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, December 12, 2016

#IMWAYR December 12, 2016

Each week I try to join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers to share all of the reading I've done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. It's #IMWAYR.

Here's what I read last week:

Middle Grade

This book came in the mail last week but I couldn't bring it to school until I read it first. I'm so glad I did. When the students in Ms. Hill's Fifth Grade Class learn that their school is closing at the end of the year, they each have a different reaction. Told in rhyme in eighteen diverse voices, this book is about so much more than the closing of a school It's about friendship, adjusting to change, the encouragement of an amazing teacher, and most of all, it's about finding your own voice. I can't wait to share it with my students.

Young Adult

This science fiction novel is also told in two voices. The e-reader can choose to read one story at a time or to go back and forth between the main characters. Lyra and Gemma have to change their outlook on life when they discover everything they thought they knew about themselves is a lie. I will be anxiously awaiting the sequel to find out what their futures hold.


If you like my reading choices, you can check out all the books I've read on Goodreads and please leave a comment below. It's Monday, what have you been reading?


  1. Thanks for the great review! I can't wait to hear what your students enjoy about Ms. Hill's 5th grade poets.

  2. Thank you for reminding us about The Last 5th Grade at Emerson Elementary. We loved this book and will add it to our Pinterest Board of books in verse - https://www.pinterest.com/tammyandclare/books-in-verse/

  3. I had hoped to get to The Last 5th Grade at Emerson Elementary this year, but don't think I'm going to get to it. It might have to go on next years must read list.

  4. I'm very intrigued by Last 5th grade at Emerson Elementary - looks like a meaningful read.


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