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, December 5, 2016

#IMWAYR December 5, 2016

Each week I try to 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 #IMWAYR.

This is a big week for me because I'll be reveling the cover of my new novel, The Perfect Trip (Spellbound River Press, March 24, 2017). On Thursday I will post an interview with the cover artist, Lois Bradley. Thursday night my publisher, Spellbound River Press, is holding an online Stocking Stuffer Event with author talks, games, trivia, and prizes. One lucky winner will win a copy of a Perfect Trip ARC. Today I am adding a special opportunity with this #IMWAYR post. If you would like an ARC, leave a message in the comments. I'd love to share my new novel with teachers, librarians, and bloggers who love middle grade as much as I do.

Here's what I read last week:

Middle Grade

Teo's people are outsiders. They live in Mexico on the Hill of Dust, their language and customs scorned by others. Esma, Queen of Lightning, is part of the Romani people, traveling gypsies distrusted and hated by all they meet. When Esma's grandmother gives a prediction that the two will be life long friends it changes their lives, the lives of their people, and even their grandchildren's lives forever. 

What do a smuggler's hotel, a lost map, and two twelve-year-olds have in common? They are all part of a winter mystery. This story is a fun read and I'd love to visit this hotel after spending the night at the hotel in the Whippet Hotel from Floors by Patrick Carmen.


If you like my reading choices, you can check out all the books I've read on Goodreads and please leave a comment below. It's Monday, what have you been reading?


  1. Congratulations on your new book! I haven't read either of the middle grade novels you mentioned. They both sound interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Both of these sound really interesting to me. I'll have to add them to my TBR. Congratulations on publishing your new book. It sounds really great!

  3. Congratulation on the publication of your new book Stacy! Such exciting news. Thanks for the heads up about The Lightning Queen. I adored Green Glass House. So much that I blogged about it here. http://dickenslibrary.blogspot.ca/2015/04/greenglass-house-by-kate-milford.html
    It was one of my favourite books in 2015.

  4. Congratulations on your new book! What an accomplishment. Thanks for letting us know about Green Glass House and The Lightning Queen - Both are new to us and sound amazing.

  5. The Green Glass House had had some fans, but The Lightning Queen hasn't circulated well. I'll have to take a look at The Perfect Trip. Congratulations.

  6. I've been seeing The Green Glass House for quite awhile now. Looks like an interesting read.


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