Insta Review: Snow White, by Matt Phelan

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! I was expecting a graphic novel retelling of the classic fairy tale, but what I found instead was a smoky, film noir adaptation with a 30’s flair. Samantha White, lovingly called Snow, is just a young girl when she loses […]

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Insta Review: American Street, by Ibi Zoboi

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Stunning cover with a novel inside to match. When Fabiola and her mother step off of their flight from Haiti onto US ground, she expects magic and light. Instead, her mother is immediately torn from her side and detained by […]

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Insta Review: Ghostopolis, by Doug TenNapel

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! TenNapel fever has taken over our library, and after our Cardboard book club, I can’t keep any of his graphic novel epic adventures on the shelves. Ghostopolis is probably his second most requested here, almost as beloved as Cardboard. I […]

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Ms. Fitz has Read…February 6, 2018

Happy February! I read 24 books in January, but so far this week, I’ve been stuck on number 26. Here’s hoping that I get out of my slump, because my goal is to reach 40 by Spring break! So far, I’ve tried to read a wide variety and to try books that I might not […]

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Insta Review: Becoming Naomi Leon, by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Pam Munoz Ryan novels have a dangerous tendency to get me so emotionally involved that all other parts of my brain stop working. So you would think that I would avoid them while operating a motor vehicle… and yet, I […]

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Insta Review: Under the Never Sky, by Veronica Rossi

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Veronica Rossi’s dystopian novel hits all of the expected points of a futuristic teen drama, and blockbuster fans will be happy. The world as we know it has been ravaged by Ether storms and the human race lives safely tucked […]

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Insta Review: The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! I do my best to teach and connect and live with empathy. It think it’s one of the most critical and complicated skills that we can give to students – the ability to step into someone else's shoes; to notice […]

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Insta Review: Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! ‘Whoever did this was looking to send a message of fear, aimed at all Muslims.’ It worked. I’m scared.” From the author of the beautiful picture book Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns comes Amina’s Voice, a book that takes big, […]

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Insta Review: After Eli, by Rebecca Rupp

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! A seventh grader suggested this book to me, but casually forgot to mention that it would rip my heart out and stomp on it by the time it was over. For Dan’s entire life, he has been Eli’s little brother […]

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Ms. Fitz Has Read… January 8, 2018

Inspired by the wonderful Pernille Ripp, I’ve got a new reading resolution for 2018: I’m kicking my reading log up a notch. So that younger readers (and those not using social media) can follow along too, I’ll be keeping a visual reading log on the wall outside of the library. Follow along with my 2018 […]

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