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, August 28, 2017

#IMWAYR August 28, 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. 

It's Back to School week! I'm so excited to spend time with adults for a few days of staff training before we welcome students into the building. I saw this meme on Facebook and it is so true:

I hope if any of you are teachers, you have a building full of staff that you love coming back to each year. 

Here's what I read this week. 

Middle Grade

Did you know that So B. It is releasing as a movie in October? Once I found out I had to reread it. It's the story of a girl who goes on a journey across the country to learn more about herself by finding out more about her parents. This coming of age story is wonderful, beautiful, and heartbreaking. I can't wait to see it in theaters.

Liar and Spy was another wonderful recommendation for my character change unit. When Georges moves to a new apartment building he meets his neighbor Safer at a meeting for spies. The two form an interesting friendship that helps both of them in ways they didn't expect at first meeting.

This novel in verse is the autobiography of author Jacqueline Woodson. Readers will be touched by her story.

Young Adult

All the books I read this week touched my heart in some way, but this one nearly broke it first. It is the story of a freshman boy named Julian who lost his parents and has been living with his abusive uncle and a senior named Adam, whose kindness helps Julian out of his cage.

Stacy Barnett Mozer is a teacher and a middle grade author. 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 haven't read any of these. I've heard wonderful things about Brown Girl Dreaming so I probably should have read it by now. Just so many books and so little time!

  2. I am always looking for good verse novels. I'll have to check out Brown Girl Dreaming.

  3. I've read all but A List of Cages and they are wonderful. Thanks for the news about So.Be.It. It was a favorite of students when it was first out. I'll look for the movie!

  4. brown girl dreaming brought tears to my eyes, such a beautiful book.

  5. A List of Cages sounds very intense. Brown Girl Dreaming is beautiful, but then I am a hard core fan of anything Jacqueline Woodson writes.

  6. I have a love-hate relationship with Rebecca Stead but glad to hear you liked Liar and Spy. Brown Girl Dreaming was one of my great reads a few years back.

  7. It's been a long time since I read So B. It. I still remember enjoying it though. Brown Girl Dreaming is fabulous. I've read it multiple times. Woodson is a master storyteller.


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