⬇️ 2mo
JaclynW @LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 @Chelsibno @Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie We all want to belong somewhere and feel important/valued. Sometimes our vision is clouded and we become someone we aren't. Peer pressure and societal "norms" don't help. We often aren't given several "paths" to go down. So if we don't fit the norm, we feel invisible and start to live accordingly. 2mo
TheBookHippie @JaclynW I was bullied relentlessly 10-15. So yah blech. 2mo
JaclynW @TheBookHippie Oh man, sorry! Bullying sucks. My husband and I have been discussing bullying over the years as our kids are growing and we've tried to think of how best to deal with it. What are your thoughts? What advice would you give a student who is being bullied? 2mo
TheBookHippie @JaclynW find your tribe you only need one person and confide in one mentor. Teaching that it‘s the bully‘s issue is helpful. Reporting every single thing is actually a crap shoot. There are laws some places but hardly upheld. My parents should have let me change schools. They apologized when I was 30 🙄 (edited) 2mo
JaclynW @TheBookHippie Great advice. Bullies get away with a lot even with rules/laws in place. Wow, 30 is a bit past due. So sorry! I do think empowering students can be helpful. Teaching them to stand up for themselves and others too. Like you said, teaching students to know and understand that it's the bully's issue and to let it roll off you instead of internalizing it is helpful. (All easier said than done of course.) 2mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW @TheBookHippie I try to instill in my students & my own children that the way someone treats you is a reflection of them. The way you respond is a reflection of you. And, so true, easier said than done. 2mo
TheBookHippie @JaclynW 30 was decades ago 🤣🤣🤣🤣and yes way overdue 2mo
mrp27 Sorry for joining so late, was on vacation last week. I think Emmie feels invisible for a multitude of reasons but they all lead to the same place, wanting and finding her place in the world, her world being school, family and friends. 2mo
Lmstraubie @mrp27 Better late than never 😉 Hope you had a nice trip! 2mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie What great advice! 1mo
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 I love this series. Fifteen books is not enough. Keep them coming! Historical fiction ✔️ Mystery ✔️ Engaging characters ✔️

rretzler I am in complete agreement! 2mo
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The Listeners | Leni Zumas
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I love my #audiobooks, but I also love #podcasts This one has really resonated with me. It's by two children's authors (see above) If you enjoy children's books, picture through YA, if you are looking for more diversity in your reading, if you want to fall in love with a podcast, this is for you. #teachersoflitsy #librariansoflitsy #raisingreaders #mgbuddyread https://player.fm/series/lifelines-books-that-bridge-the-divide

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How do school Librarians spend spring break? Well, this one visited her eldest at school in Boston & visited 3 independent bookstores and a bookish cafe. Clockwise from left: Brattle Book Shop, Porter Square Books, Trident Books & Cafe, Cafe Nero.

kspenmoll Nostalgia for me- used to live in Allston right over the bridge to Cambridge & a few of your mentioned bookstores! 📚❤️ glad you had such fun! 2mo
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Turns out I have some self control (not much, but at least a smidge). I started this #audiobook this morning, but I am saving the last 2 chapters for tomorrow. I don't want to say goodbye to Maisie 😕

Tadams4 One cannot but love Maisie! 2mo
Lmstraubie @Tadams4 Exactly!!! I know I will have to go back and reread the series. I just LOVE the story line and characters. 2mo
Eyelit This isn‘t the last, is it? I‘ve read through the fourth in the series and have been meaning to pick up with Maisie again 2mo
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Lmstraubie @eyelit This is number 15 and I really hope not the last! 2mo
Suet624 There are 15!?? I‘ve not read one of them. I best get cracking. 2mo
Lmstraubie @Suet624 Be careful... they're addictive 😉 2mo
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A book lovers quandary...
After @Andrew65 introduced me to this series I totally binged it and couldn't get enough. Then I had to wait and wait and wait. I missed these characters so much. Well the next book is here. Do I dive right in or wait and savor?? Who am I kidding?!?!? Welcome back Maisie!

