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Lmstraubie

Joined November 2016

A perfect day would include a book, a cup of green/herbal tea & a cozy spot to enjoy them! Teacher Librarian📚 #mgbuddyread moderator
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Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
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Calling all #mgbuddyread participants (old & new). Join us for our Nov./Dec. discussion. Questions will be posted on December 15th around 4:00pm EST. Join in when you can!

@JaclynW @mrp27 @sblbooks @LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 @amie @Chelsibno @TheBookHippie @cwarnier @Daisey @Lifeisasnap @SamanthaMarie @SaturnDoo

TheBookHippie I‘m good!!! Picked it up today! It‘s still frozen ❄️❄️❄️ 3w
LibrarianRyan Yeahh 3w
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megnews Just got it! 3w
Lmstraubie @megnews 👏👏👏 3w
Sace Thanks for the tag. Not sure I can join this month, but I already have the January book ready to go! 3w
Lmstraubie @Sace No worries & no pressure. Join in when you can! 3w
Sace @Lmstraubie thank you! 3w
AnneCecilie I might join in this month 3w
Lmstraubie @AnneCecilie We'd love to have you!! 3w
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The results are in for the next round of #mgbuddyread titles.
Nov./Dec - A Boy Called Christmas
January - Letters from Rifka
February - The Parker Inheritance
March - Refugee
April - Fish in a Tree
May - The Night Diary

More details to follow about the Nov./Dec. selection. Thank you for your input!

@JaclynW @mrp27 @sblbooks @LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 @amie @Chelsibno @TheBookHippie @cwarnier @Daisey @Lifeisasnap @SamanthaMarie @SaturnDoo

Sace Do you have to commit to all the months? I would be very interested in reading for January. 4w
cwarnier Thanks for sharing the results. @Sace I don't always join in each month, but love to when I can. Some months are crazier than others. 4w
TheBookHippie @Sace I‘ve popped in and out as well. Join when you can 📖❤️ 4w
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megnews Ooh, I‘m going to join in on some of these! 4w
Sace Oh yay! Thanks! 4w
Sace I'm going to try for February and March too because those books look really interesting. 4w
SaturnDoo 😢I have already read the choices for this round so I won't be joining in very much. Have fun 😁 4w
sblbooks @SaturnDoo I've already read Refugee but I'm still going to join in the discussion it should be a good one. @megnews Yay! I was thinking the other day you should join our group, since you like middle grade too. 4w
megnews @sblbooks @saturndoo Yes, I‘ve read The Parker Inheritance but I‘m going to join in for that one and read a few of the others. 4w
SaturnDoo @sblbooks @megnews yes I could join in on the discussions 😁 I wasn't thinking about that 😂 4w
Lmstraubie @sace @sblbooks @SaturnDoo @megnews @TheBookHippie @cwarnier So glad you are all interested. I went with the books that were voted for the most. I've already read The Parker Inheritance as well, but can't wait to talk with someone about it! The group is very fluid. Join in when you can! 3w
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The results are in for the next round of #mgbuddyread titles.
Nov./Dec - A Boy Called Christmas
January - Letters from Rifka
February - The Parker Inheritance
March - Refugee
April - Fish in a Tree
May - The Night Diary

More details to follow about the Nov./Dec. selection. Thank you for your input!

@JaclynW @mrp27 @sblbooks @LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 @amie @Chelsibno @TheBookHippie @cwarnier @Daisey @Lifeisasnap @SamanthaMarie @SaturnDoo

TheBookHippie Yay!!! 4w
SamanthaMarie Fun fun fun!! Sorry I missed the voting but I'm looking forward to the discussions!!! 4w
SaturnDoo I just voted 😂 but it's ok. I probably won't be participating much as I have already read most of the chosen books for this round. 😢 4w
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Peddler410 I read the tagged book to my daughter two years ago and the sequel last December. I might sit this one out unless I can remember enough details to chime in on the discussion. (edited) 4w
LibrarianRyan Cool beans. I‘m off to buy some books. 4w
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 I hope it comes back to you! Would hate for you to sit this one out!! 3w
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan Happy shopping! 📚 3w
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Peddler410 Done! 1mo
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 Thank you! 1mo
mrp27 Done! 1mo
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Lmstraubie @mrp27 Thank you! 1mo
LibrarianRyan Good choices. I went a little holiday heavy. 1mo
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan They all came from the group 🙂 1mo
Daisey Done! 1mo
Lmstraubie @Daisey Thanks! 1mo
JaclynW Awesome! I will research and get my votes in by Friday! 1mo
sblbooks Done. Lots of great choices it was hard to narrow down to just five. 1mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW Sounds good! 1mo
Lmstraubie @sblbooks We can always recycle some 😉 1mo
JaclynW Just voted! That was hard! 1mo
Amie Thanks for including me! I haven't had time to participate in the discussions as much lately, so I'll pass on voting for titles. I'll join in the discussions when I'm able to, but I'll let people who are more active vote on the books they're interested in. 4w
TheBookHippie Got it !!!! Ooooo I can‘t wait to see!!!! 4w
TheBookHippie @JaclynW it was difficult! 4w
JaclynW @TheBookHippie So many good choices! 4w
Lmstraubie @amie Hope you find the time to join us! 4w
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Halloweenland | Al Sarrantonio
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Okay, I know Halloween was yesterday, but it's Friday and that means teacher librarian shirt day sooooo...👻

Johanna414 I need to start collecting some good book nerd shirts for dress down Fridays! This is so cute!
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Gissy So pretty!🖤🖤🖤 1mo
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Halloweenland | Al Sarrantonio
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Okay, I know Halloween was yesterday, but it's Friday and Friday always means teacher librarian shirt soooooo...👻

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Happy Halloween! | Lillian Jaine
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Happy Halloween Littens!! 🎃👻🍁🍂

cleoh what a mood 📚 happy Halloween! (edited) 1mo
AlaMich Well, maybe books AND candy? 😀 1mo
mrp27 🎃🎃🎃 1mo
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Little Paris Bookshop | Nina George
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I could get use to having a window seat...

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Guts | Scholastic
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My souvenirs for this weekend from The Bookstore in Lenox, MA.

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The Bookstore | Lenox, MA (Bookstore)
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Such a sweet bookstore (and wine bar). Add chocolate and this just might be my version of paradise

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The Beginning | R.L. Stine
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1. I actually don't remember, but I know it was around the same time as @GypsyKat so I'm going to say January/February 2016.
2. I heard @Liberty talking about it on her podcast. I remember her describing it as Instagram & Goodreads having a baby lol
3. More! More! More!
4. Cozy mysteries, historical fiction, memoir
5. @Cinfhen @Gissy @ValerieAndBooks @swishandflick @Reviewsbylola

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Lcsmcat I remember reading that comment from her on Book Riot! I joined in May of ‘16. 1mo
Lmstraubie @Lcsmcat It's so true too!! 1mo
Eggs Thanks for playing 💕👏🏻🤗🌺 1mo
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Cinfhen One of the very first Littens I ever met....or maybe my first??? I can‘t remember if I met you or @KarenUK first??!!!? 1mo
ValerieAndBooks If you go to the web version -- Litsy.com -- the date joined shows up on the member profile. November 2016 for you 🙂 . I joined in April that same year, but wasn't sure if I really needed another social media app, so didn't post until about 3 months later. Turns out this was the best kind of social media ever for us book-lovers 💖 1mo
Lmstraubie @ValerieAndBooks Thank you!!!! And you are sooooo right! 1mo
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Small Spaces | Katherine Arden
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Just finished this one. I usually don't like creepy stories, but really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to our #mgbuddyread on Sunday hosted by @LibrarianRyan Questions posted around 4:00 EST. Join in when you can!

