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MandaMT

MandaMT

Joined July 2016

Middle school reading teacher/ Mom of a “threenager”. She/her
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Who Put This Song On? | Morgan Parker
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For a book about anxiety/ depression, this one is keeping me chuckling. I‘m now considering posting “be the syllabus you wish to see in this world” somewhere in my classroom.

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Who Put This Song On? | Morgan Parker
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This feels like a snapshot of my youth.

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White Rose | Kip Wilson
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This book tells the story of Sophie Scholl and the White Rose, a young activist group who resisted the Nazis in Germany. It‘s told in verse, so it‘s a fairly quick read. I‘m excited that the story is out there. It‘s YA, but might be a little tricky to follow without background knowledge. It also jumps around in the sequence of events. Still though, could be a great introduction to this amazing group.

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White Rose | Kip Wilson
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This book, which takes place in Nazi Germany, is written in verse. Some of the stanzas are hitting pretty close to home.

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White Rose | Kip Wilson
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Verona Comics | Jennifer Dugan
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Jubilee and Ridley meet at a comic con. Her parents own a small indie shop. His run a cooperate chain. He agrees to spy on them to gain his dad‘s approval & spend more time with her. (Think You‘ve Got Mail, but with comics). I figured the bulk of this book was going to build to his identity being revealed. Dugan defy avoids making this the centerpiece of the story. The book about so much more. Issues around anxiety and depression are explored.

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Verona Comics | Jennifer Dugan
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More of this in romance novels please! (Or maybe... all novels...)

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Reign of Outlaws | Kekla Magoon
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This was a great end to this trilogy! Magoon does a wonderful job of laying out some of the ethical dilemmas that come with resisting an authoritarian power- all within a middle grade series. Robyn‘s own story arch can be repetitive at times- always wanting to go off on her own- but I found all the other characters fascinating and fun.

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Reign of Outlaws | Kekla Magoon
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This retelling of Robin Hood is timely, though the author isn‘t usually this explicit.

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Reign of Outlaws | Kekla Magoon
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This was my first Baldwin novel. I can see why it‘s a classic. Lots of interesting insights. I have mixed feelings about the way he wrote some of his female characters, though I LOVED Sharon, the protagonist‘s mother. The end is pretty abrupt. I look forward to checking out some literary essays on it.
Another great audio performance by Bahni Turpin!

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I Wanna Be Where You Are | Kristina Forest
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Book Haul from yesterday‘s Boston Book Festival- spines

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Hot Dog Girl | Jennifer Dugan
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Book Haul from yesterday‘s Boston Book Festival- covers

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New Kid | Jerry Craft
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New Kid | Jerry Craft
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This one totally lives up to the hype! Jordan has just started at a prep school in a different part of town. He‘s also one of only a few black students. The story spans the school year. It does a great job showcasing micro aggressions in a way that‘s easy for kids to understand.

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In the Silences | Rachel Gold
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I went to the Boston Book Festival today. This panel,YA Love and Relationships, was my favorite. Amy Pattee, the moderator, had some great questions around representation/ #WindowsAndMirrors from the writers‘ perspective. Sort of a behind the scenes peak into what considerations go into writing diverse books. The tagged book is from the person speaking here.
ALSO- at another signing, Ibi Zoboi complimented my haircut! It was a great day!

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I originally read this back when it was published. I brought my copy into school. While assessing 7th and 8th grade students for reading intervention I show them a table covered in books and ask what appeals to them. This is by far the most popular one. Figured I should re-read it to see if there was anything wildly inappropriate. A few F-bombs, a few surly characters. Nothing worse than what they‘re watching on cable tv or Netflix. (Cont)

MandaMT I‘ve always loved that this book is a totally different take on the zombie genre. Instead of a group of scrappy characters holed up somewhere or trying to get from point A to point B, it looks at an outbreak from a global scale. Brooks has some interesting ideas about who would struggle and who would thrive based on geopolitical history and policies. 1mo
MandaMT Might be hard for younger readers to get into w/out that background knowledge. Conversely, it could be a spring board for them to learn more. 1mo
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Jukebox Joyride | Jacob Stein
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I pick this one up for free on Audible a while back. I listen to it in the car with my kiddo. He‘s only three but he was transfixed. It‘s a really fun story about two kids who have to travel through time using a music box to find their uncle. Lots of great musical references.

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Guts | Raina Telgemeier
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I love this dedication page.

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Guts | Raina Telgemeier
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This was my first Telgemeier book. It did not disappoint! This is a very honest graphic novel memoir that discusses anxiety and therapy along with all the other difficulties of just trying to get by in middle school. I am excited to explore more of her work.

madamereadsalot1 She's my daughter's favorite! I want to get her this one for Xmas. 1mo
MrsBridges My students are obsessed. Many of them have read each of her books several times. I loved Ghosts. I‘m patiently waiting for my turn to read Guts, we have 3 copies and every time one gets returned it‘s checked out to a new student with in the half hour! (edited) 1mo
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Guts | Raina Telgemeier
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From this issue‘s “Starring” descriptions. I like the juxtaposition of these two. This is my first time reading Squirrel Girl. Loving it so far.

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Took me forever to get through this one now that the school year started, but it was well worth savoring. The stories in this span multiple genres- realistic fiction, fantasy, some sci-fi, and lots of magical realism. It was also one of the most diverse books I‘ve read. Not only does it showcase a number of disabilities, but there‘s also a lot of LBGTQ and minority representation.

MandaMT Not every condition is explicitly explained. I had to infer a lot or even look things up sometimes. I didn‘t mind though. It was a good reminder that not everything has to be written “for me” (an able bodied, neurotypical, straight cis white lady). 2mo
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This book has not one, but TWO short stories that speak to my theater kid soul.