Andrew65 😂😂😂 How could you possibly wait. Just blame me. 😗 2mo
Lmstraubie @Andrew65 I'm already half way through (I have the audio book). I've been gardening & cleaning the yard all day so I can listen 😂😬 2mo
Andrew65 @Lmstraubie The Maisie Dobbs Spring Clean 👍 2mo
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The Mortal Word | Genevieve Cogman
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Enjoy a delicious breakfast in this adorable coffee shop before heading home after a visit to my eldest for his 21st birthday 😮

readordierachel Cute spot! 2mo
mrp27 Nice! 2mo
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@Peddler410 Thought you might enjoy this (if you don't already know about it) Episode 3: National Poetry Month by Lifelines: Books That Bridge the Divide
https://player.fm/1qSRwr

Peddler410 Thank you! I am not familiar with this podcast, but I will certainly give it a listen 🙂 2mo
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I'm such a mood reader. I usually have several books going at once because I never know what I'll be in the mood to read. Trying to decide between some more Mary Oliver poetry & our #mgbuddyread book for this month. One thing I didn't have trouble deciding on was my birthday freebie from Starbucks 😉

Megabooks I know the struggle only too well! 2mo
mrp27 Happy Birthday!! 🎉📚📚🎂 I just finished Invisible Emmie, I liked it! 2mo
Lmstraubie @mrp27 Thank you 🙂 I opted for the poetry, but I'm off this week so I'll get to Emmie too. Looking forward to our discussion 🙂 2mo
Lmstraubie @megabooks Bookworm problems 😉 2mo
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Happy Friday Littens! Just a reminder - our #mgbuddyread for April is the tagged book. Our discussion will be on Sunday, April 28th. Questions will be posted around 4:00pm EST. Join in when you can! Questions? Just comment below 🙂📚🔖

Dmarie76 Hello! I would love to join your book club and wondered if you add me to your updates and conversations? Thanks a ton! 2mo
Lmstraubie @Dmarie76 Yes! Definitely 🙂 Just in case you can always search #mgbuddyread but I will add you to the list! Welcome! 2mo
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The Birchbark House | Louise Erdrich
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Question 9 #mgbuddyread

sblbooks Thanks for picking this one, it was an interesting read. 3mo
Daisey I‘m glad this finally pushed me to read a book I‘ve had on my TBR for years! I‘ve also seen it frequently mentioned as a good book to read alongside Little House on the Prairie and do think they would pair well. 3mo
mrp27 Great book, glad I read it. I never knew Edrich wrote kids books. 3mo
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Lmstraubie @sblbooks @Daisey @mrp27 I liked the book. It was sweet. I'm glad I read it & will be adding it to my school collection. I definitely think it's a great companion book to the Little House series. 3mo
JaclynW @Daisey @Lmstraubie While reading I also made the comparison to the Little House books! Although I like those better...maybe just nostalgia?? I was so drawn to the Little House characters and was just beginning to get that with the characters from this book towards the end. Is this author planning on writing a series of this book? If she continued the series, I could see myself coming to like these books close to my fondness for Little House. 3mo
JaclynW I'm glad to have read this book. It isn't something I probably would have picked up on my own. As I stated early, I'm lacking in knowledge about the Native American people and culture. What I have is pretty basic. In recent years to help remedy this, I have read Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee and Killers of the Flower Moon - both of which are highly educational and excellent reads. @sblbooks @Daisey @mrp27 @Lmstraubie Thanks for choosing this one! 3mo
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Question 8 #mgbuddyread

sblbooks Yes I thought it was very descriptive. 3mo
mrp27 Yes. I've been to the Plimouth Plantation museum in Plymouth Massachusetts and there they have a live Wampanoag village with real members of the tribe demonstrating how they lived, hunted, and cooked. They even had birchbark houses (I believe they were since they look the same) and the whole time I was reading this story all I could think about was my visit there and it all came to life. 3mo
Lmstraubie @sblbooks @mrp27 It reminded me of Plimoth Plantation as well. I also went on a field trip with my son's school to a remake of a Lenape Village which I thought of too. I think it helped that the author was a dependent of the tribe and worked at making the story authentic. 3mo
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mrp27 Did you not just love Plimouth Plantation? So cool. Really brings things to life. The Lenape Village sounds neat too. 3mo
Lmstraubie @mrp27 I'm such a huge dork. I live for that kind of stuff. I love to think about what life was like and always wish the walls could talk. 3mo
JaclynW I had never before even heard of this tribe! I'm assuming this author did her research. This whole book was an education for me. We have several Native American tribes in our state and surrounding areas and I have visited a few historical sites and museums. It is fascinating to learn and see. They were kind and gentle people. I obviously have a lack of education in this area though I'm ashamed to say. @sblbooks @mrp27 @Lmstraubie 3mo
mrp27 @JaclynW I feel the same, my knowledge is so limited. I wish Native American history and culture were taught more on school. 3mo
Lmstraubie @mrp27 Yes and not just at Thanksgiving 3mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW The author is a decendent of the tribe on her mother's side. 3mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie I didn't know that. How cool! 3mo
JaclynW @mrp27 @Lmstraubie Good news: My kids have learned WAY more about Native American tribes in school than I did - and it is FACTUAL based. It isn't the "fluff" I learned around Thanksgiving time. Thankfully! 3mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW That's good to hear! 3mo
mrp27 @JaclynW That's awesome! 3mo
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Question 7 #mgbuddyread