aprilpohren I grabbed this from my son's book order and can't wait to read it! 1mo
Lmstraubie @aprilpohren It was well done & there's a sequel. Hey, if you finish it in the next few days join our discussion! 1mo
Daisey I‘m in the middle of it right now and plan to finish tomorrow so I can participate in the discussion! 1mo
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Lmstraubie @Daisey As you get further in it gets harder to put down! 1mo
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie I do agree. 1mo
sblbooks I was wondering what we're going to read for next month, do you know yet? 1mo
Lmstraubie @sblbooks I posted about it in the first post of the discussion. I tagged you, sorry you didn't see it 🙁 1mo
aprilpohren I am almost finished reading it and really enjoy it! 1mo
Lmstraubie @aprilpohren When you're done search #mgbuddyread and add to the discussion 🙂 1mo
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Small Spaces | Katherine Arden
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Calling all #mgbuddyread participants! Just a reminder about this month's book. @LibrarianRyan has graciously offered to help me out and will be running this month's discussion. Questions are posted the last Sunday of the month (Oct. 27th) around 4:00 EST. Join in when you can!!!

Daisey I just checked out a copy today, and I hope to make time to read it soon! 2mo
Lmstraubie @Daisey I'm a little afraid lol I don't do well with scary stories - adult or kid Have you ever read this one 2mo
JaclynW I just finished this book! 2mo
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sblbooks I'm ready! I just finished it today. 2mo
Cinfhen Hi Lisa!!!! Just realized I haven‘t “seen” you in AGES!!!!!! Hope all is well ❤️😘 1mo
Lmstraubie @Cinfhen Hi Cindy 👋 Things have been crazy on this end. I miss my Listy friends and really need to get back on board. Please, please tell me I didn't miss your visit this summer!! 1mo
Cinfhen There was no official meet-up this summer 😢but I was in the States. It was a really hectic summer and I didn‘t have lots of free time. Hopefully we‘ll get a chance to catch up next time I‘m in. Miss you 😘 1mo
Lmstraubie @Cinfhen Hope all is well on your side of the globe! Miss you too!! 😘 1mo
TheBookHippie I fell off too! Notify me of the next read! 1mo
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Just Me and My Reading Buddy | Mrs. McAuley's First Grade Class 15-16
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Calling all #mgbuddyread participants (old and new). Our October book will be Small Spaces by Kathrine Arden. Our discussion will take place on Sunday, October 27th. Questions will be posted around 4:00pm EST. Join in when you can! Our host for this month's read is @LibrarianRyan!

Also I'm in the process of making our survey for the next round. Please feel free to recommend someone books in the comments!

mrp27 Loved Small Spaces, I read it last fall. Looking forward to joining the discussion. 3mo
SamanthaMarie I'm excited to read this book!! :) 3mo
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TheBookHippie Im in! 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm If this hasn‘t been chosen before, I highly recommend it! 3mo
LibrarianRyan I had made a list of thoughts, but of course you don't have to use any of them. I had seasonal thoughts. Since November is Thanksgiving in the US I was thinking immigration stories (i know we have done some before). 3mo
LibrarianRyan Right book title and author, wrong book cover on Litsy. @Listy how do we fix a book that has the wrong cover. This book has a cover for an R rated movie, not the middle grade novel by Applegate. 3mo
LibrarianRyan This wasn't for immigration, i think this was for winter. Or maybe it was just because. (edited) 3mo
LibrarianRyan Maybe for December a holiday story. I was looking for holiday stories other than Christmas, and not having a bunch of luck. 3mo
LibrarianRyan A happy tear jerker that is also really short 3mo
LibrarianRyan Might be a little thick 3mo
sblbooks It's about a girl with scoliosis that is told she has to wear a back brace 23 hours a day. 3mo
Peddler410 Checking to make sure I didn‘t miss the survey. I haven‘t been checking in like normal lately, but now I‘m back! 2mo
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 Nope I'm just trying to catch up! The beginning of the year is so crazy. I will tag you in the survey when I post it. (Hopefully this weekend 🤞) 2mo
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Question 10 #mgbuddyread

SamanthaMarie What do you all think in general or in specific regarding when white Americans tell the stories of POC? 4mo
LibrarianRyan @SamanthaMarie I think it depends. In this book the POC is working with the white American to tell his story. Do we know how this came about? Was it a friendship. Is so it doesn‘t bother me. If it was a co-writer assigned by a publisher I might have problems with that. 4mo
mrp27 I know it's Ali's story and it's mg but I would love to know more about how he got out and what happened to the rest of his the family, how they got out etc. 4mo
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mrp27 I agree, depends on the story and the why's but for the most part it doesn't bother me as long as the story is authentic and done right. 4mo
sblbooks Great book @Lmstraubie I'm glad you suggested this one. 4mo
SamanthaMarie @mrp27 I agree with wanting to know more!! 4mo
SamanthaMarie @LibrarianRyan @mrp27 They make it seem like a friendship in the Acknowledgement section. I think I just worry that instead of centering and passing the mic to POC we often think we need to tell their stories for them "the right way." But I am hopeful this was done with integrity. 4mo
mrp27 @LibrarianRyan @SamanthaMarie Agreed. It does seem like a friendship and I'd rather see a partnership likes this other than have assigned writers. I don't mind at all if people need or want help to tell their stories. (edited) 4mo
Lmstraubie @mrp27 @LibrarianRyan @SamanthaMarie @sblbooks I believe he became friends with a "Dr. D." when he was the translator for the Saddam trial. The co-author is the twin sister of Dr. D's wife (who is also an author). I believe this person was also pivotal in bringing Ali to the US (although I'm not 100% sure). But a very valid point especially for this story. 4mo
JaclynW @mrp27 Agreed. I want to know more. @SamanthaMarie I too am trusting this was done with integrity. 4mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie Thanks for bringing my attention to this story! 4mo
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Question 9 #mgbuddyread

