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, 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. 

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?


  1. Yay! You found ELLY! I thought it was a very clever twist - refreshing!

  2. Both the fairytales are new to me, and I do enjoy reading how authors create a different look at the old stories. I love The Green Book, have shared it with students and with other teachers, too. It's a great book to introduce sci-fi to young readers, or to explore what one might take on such a journey. Thanks!

  3. We are putting Elly on our TBR list. Have they read Ninja-Ella. Kids love these graphic novel fairy tale series - https://www.amazon.com/Ninja-rella-Graphic-Novel-Fairy-Tales/dp/1434296512/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495467696&sr=8-1&keywords=graphic+novel+fairy+tales

    1. They have not read Ninja Ella. Thanks for the suggestion!

  4. I love Cinderella stories! I have a four-part series on my blog about using them with third graders. Here's a link to the fractured ones: http://www.thelogonauts.com/2015/01/fractured-fairy-tales.html

  5. I am such a huge Kagawa fan and loved the Iron Fey books (and its spinoff). I hated leaving that world.
    Sam @ WLABB

  6. I am just about to read Elly. I don't know the other two Cinderella titles. Thanks for sharing them.


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