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Tracey3

Tracey3

Joined July 2019

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The Wife Between Us | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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I‘ve been on a roll with these suspenseful, psychological thrillers lately. As a teacher, I often struggle with reading during the school year. I don‘t have time and I‘m too tired. Yet, this book, makes me forget that I am tired. When a book is this good, you make time to read it or you deal with being tired the next day. It is worthwhile for a bit of time to become lost in a book. all I have to say is, wait until you get to Part 2!!!!!

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A touching story, written in verse, about a little girl forced to flee her home country as the Vietnam War was coming to a close. This story highlights the difficulties of transitioning to a new country in times of great difficulty.

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How to Walk Away | Katherine Center
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Enjoyable read. An amazing story of a woman‘s comeback from an unbelievable tragedy.

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One for the Murphys | Lynda Mullaly Hunt
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Oh wow! This book was more amazing than I can ever explain. I am continuing to “interview” books for Read Alouds for my fifth graders. I thought this book would be a winner until I got to the parts that made me cry. This book brought out the ugly cry. There is no way I will be able to read this one to a classroom and hold myself together. I also have to acknowledge the fact that the main character, Carley, shares my opinion of The Giving Tree.

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Wishtree (adult edition) | Katherine Applegate
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What a wonderful read! Tissues required! Who doesn‘t love a book that is narrated by a tree?

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I must admit, I thought I had the ending all figured out, but I was wrong!!! Another cleverly crafted tale of suspense with so many twists and turns.

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The Couple Next Door | Shari Lapena
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OMG! So much suspense! I could not walk away from this book! I simply had to know what would happen next and each twist and turn did not disappoint!!!

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The Hamilton Affair | Elizabeth Cobbs
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If you‘re a fan of Hamilton and not quite ready to tackle the time which inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda, this is the book for you. It details the extraordinary events of this controversial founding father and his wife.

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Wow! This book has been on my wishlist since the summer based upon a recommendation. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I could not put this book down. If you were ever a fan of V.C. Andrews, this book is for you. It was so wrong, yet it was so good.

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Rain Reign | Ann M. Martin
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What a tear jerker!!!! Lately I have been “interviewing” books for possible Read Alouds with my fifth graders. I have been drawn to books with characters that are struggling with challenges/disabilities. In this book, the main character is on the Autism Spectrum and is obsessed with homonyms, prime numbers, and rules. She also loves her dog. When her dog is lost during a hurricane, she has to work through her rules in order to deal.

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My kids and I have become obsessed with Alexander Hamilton since I saw the play. Listening to the soundtrack nonstop has attracted the attention of my kids. This book was adequate, but suffers a bit since it condenses a lot of information into a book meant for kids. The book that inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda is in my Amazon cart. I can‘t wait for that one.

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The Horse Dancer | Jojo Moyes
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After enjoying Me Before You and the books in that series, I decided to keep my eye out for more books by Jojo Moyes. This one was a ripped cover discount purchase. She develops her characters so thoroughly and, as a result, I miss them when I‘ve finished the book. I was so invested in this book, that I would stay up later that I should because I couldn‘t stop reading. I eagerly awaited the moment I could continue reading.

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The Other Story: A Novel | Tatiana de Rosnay
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I couldn‘t put this book down. It was so intriguing and I needed to know what was going to happen next. Several parts were predictable, but there were some twists and turns that I didn‘t anticipate.

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If you had asked me if I would ever read an entire book about a punctuation mark, I‘m quite sure I would have said, “no.” Much to my surprise, however, I have read an entire book about a punctuation mark AND I enjoyed it. The author clearly enjoys language and manipulation of words through clever uses of punctuation. She has done thorough research. The book had me laughing aloud at times. Toward the end, I was a bit less interested.

Booksnchill I loved this on audio! 2mo
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“We forget that if students leave school less curious than when they started, we have failed them.” This is a great book for any teacher, administrator, or business leader. If you want to inspire the best outcomes, you must have an innovator‘s mindset. I highlighted so many parts of this book and I will revisit it often.

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The Book Charmer | Karen Hawkins
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A new school year started and my ability to read has diminished. I‘m embarrassed by how long it has taken to finish this one. Everything about this book was adorable: the characters, the town, the premise. The portrayal of a loved one suffered from Alzheimer‘s was achingly accurate. I could have hung out in that town a bit longer.

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Out of My Mind | Sharon M. Draper
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Fourth and final summer reading book for my new fifth grade class. I actually read it before, but decided I needed a refresher. I love this story about a girl with cerebral palsy who is genius level smart. She suffers because she can‘t easily communicate with others. Through bravery and determination, she opens lines of communication and sparks up during her inclusion classes. This book also makes me very angry!!!!!!

