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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).

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

#BookTalkTuesday June 20, 2017



This year I wanted to find new ways for my third grade students recommend books so we decided to post their recommendations on #BookTalkTuesday. Next year we'd love to see more classes join in.

Yesterday I asked my students to tell me their first book of the summer (which starts at 1:15 today). Here are some of the books they will be reading first:


The Great Treehouse War by Lisa Graff

Jake and Lily by Jerry Spininelli
Hilo by Judd Winick
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
The Ship of Secrets by Geronimo Stilton

Here's what my students recommended this week:





E. recommends Dog Man. - There is a Villain Petey and he hates Dog Man because he always catches Petey when he's doing something wrong so Petey goes to cat jail. And there is a mayor who is secretly evil and wants to make Dog Man bad. But she got a better idea and sends Petey a present in jail to help him create a Weenie Army. You should read this book because it is really funny and the author is the same author for Captain Underpants. George and Harold from Captain Underpants are also in the book.


A. recommends Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties - In this book, Petey wanted to create a clone that would help him, but it turned out that the clone was "Li'l Petey" who thought Petey was his father. So Petey made a robot named 80-HD for his clone to go in. Then Li'l Petey disappeared, and decided to go with dog man, while Petey was more annoyed. This book has so much comedy, action, and I love how it tells you the next book coming, titled "Dog Man and Cat Kid." It also tells you how to draw the characters. I enjoyed this wonderful book! You should read it!



S. recommends Meanwhile - It's not a normal book because you can chose between two options like for example in the beginning you chose between to eat vanilla or chocolate ice cream. If you chose vanilla you end the book directly but if you chose chocolate you go to a professors laboratory because the ice cream made you sick. It's really cool although it's kinda confusing at the beginning you will understand if you read the instructions and it's a really good story YOU SHULD READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!




C. recommends All Heart. - Carli Loyd wanted to be on the national women's soccer team. But she didn't make the team. So her dad met this soccer trainer to help her. Then the next year she tried out again. With the help of her trainer James she made the team. I learned from Carli that if you preserve lots of great things will happen. I recommend this book because Carli teaches lots of great lessons. She's also my favorite player.



J. recommends No Talking - Dave wanted to prove that girls talk more than boys by making a challenge who can talk less. But the teachers start finding out what they are doing they get mad. I recommend this book because it is funny when the principal and teachers get mad at the boys and girls for NOT talking.


That's all for this week. I'm hoping that my soon to be former students will continue to send me their recommendations over the summer. Please comment on our reading choices or share your recommendations below. They love hearing from you!

Monday, June 19, 2017

#IMWAYR June 19, 2017


In one day my school year will be over and my new adventure as a grades 2-5 advanced learning teacher will begin. Each week I 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. I will continue to do this over the summer to share my summer reading.

Here's what I read this week:

Middle Grade


Imagine having divorced parents who think the only solution to the uneven amount of days in a seven day week is to have you live in a tree house by yourself on Wednesdays. Winnie's parents are so concerned about being even that they don't care that she may fail the fifth grade. She decides it's time to take matters into her own hands and stay in her treehouse until her parents can come and talk together. When the rest of her fifth grade class joins her for reasons of their own, the Great Treehouse War begins. This book is about family relationships, fairness, and friendship. I think readers will appreciate the relationships between these ten kids and will want to join them in this amazing treehouse.


Jake and Lily are twins. They are so connected that every year on their birthday they wake up alone in a train station together after having the same sleepwalking dream. If Jake is hurt, Lily feels it. If Lily is scared, Jake knows it. That is until Jake decides to join a group of local boys who don't like girls. This book is about family relationship, friendship, bullying, and self-discovery. Anyone who has ever grown apart from a sibling or a friend, or who has been forced to make a choice between being cool or doing what's right will be interested in this story about growing up. 


Come back to the blog tomorrow to see a final post for this school year on what my third graders have been reading on #BookTalkTuesday!
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Stacy Barnett Mozer is a third grade teacher and a middle grade author. The Sweet Spot and The Perfect Trip are available now from Spellbound River Press. If you like what she's been reading follow her on Goodreads. Please leave a comment below. It's Monday, what are you reading?

Monday, June 12, 2017

#IMWAYR June 12, 2017


It's June! I can't believe that the school year is almost over. Each week I 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. I will continue to do this over the summer to share my summer reading as I move positions from 3rd grade teacher to 2nd - 5th grade advance learning english language arts and science teacher.

Here's what I read this week:

Middle Grade


I really enjoyed the first in this fantasy series by Linda Sue Park. Raffa has a gift for being an apothecary but when he discovers a new plant in the woods that changes the behavior of animals he learns that some actions have unforeseen consequences and that not everyone will use a new discovery for good.