SamanthaMarie Yes it could. They happen slowly and over time. With the right amount of instability and fear. The right amount of propaganda. I'm not saying it could happen tomorrow. But if certain trajectories maintain course, I think it could happen. 4mo
LibrarianRyan @SamanthaMarie I agree. All it takes is one person who does not want to leave the office of president and enough backers to form a coup and keep the next election from happening or the change of power from happening. 4mo
LibrarianRyan @SamanthaMarie another way it could happen is a major disaster, be it terror or natural, and martial law is declared. All could happen. And unfortunately I fear America is coming closer and closer. 4mo
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Peddler410 I don‘t think I have anything more to add — @SamanthaMarie and @LibrarianRyan have covered my thoughts. 4mo
mrp27 I agree, totally can happen here. I like to be optimistic and think people would rise up and fight it tooth and nail if it were to happen. 4mo
sblbooks Yes it could happen anywhere. I agree with what everyone has said so far, and I hope and pray @mrp27 is right that we would rise up to the defeat a dictator. 4mo
JaclynW @mrp27 @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan @sblbooks @Lmstraubie @SamanthaMarie Agreed. It could happen anywhere, anytime. It's going on all over the place. Maybe even in your company (small dictatorships). I too, hope that the majority would rise and defeat such actions. But it isn't always that easy. Again, look to Germany with Hitler. 4mo
JaclynW @mrp27 @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan @sblbooks @Lmstraubie @SamanthaMarie Agreed. You should all read this book by Madeleine Albright, it shows how easy it can be to switch. It happens slowly before your eyes almost without you realizing it. There are warning signs. After you read this, you can see that many countries are in the "danger" area/turning point.? 4mo
mrp27 @JaclynW Thanks for the book recommendation, gonna have to check it out! 4mo
JaclynW @mrp27 👍😊 It's a fascinating read! 4mo
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie hate to bother you as I know school just started. I was wondering if you were going to host another round? Pedler (can not remember her full handle and I'm on the desktop version that doesn't fill it in) were thinking of doing Small Spaces for October. But I said I would ask if #MGBuddyRead was still going first. 3mo
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan So sorry. I know I've dropped the ball lately 😣 My library was renovated this summer and it's kind of taken over lol. The plan was to skip September & start up again in October. I've been meaning to post for recommendations. Is Small Spaces middle grade?? 3mo
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie yep. It‘s middle grade spooky. The sequel comes out this year. I‘ve heard good things. And I understand the changes at the library thing. 3mo
Lmstraubie @librarianryan Thanks for understanding . I'm good with making it October's read if that's okay with you and @Peddler410 3mo
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie cool! 😁😁 3mo
Peddler410 @Lmstraubie Works for me! 3mo
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 Would either of you be able to run the chat for this book (create & post questions)?? 3mo
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Question 8 #mgbuddyread

LibrarianRyan Ego. They want the power. They need it. Some of the best leaders never wanted power. 4mo
Peddler410 Greed! Power itself. I can‘t imagine that for myself so it‘s hard to really understand why someone else would want to be so controlling 4mo
mrp27 I strongly believe a huge motivating factor to control is fear. This feeds the greed and power aspect. 4mo
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sblbooks I agree with everyone, also possibly insecurity. 4mo
Lmstraubie @sblbooks @mrp27 @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan All of these hold true. I've tried to see how a person can think harming others is beneficial. If it were a situation of desperation I could understand (not agree, but understand). But to have so much and just want more so you have it & control it while others suffer is just something I can't wrap my head around. 4mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie I feel the same way. 4mo
JaclynW @LibrarianRyan Good point! 4mo
JaclynW @mrp27 @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan @sblbooks @Lmstraubie I agree with all of you. Ego, power, greed, fear, insecurity. Some people also get a kick out of controlling others, bullying them essentially. Some get a high off of knocking others down. Hitler feared the Jews taking over. Look what he did. Propaganda, murdering millions. He totally got people to buy into his ideas. Racial tensions here are another example. ⬇️ 4mo
JaclynW Is it human nature (to a degree) to want to be the "best?" A survival of the fittest type of thing? You see it even at the schools with young kids. There is always a hierarchy of sorts. Leaders like Saddam or Hitler take it to an extreme. My guess is their need to create safety and security is fear driven and the fear never extinguishes because the fear itself never leaves. They become paranoid and get more extreme. 4mo
mrp27 @JaclynW Exactly. Fear drives people to control the same way that cowardice drives people to bully. 4mo
JaclynW @mrp27 Yep! 4mo
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Question 7 #mgbuddyread

SamanthaMarie I rather wish I knew. I think some of it comes from what your parents/family believes. Some of it probably also depends on the kind of education you have been exposed to. But I would love to know and understand. 4mo
Peddler410 Again, I agree with @SamanthaMarie Ali‘s family was educated and as a result saw through the propaganda. As for younger generations, following the belief system of parents can be hard to break away from. So, if the parents believe a thing, kids are more likely to believe that thing. 4mo
mrp27 I think about this all the time and wish I had a definitive answer. Obviously your parents views, your education, access to information, and what you are exposed to in life helps you to think through the propaganda. 4mo
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LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 @SamanthaMarie I agree with you both. This is Nurture over nature. It‘s not just how you were raised but also are you willing to look at things a new way, explore new areas, etc. it‘s hard to get away from familiar thinking of you live and see the same thing every day. We see this in country living. People who have never been more that a hundred miles from home. 4mo
sblbooks @mrp27 agreed 4mo
Lmstraubie @SamanthaMarie @Peddler410 @mrp27 @LibrarianRyan This is another question in which all of your responses hit the nail on the head. 4mo
JaclynW @mrp27 @LibrarianRyan Agreed! Agreed! Agreed! Lack of education, lack of perspectives, no empathy, an unwillingness to be open and explore, etc. I'd like to add FEAR!! You fear what you don't know, therefore you are more likely to believe propaganda- especially if it comes from someone who "appears" to know what they are talking about. This is happening in our country now. I'm sure we could all list several examples. I see it daily. Sadly. 4mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie Great question! 4mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW It amazes me how much this happens in our own country and how easily. We have access to do much information, but aren't as discriminate about it as we should be. 3mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie Exactly. 3mo
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Question 6 #mgbuddyread

SamanthaMarie I can imagine he did feel some pride but also such sadness about what it could mean for his father. It is also a burden of responsibility I wouldn't wish on a 12 year old. Such a loss of innocence at too young an age. 4mo
Peddler410 While Shirzad took his new role so seriously, I have to believe he was unhappy having to take it on. It is a loss for him, having to grow up too fast. Unfortunately, I see this happen to the students in my middle schools often. 4mo
mrp27 Agreed, must have been a huge burden during an incredibly trying time. 4mo
LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 agree. I don‘t think it‘s something he wanted, it was expected. It‘s a very traditional life style 4mo
JaclynW @SamanthaMarie @mrp27 @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan @sblbooks @Lmstraubie Agreed. A bit of pride but a huge burden. What a great deal of pressure for a young man. And to have the thought in the back of your mind that the reason you are doing this is because your father may be dead. So heartbreaking. It's unfortunate that this does occur in our world today all too often for various reasons. 4mo
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Question 5 #mgbuddyread

SamanthaMarie Not surprised that she used the comic book and not surprised that Ali had that reaction. As a mother trying to feed a family in the worst of times... desperate times call for desparate measures. (Though of course I wish she had used his math book 😉) And Ali is an 11 year old whose whole life has been upended time and time again. I think we all seek control and constancy in times of extreme duress. 4mo
Peddler410 Not surprised by. I was angry at the mom along with Ali. Then, I understood why mom did what she did and I was a little less mad. Ali‘s reaction was 100% appropriate—as @SamanthaMarie mentions, his life has been turned upside down again and those comics were his comfort blanket. 4mo
mrp27 Not too surprised, you do what you gotta do. However I was a little disappointed because I felt like she didn't understand or know her son well enough to try to find something else to use, but I get it. I totally understand his reaction. I'm sure I'd feel the same if someone burned my favorite book. In times of stress and chaos you try to hold onto something that feels comforting to you. (edited) 4mo
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LibrarianRyan @mrp27 @Peddler410 @SamanthaMarie not surprised. I get it, to her the math book is more important. However don‘t most mothers know what their child‘s comfort item is? Would she have done the same to the sisters dolly? And I completely see his reaction. His comics were his comfort items. 4mo
mrp27 @LibrarianRyan Right?! Burn the doll not the comics! 4mo
SamanthaMarie @LibrarianRyan Yeah that is so fair. And I also wonder why she just didnt ask if any of the kids had any spare paper. But maybe that's a pride thing... not wanting to ask. 4mo
LibrarianRyan @SamanthaMarie I also wonder if she didn't think of it as having literary value. Were there no other books in the house to steal paper from like front and back matter (the blank pages). 4mo
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan @SamanthaMarie @sblbooks @mrp27 @Peddler410 I was surprised that his mom used the comic books (considering there were other sources of paper). I guess I just thought she would have known how important they were to him, regardless of her thought of the literary quality. I totally understood his reaction. I think I had the same one when I read that part lol 4mo
JaclynW @SamanthaMarie @mrp27 @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan @sblbooks @Lmstraubie I completely understood this too. As was mentioned, desperate times call for desperate measures. It did seem like the mother didn't understand his attachment, which is odd, but was explained in the book that she's so busy in her life that she just didn't know. Still sad. I agree with you that there HAD to be something else to burn. His reaction was appropriate for his age. 4mo
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Question 4 #mgbuddyread

