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DebbieGrillo

DebbieGrillo

Joined May 2016

🍁 Proudly Canadian, English Teacher || Strong back, soft front, wild heart.
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Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
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Corduroy | Don Freeman
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Children's books, rewritten for teenagers! #teachersoflitsy

rachaich We have the teenager who came for tea! 2h
DrexEdit Ha! I have a friend who's oldest son just turned 13 today. I think she would both laugh and cry at these books! lol! 😊 2h
Sace 😂😂😂 34m
LiteraryinLititz Hilarious! 28m
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I listened to most of this book in the car on Saturday. Now I'm reading the rest of it at school.

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Heroine | Mindy McGinnis
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I love how each chapter in this book begins with a definition.

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Heroine | Mindy McGinnis
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My husband surprised me with this awesome book light. I'm using it tonight as I start reading Heroine.

Crazeedi Aren't they the best? @gradcat gave me one for my birthday and I love it! 4d
gradcat @Crazeedi Thank you for that comment! I think @DebbieGrillo ‘s looks very cool! I may have to get one for myself! ♥️ 😂 😎 (edited) 4d
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Thunderhead | Neal Shusterman
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I finished Thunderhead last night and it was easily as good as, if not better than the first. I can't wait to read The Toll! I really like all the food for thought provided by the parts from the perspective of the Thunderhead. Often, when there's going to be a sequel, the ending is less than satisfying. Not so with this one. Schusterman leaves it open for book three while providing a surprising and satisfying ending to book two.

Gina Both my boys love this series 4d
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1. I didn't
2. All the time!
3.The Flintstones and Scooby-Doo
4. Fudgsicles, chip and dio, and Pop Shoppe pop.
5. Yes, pizza and chocolate milk.
6. I walked to school. We cut through the park and followed a path through the woods and came out through someone's driveway across from school. People who owned the house used to shovel a path from their backyard to their driveway for students.

#YourStory @nu-bibliophile

nu-bibliophile I had a special route too when I decided to walk instead of take the bus 😉 6d
marleed Fudgesicles! Me too! 6d
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1. Synchronicity
2. Three. My fav is tagged.
3. I do. Journals, blogs, reviews, poetry. Pretty much anything except narrative fiction.
4. New followers, please play along! @phatsallylee @Readswithcoffee @Eggs s @hollynations @Come-read-with-me

#wondrouswednesday @eggs

Eggs Thanks for playing 🤗👏🏻 1w
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An excellent way to reread a beloved modern classic and a cozy way to spend the afternoon on the first snow day of the season. This was perfect way to re-familiarize myself with the story before reading The Testaments. The artwork is spectacular! The graphic novel is not to be missed. In fact, if you loved The Handmaid's Tale, but have never read a graphic novel, I suggest starting with this one.

Librariana That's what I plan to do, too! 😁 Read this before I dive into 1w
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"I'm sad now..."

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"Every night when I go to bed I think, In the morning I will wake up in my own house and things will be back the way they were."

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I loved the original. We shall see what the graphic novel is like.

vumblereads Oh wow! Love the art! 1w
marleed I like the graphic novel. But in the series I took some comfort in thinking ethnicity was equalized. I didn‘t get that one ‘well at least‘ in the graphic novel adaption. Silly, I know. 1w
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Thunderhead | Neal Shusterman
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The world is unfair and nature is cruel... Nature is the sum of all selfishness, forcing each and every species to viciously claw its way to survival...

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Thunderhead | Neal Shusterman
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"The end doesn't always justify the means, dear," she said. " But sometimes it does. Wisdom is knowing the difference."

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One of my students joined Litsy after I talked about it in class. Join my in cheering on this young reader. You can follow him at @owen_willl_do_it
#LitsyWelcomeWagon #teachersoflitsy

MatchlessMarie Welcome @owen_willl_do_it ! You'll love it here. 📚✌💜 2w
TheSpineView Welcome @owen_willl_do_it to Litsy! The best book community around! 💜📚💜 2w
marleed So cool! Following! 2w
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Jas16 Welcome to Litsy @owen_willl_do_it 2w
Birdsong28 Welcome to Litsy @owen_willl_do_it 🎉🎊📚📖 2w
CarolynM Welcome to Litsy @owen_willl_do_it 👋 2w
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🥳 @owen_willl_do_it 2w
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Thunderhead | Neal Shusterman
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"The harder you scrutinize randomness, the more coincidence seems like design."

