Book review: Roam by C. H. Armstrong
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Any Second by Kevin Emerson
Pub. date: November 20, 2018
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5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review!
I cannot wait to get this book for my high school's library!
My students are taught to be an upstander instead of a bystander. In Any Second, Maya did this... and beyond. Kevin Emerson wrote a story that is both unique and scarily possible, which is what makes it such a compelling read.
Emerson did a great job with the pace of the…Continue
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Body Swap by Sylvia McNicoll
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Publication date: 09 Oct 2018
I think that Sylvia McNicoll and Dundurn are selling themselves short: This is not just a YA Middle School novel. While it's appropriate for middle schoolers (i.e., no cursing), I'm sure it would be appealing to high schoolers and adults, too. It reminded…
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Things I'd Rather Do Than Die
by Christine Hurley Deriso
Pub Date: 18 Sep 2018
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I recently reviewed Christine Hurley Deriso's All the Wrong Chords, which I loved. I really wanted to like Things I'd Rather Do Than Die as much, but alas, I give it 4 instead of 5 ⭐. I also read Deriso's Acknowledgment section of this novel, and I'm glad she took the advice of her editor; having the main…Continue
Added by Arlen Kimmelman on April 22, 2018 at 4:26pm — No Comments
Book Review: Moonrise by Sarah Crossan
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publish date: May 8, 2018
Sarah Crossan brought me into a world I don't think I'll ever encounter in my own life, but she brought me into it nonetheless. Great job helping me to be a part of someone else's life, especially when I'd have no understanding otherwise.
What it is like having your older brother on death row, having a…Continue
Added by Arlen Kimmelman on April 15, 2018 at 3:21pm — No Comments
What You Left Me
by Bridget Morrissey
publication date June 5, 2018
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Magical realism. As a result of a drunk driving accident during their high…Continue
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Many educators, particularly those focused on having culturally responsive and inclusive classrooms, understand the value of being a “warm demander” for their students. This term, originally coined in 1975 by Judith Kleinfeld, describes how teachers can hold their students to high expectations in a structured environment while still conveying a deep and sincere belief in, and care for, those students. …Continue
Added by Kristin McKeown on February 23, 2018 at 10:32am — No Comments
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"How You Ruined My Life"
By Jeff Strand @Jeff Strand
Publication date: April 3, 2018
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Humor without curse words! A high school punk rock band without curse words! A book that would work in either middle school or high school without curse words!
"How You Ruined My Life" is a humorous story based on the premise of…Continue
Added by Arlen Kimmelman on February 18, 2018 at 11:57am — No Comments
Life can be challenging. Sometimes these challenges arise when things don’t work out the way we’d prefer. Sometimes we create our own struggles without realizing it. Sometimes bad things just happen.
Many of us, when we’re in the midst of a personal challenge or struggle, put unnecessary pressure on ourselves. We lament our circumstances and beat ourselves up for not making the right choice or behaving in a way that could…
Added by Kristin McKeown on February 15, 2018 at 10:56am — No Comments
The path to simplicity begins with a refusal of the nonessential and unproductive.
It's been several decades since Americans were first introduced to the idea that they should "Just say no." While the context of this was originally about saying no to drugs, I believe this recommendation has even greater potential for those of us…Continue
Added by Kristin McKeown on January 17, 2018 at 9:55am — No Comments
It may seem rather counter-intuitive to propose that we all make an effort to slow down this month because, of course, it is December.
Assuming you’re reading this the first week or so of the month, take a moment to think about all the events you’re scheduled to attend, the holiday preparations you need to make, and the extra errands you’ll need to run.
Add to that the unique challenges we as teachers face at this time of year: preparing end…
Added by Kristin McKeown on December 6, 2017 at 1:51pm — No Comments
Plague Land by Alex Scarrow
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publishing date December 1, 2017
No spoilers in this review...
Getting this review in under the wire! But.... Plague Land is GREAT! To be honest, I wasn't getting into it at first, but I soon couldn't put it down! And for those of you who don't like cliffhangers, this isn't one; though, it does leave itself open for a sequel!
Added by Arlen Kimmelman on November 22, 2017 at 4:41pm — No Comments
“It’s time to stop beating yourself up.”
When I speak to groups of students or educators, I make sure to touch on self-compassion as an important part of mindfulness practice. Typically, I begin with the statement above, shortly followed by, “…it’s not working, nor is it doing what you think it is.”
I start my overview of self-compassion with this because the experience of mentally beating oneself up is rather universal in our culture. Just about everyone…
Added by Kristin McKeown on October 19, 2017 at 10:44am — No Comments
As I write this, I am now at home after an all-day, off site professional development training with all the certified staff at my school. The details of the training itself aren’t particularly important. What is important is how I felt by the end of the day: really, really tired.
Added by Kristin McKeown on August 28, 2017 at 12:09pm — No Comments
The Comic Book Story of Video Games by Jonathan Hennessey and Jack Mcgowan, published by Ten Speed Press, publication date October 3, 2017.
This is my first non-fiction review, so be gentle on me :o)
I'll begin by saying how surprisingly interesting I found the subject to be; I intended to read this to see if my high school Manga-loving students would like this. I've decided that, even if they wouldn't, the…Continue
Added by Arlen Kimmelman on July 8, 2017 at 2:55pm — No Comments
<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18068100-boy-nobody" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img border="0" alt="Boy Nobody (The Unknown Assassin, #1)" src="https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1371269975m/18068100.jpg" /></a><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18068100-boy-nobody">Boy Nobody</a> by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/683191.Allen_Zadoff">Allen Zadoff</a><br/>
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