#MustReadin2018 Part 1

There are a LOT of books I'm looking forward to in 2018!  This week, I’m listing the top 20 I’ve already requested from NetGalley (links to Goodreads):

Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Renee Watson (January 2)

The Forgotten Book by Mechthild Glaser (January 2)

Stella Diaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez ( January 16)

Ellie, Engineer by Jackson Pearce (January 16)

Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann (January 23)

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton (February 6)

The Greed by Scott Bergstrom (February 6)

A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena (February 27)

In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira (March 6)

The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk (March 6)

The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller (March 6)

P.S. I Miss You by Jen Petro-Roy (March 6)

Like Vanessa by Tami Charles (March 13)

In Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner (March 13)

Aru Shah and the End of Time (A Pandava Novel Book 1) by Roshani Chokshi (March 27)

Ten Cents a Pound by Nhung N. Trans-Davies (April 18)

All Summer Long by Hope Larson (May 1)

If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales (May 1)

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maureen Goo (May 8)

Tune in next week for the another installment of #MustReadin2018

What are some books you are hoping to read in 2018?


Books in Remembrance

In the last 1 or 2 years we started seeing Middle Grades and Young Adult fiction dealing with 9/11.  This year, 2017, marks the 16th anniversary. In memoriam - here are 5 books that you need in your classroom or library.

  1. Nine, Ten by Nora Raleigh Baskin - Relates how the lives of four children living in different parts of the country intersect and are affected by the events of September 11, 2001. (4th and up)
  2. Towers Falling by Jewel Parker Rhodes - While learning about September 11th, fifth grader Dèja (born after the attacks) realizes how much the events still color her world.

  3. Somewhere Among by Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu - Caught between her two identities eleven-year-old, Japanese American Ema's search for hope and inner peace is spurred on by the tragedy of 9/11, as she and her family watch as events unfold from Japan.

  4. The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner - Racing to safety after witnessing the first Twin Tower collapse on September 11, 2001, sixteen-year-old Kyle, having been separated from his family, impulsively brings home a traumatized girl who has forgotten who she is.

  5. All We Have Left by Wendy Mills - In interweaving stories of sixteen-year-olds, modern-day Jesse tries to cope with the ramifications of her brother's death on 9/11, while in 2001, Alia, a Muslim, gets trapped in one of the Twin Towers and meets a boy who changes everything for her as flames rage around them