This is the blog of children's book author and elementary school 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, September 18, 2017

#IMWAYR September 18, 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. 

Here's what I read this week:

Middle Grade

I am thankful to one of my students for suggesting I move this book to the top of my reading pile. Like The Loser's Club by Andrew Clements, this book is a tribute to those of us who love books and libraries. In this town, the kids have never experienced a library because it had closed the year before they were born. Mr. Lemoncello, the famous game maker, has created them a new one and twelve kids have been invited to stay in the library overnight to celebrate it's grand opening. What they don't know is that the library itself is a giant game designed to encourage a love of books. If I were locked in this library, I don't think I would want to try to escape.

Florian Bates and his best friend Margaret are back for another mystery adventure using the power of TOAST, the theory of small things. This book was just as exciting as Framed. I can't wait until the next one. Florian is an Encyclopedia Brown for this generation.

In this dystopian high fantasy, the people of Quill are separated into Necessaries, Wanteds, and Unwantededs. The Necessaries are assigned the jobs that must get done and the Wanteds are trained to lead the town. But the Unwanteds are sentenced to death, or so the people of Quill believe. Really, they are hidden away in Artime, a magical secret place where creativity is admired. But what will happen when Artime stops being a secret? A fun story for lovers of fantasy.

Young Adult

After Syrah is almost killed in a snowboarding accident she is finding it hard to be the girl she used to be. Her best friend is acting differently and her famous parents are watching her every move, an easy thing to do when the paparazzi are always following her. As Syrah looks for a way to move forward, snowboarding again becomes her outlet, just not in the way she expects.

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It's Monday, what are you reading?


  1. One of my die hard fantasy fans didn't run fast enough at the last cross country race, so I "forced" him to read Clements' The Losers' Club. I knew he would like it, but he wouldn't pick it up. I also had him read Speno's The Great American Footrace. On the bright side, if he keeps running slowly, he will get to read a lot of great books he wouldn't have picked up otherwise! (And I talked to his mom-- she's completely behind my plan!)

  2. I loved both Patina and Amina's Voice. Mr Lemoncello is also wonderful. I'm going to be on the lookout for Girl Overboard.

  3. I still have not read Mr. Lemoncello's Library. It seems like it needs to be on my list! I am looking forward to Patina and Amina's Voice. And thanks for sharing Girl Overboard, new to me!

  4. The Unwanteds sounds like a series that will fly off the shelves. Do you think it is appropriate for 5th and 6th graders or is it for the higher end of middle school?

    1. Definitely 6th. Probably 5th too. After all they do read Harry Potter.

  5. Vanished intrigues me because I loved Encyclopedia Brown growing up and I think I see an Orioles baseball cap on the cover. Love a book that may have local references.

  6. I read the first Unwanteds and really liked it. Need to get back to the series. Book 2 is on my #mustread list but I keep skipping over it! I loved Mr. Lemoncello, but I have yet to go back and read the next one. Guess I need to with book 3 coming out! And I really want to read Vanished and Framed!


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