Confronting All American Racism

In the past couple of years I have read The Hate U Give, How it Went Down, Dear Martin, Monster,  Growing up X,  Long Way Down, The Poet X, and Ta-Nehesi Coates's Between the World and Me to name a few. Meanwhile All American Boys has sat on my shelf, staring at me, wondering when they day would... Continue Reading →

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The Good Demon

Here's the non-spoilery portion of this review - The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas is a good read. It's engaging. It's interesting. It's a wicked cool premise with a "rural urban fantasy" feel. By that I mean, it has that gritty urban fantasy feel, but it's set in a modern rural area. Clare is our protagonist.... Continue Reading →

Saudi America

Saudi America: The Truth About Fracking and How It’s Changing the World *Disclaimer - I was sent a free ARC of this book for review purposes. I then used it as a model for a classroom assignment in which students were asked to write a 5 paragraph rationale for using their chosen book in a... Continue Reading →

Station Eleven

READ THIS BOOK! But seriously, it's amazing. One of my favorite sci-fi books in the world is Warren Hammond's Tides of Maritinia. It's futuristic, it's real, it's gritty, but it's also human, and hopeful in a way that gave me ALL THE FEELS. This book has some echoes of that novel in the scenes on Station... Continue Reading →

Taking a breath to write & reflect

I've been remiss about writing and reviewing my summer reads. Mostly because it feels so good to have to read for pleasure rather than for planning and teaching that I've just sort of wrapped myself up in the words and wallowed in the joy of prose again. I have to say, this first year of... Continue Reading →

THUG LIFE

I FINALLY got around to reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. It's been on my "READ RIGHT FREAKING NOW!" list for months, and yet, in those brief moments when I had time to read for fun rather than work, other books kept jumping their place in the queue and ending up in my hands.... Continue Reading →

I’ll Give You the Sun

I have to admit, I read this amazing book a few months ago - but I can't stop talking about it. I just bought two additional copies for my classroom because I want EVERYONE to read it. I can't wait until I have enough clout as a teacher to teach books of my choosing, because I'll... Continue Reading →

What does Utopia look like?

I've always wondered what an actual Utopia would look like. It seems we can only see Utopias through our own Dystopic lens. They come to us bereft of color, of individuality, of flair. They are tightly controlled - both limiting and limited. A place for everyone, and everyone in their place. As if the only... Continue Reading →

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