Insta Review: Same Sun Here, by Silas House and Neela Vaswani

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! One of the best pen-pal novels I’ve read yet. Meena and River choose each other’s names randomly in a school penpal program, and have no idea what their correspondence will turn into. Her Indian family lives illegally in New York […]

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Insta Review: Out of My Mind, by Sharon Draper

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Sharon Draper’s Out of My Mind is so beloved, there’s nothing new that I can say about it here. I’ve been waiting for what feels like years to read this novel, but I’m not exaggerating when I say that it […]

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Ms. Fitz has Read… April 4, 2018

March’s update went out the window with Spring Break, but I’m back for our beginning of April check-in! As of this morning, I have read 66 books this year. I’m feeling good about that number and my progress toward my student challenge of 100 books by the end of the school year. I know that […]

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Insta Review: One Half from the East, by Nadia Hashimi

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! One year after Obayda’s father loses his leg in a market bombing in Kabul, she thinks that her life has changed as much as it possibly can. Her family had to leave their home to move to a small village, […]

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Insta Review: Ozma of Oz, by Eric Shanower

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! With its mix of text and detailed illustrations, this book is great for students just learning to read graphic novels because it forces them to slow down and read carefully. Just like reading traditional novels, reading a graphic novel correctly […]

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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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