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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 27, 2018

#IMWAYR #30BookSummer August 27, 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. 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. Today is the first day back at school so summer is officially over. I didn't quite make 30, but 26 isn't too bad.

Book # 22 Middle Grade Historical


Katy Gordan loves playing baseball. When a man scouts her at a local field and asks her to try out for Little League, she is so excited, especially when she makes the team! That excitement is squashed however when she finds out she cannot play because she's a girl. Fueled by her need to prove the Little League wrong and a famous person assignment in school, Katy becomes an expert in women's baseball and proves to everyone that saying that women have never played professional baseball is untrue. Kids will love Katy's journey. Teachers will love the books emphasis on research.

Book # 23 Young Adult (Mature Audiences)


Since their parents got married, Suzette and her step brother, Lionel had been very close.  Then Lionel had a breakdown due to a bi-polar disorder and Suzette was sent across the country to boarding school. When Suzette comes back she find Lionel changed, their relationship changed, and she has changed as well, realizing at boarding school that she may love girls as much as boys. Even with all the changes, Suzette wants to reconnect with her brother even if that means keeping a secret that may do him more harm than good.  

Book # 24 Nonfiction Picture Book


Many people know about the fight for desegregation for blacks. This book tells the story of Sylvia Mendez and the fight for desegregation for Mexicans in American schools. 


Book # 25 Picture Book


Last time I wrote about Echo Echo, which explored Greek Myths from the point of view of the most important characters by writing a comparison poem in each character's point of view. Mirror Mirror creates these reverse poems with fairy tale characters.

Book # 26 Young Adult Fantasy


Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will love this book about a faerie slayer who lives in the 1800s.
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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?

Monday, August 13, 2018

#IMWAYR #30BookSummer August 13, 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. 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. Hopefully I can finish all 30 before school starts on August 28.

Book # 16 Picture Book


What could be better than a taco party for dragons? Just don't give them any jalapenos. Lots of fun.

Book # 17 Upper Middle Grade/Young Adult Historical


Thirteen year old Dicey knows something is wrong with her mother. So when she leaves her and her siblings in a car on the way to Bridgeport, CT, it doesn't take long for her to realize they are on their own. That doesn't stop Dicey or her siblings. Motivated by the fear of being separated, the three kids learn how to do odd jobs, catch fish, and do whatever it takes to find their way to a new home. Homecoming is the prequel to Dicey's Song, which I haven't read but will read now.

Book # 18 Young Adult Fantasy



Book 3 of the An Ember in the Ashes series continued to raise the stakes for each of the main characters. Helene, Laia, and Elias must sacrifice everything in order to save the people who are important - the only problem is the more they learn, the less they know how to tell friends from enemies and the more they must sacrifice. If you haven't found this series yet, find it. I wish the next book were coming out tomorrow.

Book # 19 Picture Book


Echo Echo explores Greek Myths from the point of view of the most important characters by writing a comparison poem in each character's point of view. This book will definitely be added to my Greek Myth unit.

Book # 20 Picture Book



I loved this adorable picture book about figuring out your place in the world and the power of friendship.

Book # 21 Picture Book



A beautiful book about the power of imagination. This will probably be the first read aloud of the new school year.

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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?