{Beach Bag Reading} Jennie with Random Chalk Talk

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We have so enjoyed having Jennie with us this summer.  Look at all the great titles that she has to showcase this week.  Let us know in the comments section if you have read any of them and what were your thoughts.

I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora (5 stars)

This middle grade book was fantastic. Lucy and her friends set out to do something drastic… start a literary revolution! They want to get their town to read the classic To Kill A Mockingbird and they do it in the most unconventional way- by stealing the books. Or so the town thinks. I devoured this book and can’t wait to share it with my students and friends!

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (5 stars)

I don’t even know where to start with this one. John Green said to read it, so I did. This is another book that is going to be a frequent flier off of the shelves. The suspense that ran throughout the novel was brilliant and allowed readers to keep guessing. Definitely one everyone should read!!

The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown (5 stars)

This graphic novel was one that I had seen on many teacher book blogs and many award lists so I knew I had to pick it up. Not only was it entertaining, but I learned a lot about the reasons why the Dust Bowl happened and how it is still something that our country has the potential to face. This book will be a great read and addition to my library!

Fly Away by Patricia MacLachlan (5 stars)

Another great middle grade book!! Lucy thinks that she doesn’t fit into her family because she can’t sing, write poetry, or anything else creative. But when push comes to shove, she finds that she has a lot more to give her family than she thinks. I loved this book for its attention to detail about family and how important a role each and every one of us play in our own.

The Lion Who Stole My Arm by Nicola Davies (5 stars)

Pedru has always wanted to be a hunter just like his father, but when he makes the mistake of going out alone at dusk things change. A lion attacks him and he loses his arm. I love that the author of this book is a zoologist who mixes a great story with building knowledge about conservation! This is a fantastic read!!

I have been reading more professional books and faith based books this week too, but these are my YA/MG books! Speaking of those, some that have challenged me and have caused a major heart examination and life examination are:

7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker (5 stars)

Rhinestone Jesus by Kristen Welch (5 stars)

Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me by Kim Bearden (5 stars)


I cannot believe that the summer is coming to a close, but my reading is certainly not dying down! So many books to read and so little time!!! Anyone else have this problem or is it just me?!


Have a great reading week everyone!


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