A Long Walk to Water is based on the true story of eleven year old Salva who becomes a Lost Boy of Sudan after his school is attacked by armed rebels. It is a beautiful story that needs to be read with tissues on hand. I don't see how anyone can read it without needing to find a way to give money to help the real Salva bring water to Sudan - a project I plan to do with my 5th graders after we read the book next year. A Long Walk to Water is also a Global Read Aloud book for 2017.

Young Adult


I picked up an advanced reader copy of Reign the Earth at Book Expo. This new series by A. C. Gaughen has all of the deceit, romance, and intrigue of her Scarlet series. I can't wait for the next one.


Come back to the blog tomorrow to see what my third graders have been reading on #BookTalkTuesday!
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Stacy Barnett Mozer is a third grade teacher and a middle grade author. The Sweet Spot and The Perfect Trip are available now from Spellbound River Press. If you like what she's been reading follow her on Goodreads. Please leave a comment below. It's Monday, what are you reading?

Monday, June 5, 2017

#IMWAYR June 5, 2017


It's June! I can't believe that the school year is almost over. Each week I 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. I will continue to do this over the summer to share my summer reading.

Here's what I read this week:


Picture Book


After the Fall is the story of Humpty Dumpty's journey to get back up after the big disaster. I adore Dan Santat's writing and illustrations. My students are going to love this one. Can't wait to share it with them today!

Middle Grade


When Theodora Tenpenny's grandfather dies he tell her to "look under the egg." Theo hopes he means that he has left her some way for her Theo and her mother to pay to continue living in their New York City Brownstone. Instead Theo uncovers a mystery that dates back to the Monument Men of Word War II.


This magical story follows Twig, a lonely girl who is keeping a family secret that keeps her separated from everyone in her town. When new neighbors move in who are connected to the curse that plagues Twig's family, she realizes she may have a way to break the curse and finally make some friends.


I was so excited to find out that the stories of Fablehaven have continued in a new series. Once again Kendra and Seth must save the world from magical foes. Fablehaven and this new dragon series are perfect for fantasy lovers of all ages. I can't wait until the next one!


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Stacy Barnett Mozer is a third grade teacher and a middle grade author. The Sweet Spot and The Perfect Trip are available now from Spellbound River Press. If you like what she's been reading follow her on Goodreads. Please leave a comment below. It's Monday, what are you reading?

Monday, May 29, 2017

#IMWAYR May 29, 2017


Each week I 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. 

This week in the classroom:

Fractured Tale Study

To end the year my students will be fracturing a traditional folk or fairytale. To get them ready we have been exploring different versions of Red Riding Hood.


As Little Red Pencil goes through her journey she teaches the parts of a story and grammar rules. I will definitely use this book as a read aloud close to the start of each year.


We love Corey Rosen Schwartz's fractured ninja tales!


Read Aloud



I was lucky to get an F & G of this book from Holly McGhee last week. It's a timely story about overcoming the fear and anger seen on the news by doing simple things, like getting outside and being kind to others.


Here's what I read this week:

Spy School


I took one of my student's #BookTalkTuesday recommendations and read Spy School. I can definitely understand why these books are flying off the shelf. When Ben Ripley is recruited to CIA Spy School he's honored. That is until he realizes that he's been selected as a patsy and his life is in danger. But Ben isn't going to let that get him down. He's determined to show the CIA he deserves to be a spy, even if it gets him killed.


When Jax Aubrey's father dies he finds himself living with a complete stranger, eighteen-year-old Riley Pendare. Riley is a terrible guardian and Jax doesn't understand why his father would trust him with Jax's care until the day he turns thirteen and wakes up on the eighth day, a day created by none other than King Arthur, the Lady of the Lake, and Merlin, to keep a group of sorcerers from invading our world. As a descendant of a knight of the original round table, Jax has the responsibility to preserve this day and protect the people living there. Highly recommended.

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Stacy Barnett Mozer is a third grade teacher and a middle grade author. The Sweet Spot and The Perfect Trip are available now from Spellbound River Press. If you like what she's been reading follow her on Goodreads. Please leave a comment below. It's Monday, what are you reading?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

#BookTalkTuesday May 23, 2017

This year I have been trying to find new ways for my third grade students recommend books so we have decided to post their recommendations on #BookTalkTuesday. We'd love to see more classes join in. Don't have time to post? If you want to add books for an individual student, make sure to go to Miss Palmieri blog and fill out the book talk form.

Here's what my students recommend this week:


P. recommends The Night Gardner because it was kind of scary. The author's description of the characters and setting were very descriptive and made him want to read on.




J. recommends The Amulet series. It's a great graphic novel series that is similar to Star Wars. It has action and a lot of other elements that people would like - machines, magic, etc.



C. recommends Finding Perfect. She likes how Elly Swartz describes the main character. She also loves how the poetry is weaved into the book through the Poetry Slam. It's also full of suspense because there are so many terrible things that might happen, such as her friend moving away and her mom staying away.



