This is the blog of children's book author and third grade teacher, Stacy Barnett Mozer. I blog about my own writing journey, the journey of other kidlit authors, my classroom, and talk about books. Thanks for stopping by. Your thoughts are always welcome (and encouraged).

Monday, July 4, 2016

#IMWAYR July 4, 2016

Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. #IMWAYR

Happy Independence Day!! At the end of my second week of vacation I've finished 7 middle grade and 1 YA. My reviews of these books will be up on Goodreads soon, but I need to give a special shout out to It Ain't So Awful, Falafel

In this incredibly difficult time when hate seems to be everywhere, it is good to be reminded that love can triumph over prejudice. It Ain't So Awful, Falafel is a somewhat autobiographical historical fiction novel about an Iranian girl who lives in America during the Iran Hostage Crisis and the toll that takes on her family. I don't want to give too much away (read the book!) but as we struggle to explain to the children of today why people can be so hateful and what we need to do as individuals to so kindness to others, discussing this book is a great place to start that conversation.

Here's what I've read this week:

Middle Grade

Young Adult


  1. It Ain't So Awful, Falafel sounds like a great read during this time of so much turmoil. I put it on my list. Thanks.

  2. I echo Books4Learning, will look for It Ain't So Awful, Falafel for sure. I'll look for Dangerous Lies to see more about it. Thanks!

  3. It Ain't So Awful sounds like it is a book that needs to be in as many classrooms and libraries as possible.

    Happy fourth, and happy reading this week! :)

  4. I've been seeing It Aint So Awful Falafel on a number of blogs recently, it seems to be getting a lot of buzz. I'll hopefully get my hands on a copy soon!


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