It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 12/5/22

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: Dark on Light by Dianne White, Illustrated by Felicita Sala

Friday: The Little Bad Book 2 by Magnus Myst

Sunday: Follow That Line!: Magic at Your Fingertips by JaNay Brown-Wood, Illustrated by Rob Justus

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Kellee

I haven’t updated since 11/7, so there is a lot to share!

A Man and His Cat, Vol. 1 by Umi Sakurai Meesh the Bad Demon #1 by Michelle  Lam The Moth Keeper by Kay O'Neill Bea Wolf by Zach Weinersmith Squire & Knight by Scott Chantler Belle of the Ball by Mari Costa History Comics by Tracey Baptiste Travis Daventhorpe for the Win! by Wes Molebash Grace Needs Space! by Alison Wilgus Unretouchable by Sofia Szamosi Once Upon a Messy Whisker by Jennifer L. Holm

  • A Man and his Cat Vol 1 by Umi Sakurai: Like the Gamer + Cat series, this is a story about a new cat owner learning the joys and humor of owning a cat. I love this duo–I will definitely read more!
  • Meesh the Bad Demon by Michelle Lam: I love this debut about judging differences and finding friends with those who you don’t expect. I was a huge fan of the art style, too–it was so much fun to read.
  • The Moth Keeper by Kay O’Neill: This graphic novel is beautiful and is all about found family and friendship. I loved following Anya’s journey.
  • Bea Wolf by Zach Weinersmith: This is such a clever retelling of Beowulf where the adults are the monsters and the kids must protect their tree house. Kids and adults alike will love this book.
  • Squire and Knight by Scott Chantler: So many of us have met people that take credit for things that they didn’t do–this is a story just as that where the knight, who claims to be a hero, needs his squire who he often looks down on. Filled with monsters and magic, this graphic novel is a fun read.
  • Belle of the Ball by Mari Costa: A realistic fiction romance book about the quiet and smart Belle who starts tutoring the girlfriend of her crush leading to awkward but also wonderful situations as all 3 of the girls get to know each other.
  • Rosa Parks & Claudette Colvin by Tracey Baptiste, Illustrated by Shauna J. Grant: I am so glad that this History Comic focuses on Claudette first to show her activism and share what happens to her. Great biographies of these two women and a historical account of the times, which I wasn’t worried about with Baptiste writing it!
  • Travis Daventhrope for the Win! by Wes Molebash: Fans of HiLo are going to love this book! This is a hilarious, sci-fi graphic novel with a main character and sidekick that all readers will root for.
  • Grace Needs Space! by Alison Wilgus, Illustrated by Rii Abrego: I loved both the story and artwork of this book! Grace is so excited to hang out with her “fun” mom instead of being with her overbearing mom, but it doesn’t end up being what she expected at all. This leads to Grace searching for her own adventure which leads to the rest of the story.
  • Unretouchable by Sofia Szamosi: Whoa–this look into fashion and photography, including body image, eating disorders, and photoshopping, dives into this world of harm, specifically around social media, in a way like I haven’t read before. An important message in an emotional graphic novel.
  • The Big Adventures of Babymouse: Once Upon a Messy Whisker by Jennifer L. Holm, Illustrated by Matthew Holm: It was so great to get back into the world of Babymouse! Like her other books, this is full of imagination and fun. This time, Babymouse is questioning her messy whiskers, but there’s more to them than she realizes.

Harold the Iceberg Melts Down by Lisa Wyzlic We Are Here by Tami Charles

  • Harold the Iceberg Melts Down by Lisa Wyzlic, Illustrated by Rebecca Syracuse: I am so proud of Lisa for this book! It is such a cute story and the illustrations are perfect for the story! I love that the book is a mix of silly and serious and has a message that many kids will connect with.
  • We Are Here by Tami Charles, Illustrated by Bryan Collier: I was so lucky to have Bryan Collier and Tami Charles share this beautiful book and message at NCTE. It is a must get!

