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 15, 2016

#IMWAYR August 15, 2016

Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. #IMWAYR

This week I've been on vacation, which gave me lots of time for reading.

Here's what I've read this week:

Picture Books

A nonfiction story about the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay told from the pov of one of the orchestra members, Ada. I am looking forward to sharing this story and  the 60 minutes piece with my students to launch this year's Genius Hour.

Middle Grade

Chloe Choe wants to know more about being Korean so she can feel a connection to something in her small white town. But when she pushes her parents for information, she finds out she's even more different than she knows. It's a story about finding your place in the world. 

When Lily's blind dog runs away it away, Salma, a migrant working girl, stops the dog by offering up her sandwich. This story is about how meeting someone from a different background can completely change your view of yourself.

Young Adult

After watching a boy in his town bullied for being gay, Adrien Piper steps up and decides it's time to take action. This book is about finding the superhero that's inside each of us. 


My summer reading goal stands at 9/10 picture books, 13/10 middle grade, 7 YA, and 1 professional book and I still have almost three weeks until my students start school. This week I will focus on my writing goal as well since the plan is to finish writing the novel (book 2) by the end of the summer. I'm about half way there.

If you like my reading choices, you can check out all the books I've read on Goodreads and please leave me a comment below. 


  1. Draw the Line seems like an interesting book. I'll be sure to check that one out.

  2. Draw the Line sounds really interesting. Do you think the content would be appropriate for advanced middle schoolers too?

    1. There are some pretty intense bullying scenes and a first sexual experience, but the overall message is very hopeful and powerful and even the bully turns out to have a heart.

  3. Oh, I haven't heard of Draw the Line before, I really need to check it out now!!

  4. I loved Ada's Violin! I ordered my own copy and definitely want to share it at school. It might be fun to find some of the YouTube videos of these musicians and share them, too. I'll have to check out your middle grade reads. Have a great week!

  5. I enjoyed A Handful of Stars and am looking forward to Unidentified Suburban Object.


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