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Third summer reading book for my new 5th grade group. Wow! How is it that I have never read this book before. What an amazing story!!! I couldn‘t put the book down. I laughed. I cried. I got angry. Now? I‘m sad the my journey with these characters has come to an end. Does anyone else miss the characters when you finish a book??

LibrarianRyan I did in this book so much. I didn‘t read this til I was an adult as well and was sad I missed it in childhood. 3mo
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Al Capone Does My Shirts | Gennifer Choldenko
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Another summer reading book for my incoming fifth graders. I loved this book so much. The characters were well developed and had just the right amount of complexity. I literally had chills when I finished the last chapter. I plan to read the rest of this series at some point.

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Riding Freedom | Pam Munoz Ryan
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This was a summer reading book for my new class. This was a great, quick read about a very brave girl. So much happens to her in this little story that I won‘t divulge anything. No spoilers.

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The Master Magician | Charlie N. Holmberg
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Through the series, I have grown to enjoy the characters of Ceony and Emery. My favorite parts of this particular book were when they were together. I felt the story around them was a bit dull and predictable, however. I wanted more.

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The Glass Magician | Charlie N. Holmberg
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I enjoyed this book even more than the first one. The plot is well developed and I am more familiar with the characters. I tend to enjoy books in series and this one did not disappoint.

SW-T I enjoyed this series also 😊 Welcome to Litsy 😊 @LitsyWelcomeWagon #LitsyWelcomeWagon 4mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 3mo
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The Paper Magician | Charlie N. Holmberg
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I had no idea what to expect from this book. I never would have predicted the events of this story. I found it difficult to walk away from the book. Now I will read the second book in this series.

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The Beginning of Everything | Robyn Schneider
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This book was reminiscent of a John Green novel. It contained a male narrator, a mysterious female love interest, a tightly bonded group of friends, and witty banter. Not as witty as Green 😉. I was quickly invested in the characters and needed to know what would happen to them. The conclusion was meh, but the journey was enjoyable.
“I pictured her tragically; it never once occurred to me to picture her as the tragedy.”

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This book was entertaining. I constantly wanted to know what was going to happen next and how the story would wrap up. I was satisfied with the story, it it just wasn‘t amazing.

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What a great story!!! Multiple narrators, multiple timelines, one complicated and layered mystery that slowly comes together. Each chapter revealing a little more until you are finally given all the answers. I highly recommend this one.

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Oddly enough, this book reminded me of the John Green books I have just finished reading. The characters are smart and witty, they form a tight bond, and adventures occur. All of the characters are damaged, but the main character is most damaged of all. Esther‘s healing process is just one journey in this book, but it is the most heartbreaking and hope-filled of all.

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Paper Towns | Green, John
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So, I‘m guessing I should not have read Paper Towns right after Looking for Alaska. I could not help but find many similarities between the two. If I disregard those similarities, I must say I enjoyed this book. I really liked the characters, probably more than their journey. The characters are intelligent and witty and have great banter with one another. Their journey is a bit far fetched for high school seniors, even extremely intelligent ones.

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Looking for Alaska | John Green
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I found it difficult to put this book down. From the very beginning, I was invested in the main character, I enjoyed the people he befriended, and I was intrigued by the fact that the author is counting down to something from the very beginning of the book. This is not the type of book that surprises you with a twist, you are aware that you are approaching it the entire time. The author doesn‘t want the twist to be the only thing you remember.

Suet624 Nice review! 5mo
Tracey3 Thank you! 5mo
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I really enjoyed this book. When Penelope‘s best friend suffers a tragedy, it shakes her world. She takes a good look at her life and decides to make changes. In my opinion, Penelope‘s self-reflection and subsequent journey toward change are realistic in today‘s world. We do need to slow down and pay attention to the things that matter. Work toward changing areas of your life that make you unhappy.

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In this book, the main character is struggling to fit in. She is a scholarship student in an affluent school. She makes some interesting choices which leads to an entertaining read.

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Mrs. Everything | Jennifer Weiner
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As a fan of Jennifer Weiner‘s books, I could not wait to read this one. I was not disappointed. The story pulled me in quickly. The use of dual narrators keeps the readers interest because there is always a little bit of the story hanging in question until you return to that particular narrator. My only criticism is the overall pervasive feeling of sadness and dissatisfaction of the characters.

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I enjoyed this book. The main character is school librarian who loves to read, so I related to her immediately. She has been placed in an interesting family situation and I love how she works her way through it. It was an easy, quick, and entertaining read. Perfect for my vacation week at the beach.