Professional Book Review: 180 Days – Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents

For those of you who know me, you would not be surprised that I have already read, annotated, and “post-it noted” Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher’s latest professional development book on reading/writing workshop, 180 Days – Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents.  If you haven’t already ordered this book, stop reading this … Continue reading

Book Review: Educated by Tara Westover

I am always in search for a good memoir and Educated is one I will be sharing with others for years to come. Summary from Goodreads: An unforgettable memoir in the tradition of The Glass Castle about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University … Continue reading

Book Review: Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella has been a go-to author of mine for years now.  I have read every one of her Shopaholic series books, and I have always enjoyed her quick witted humor and her way of bringing a bit of “drama” to her character’s life.  Surprise Me was what I expected and the perfect “beach read” for my spring … Continue reading

Book Review: The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives Summary by Goodreads: One teenager in a skirt. One teenager with a lighter. One moment that changes both of their lives forever. If it weren’t for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school … Continue reading

Book Review: Code of Honor by Alan Gratz

I stumbled across Code of Honor after reading Ban This Book and raving about Alan Gratz’s latest novel,  Refugee.  Now I have three books by the author to spread the love. Summary from Goodreads: Live by the code. Die by the code? Kamran Smith has it all. He’s the star of the football team, dates the most popular … Continue reading

My Favorite Nonfiction Books I Read in 2017

One of my reading goals this past year was to read more nonfiction books so that I could recommend them to more students as a way to stretch their reading.  I don’t think these were published in 2017, but I recommend you pick them up if you haven’t already. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice … Continue reading