Eggs Waiting on this one from library hold-so excited to read 4w
mcctrish I see there‘s another coming out 😱in this series 4w
Lovesbooks87 I can‘t wait until the last book comes out in November! 4w
CBee @Lovesbooks87 SAME 😍😍😍😍😍 4w
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❤ New Brunswick, Canada
🧡 47
💛 I teach High School English so I can read and call it work!
💚 Happily hitched
💙 she/her
💜 I didn't know enough about Litsy to realize not to just use my actual name. 🤷‍♀️

#gettingtoknowyou

EmilyM Same here on the whole List handle thing! 1mo
EmilyM *Litsy 1mo
LeahBergen Yep, just used my own name, too. 😆 1mo
Cosmos_Moon ❤️New Orleans. 🧡36. 💛borrowing from the library, used book sales and books my mom sends me after she reads. 💚married. 💙she. 💜my kids names & Moonstruck. 1mo
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Thunderhead | Neal Shusterman
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1. Tagged

2. The Handmaid's Tale graphic novel

3. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Scythe by Neal Schusterman

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

CBee Agree 100% on Scythe and Thunderhead is AMAZING too 👏🏻 👏🏻 1mo
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I finished this book on my #audiowalk today. It's a multigenerational story that examines what it means to be American. Themes of racial discrimination, cultural heritage, and the importance of family relationships (especially amongst women) make this an important and compelling read. I will have no trouble recommending this one.

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Love | Matt de la Pea
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I'm teaching a new course this year called Growth, Goals and Grit 120: Skills for Success. Every student has a passion project. I'm doing it along with them, and have decided to blog about developing my practice as a teacher of writing. #teachersoflitsy https://t.co/LGckkULkGv

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Thunderhead | Neal Shusterman
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"It is the plight of every child to have depth their parents can scarcely imagine."

I'm at the end of the first chapter and I'm already hooked!

Raemorales Love this book trying to wait patiently until the next one comes out this fall 3mo
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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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An unexpected teenage pregnancy pulls together two families from different social classes, and exposes the private hopes, disappointments, and longings that can bind or divide us from each other.
#TBR

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The Gravity of Us | Phillip Stamper-Halpin
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This YA title is being released right before my birthday. Happy birthday to me? #TBR

Lovesbooks87 It sounds really good. I have had it preordered for months! 3mo
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Another #TBR

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Foul Is Fair: A Novel | Hannah Capin
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Love the sounds of this one! YA

xxjenadanxx It is one of my top 5 books from this year. SO GOOD. 3mo
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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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Sadie is a self-reliant, strong young woman who never really got to be a kid. This novel deals with themes of violence, murder, abuse, addiction, pedophilia, grief and revenge. You get Sadie's story as it unfolds alternating with a podcast that deals with Sadie's sister's murder and Sadie's disappearance. A disturbing YA thriller.

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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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"Money burns fast. Knowing that doesn't get easier with age and it's worse when you learn it young. The beauty of childhood is not entirely grasping the cost of living; food just appears in the fridge, you have a roof over your head because everyone does and electricity must be some kind of sorcery, like right out of Harry Potter or something, because who could ever put a price on light?" ( continued in comments.)

DebbieGrillo "Maybe it's not even that you believe in magic. It's that you never really had to think about any of it before. Then one day you find out you've been walking the razor's Edge all along." 3mo
TheBookKeepers Beautifully written!! I need to read this one! 3mo
Megabooks Loved this book! 3mo
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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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"For some people, the future ahead is opportunity. For others, it's only time you haven't met and where I lived, it was only time. You don't waste your breath trying to protect it. You just try to survive it until one day, you don't."

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I didn't remember hump day last week until Thursday. Please forgive me!

1. My new book is called "In the Form That You Have"
2. Enjoy the Journey
3. I used to want that. Now, my focus is on other things.
4. I write reflectively and with my students. I'm a high school English teacher. I aim to practice what I teach.