SamanthaMarie Ugh. That's my response. Ugh. Heart wrenching. 4mo
Peddler410 It broke my heart when I read it. 4mo
mrp27 I found it ironic and heartbreaking. I'm sure he's not the only person that has had this thought. 4mo
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LibrarianRyan Accurate. That how his kid mind sees it, not as America trying to stop bad people, but America trying to stop bad people no matter how man good people they hurt. 4mo
sblbooks Sad. I'm glad he was able to make it to America in the end. 4mo
JaclynW @SamanthaMarie @mrp27 @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan @sblbooks @Lmstraubie I think that quote illustrates how complicated war is. I don't think it is ever any soldiers' intent to kill innocent people - in fact that is who they fight for. But you can't always tell nowadays who is "good" and who is "bad" (I think the book mentioned this too). Saddam hid bombs in schools, he knew what he was doing AND unfortunately that put innocent people in harm's way. 4mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW So true. It still baffles me at how people use innocent souls to hide behind. 3mo
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Question 3 #mgbuddyread

SamanthaMarie It is sad to me that it is so... normal. It makes me think about how privileged we are in America in present times to not experience night after night of bombing. But it also makes me think of those in our country who live in fear night after night of ICE or other horrors. 4mo
Peddler410 I agree with @SamanthaMarie It is heartbreaking that this type of activity is considered the norm is some places. 4mo
mrp27 I agree that it saddened me and broke my heart that people lived/live this way. I feel very privileged to not have ever experienced life like they did. 4mo
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LibrarianRyan Agree with everyone. 4mo
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan @mrp27 @Peddler410 @SamanthaMarie I agree at how sad the normalcy of it was, kind of, oh well here we go again. But it also made me think about how it seems mass shootings are becoming almost common place here. I know there is still a lot of advocacy to help stop it, but for whatever reason this is the connection my brain made. 4mo
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie I see that connection. It‘s its own type of war. 4mo
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan Sadly yes 😕 4mo
JaclynW @SamanthaMarie @mrp27 @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan @sblbooks @Lmstraubie I'm in agreement with what you've said. The normalcy of the war and all it meant was very sad indeed. We are definitely privileged here in this country not to have never really experienced something like this to that degree. The nightly bombings, lack of food, fear, unrest, etc. I can also see your comparison of mass shootings. It has become normal. (That sounds so awful!!) 4mo
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SamanthaMarie Nothing. I was only 1. Haha. But I do remember that he went on trial in 2003? and was prosecuted for his atrocious actions. 4mo
mrp27 I was 18/19 years old and I remember watching the start of the war on CNN. I remember feeling unsettled by it all. I was in college at the time so there was lots of discussions. 4mo
Peddler410 I was in my freshman year of college. The TA teaching my English class had a friend serving in Iraq — we read many articles about the conflict. 4mo
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LibrarianRyan Scared. My dad is a retired Navy Seabee. While it was a ground conflict, my dads a landlover. They go in before to set up and after to clean up. There was a possibility he could be sent over. Instead he want to Antarctica and then we got sent to Alaska. (edited) 4mo
sblbooks I was a freshman and sophomore in high school. in world history we would read the paper every day to see what was going on. Some of my friends older siblings were in the military and being called up. it was scary because we didn't know how long the war would last. 4mo
Lmstraubie @sblbooks @Peddler410 @mrp27 @SamanthaMarie I was a senior in college and doing my student teaching. I remember the class I was with being particularly effected by it and how seeing it through the kids eyes brought a different perspective. @LibrarianRyan I can't imagine the fear you had. I'm glad it all turned out well. 4mo
Lmstraubie @sblbooks @LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 @mrp27 @SamanthaMarie I also vaguely remember pictures of Saddam when he was caught years later. 4mo
JaclynW @SamanthaMarie @mrp27 @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan @sblbooks @Lmstraubie I was in high when the war occurred. I remember bits and pieces. What I remember most is many of my religious friends telling me this was a sign of the end of the world - something about a tyrant from the Middle East.... To my non-religious mind, it was weird but at the same time it freaked me out because of their certainty. The world couldn't end! My life was just beginning! 4mo
JaclynW @SamanthaMarie @mrp27 @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan @sblbooks @Lmstraubie I also remember when they found Saddam. I was older then and paid closer attention to the news. I remember how haggard he looked. This hugely powerful man looking like he could be mistaken for a homeless man on the street. I still don't know about all of the crimes he committed in detail. Those poor Iraqis though...😢 4mo
JaclynW @SamanthaMarie @mrp27 @Peddler410 @LibrarianRyan @sblbooks @Lmstraubie I also grew up near an airbase, so we knew people going to Iraq. It was in our local news a lot. 4mo
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SamanthaMarie Going into the story completely blind I figured the MC would be a younger boy and that it would have something to do with Iraq. After having read through I still think the title is a good match for the content inside. I did wonder if Sadam Hussein would ever play a face to face role in the book but was shocked at the ending. My heart went out to Ali. Just. What a trauma on all sides. 4mo
Peddler410 I feel the title is fitting. I had an aha moment when it came together. 4mo
mrp27 I do. I liked that the author was able to relate his experiences and tell his story through the analogy of video games. 4mo
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LibrarianRyan @mrp27 @Peddler410 @SamanthaMarie I went in blink expecting something completely different but I loved it, and when the title finally made sense it was simply perfect. 4mo
mrp27 @LibrarianRyan Same! I never heard of the book until the buddy read. Glad I read it. 4mo
sblbooks At first I thought it was a strange title, but it made sense after I read the book. 4mo
JaclynW @SamanthaMarie @Peddler410 @mrp27 @LibrarianRyan @sblbooks I also went into this book blindly and found some of the book's reveals to fit the title perfectly. Almost eerily so. I loved that it was based on real events. Maybe that's where the eeriness comes in. 4mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW It did have a different feel knowing it was based on an actual experience. 3mo
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Just a reminder our July/August #mgbuddyread discussion is this Sunday, August 18th. Questions will be posted around 4:00 PM EST. Join in the discussion when you can! Questions? Post below.