Best Wishes by Sarah Mlynowski Speak Up, Speak Out! by Tonya Bolden Love Radio by Ebony LaDelle Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs The Gingerbread Witch by Alexandra Overy New Kids and Underdogs by Margaret Finnegan Piece by Piece by David Aguilar Attack of the Black Rectangles by Amy Sarig King

  • Best Wishes by Sarah Mlynowski: I am a HUGE fan of Mlynowski’s other fantasy series (Upside Down Magic & Whatever After), so I was so excited to read the first book in a new series for her. Like her others, it was so engaging and easy to connect with.
  • Speak Up, Speak Out!: The Extraordinary Life of Fighting Shirley Chisholm by Tonya Bolden: I reviewed this before break.
  • Love Radio by Ebony LaBelle: Alternating narration between Prince and Dani as they get to know each other lends itself to this story that is more than other high school love stories–it is a coming of age story full of support, music, books, passion, family, and friends.
  • Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs: Book two of the series took Ben to camp where SPYDER follows causing quite a catastrophe.
  • The Gingerbread Witch by Alexandra Overy: This fairy tale-esque was different than I expected, in a good way! It was more. More than just a retelling or reimagining, it is a story about finding your power when no one else believes in you. It also shows you that friendship sometimes come from those you least expect.
  • New Kids & Under Dogs by Margaret Finnegan: I’ll be reviewing this soon 🙂
  • Piece by Piece by David Aguilar & Ferran Aguilar, Translated by Lawrence Schimel: I’ll be reviewing this soon 🙂
  • Attack of the Black Rectangles by Amy Sarig King: This book is an automatic favorite and was exactly what I needed right now with everything going on here in Florida. Amy King brilliantly took something that happened to her son and turned it into a call to action about the censorship and other mandates. You need to read this. Now.

I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

  • I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy: I loved this book. Well, as much as you can love a book that made you cry and infuriated you and made you want to be able to find the stranger you are reading about and give her a hug. And the audio, read by Jennette, made it even more impactful.

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2022 Goodreads Challenge page or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

This is my week off; I’ll see you on here next week!

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Kellee

  • Listening to: Paradise on Fire by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Reading: That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger

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Tuesday: Piece by Piece: How I Built My Life (No Instructions Required) by David Aguilar & Ferran Aguilar, Translated by by Lawrence Schimel

Thursday: Magnolia Flower by Zora Neale Hurston, Adapted by Ibram X. Kendi, Illustrated by Loveis Wise

Saturday: The Atlas Obscura’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid by Dylan Thuras & Rosemary Mosco, Illustrated by Joy Ang

Sunday: Author Guest Post by Josh Funk, Author of The Great Caper Caper

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 11/28/22

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Ricki

I am sorry that I’ve been gone for so long! I am so glad to be back.

First, look who I found at NCTE and ALAN! It was so nice to get to spend time with Kellee in person.

I read some great books while I was gone. I am going to start with the longer texts this week and focus on the picture books in the future weeks.

The Dark Matter of Mona Starr by Laura Lee Gulledge is a graphic novel that uses dark matter as a symbol for mental health struggles. I found it to be visually powerful.

The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes was my book club text. I appreciated the story and it hit a chord with me. I wish this book was available in all classroom libraries for students to read.

I reread Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. I love this book so, so much. Also, I met Aiden Thomas at ALAN. He is such a bright light. It made me like his books even more (which I previously thought to be impossible).

A colleague sent me a copy of Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher. Every academic in an English department (or liberal arts department) should read this book. It is SO funny. The book is written entirely in letters of recommendation.

My son has been begging me to read The Donner Dinner Party by Nathan Hale. Oh my goodness. I will never forget this book. I thought I knew a lot about the Donner party, but I realized that I knew very little!

