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Book review: Roam

Book review: Roam by C. H. Armstrong

Publication date: February 5, 2019
Read courtesy of NetGalley.com
In spite of the serious nature of homeless families, this is a warm fuzzy, feel good, happy ending kind of story. With a new boyfriend too good to be true and an instant flock of new friends, teenage Abby allows her homelessness to color her daily life (but who could blame her?). None of the people in her new…
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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on October 6, 2018 at 10:26am — No Comments

Book Review: One Second

Book Review:

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…

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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on August 6, 2018 at 9:35am — No Comments

Book Review: Body Swap

Book Review

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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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on July 25, 2018 at 1:08pm — No Comments

June 2018 - Spaciousness & Self-Awareness

Added by Kristin McKeown on June 1, 2018 at 10:06am — No Comments

Book Review: Things I'd Rather Do Than Die

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…

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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on April 22, 2018 at 4:26pm — No Comments

Book Review: Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

Book Review: Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

courtesy of www.netgalley.com 

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…

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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on April 15, 2018 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Book Review: What You Left Me by Bridget Morrissey

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What You Left Me

by Bridget Morrissey

publication date June 5, 2018

courtesy of www.netgalley.com

Magical realism.  As a result of a drunk driving accident during their high…

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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on April 15, 2018 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Book review: Whisper by Lynette Noni

I wanted to like this more than I did. I just felt like in our current social culture, it was another you-don't-know-who-to-trust and everyone-who's-not-like-you-is-to-be-approached-with-caution and look-what-we've-done-to-our-world... I know that's what dystopian fiction is, but this wasn't unique enough to wow me.  Noni did her best to make the reader flip flop as to 'who's to blame,' but it…
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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on March 25, 2018 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Why Teachers Need to Be "Warm Demanders" Toward Themselves

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.  …

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Added by Kristin McKeown on February 23, 2018 at 10:32am — No Comments

Book Review: How You Ruined My Life

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"How You Ruined My Life"

By Jeff Strand @Jeff Strand

Publication date: April 3, 2018

Thanks to netgalley.com for providing this advanced readers copy.

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…

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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on February 18, 2018 at 11:57am — No Comments

Two Questions to Ask Yourself When You're Struggling

A STRATEGY FOR ELICITING SELF-COMPASSION

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…

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Added by Kristin McKeown on February 15, 2018 at 10:56am — No Comments

New Year, New "No"

The Power of NO

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…

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Added by Kristin McKeown on January 17, 2018 at 9:55am — No Comments

Slowing Down & Savoring the Season

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…

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Added by Kristin McKeown on December 6, 2017 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Book Review: Plague Land by Alex Scarrow

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!

Just enough…

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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on November 22, 2017 at 4:41pm — No Comments

It's Time to Stop Beating Yourself Up

“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…

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Added by Kristin McKeown on October 19, 2017 at 10:44am — No Comments

Transitions Are Hard - Be Gentle with Yourself

This week is teacher work week.

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.

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Added by Kristin McKeown on August 28, 2017 at 12:09pm — No Comments

The Comic Book Story of Video Games - book review

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…

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Added by Arlen Kimmelman on July 8, 2017 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff

<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/>

My rating: <a…

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Added by BJ Neary on April 13, 2016 at 5:20pm — No Comments

The weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie Mclemore

The Weight of Feathers The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Oh did I love this audiobook, one of my favorites; the… Continue

Added by BJ Neary on April 13, 2016 at 5:05pm — No Comments

Found (Mickey Bolitar Book 3) by Harlan Coben

Found (Mickey Bolitar, #3) Found by Harlan Coben

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I will enjoy discussing this mystery with #Yearofya on 4/26 at 8pm. If you love mysteries, join in this twitter chat! I… Continue

Added by BJ Neary on April 7, 2016 at 6:03pm — No Comments

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