LibrarianRyan yeahhh 4mo
SamanthaMarie I'm still waiting for my copy from ILL. But if it doesn't come by Thursday then I'll buy it on Kindle. So so excited!!! 4mo
Lmstraubie @SamanthaMarie It's a quick read. Fingers crossed it comes in 🤞🤞🤞 4mo
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SaturnDoo 😁👍❤💜❤ thank you!!! Will mark my calendar to watch in October! 5mo
LibrarianRyan Cool beans. I understand. I had to ILL a copy from a university so I get it. 5mo
mrp27 No problem. 5mo
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TheBookHippie Sounds fine ! 5mo
JaclynW Sounds great, thanks! 5mo
SamanthaMarie Joining in!!! Just heard about this and I can't wait :) 4mo
Lmstraubie @SamanthaMarie Welcome to the group! We're excited to have you 😊 4mo
SamanthaMarie Thank you so much :) 4mo
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Calling all #mgbuddy readers! The July book is Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein by Jennifer Roy. Questions will be posted on July 28th around 4:00 EST. Join in when you can! Questions? Post in the comments below 🙂

TheBookHippie I was nervous for a minute there!!! Am reading and enjoying !!! I thought oh no are we supposed to be done already 🤣🤣🤣 5mo
mrp27 Thanks for reminding me, I nearly forgot! 5mo
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Lmstraubie @mrp27 @TheBookHippie Sorry 😣 I'm a little behind 5mo
TheBookHippie @Lmstraubie hey I‘m proud to finally not be behind on one thing!!! 🤣😩🤦🏽‍♀️ 5mo
Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie Never behind, just working on a different schedule 😉 5mo
TheBookHippie @Lmstraubie my entire life runs this way 🤣🤣🤣 5mo
Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie LOL Seems to be working! 5mo
mrp27 @Lmstraubie No worries! I had it written down but I still forgot. 😁 5mo
SaturnDoo I wanted to read this one but so far I haven't been able to get my hands on it 😢😭 my library doesn't have it. 5mo
Lmstraubie @SaturnDoo So sorry to hear that. I had to interlibrary loan it & there was only one library in my system that has it. 😕 5mo
Peddler410 Got my copy today from the library — there were two copies available. I have an advanced reader copy at school 🤦🏻‍♀️ Totally forgot to gray ANY copy before the end of the year — I‘ve had it in my libraries since it first came out. For some reason, I haven‘t read it yet. 5mo
JaclynW I just got my copy from my local library! Can't wait to start! 5mo
sblbooks @SaturnDoo My library did not have it either. I bought the e-book on Kindle. 5mo
SaturnDoo @sblbooks I was trying to avoid buying it 😂 especially since I'm not working right now. Maybe I can read it later and come back to the discussion. 5mo
SaturnDoo @Lmstraubie have the next books already been picked? 5mo
Lmstraubie @SaturnDoo No not yet. I will be sending out a survey. I think we'll take a mini hiatus for August & September and start up again in October. 5mo
SaturnDoo @Lmstraubie oh ok...I was just curious. ☺ 5mo
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I have been holding off on this series because I couldn't find it through my library. I finally sucked it up and purchased the first book. I'm HOOKED! Jayne Entwistle is one of my favorite narrators 🙂