Kellee

It’s my week off, but I will have a long update soon! Until then, you can check out my 2022 Goodreads Challenge page or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

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Tuesday: Dark on Light by Dianne White, Illustrated by Felicita Sala

Friday: The Little Bad Book 2 by Magnus Myst

Sunday: Follow That Line!: Magic at Your Fingertips by JaNay Brown-Wood, Illustrated by Rob Justus

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 11/21/22

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: Speak Up, Speak Out! The Extraordinary Life of “Fighting Shirley Chisholm” by Tonya Bolden, Forward by Stacey Abrams

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We hope you enjoy your time off with family during this Fall break!

We are currently at the ALAN workshop, one of our favorite places, then will enjoy the time off with our families.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 11/14/22

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: Pippa Park: Crush at First Sight by Erin Yun

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: Charlie Thorne and the Lost City by Stuart Gibbs

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Kellee

I will do a long update after the fall break (and ALAN!). Until then, you can check out my 2022 Goodreads Challenge page or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

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Tuesday: Speak Up, Speak Out! The Extraordinary Life of “Fighting Shirley Chisholm” by Tonya Bolden, Forward by Stacey Abrams

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 11/7/22

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: The Pants Project by Cat Clarke

Thursday: It’s Not The Three Little Pigs by Josh Funk, Illustrated by Edwardian Taylor

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “Dual Narratives” by Tricia Springstubb, Author of Looking for True

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Kellee

Nights with a Cat, Vol. 1 by kyuryuZPippa Park Crush at First Sight by Erin YunThe Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

  • Nights with a Cat Vol. 1 by kyuryuZ: I love how many mangas about cats Trent and I have been able to find, and they are all so cute! This one is about a brother who has his sister and cat move in, but he’s never lived with a cat, so he is getting used to it all.
  • Pippa Park: Crush at First Sight by Erin Yun: I’m reviewing this tomorrow!
  • The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: Oh man! It all came together, didn’t it?! I loved the ending to this book. Everything that wasn’t clear became clear and everything that needed to be settled was. I am glad the author is making a Hawthorne brothers’ book from their point of view, but I’m also happy with how the ending of the mystery turned out.

I Will Not Lose in Super Shoes! by Jonathan FenskeKnitting for Dogs by Laurel Molk

  • I Will Not Lose in Super Shoes! by Jonathan Fenske: A short fun easy read that breaks the forth wall during a reading race that has an ending alluding to the tortoise and the hare.
  • Knitting for Dogs by Laurel Molk: Izzy can make just about anything that she can imagine, so when she took up knitting as a new hobby, she knew it would be easy for her. But then it wasn’t. This feeling of defeat was new to Izzy, and she has to figure out how to get past it. She knows that failure comes with creativity some time, but she definitely wants to figure it out. I love how she took failure as a challenge and went forward to figure out how to take what she could do and be successful with it. What a great lesson told through an adorable story with Max the dog as Izzy’s sidekick!

It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover

  • It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover: I am so glad that Colleen Hoover wrote this book chronicling the survival after abuse as well as successful co-parenting. I loved seeing Atlas and Lily’s love finally have a chance!

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2022 Goodreads Challenge page or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

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Kellee

  • Reading: Love Radio by Ebony LaDelle, A Man and his Cat Vol. 1 by Umi Sakurai, and Speak Up, Speak Out!: The Extraordinary Life of Fighting Shirley Chilsholm by Tonya Bolden
  • Listening: A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

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Tuesday: Pippa Park: Crush at First Sight by Erin Yun

Saturday: Sofia’s Kids’ Corner: Charlie Thorne and the Lost City by Stuart Gibbs

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 10/31/22

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: Quest Kids and the Dragon Pants of Gold by Mark Leiknes

Sunday: “Fun Ways to Bring Animal Migration into the Classroom” by Amy Hevron, Author of The Longest Journey: An Artic Tern’s Migration

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Kellee

This is my week off; I will see you next week–I hope you have a great one, and happy reading! 🙂

As always,  you can check out my 2022 Goodreads Challenge page or my read bookshelf on Goodreads to see what I’m reading.

Ricki

I am currently taking an unexpected leave from the blog; I will be back when I am able.

