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, February 27, 2017

#IMWAYR February 27, 2017

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.

A little more than a week ago, while I was on school vacation, I was invited to be an author in residence at the Community School of Naples, Florida. I had a wonderful time teaching three classes of third graders. They asked interesting questions and took risks with their own writing. It was a fantastic experience that I am looking forward to repeating next year and in other schools. 

Here are the books I read this week:

Picture Book

Whenever I'm on a beach this book comes to mind so I had to share it with my students. It's a fun story about what happens when a dragon moves into a sandcastle. We didn't see any dragons but we did see an octopus and crocodile. 

Middle Grade

This series has been on my reading list for a while and I'm glad I finally got around to reading it. Sammy is a spirited main character. I can see why middle graders enjoy these books. Time to get some for my classroom!

Young Adult

I didn't love the last book in this series but decided I had to read this next one anyway. I am so glad I did. By the end of the last book I disliked the main character, Adelina Amouteru. In this final chapter of her story she finally redeems herself and the story concludes in a satisfying way.

It has been a while since I read a paranormal book. This one didn't disappoint. Beezy Lin wakes up one year after her death with the need to bring murderers to justice. Unable to find her own killer, she seeks out truly bad people and uncovers a cult bent on destroying evil - only problem is they wouldn't recognize true evil if it bit them.


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. I am such a fan of Sammy Keyes and I'm glad you also enjoy them. I'm especially appreciating that Samy ages as the books continue. I read the first in the Young Elites series, but wasn't impressed enough to read more.

  2. I love Sammy Keyes, but I'm missing a couple of books and they are out of print. Argh! It is ever thus with long series. Someone always loses book 5...

  3. Each book in its own way sounds good. I need to catch up with Marie Lu's series. Glad it was a fun week for you!

  4. Ohhh! Thanks so much for sharing a little Dragon love! It looks like you had an amazing trip. What lucky third graders to have you! xoxo

  5. How exciting to be an author in residence! Oooh, Shallow Graves sounds interesting!

  6. Congratulations on your author visit! How much fun! I very much look forward to reading your books :)
    I need to read any Marie Lu book. My kids get so upset with me because I haven't read any yet.

    Happy reading this week! :)

    1. Definitely start with the Legend series. I really enjoyed it. I have my son reading them now.

  7. I have a bunch of Sammy Keyes novels that I want to read soonest! :)

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