Peddler410 I own it but haven‘t read it yet. But I will! 5mo
rwmg Another one that's on my virtual TBR shelf. So many books, so little time.
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Peddler410 I wonder about Mr. Yao‘s son. I was happy to see him change by the end of the story. 5mo
sblbooks This was a good book. I heard there might be a sequel. Did anyone else hear that? 5mo
TheBookHippie @sblbooks yes I did does anyone know???? 5mo
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TheBookHippie This is a true very good story 5mo
TheBookHippie Thank you for this!!!! It was an amazing read! 5mo
mrp27 @sblbooks I think I heard the same thing. I'd definitely read it. 5mo
mrp27 Great book and very timely. 5mo
LibrarianRyan Anyone else think the teacher was racist. And using racist lesson plans? What about mom and her actions or lack of actions? @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo 5mo
TheBookHippie @LibrarianRyan I did but that‘s daily life here I forget it‘s not normal 😳😭 5mo
LibrarianRyan @TheBookHippie unfortunately very true. 😢😤 5mo
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan @TheBookHippie I was thinking she depicted the teacher that way to shine a light on how white privilege blurs people's vision. 5mo
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie ohhhh. Good point. 5mo
JaclynW Thank you for bringing my awareness to this perspective changing book! It is so timely. I will be recommending this to everyone I know. 5mo
JaclynW @LibrarianRyan The teacher's actions bothered me too. I saw it as a naivety on her end - @Lmstraubie definitely white privilege. I was also happy to see Jason change at the end @peddler410, what courage it took on his end to stand up to his dad. 5mo
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Peddler410 I found myself thinking about how determined Mia was. She wanted to prove she could be a writer. She was also determined to help the weeklies as well as support her family in helping the other immigrants. 5mo
sblbooks I felt for Mia and the other immigrants, and I was glad it turned out well in the end. 5mo
TheBookHippie I kept thinking of all the kids from Pakistan and Mexico I serve. 5mo
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mrp27 I kept thinking how hard the immigrant community works. Always striving to do better and be better. 5mo
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo I kept thinking of how it reflects day to day life that my white privilege has shielded me from. 5mo
SaturnDoo Altough I'm not an immigrant I was able to relate to Mia and her situation.I worked as a front desk clerk AND was a weekly, there were 2 of us. The owners of the hotel were immigrants and treated us poorly. Because I was on-site, if they needed extra help/had no help, I was expected to work when I was off with no pay.Several things happened & we would get drug into the situations when we weren't involved to start with. It was a nightmare 👎 5mo
LibrarianRyan That I love my mom. I‘m a navy brat. They don‘t pay enlisted military very well. Now I know we didn‘t have a lot of money but I never noticed it growing up. That my mom (while she does drive me nuts) never told me I could be or do something. Yeah maybe we didn‘t have money for this or that but we almost always found a different way. Sorry for the sap. @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo 5mo
Lmstraubie @librarianryan Sap is always welcomed 🙂 5mo
85eliana Sorry I missed this discussion! We switched to our summer schedule and travelled so I definitely lost track of this. I‘m really enjoying reading the conversation! 5mo
Lmstraubie @85eliana No worries 🙂 Feel free to add your thoughts at any time. Just tag the participants so they know you added to the conversation. Hope you had a good trip! 5mo
JaclynW All I kept thinking about was our current situation at the border. I'm so frustrated with our government. I'm frustrated at Americans who don't get to know these immigrants/refugees stories. I'm frustrated with the inhumane treatment. It is all completely unacceptable to me. This book shows, what I believe, to be the heart of most immigrants/refugees. They all are seeking better lives - that is universal. Mia was inspiring. I loved her spirit. 5mo
mrp27 @JaclynW Agreed! 5mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW It's amazing the lack of humanity by some and the incredibly humanity of others. 5mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie I hope the one out numbers the other in the end.😊❤ 5mo
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TheBookHippie Do the next best thing - the next right thing...I live in a town where many people hate me, hate the kids I serve. I just keep the joy in me of serving and the affects it has in my heart. There are days ...self care is important. This quote reminds me of Anne Frank. 5mo
mrp27 By simply treating people fairly and humanly or as you want to be treated. We're all in this together. 5mo
Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie @mrp27 It seems so simple, but can be so hard. Self care is an important piece because if we don't refresh ourselves it's hard to keep up the fight. I find my problem lays in what I see as the "unfairness" of it all & how I want to change that. What I need to remember is I can only change me & go from there. 5mo
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mrp27 Again, very true. Self care is super important. 5mo
LibrarianRyan By always having a smile for a stranger and a willing to help however it‘s needed. Being approachable and willing to listen. (Extrovert can you tell?). @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo 5mo
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan Lol I think introverts can do this on a smaller scale as well. It's amazing how a simple smile can make such a difference. 5mo
JaclynW Great quote. I loved this aspect of the book/characters. I just focus on the bits right around me that I can influence - volunteering, reaching out to others/friends, supporting organizations that make a bigger impact, etc. I smile at others or give compliments/acknowledge/validate others a lot (just something simple). It goes a long way. @thebookhippie @mrp27 @Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan I loved your answers! 5mo
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Peddler410 I‘m still trying to figure this out. 5mo
sblbooks This is definitely a tough one. An expanded guest-worker program might help. Stiff penalties for businesses that do not pay taxes. Jail time for human trafficking! I had a friend who came to the USA from Mexico. She said, the main problem is the the country the immigrant is trying to leave charges so much money, she had to pay over 10K to leave legally, 30 years ago. How is someone from a poor country going to pay that kind of money? 5mo
TheBookHippie I think education . The families I work with check what case is in court to see how many DECADES it is until theirs. Here by me it‘s December 1999. So if you filed then...you are in court. It‘s also corrupt. The entire system needs overhauling. Undocumented minors or DACA kids should be grated immunity. Refugees should be allowed in. Good stipulations and processes need to be in place. But most of all we need to be humane . 5mo
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mrp27 This is a doozy of a question! I don't have an answer but above any and all else everyone should I'd be treated fairly, humanly and kindly. We need a process and a system that is timely, affordable and fair. 5mo
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo I know this is a tough question, but definitely one that couldn't be overlooked. I have to say there isn't an easy answer, but bottom line being treated humanely should go without saying. 5mo
mrp27 I really wish we all could stop treating immigrants different from other immigrants. One group is not better or worse than the other. Skilled or unskilled, speaks or doesn't speak English, is brown or is white, etc. 5mo
Lmstraubie @mrp27 We need to stop doing this for citizens as well. 5mo
mrp27 Agreed! 5mo
SaturnDoo Tough question 😢Everyone should be treated fairly& humanely. A country should enforce/uphold its laws for citizens&non citizens alike.No exceptions,no loopholes.If citizens/illegal immigrants break the law,consequences should be enforced,regardless of citizenship status.A country's government should remain obligated &loyal to its citizens first & foremost by serving,protecting & assisting them before anyone else. 5mo
LibrarianRyan At minimum we should treat all people by the golden rule. Kids should not be punished for the actions of their parents. This includes separating them. Legal immigration needs to be easier and less expensive. It would cut down on illegals immigration. We are a nation of immigrants and we need to remember that. I highly suggest reading the tagged book. @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo (edited) 5mo
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan It's amazing how that fact has gotten so lost. 5mo
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie so much so yes! 5mo
JaclynW @LibrarianRyan Exactly! (Thanks for the book recommendation!) @lmstraubie @thebookhippie @peddler410 @sblbooks @mrp27 @Saturndoo @amie @chelsibno You all make great points, it's a huge issue that needs to be resolved with fairness and humane treatment. I hope we can get there. This is why this book is so important for young people to read. (Adults too.) It really puts heart into this politicized issue where real people are often forgotten. 5mo
mrp27 @LibraianRyan loved Her Right Foot! 5mo
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Peddler410 I think he‘s angry. Perhaps he was treated poorly in the past... 5mo
TheBookHippie @sblbooks greed !!! I agree. Ugh. 5mo
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mrp27 Fear and then of course greed. He never wants to be in a position to where he can be taken advantage so the fear is his motivation. 5mo
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo I always wonder what leads a person who has so much to always keep wanting more at the expense of others. 5mo
SaturnDoo His own insecurities.Power,anger,fear,greed. His nature/culture has taught him to be a contoller. He knows that everyone at the hotel is dependent on him.Therefore he preys on the weak to satisfy those insecurities, as well as pay for his mistakes. 5mo
LibrarianRyan He is an immigrant himself. He was probably in their situation once upon a time and believes if he could pull himself up all on his own they should have to as well. @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo 5mo
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan Probably true, but you would think he would have a little more empathy instead of taking such advantage. (My rose-colored glasses view.) 5mo
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie I‘ve seen it both ways. I think it all starts with what type of person you are to begin with. 5mo
Lmstraubie @librarianryan So very true 5mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie I've wondered that too. I kept trying to figure out why he was this way. I wonder if the sequel dives into his story, that could be interesting. @librarianryan Good point, so true. 5mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW I'm looking forward to the sequel. 5mo
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Peddler410 I think Mia understands being the underdog. She tries to treat others how she wants to be treated. (edited) 5mo
sblbooks I agree with @Peddler410 . Mia knows what it feels like to be mistreated, so she has empathy. 5mo
TheBookHippie She doesn‘t want anyone to feel as she did. I find myself doing that in certain situations to this day. I think it makes you highly aware. It‘s very beautiful to see it in children. 5mo
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mrp27 I'm in agreement with everyone here. Mia knows what it feels like and she's empathetic. 5mo
Chelsibno I agree with what everyone so far has said. Mia is empathetic to other‘s plights, because she‘s had similar experiences. I think she also has a very strong sense of justice and fairness. 5mo