Peddler410 Omakaya 3mo
Lmstraubie I actually thought it was Neewo and it was the ending of the story. 3mo
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Chelsibno I read this book back in the early 2000s when it was nominated for the WAW Award. I still remember reading the first two chapters and thinking to myself “that baby is Omakayas. If it‘s not Omakayas, I‘m going to throw this book against the wall.” As an eleven year old, it just made thematic sense for that to be true. Any other path would have just been disappointing. *cough*LastJedi*cough* 3mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie At first I thought it was Neewo too. As the book went on I wondered...I love that it turned out to be Omakayas. @Chelsibno @mrp27 @Peddler410 3mo
Lmstraubie @Chelsibno Thank you for the chuckle 😁 @JaclynW I like that it turned out to be her also. 3mo
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Question 6 #mgbuddyread

sblbooks Similar interest, the grandmother is teaching her the art of healing at the end. 3mo
mrp27 I like to think the grandmother saw a bit of herself in Omakaya. 3mo
Lmstraubie @sblbooks @mrp27 Agreed. They had a special way to listen to the world around them. 3mo
JaclynW @sblbooks @mrp27 @Lmstraubie Yes! Agreed. I loved their special bond.❤ 3mo
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Question 5 #mgbuddyread

sblbooks I think it's part of their culture and also they may not understand how germs are spread. 3mo
Lmstraubie @sblbooks I didn't consider they didn't understand germs. That really makes good sense. I was do annoyed they put themselves at risk for hospitality, but that definitely makes more sense. 3mo
Daisey I thought maybe they did not realize how sick he was when he first arrived. However, then I also wondered why they were so accommodating since they were aware of smallpox and knew to separate their own family members once sick. 3mo
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mrp27 I was a little puzzled by that too. I'm guessing they didn't realize it was smallpox until they started seeing the symptoms. Not understanding germs also makes sense. 3mo
JaclynW @sblbooks I completely agree with you. It is totally their culture to be hospitable. They also didn't have modern education about germs. @Lmstraubie @Daisey @mrp27 I did some research from another book I read about the Spanish Flu in 1918-1920 and found that it hit my state of Utah hard. The hardest population hit here was the Native Americans on the reservations - much of it due to lack of education of proper handwashing and quarantine. 3mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW Very interesting. I also think their isolation could cause a less viable immune system. 3mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie Yes, definitely. 3mo
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Question 4 #mgbuddyread

Mdargusch I think they had to be in order to survive. 3mo
Peddler410 Survival for sure. Living the way they do requires an understanding of nature and how to use what nature provides. 3mo
sblbooks It's important because there were no modern conveniences. They had to live off the land. 3mo
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mrp27 Agree it was for survival but I also believe nature weighs pretty heavy in their spirituality and folklore. (edited) 3mo
Chelsibno While survival seems to be the consensus (and I agree that plays a huge part), I think @mrp27 makes a great point of how nature figures heavily in their folklore and spirituality. It seemed like every story and spiritual ritual heavily featured or tied into natural forces. 3mo
JaclynW @mrp27 @Chelsibno Totally agree with you about it being both for survival and spiritual based. You find that in many ancient cultures. I do love the reverence that Native Americans have for nature. We could probably learn a thing or two from them. @sblbooks @Peddler410 @Mdargusch 3mo
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