#HumpDayPost @DebbieGrillo @MinDea

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The Upside of Unrequited | Becky Albertalli
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I just finished listening to this. Such a cute story dealing with themes of first love, body image, LGBTQ relationships, anxiety and self-esteem. I enjoyed listening to this, rather than reading it.

mom2bugnbee My 17yo is in love with all of her writing. And now she has one co-written with Adam Silvera! 3mo
Mem_ugh I just started reading this one! 3mo
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This book isn't just for writing teachers, but for all teachers and administrators who have ever questioned why students and/or teachers struggle. For me, it felt a little like he was preaching to the choir, but also validating my philosophies and practices. There were a few takeaways that will help me improve my practice as a teacher of writing. What more could I ask? #teachersoflitsy

Karisa My daughter has struggled with this too. She's had panic attacks over a paragraph. Seems like it's starting to get a little better this year, finally, in 10th grade. Her teacher also told them to turn in papers with pseudonyms on them for grading. After grading, the students reveal who wrote it for the score. She said that has really helped her write! 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
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"Writing is thinking, and I have yet to meet a writer who thinks in sentences. To suggest we must know sentences before we start to write is a lie."

#truth #writing #teachersoflitsy

taraWritesSci Ah! I've wanted to read this book, and a quote like this is the exact reason why. 💛 3mo
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1. Go kayaking with hubby, and we may do that today for our anniversary. 15 years!
2. Walks along the river under a canopy of colourful leaves.
3. Francis Bay, St. John, USVI
4. We saw this moose along the highway in New Brunswick, Canada on Monday. Pretty Cool!
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Bookjunkie57 Happy Anniversary! 3mo
Elizabeth2 Happy Anniversary! 3mo
QuietlyLaura Happy Anniversary! I hope you both have a wonderful day! 🎉💐❤️ 3mo
hgrimes Wow! NICE moose! So jealous! They live where I live in Western Massachusetts but I‘ve only seen one once ever, in Vermont, 25 years ago, a big bull, and I‘m still mad I didn‘t have a camera on me! Happy anniversary! 3mo
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Lindy Looks good. Stacked. 4mo
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Dirty Dancing: A Celebration | Eleanor Bergstein
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1. Dirty Dancing
2. None
3. Pokemon Go
4. Instagram - Keto Community
5. Tagging all who read this. Your turn!

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs Thanks for playing 🤗🤗🤗 4mo
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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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Best read of 2019 this far. In a future where all death and disease is a part of our distant historic past, and the only deaths are at the hands ordained Scythes, Schusterman imagines what life would be like. I got lost in the world of Citra and Rowan. This novel makes you question the very meaning of life and death, but is wrapped in such an all-engrossing story that you don't mind the challenge at all.

mcctrish Isn‘t this an awesome book! I have the next one and I think I‘ve saved it long enough 4mo
wanderinglynn This is on my TBR. 👍🏻 4mo
twohectobooks Ok fine, you‘ve sold me on this one! 4mo
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Lucy_Anywhere Such a good book - I loved it 4mo
ShelleyBooksie Must read!! 4mo
DebbieGrillo @ShelleyBooksie I don't have to take it back to school til the end of August. Want to borrow it? 4mo
ShelleyBooksie @DebbieGrillo - yes please!! :) 4mo
librarygoddess619 I'm glad to hear this, I own this but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. 😂 4mo
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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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#empathy

".. .empathy will keep us human..."

Reggie Amen.... 4mo
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Never have I ever
...read anything by Jane Austen.
...stayed up all night reading.
...gone to a book signing.
...read or written fan-fiction.

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Tagging @wanderinglynn and also consider this an open tag. Let's play!

JackOBotts Three drinks over here: 🍺🍷🍸 4mo
Sresendez12 One drink for me 🍷 4mo
ShyBookOwl 🍺🍺🍺🍺!! 4 drinks! I've stayed up late reading, but never all night 🤷🏽‍♀️ 4mo
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Bookjunkie57 🍸🍸 4mo
PathfinderNicole Just one drink! 4mo
wanderinglynn That‘s 3 drinks for me! 🥃🥃🥃 4mo
cobwebmoth 🥃🥃🥃 4mo
mom2bugnbee No drinks for me! Should I be embarrassed? 4mo
DebbieGrillo @mom2bugnbee All In good fun. You should play along. Consider yourself tagged. 4mo
AsYouWish 2 drinks, I have read books based on Jane Austen books, but never actually read one of her‘s. 4mo
Exbrarian 🥃🥃 4mo
ImperfectCJ ?? Depending on how one defines "all night"... 4mo
gibblr 🍷 4mo
TheEllieMo 🥃🥃🥃 although I really wish I hadn‘t bothered with one of them 4mo
shadowspeak17 🍷 4mo
IndoorDame 🍷🍷🍷 4mo
hgrimes 🍷 4mo
LauraJ 🥃🥃 4mo
JessClark78 🍷 4mo
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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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Halfway through this chunkster & am LOVING it! Also, I achieved 97% of my step goal, considering the heat & that I spent 12 hours driving one day this week & 12 hours in emerg with Dd (she's okay) another day, I'm going to call that a win!