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo It's kids like Mia who will change the world (and already are) 5mo
SaturnDoo I think Mia feels the need to be protective, especially for her mom&dad due to the language barrier. I also think it satifies her need to be useful/helpful in a world that isn't as accepting/embracing of all people. She's building on the skills of strength, power,justice, bravery and equality that she knows she has and will continue to need. I ❤how sympathetic/empathetic she is. She's making a powerful statement and proves herself very worthy. 5mo
Lmstraubie @SaturnDoo I never thought about the aspect of protecting her parents, though she does do that. Good point! 5mo
LibrarianRyan I like @SaturnDoo thinking. But I think her age has a bit. She is still young and idealistic. She has not been jaded by repetitive failure. America has not been what mom and dad anticipated and part of their jade rubs off. @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo (edited) 5mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie Agreed! I hope there is change in the world. That's what I loved about this book. @peddler410 @amie @thebookhippie @sblbooks @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo @LibrarianRyan I agree with all of your points. Mia was quite an amazing young girl. So inspiring. 5mo
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sblbooks All kids should participate. If a child gets hurt at school, medical care would be covered under the school's liability insurance, not the parent's medical insurance. 5mo
Peddler410 I agree with @sblbooks 5mo
TheBookHippie @sblbooks I agree. I see it happen a lot though. It‘s sad. 5mo
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sblbooks @thebookhippie That is sad, and unfortunately that's why they're taken advantage of sometimes. People that just moved here don't understand our laws or other policies. 5mo
mrp27 This broke my heart, so maddening. 5mo
SaturnDoo @sblbooks agree. 5mo
LibrarianRyan I agree with everyone else. It should be covered by school insurance but I kept thinking this books setting was the 80s (until I saw the end bill). But from experience, if you have to go to the school nurse first, things may get missed or not seen as important and the kid goes home. Now it‘s mom and dads problem. @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo 5mo
JaclynW @LibrarianRyan Good point. At our local schools, there isn't enough money in the budget to have a full time nurse at every school. They bounce back and forth from multiple schools during the week, so it is usually the teacher or secretary taking care of injuries. Parents are often called in. I had never even thought about this issue so it was shocking to read this (but it makes sense). It really is terribly sad. 5mo
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Peddler410 It‘s difficult! English has so many rules that are always being broken. My daughter is in Chinese Immersion program at school and I spent a semester learning — no conjugating verbs! Easier!! 5mo
sblbooks I agree (They're, their, there) 5mo
TheBookHippie It is atrocious ...I have 22 languages I hear in the school year reading with kids and I find the Latin root of words is so similar in their languages many of their words are close ...English has too many words and is incredibly difficult to manage. 5mo
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mrp27 I only speak English so it's difficult to assess. I'm gonna agree though that it can be difficult. 5mo
Chelsibno English is way more difficult to learn. The language has borrowed so many words from other languages over the years that there‘s no one set way to turn every singular word into a plural form. Like @Peddler410 mentioned, English has a lot of rules and conventions that constantly get broken or disregarded depending on the context. Add to that, we have so many homonyms and homophones that it can be super confusing for anyone who isn‘t fluent. 5mo
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo I also think the slang terms alone are enough to drive someone crazy. The poor uncle who thought saying, "Hey Baby" was acceptable. 5mo
SaturnDoo English is my native tongue, but I'm going to say it's probably very difficult to learn.It seems that English is always changing. Lots of grammar rules,slang,dialects,accents. Even native speakers have trouble with the English language so I can only imagine the struggles ESL individuals have. 5mo
LibrarianRyan English. Tenses, synonyms, antonyms, etc. and then add in slang and yikes. 5mo
JaclynW @Peddler410 @sblbooks @thebookhippie @mrp27 @LibrarianRyan @saturndoo @Lmstraubie @Chelsibno I agree English is so difficult for all the reasons listed above. I'm glad it's my native language. I'm impressed when others can master English as a second language. I wish Americans valued being multilingual more and were more patient with English language learners. My European friends all know 2-4 languages. It's so cool. 5mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW So true! It would be so beneficial. 5mo
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Peddler410 ❤️! I love that Mia recognizes books as friends. 5mo
sblbooks I can relate 😀 5mo
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TheBookHippie My childhood in one sentence !!!! 5mo
mrp27 I felt the same as a kid and I did the same even though I was not in her situation. I was just a shy kid. You're never alone when you have a book. 5mo
Chelsibno Wow, she basically summed up my experience as a child, teenager, and young adult entering college. 5mo
SaturnDoo I ❤this line. The library is a good place to be, not only for learning and books, but could be a place to meet/make friends with the same common interests as you. The library is my happy safe place 😊 5mo
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo I had mixed feelings about this. I love that she sees books as friends & a solution to possible loneliness, but I always worry about my kids who are always buried in books & not interacting with others. On one hand it's a savior, but also an escape. 5mo
TheBookHippie @Lmstraubie I turned out okay :) sometimes you just have to survive school. But I understand what you‘re saying! 5mo
mrp27 @Lmstraubie I had to eventually learn to step up from behind books. I out grew my shyness but I still enjoy my safe space behind my books when I can. 5mo
Lmstraubie @thebookhippie @mrp27 Believe me. I totally get it. When I've done too much peopling I totally need to dive into my quiet space & books help with that. I think I just want to help my kids the best I can and worry that I'm not helping if I'm letting them avoid recess by reading. Although it is social when a small group forms to read. Just something I'm working on 5mo
Amie @Lmstraubie This is a difficult balance. I am an introvert and was a shy child, so part of me thinks it's ok to let them read and not socialize, but then part of me thinks maybe it's important to nudge them a little toward being social because it's a necessary skill as an adult. But, pushing a shy person to be social tends to make them crawl into their shell even more. As a kid, the social aspects of school were hard for me and very draining. 5mo
Amie @Lmstraubie I think my mom worried about me when I was a kid, because I was always reading (not that reading was discouraged). But there wasn't anything “wrong,“ it's just what I liked to do, like some kids like sports. 5mo
SaturnDoo @Lmstraubie I didn't really think about it like that because our teen room/library is usually always busy. The two teen librarians have activities going all the time. Board games, D&D, movie night, sometimes movies in the afternoon, xbox games...activities all the time so I guess that's what mental picture I had for Mia to make friends/meet people at the library. 5mo
LibrarianRyan Mia has a barrier between her and making friends. A language barrier. Books in the library would allow her to better her English and have more confidence when seeking out new friends. It‘s just like when she lies about where she lives and having a dog. A security blanket until she has the confidence for the truth. @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo 5mo
Lmstraubie @SaturnDoo I think because I've been called out for allowing kids to read at recess time on rainy days I have over-thought this decision. Always trust your gut, right? 5mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie That's a valid concern for sure. I wonder if you could organize a recess book club? That way kids could get the best of both worlds. It's a great way to find friends with similar interests. Books are treasures, so are good friends. 😊 I think we all relate to Mia's words here. @Peddler410 @thebookhippie @amie @SaturnDoo @sblbooks @mrp27 @Chelsibno 5mo
mrp27 @JaclynW Recess book club sounds like a great idea! 5mo
JaclynW @mrp27 I totally would have participated as a kid! I hated recess! 5mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW Some of my fourth graders created a Library Club this year. We met on Wednesday & I was floored at the amount of kids who came. I have a new leader for next year and look forward to continuing it. 5mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie That's wonderful!! 5mo
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Peddler410 I think it might be easier to write about personal stories in a fiction format. Other authors have done that and later wrote their memoirs. 5mo
Amie You're free to be more creative with fiction. 5mo
sblbooks I think kids would be more likely to read a middle grade fiction novel, than a memoir. 5mo
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TheBookHippie @Peddler410 I agree. It isn‘t as taxing. Maybe she will later on. 5mo
mrp27 I think to reach children fiction is a better format. 5mo
Chelsibno Like @Peddler410 and @amie said, fiction is a bit easier to write because you can be more free and creative with it. You don‘t have to stick strictly to the facts and can imbue the story with entertaining scenes or events that are straight from your imagination. 5mo
SaturnDoo A lot of authors tend to do this. I agree that's it's probably easier to write fiction and readers are more likely to read fiction. Sometimes, the truth could still be very emotionally painful or hard for the author to cope with especially if it doesn't have a happy ending. Maybe there are plans for a Graphic memoir which I would ❤❤❤ to see. 5mo
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo I'd love to know more about which parts were true & which she added. Unfortunately the part about her mom getting hurt was true. She is writing a sequel do out next year. 5mo
mrp27 @Lmstraubie yay for a sequel 5mo
SaturnDoo @Lmstraubie yes!!! I saw that about the sequel ❤❤❤ I would love to see a Graphic Memoir too. Then we might know which parts were true😁 5mo
LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo Fiction allows you to sugar coat things and rearrange timeline to suit the needs of the reader. Plus it allows you to give a happy ending. 5mo
JaclynW @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @SaturnDoo @LibrarianRyan I agree that kids are more likely to pick up fiction and you can alter things to suit the flow and entertainment factor. But knowing it is loosely based on her life is hugely impactful and could lead to great discussions. This would be a wonderful class book or book to read at home with your kids for that reason. 5mo
LibrarianRyan @JaclynW I agree. 5mo
Peddler410 @JaclynW I completely agree! And it‘s why I read this the first time with/to my daughter. She‘s in a Chinese Immersion class so we made some connections through that aspect as well 😊 5mo
JaclynW @Peddler410 That's great that you were able to make those connections with your daughter! 5mo
JaclynW @Peddler410 Thanks for the link! How fascinating! 5mo
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 Thanks for the link! @JaclynW Such a good point! 5mo
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Hey #mgbuddyread ers! I'm a little late, but here are the questions for this month's book! Looking forward to our discussion! @LibrarianRyan @amie @JaclynW @Peddler410 @sblbooks @Chelsibno @mrp27 @cwarnier @TheBookHippie @Daisey And anyone else who wants to join!! 😬

