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, July 16, 2018

#IMWAYR #30BookSummer July 16, 2018

Each week I try to join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee from Unleashing Readers to share all of the reading I've done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Believe it or not, today starts my first official day of summer so in addition to discussing books on Monday, I'll also be counting them! Check out #30booksummer on twitter to see what others are reading for this challenge.

Book # 6 Middle Grade Novel in Verse

I started this book when my daughter brought it home for a class assignment this year and forgot to go back to it after she snatched it away. Fortunately it has come up on a few blogs in the past two weeks so I was reminded to go back to it. House Arrest is the story of Timothy, a boy who is on house arrest for stealing a wallet. But what you find out within the first few entries of his court appointed journal, Timothy didn't steal money for fun or to buy himself something special. He needed the money for medicine for his baby brother. A beautiful novel in verse. 

Book # 7 Middle Grade Realistic Fiction

Tristan loves living in NYC so when his parents announce they bought a house in the middle of the woods near a tiny little town to "do something different," he is less than thrilled. Since he can't start school until January, Tristian's parents decide to have him choose an independent project. Inspired by the mystery behind a sign in the General Store window that reads, "Yes, we do have chocolate cream doughnuts," even though the store sells none, Tristian has no idea that choosing doughnuts as his project will teach him so much more than starting a business. He'll also learn about friendship, fitting in, and self-worth.  I really enjoyed this novel. I'm not a baker, but I may have to try to make one of the recipes that came from this book.  


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. 

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  1. Well, it's true - everything is indeed better with donuts! Both books sound like great middle grade reads.

  2. I adore books that have recipes in them so I'll be looking for The Doughnut Fix. House Arrest is on my list to read, but I just have no idea where to find the time!

  3. I too enjoy books with recipes, but I'm not a big fan of doughnuts, so I'm not sure if that will get me. I want to try House Arrest though. Novels in verse are always appealing to me.

  4. They both look like very interesting middle grade novels! Thanks for sharing. Have a great reading week.

  5. Loved House Arrest! I still need to get to the companion, Knockout!

  6. Knockout, the companion novel to House Arrest that Michele mentioned is really interesting, once you have read House Arrest. K.A. Holt switches the character's perspective and zooms ahead a little more than a decade. My students were so crazy for those two books this year we ended up planning an author visit for next year. Two great novels and I am adding doughnuts to my list.


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