7/6 books read & steps away from my July goal!
#BFCr2 #BFC #bookfitnesschallenge #week5
@wanderinglynn @mcipher @krayoncolorz @BeckyB @Lucy_Anywhere @okthislooksbad @twohectobooks @Books.Bottles.and.Babies

Cathythoughts Love this cover ! Not a fan of YA though. 4mo
Lucy_Anywhere I loved this book! Such a great read 4mo
DebbieGrillo @Cathythoughts If you like post-apocalyptic fiction, this one is worth giving the broad genre of YA another chance. 4mo
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Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🥳🥳👍🏻📚🍾 4mo
BeckyandBooks Great job! 4mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week! 🎉 4mo
mcipher Total win! Glad you had a good week and everything is okay despite the ER visit!! 4mo
hwestfall I just picked the second one in the series up today. Target had it 20% off and then an additional 20% off with Cartwheel! 4mo
twohectobooks Glad things are ok! I keep seeing this cover and feeling curious, but not curious enough to add this one to my TBR. 4mo
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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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"Everyone is guilty of something..."

GlassAsDiamonds Oh I like this!!! So much of the modern especially online brouhaha seems to like to pretend that humans are monoliths of GOOD or EVIL and never the twain shall meet.... when mostly I think we‘re all a mix. 4mo
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1. Scattered vacationland.
2. Litsy, Samsung Health, and Pokemon Go.
3. Vegetables of some sort.
4. This is my niece Lauren.
5. @kspenmoll @FantasyChick @Lacey
#wondrouswednesday @eggs

LibrarianJen I like your app priorities! 4mo
Eggs Great smile!!! Thanks for joining in 💗🤗 4mo
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Hubby helped me with these questions, so these are his answers:
1. Walking the trails.
2. Hibernate
3. The shade

Here are mine:
1. The abundance of restaurants and breweries with inviting outdoor seating.
2. Use the garage as extra fridge space.
3. The shade.

#HumpDayPost @DebbieGrillo @MinDea

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The Most Fun We Ever Had | Claire Lombardo
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New books for my #TBR list from the July 14th NYT Book Review.

AutumnRLS I really want to read The Chain. 4mo
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Beach Reading | Mark Abramson
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From last week's NYT Book Review

AlaMich Yeah I saw that. She had the perfect vacation, IMO. 😆 4mo
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Shout | Laurie Halse Anderson
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Met and exceeded my step goal even though we are STILL away visiting family and it's hotter than blazes. Also, finished three books this week bringing my total to 7 of the 6 I had planned on reading during the 6 weeks. I still have two more weeks to read!
#BFCr2 #BFC #bookfitnesschallenge #week4 #checkin
@wanderinglynn @mcipher @krayoncolorz @BeckyB @Lucy_Anywhere @okthislooksbad @twohectobooks @Books.Bottles.and.Babies

Lucy_Anywhere Well done 🙌 you're smashing your goals! 4mo
twohectobooks Bravo! I‘m very envious of your long vacation! 4mo
mcipher Nice! So glad you‘re having a nice vacation and still getting to work on your goals. 👍 4mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Awesome week! 4mo
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Shout | Laurie Halse Anderson
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I loved this poetic memoir from the author of Speak. She shares her difficult childhood and in doing so exposes her parents inadequacies. She goes on to prove her father's advice, “...we must be gentle with the living, but the dead own their truth and are fearless.” Themes reveal truths of rape/sexual assault, classism, poverty, addiction, trauma and triumph.

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People Kill People | Ellen Hopkins
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1. Most recent 5⭐ tagged
2. Both, crunchy, but really both!
3. Sunrise
4. I'd put it toward a hot tub.
5. Grade 5
#friYAYintro @howjessreads

Amandajoy Hot tub. Awesome answer. 4mo
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Shout | Laurie Halse Anderson
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Censorship

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"Daddy loved Jesus"

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Tradition | Brendan Kiely
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I love how expertly Kiely writes from both protagonist's perspectives. This YA novel has a setting rooted deeply in the patriarchal society of an elite bording school. The story challenges that at every turn, highlighting the injustices of white, male, hetero privileged. An easy one to recommend.

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This was a great window into the world of a young adult struggling with mental illness. It's a mystery that deals with themes of integrity, wealth, class, grief, and relationships. "Nothing in this world is deserved, except for love."

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