Daisey My summer has gotten hectic and I completely forgot to try to find a copy of this book. I‘ll hope to get back on track with these reads during the school year again. 5mo
SaturnDoo I wasn't able to join the discussion yesterday but going to now 😁 5mo
Lmstraubie @daisey No worries! I hope you get the chance to read it. She's writing a sequel do out next year. @SaturnDoo Glad you could join us! 5mo
JaclynW I'm a bit behind but I'm almost done with the book. I will catch up soon to the discussion. Thanks! 5mo
Lmstraubie No worries @JaclynW 🙂 Just be sure to tag anyone you might be responding to so they know you posted. 5mo
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My poor son is having 5 teeth pulled this morning 🤯 That leaves me with about an hour in the waiting room. Hope I brought enough to read 😉

Gissy I hope he is ok! 5mo
Lmstraubie @Gissy Thank you so much! He's doing well 🙂 5mo
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1. Usually I do lighter reading in the summer, but it really depends on my mood.
2. ALWAYS!!!! 😬

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TheSpineView 🤩🤩🤩 5mo
cathysaid What is this “more” of which you speak? I know not what you mean 😬 @TheSpineView 5mo
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Pouncer wants to remind you that the #mgbuddyread is this Sunday. Questions will be posted around 4:00 EST. Join in when you can! Questions? Post in the comments 🙂

AlaMich What a beautiful tuxedo boy! 😻 5mo
TheBookHippie Looks comfy!!!!! 5mo
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Happiness is going to get a book at the library and finding out one of your holds came in as well! 😬

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Thank you to everyone who participated in our #mgbuddyread slow chat during the month of May. Next up Front Desk! Discussion questions posted on June 30th around 4:00. Join in when you can! Questions? Post in the comments.

Peddler410 I love this book. Hoping to do a reread before the end of the month. 6mo
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JaclynW Thanks for organizing our great discussions! 6mo
mrp27 I read this one awhile ago but I look forward to the discussion! 6mo
Lmstraubie @mrp27 @Peddler410 Same here. Looking forward to seeing something different this time around. 6mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW Thank you for participating! There wouldn't be any discussions if it weren't for you amazing Littens! 6mo
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Tight | Torrey Maldonado
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Heard Torrey Maldonado speak at #nerdcampnj He was fantastic! Looking forward to reading this. #librariansoflitsy #middlegrade #teachersoflitsy

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I'm not a writer & I hate to sound so critical, but this book was a disappointment. It was like a dystopian event taking place in a regular world. In what universe does an entire school/town agree to ban books and only one adult speaks up; where parents have the time to rewrite their daughter's entire library and are so irrational it doesn't even make sense? Also the plot line with her friend breaking into the locker is never really resolved. cont

Lmstraubie This book did this storyline much better. 6mo
JaclynW My son started the Rebel Librarian after reading Ban This Book and loving that one. He gave up on the rebel, he said it just wasn't that great. He agrees with you. Because of his reaction, I never even tried it. I loved Ban This Book! 6mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW Glad I'm in good company. I always feel bad when I don't like a nook, especially knowing how much goes into writing one, but this one just came across as a bad imitation of Ban This Book. 6mo
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Question 9 #mgbuddyread

Peddler410 I‘m still working through the book; I‘ve had a hard time connecting. That said, this 2nd attempt has been better. (edited) 6mo
mrp27 I thought this was a sweet and cute story about friendship and childhood but overall it didn't hit any high notes for me. I was expecting a little bit more. 6mo
LibrarianRyan Sorry i am late on these. For what ever reason they never showed up on my timeline. Thank Goodness I went looking. 6mo
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Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan @cwarnier @mrp27 @Chelsibno @sblbooks @Peddler410 I have to say I was expecting more from this book. It was sweet, but it felt like something was missing. 6mo
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan Sorry they didn't show up. You're not late - you had a whole week to join in. 🙂 6mo
mrp27 @Lmstraubie I completely agree! 6mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie @mrp27 I agree with you both. It was okay, sweet but just didn't do much for me in the end. I can't quite put finger on what it was. Maybe just the "imaginary friend" aspect, the magic?? I usually love stories with magic. 6mo
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Question 8 #mgbuddyread

Peddler410 Oh my gosh! I don‘t think I can adequately put into words why I read middle grade. I think the authors do a great job identifying the world of the intended audience. Experiencing new mg with my own middle grader has reinforced the impact these books/authors have on helping kids navigate their world. 6mo
sblbooks I started listening to them at work because they were shorter and easier to follow while working. 6mo
mrp27 Good question and I don't know for sure. I've been a life long reader so it's not liked I missed out on mg reads, I read plenty when I was that age. But I do feel mg author's today write with more variety and a wider scope than they once did. I can now actually see myself represented in mg books where as before I couldn't. I don't think I'll ever stop reading mg books! 6mo
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LibrarianRyan I love MG for the way it effects its readers. It's easy to find adult books that effect adults. But to speak to that age, in a way they will always remember. Plus I like that even the scary stories, the sad stories, etc, are still hopeful, still full of the joy of life, and not just the jade of adulthood. 6mo
JaclynW @Peddler410 @sblbooks @mrp27 @LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie I love all your answers! I too love the expansion of this genre since i was reading it. I love the representation of so many different kids and places. It's so important for kids reading, to know that they are represented, seen, heard, etc. in our world. They can also find comfort in knowing they aren't alone. I read from a variety of genres because I love ALL good books. I also like to ⬇️ 6mo
JaclynW Read what my kids are reading. Several books we've read here, I recommend to my kids. I also recommend them to our elementary school librarian and the teachers that I know. I like to chat with people about good books! The librarian at my kids school has ordered books for the library based on my recommendations. 6mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW Love that you share your love of books and reading and that it is so well received!! 6mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie We have awesome librarians! We are lucky. I'm always chatting books with them. They give me many great recommendations too. Our favorite elementary school librarian retired last year and things just haven't been the same. 😢😭 6mo
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Question 7 #mgbuddyread

LibrarianRyan What caused Livy's mom to move to America? If the community is so used to Danny going missing, why don't they make him take a phone, or a locator beacon. 6mo
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan And I wondered about the dad - why he didn't come & there didn't seem to be much communication with him. 6mo
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie yeah! That‘s a really good question. 6mo
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JaclynW @LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie I wondered the same things! The dad was oddly missing, I wondered if there was marriage troubles. America is far from Australia, I assumed it was love that took her there. I also wish we could have had more insight into Bob's family. I was intrigued. 6mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW It would have been nice to know more about the story of Bob and his family. 6mo
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