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Best Friends | Shannon Hale
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This is definitely a new favorite. This graphic novel memoir expertly highlights the trials and tribulations of 6th grade, including complicated friendships, self-perception, anxiety, and issues around representation.

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Best Friends | Shannon Hale
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Holy moly, this book has sooooo many good passages! Hard to pick just one (or even a few) to share. Hale has an uncanny ability to articulate the things I struggled with as a kid but could never quite name. This book is brilliant.

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Cute picture book in the vein of A is for Activist.

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Heard an interview with the author on Nerdette. It sounded like this would be a good “intro to vegetables” book. Read a bit of it the other night. Seems a bit above me, but I‘m still excited to try. Interview can be found here:
https://www.wbez.org/shows/nerdette/abra-berens-cookbook-ruffage/1c9faccf-c023-4...

SW-T I‘ve been eyeing this book for a while. Thanks for the post! 😊 2mo
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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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This was a delight! It‘s a fun, light hearted read to kick off the season. Deja and Josiah have worked at the pumpkin patch together for the past 3 autumns. This book takes place on the last shift of their last season. They‘re on a mission to get Josie to talk to his dream girl.

Soubhiville What a beautiful view! 2mo
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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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A few gems from Deja. I‘m a big fan.

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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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This pretty much sums up the plot.

NotCool I kind of want a pumpkin heads cookbook. 1mo
MandaMT That would be amazing! 1mo
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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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The details in this book are pretty cute.

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Reading this one while our kiddo played outside/ decompressed from vacation. Happy to see my potted plants survived the week. I like where Lunella‘s character arch is headed. She acknowledges that the “smartest there is” doesn‘t mean she has nothing to learn. I also appreciate her “I don‘t have time for this foolishness” no-nonsense attitude.

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Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur Vol. 4: Girl-Moon | Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder
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Finished this one while on vacation with the family. Lunella Lafayette starts adventuring far from Yancy Street in this one.

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Echo | Pam Munoz Ryan
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I have a physical copy of this book (which is stunning) but I‘d heard such great things about the audio version that I had to try it. So worth it! In this story a magical harmonica travels between children around the time of WWII. The music they perform is woven throughout the recording. Different readers give each section a distinct feel. Great middle grade book for history and music buffs!

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When Dimple Met Rishi | Sandhya Menon
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At a summer coding program, Dimple is approached by Rishi, who informs her that their parents have arranged for them to be married. This is the last thing she wants. She is furious, but cuts him some slack since she knows she‘s really mad at her parents. Over time she grows fond of him. I don‘t read a lot of romance novels, but this was cute. It was a nice palette cleanser between heavier books.

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I listened to this audiobook. I spent the week weeping while doing yard work, folding laundry, driving, etc. Each of these essays is beautifully written and deeply personal. I left this book feeling like I had a better understanding of the fabric of my country.

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This was in the final essay of the book. Just beautiful.

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Short | Holly Goldberg Sloan
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This was delightful! Julia is a charming kid who is short for her age. She takes a leadership role as a Munchkin in the local production of The Wizard of Oz. She shares her quirky humor and unique observations with the mentors she meets through the play. I alternated between tearing up and laughing out loud while reading.

ladym30 Such a lovely photo!❤️ 3mo
MandaMT @ladym30 Thanks! I do a lot of “here‘s my book on a blanket/ table.” Figured I‘d mix it up by utilizing one of the potted plants outside. 3mo
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Short | Holly Goldberg Sloan
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Short | Holly Goldberg Sloan
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I bought the first few books in the series a while back. I‘m just now getting back into them. I am in that weird space where I‘m excited to see that there are so many books that I haven‘t read yet, but also kind of sad that I let myself lapse for this long.

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We Set the Dark on Fire | Tehlor Kay Mejia
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I heard the buzz about this a while back. Glad I finally checked it out. It‘s sort of a YA Latinx Handmaiden‘s Tale-type dystopia with a very familiar boarder wall crisis. (More in comments)

MandaMT In this book men in the ruling class take 2 wives- a Primera to run the household and support his career, and a Segunda as a physical companion/ to bear children. Dani came into the country with forged papers, but rose to the top of her class at finishing school. She‘s selected as the Primera for a boy groomed to be president. Her rival Carmen is his Segunda. A resistance group tries to recruit her as a spy. Lots of espionage and suspense. 4mo
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Getting back into this series after a long break. Lunella Lafayette is one of my favorite Marvel characters. I also love Ms Marvel‘s appearance in this one.

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The Hidden Witch | Molly Knox Ostertag
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The weather was bearable today. Got to read outside for a bit. I love Ostertag‘s work! This is the sequel to The Witch Boy. The characters growth was very satisfying. This book is essentially about bullying, friendship, and compassion, with some magic thrown in.

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The Hidden Witch | Molly Knox Ostertag
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In this book a young witch uses her powers to get back at people who have wronged her. There are some interesting thoughts on what happens when the bullied becomes the bully.

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This book was... long. Perhaps longer than it needed to be, BUT I still liked it and am looking forward to reading the 3rd book when it comes out.
Goss has an extensive knowledge of early science fiction and noteworthy people of the Victorian era. She weaves both literary characters and historical figures into her book. I found myself frequently checking Wikipedia to see where she was drawing from. She is thorough. It‘s a fun series!

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Overall I liked this book, BUT...It‘s 700 pages because it gets bogged down with stuff like this- an entire page that basically says, “Mary woke up, washed her face, and got dressed. Then she went downstairs for breakfast where she noticed some of her companions were wearing pants.”

Every meal, train car, parlor, and teacup is described in GREAT detail in this book.

Be forewarned