L. recommends the Elephant and Piggy series because they are funny. He likes the way the author introduces the character's feelings. He likes the books very much.

That's all for this week. Check back next week to see what other kids are reading. Please comment on our reading choices or share your recommendations below. They love hearing from you! 

Monday, May 22, 2017

#IMWAYR May 22, 2017


Each week I 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. 

This week in the classroom:

Fractured Tale Study

To end the year my students will be fracturing a traditional folk or fairytale. To get them ready we have been exploring different versions of Cinderella.


My students loved how so many aspects of a Cinderella story were turned on end  and that everyone in this book wanted Cinderella to be happy. Plus - she plays baseball. http://sportygirlbooks.blogspot.com/2017/05/book-review-elly-and-smelly-sneaker.html


My class loved the humor in this version of Cinderella and that there was a male protagonist. Their favorite moment was when Prince Cinders lost his trousers instead of his shoe.


CinderHazel hates dresses and balls. She wants to spend her days in dirt. She's a great protagonist who kids will love, even if they are fond of cleanliness.


Here's what I read this week:

Middle Grade


The Green Book is a science fiction story set in a future world where a group of people have no choice but to flee the earth for a new planet. Life on the planet is challenging and they may not survive. This book would be a great read aloud for a 3rd - 6th grade classroom. I plan to pair it with The Wild Robot.

Young Adult


This week I read the next group of novels in The Iron Fey series. In some ways I enjoyed this sequence better than the first. I liked how Julie Kagawa brought back many of the original characters and found Ethan to be an interesting main character.



Check back tomorrow on #BookTalkTuesday to see what my third graders have been reading. 
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Stacy Barnett Mozer is a third grade teacher and a middle grade author. The Sweet Spot and The Perfect Trip are available now from Spellbound River Press. If you like what she's been reading follow her on Goodreads. Please leave a comment below. It's Monday, what are you reading?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

#BookTalkTuesday May 16, 2017

This year I have been trying to find new ways for my third grade students recommend books so we have decided to post their recommendations on #BookTalkTuesday. We'd love to see more classes join in. Don't have time to post? If you want to add books for an individual student, make sure to go to Miss Palmieri blog and fill out the book talk form.

Here's what my students recommend this week:



J. recommends Lunch Money by Andrew Clements. She likes the book because she likes seeing all the ways that the main character finds to make money.



A. recommends The Talented Clementine by Sara Pennypacker because it's really funny. Clementine thinks she is not good at anything and at first she is only going to help at the talent show but she ends up doing more than that.



Y. recommends Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary. In this book Ramona's father loses his job. She likes how Ramona helps her father to gain confidence.



W. recommends Spy School by Stuart Gibbs because it is about a kid named Ben who gets into a top secret spy school. When he is in the school he discovers a mole. He likes Ben's character and the book is exciting and dangerous (he almost gets killed - twice!).



D. recommends Summer Ball by Mike Lupica which is about a boy named Danny who goes to a summer camp with a really mean coach and barely gets to play. He likes all the action in the story and the way the games are explained. One thing that happens during practice sends the whole book spinning.

That's all for this week. Check back next week to see what other kids are reading. Please comment on our reading choices or share your recommendations below. They love hearing from you!

Monday, May 15, 2017

#IMWAYR May 15, 2017


Each week I 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. 

This week in the classroom:

Fractured Tale Study

To end the year my students will be fracturing a traditional folk or fairytale. To get them ready we have been exploring different versions of The Three Little Pigs.


This is one of my favorite versions because it causes a debate among my students over whether this is the real story or if the wolf is lying to get out of trouble.

In this version, told in rhyme, the three little pigs are locked in the third pig's house and afraid to go outside until their sister shows them the importance of overcoming fear. It's a great graduation present.


I love these ninja stories by Corey Rosen Schwartz. My students can't get enough of them. 

Read Aloud


I adore this book about a girl who decides one of her chickens is a dog. Her parents are more skeptical until the chicken helps them find the baby brother. My students loved the story and the fact that the illustrations helped them predicted the ending (if they were paying attention).


This has not been an easy read aloud for my third graders because of the many points of view, hidden meanings, and vocabulary, but the incredible story and characters are reaching all of them and is stretching their reading minds.

Here's what I read this week:

Young Adult


I read all four books in the first series this week. I love that magic always has consequences and that the main character, Meghan Chase, is a strong female character and even though there was some "can't get out of my bed heartache" (which I loath), it was followed by strong action. I also loved that book four was told Ash's point of view because he is a strong and thoughtful male character.



Check back tomorrow on #BookTalkTuesday to see what my third graders have been reading. Hope everyone had a Happy Mother's Day!
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Stacy Barnett Mozer is a third grade teacher and a middle grade author. The Sweet Spot and The Perfect Trip are available now from Spellbound River Press. If you like what she's been reading follow her on Goodreads. Please leave a comment below. It's Monday, what are you reading?