Thursday, March 22, 2018

Bat and the Waiting Game: Blog Tour & Giveaway!

Bat is back! I first posted about my love for this character a year ago this month when we met Bat for the first time. To see what I thought about A Boy Called Bat, visit this post.

I found the second book in the BAT series to be as readable and lovable as the first. Bat might not commonly be described as a common third grader, but I kind of feel like he is in more ways than he isn't. So many kids will relate to Bat's every-other-weekends between parents, the love-hate relationship between he and his sister, and his nurturing love of animals. And dare I say, the way Bat often overlooks the feelings of others is something that many kids his age are guilty of. We all have things to learn from Bat and from the characters around him that gently guide him through his daily life.

Bat's mother is so sweet and patient with Bat. She is the mother that I hope I am, more often than not. I loved reading the passages where Dr. Tam would lower to Bat, speak softly, gently apply pressure to parts of Bat's body, and slowly bring him down to a more regulated sense of self. At the same time, we read how it felt from Bat's perspective, so we could slowly feel the changes as described by Bat.

Yesterday we spent some time talking about Bat in my classroom. It happened very naturally, unplanned by me. A student brought A Boy Called Bat up to me, asking if I would book talk it. Right then another girl piped up and said that she knew I was reading the second book, and had decided to put the first book in front of one of our Realistic Fiction book baskets because she thought someone might want to read it. What a lovely and thoughtful moment in our reading lives. 

As a teacher and blogger, I am so thankful to share my reading and thoughts with a wide audience of adults from all over, but even more grateful to share them with my small group of students.
When I am done the reviewing process, I get to put these books right into the hands of my readers. And this particular one is 100% perfect for my third grade class. 

I'd recommend this series to readers ages 8-11.


3/12 For Those About to Mock, @abouttomock Sam Eddington

3/15 Mrs. Knott’s Book Nook @knott_michele Michele Knott

3/15 @iowaamber Amber Kuehler

3/16 The Hiding Spot @thehidingspot Sara Grochowski

3/18 Educate*Empower*Inspire…Teach @guerette79 Melissa Guerrette

3/19 Maria’s Melange @mariaselke Maria Selke

3/20 Nerdy Book Club post by Elana

3/20 Writers Rumpus @kirsticall Kirsti Call

3/22 Bluestocking Thinking @bluesockgirl Nicole Levesque You Are Here 😀

3/28 Unleashing Readers @unleashreaders Kellee Moye

Walden Pond Press is graciously offering a giveaway to one of my readers! Enter and share the love, tell your friends!

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

*The Super Life of Ben Braver* Blog Tour & Giveaway!

The Super Life of Ben Braver is the first novel I've read by Marcus Emerson. 
The Super Life of Ben Braver will not be the last novel I read by Marcus Emerson.
This guy is great!
I am so excited to put this book in the hands of one of my eager 3rd grade readers tomorrow. I will book talk this one and I can already envision the hands popping up and the arms wiggling in the air. I can hear the "memememes" and the "oooooeeehhhhhaaas" as kids stretch their bodies longer and longer in hopes of me choosing to bestow this book upon the kid that can look most like a stretched piece of saltwater taffy. 
But why will they all want it, you ask.
They will all want it because I'm going to tell them that this book is awesome! And I never lie about that. Ben Braver is a character I instantly fell in love with. It might be because he is so honest about who he is and what he likes. I wanted to sit on that questionable couch, eat a Reese's, watch an old sci-fi movie, and listen to Ben's commentary on it. He just feels so real.
I'm also going to tell my readers that the story kicks into gear right away with Ben being sent to a boarding school for kids with special abilities (super powers!!).
I'm going to tell my readers that they will find mystery, action, barfing, teasing, and tons of humor within these pages!
And they won't be able to resist it.

If you know/work with/or want to impress kids in grades 3-5 I would highly recommend grabbing a copy to share with them. Lots of white space and lively illustrations throughout will make this book accessible to a variety of readers.

Visit to learn more about the author. 

Read a bit!
(Book description and book interior are taken from 

Many thanks to Macmillan for providing a copy for this giveaway! Winner must provide a mailing address in the U.S. or Canada.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

*GRANTED* Blog Tour & Giveaway!

I've blogged before about The DungeoneersMs. Bixby's Last Day, and Posted. 
I've more than blogged, I've shared my love of John David Anderson's characters, worlds, and experiences. And I hope what I've really done is help his books find their way into the hands of more readers. I don't know this author personally, but sometimes I feel like I do. I feel like I know what kind of man Anderson is. A great one. The characters he wrote in Bixby and Posted are so rich and complex. I loved Dungeoneers, but find his next two novels to be an entirely different experience. Anderson's writing is evolving so beautifully. And I simply cannot wait to see what unfolds in the pages of this novel.

Here's a bit of honesty: The book was overnighted to me, but with a full day of toddler momming and teaching 3rd grade, there just wasn't time to read it in under 48 hours. Which I'm not sad about, because I wouldn't want to rush this anyway. I'm only telling you this because it's important to know why I'm not sharing my honest review of the book today. That's to come, in case you want to check back. *Spoiler alert: I will probably love it.*

Granted by John David Anderson 
(Published February 13, 2018) 

Everyone who wishes upon a star, or a candle, or a penny thrown into a fountain knows that you’re not allowed to tell anyone what you’ve wished for.  But even so, rest assured: There is someone out there who hears it.

Ophelia Delphinium Fidgets is no ordinary fairy – she is a Granter: one of the select few whose job it is to venture beyond the boundaries of the Haven and grant the wishes of unsuspecting humans every day.  It’s the work of the Granters that generate the magic that allows the fairies to do what they do and to keep the Haven hidden and safe.  But with worldwide magic levels at an all-time low, this is not as easy as it sounds.  On a typical day, only a small fraction of the millions of potential wishes get granted.  And even granting those promised few means navigating a human world fraught with danger.

Today, however, is anything but typical.  Because today, Ophelia is going out on her first assignment.  And she’s about to discover that getting what you truly want takes much more than a handful of fairy dust. (Granted)

John David Anderson is the author of Ms. Bixby's Last Day, Posted, Sidekicked, Minion, and The Dungeoneers. A dedicated root beer connoisseur and chocolate fiend, he lives with his wife, two kids, and perpetually whiny cat in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can visit him online at

Did you know that Anderson will skype your class or book club for FREE? I'd suggest you read aloud one of his amazing stories before requesting a virtual visit.

Check out all the stops for reviews, insights, and giveaways!

Feb. 22 – Gina Reba at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Mar. 01 – Nicole Levesque at Bluestocking Thinking
Mar. 02 – Sara Grochowski at The Hiding Spot
Mar. 05 – Michelle Knott at Mrs. Knott’s Book Nook
Mar. 06 – Maria Selke at Maria’s Melange
Mar. 09 – Katherine Sokolowski at Read, Write and Reflect
Mar. 10 – Sara Gundell Larson at Novel Novice
Mar. 13 – Jennifer Kelley Reed at Reederama

Mar. 14 – Jillian Heise at Heise Reads

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