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, 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!

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. I just went back to one of your older #BookTalkTuesday posts. What an excellent way to get students sharing about books. :) Thanks!

  2. I can't wait to read The Great Treehouse War. So many positive reviews lately! It's in my summer stack :)

  3. I'll have to remember to check your #booktalktuesday post. I'm trying to find some new ways to have students recommend books.

  4. I just finished Lisa Graff's Lost in the Sun. It was the best of her's I've read so far. This one looks good so I will try to find a copy to read. I enjoyed Jake and Lily and agree that it is book that deals with growing apart from a sibling and finding your own place in the world. When I finished it I thought, well, these kinds of divisions don't last forever.


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