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Tuesday: The Pants Project by Cat Clarke

Thursday: It’s Not The Three Little Pigs by Josh Funk, Illustrated by Edwardian Taylor

Sunday: Author Guest Post by Tricia Springstubb, Author of Looking for True

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 10/24/22

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sharing Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade Books, and Young Adult Books for All Ages!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other.

The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday: Drawing Outside the Lines: A Julia Morgan Novel by Susan J. Austin

Sunday: Author Guest Post: “See the Seeds” by Antoinette Portis, Author of A Seed Grows

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Kellee

Majesty by Katharine McGee Rivals by Katharine McGee Adventures with Waffles by Maria Parr Drawing Outside the Lines by Susan Austin The Pants Project by Cat Clarke The Hawthorne Legacy (The Inheritance Games, #2)

  • American Royals #2 (Majesty) and #3 (Rivals) by Katharine McGee: This series is like reading the tabloids except for with fictional royals and with an insight look. It is gossipy, full of drama, and just grabs your attention and holds it. I cannot wait for book 4!
  • Adventures with Waffles by Maria Parr: A friend gave Trent and me this book when we adopted our cat, Waffle, and Trent and I read this book together. Lena is such a unique character, so it was fun to read about her and her adventures with Trille in their small town. It was a perfect book to read and laugh through with Trent.
  • Drawing Outside the Lines by Susan J. Austin: I loved stepping back to the turn of the 20th century with Julia and experience her marvel as engineering and architectural feats were occurring all over America. I also learned so much along with Julia in the book–it was intriguing to learn about architecture, architectural materials, engineering, and more! Although I know that much of the book is fiction, that Julia is based on a real woman made the story easier to connect with because you knew she succeeded; you knew that all of the hate and bullying and sexism didn’t keep her down. And I wanted to keep following her journey to see all of the amazing things she did to prove people wrong. Overall, a well-researched and also engaging historical fiction novel about a topic and time period not often shared with our middle grade readers. I look forward to sharing it with students and am happy to share it here. (Reviewed 10/18)
  • The Pants Project by Cat Clarke: I’ll be writing a full review of this book in the near future; I loved so much about the book including the character’s fight to stand up for himself even while he was figuring out his identity within himself and within his school, the super supportive families that the characters had, and the look at how to make a productive difference in a safe way. I highly recommend this middle grade book!
  • Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: Well, this story is definitely becoming an unpredictable roller coaster! I cannot say too much about the second book without spoiling Inheritance Gamesbut everything definitely escalated quickly!

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Being Human by Matt Forrest Esenwine, Illustrated by André Ceolin: This guide to being human gets down to the core of what will make us all better: kindness, empathy, compassion, forgiveness, love… Definitions and pro tips share different scenarios with readers to explore what these emotions look and feel like. This journey through some very complex emotions are illustrated perfectly by Ceolin with colorful pictures that reflects our world. Every human needs to read this book and read it often as a reminder how to keep our actions and thoughts heart and human centered.
  • Tell the Truth Pangolin by Melinda Beatty, Illustrated by Paola Escobar: Pangolin is the star of this story set in a kingdom filled with beautiful grounds and a variety of animal characters. When Pangolin accidentally breaks something that belongs to the queen, he has to decide what he is going to tell her. In the end, his conscious wins and he tells the truth. Readers will empathize with Pangolin as he goes through the process of deciding what to do and the guilt he feels, but will ultimately understand that telling the truth was the best possible ending to the story.
  • The Mystery of the Monarchs: How Kids, Teachers, and Butterfly Fans Helped Fred and Norah Urquhart Track the Great Monarch Migration by Barb Rosenstock, Illustrated by Erika Meza: Barb Rosenstock again takes us inside the minds of historical figures to show us motivations for earth changing events, this time we meet Fred and Norah Urquhart, an entomologist and zoologist couple, who asked a question and were going to do whatever was necessary to find the answer. But it was only through help of others throughout the continent that they could have ever gotten the answer! Barb Rosenstock does a wonderful job with the Urquharts story, keeping the reader on their toes while you wonder where the monarchs go, and Meza’s illustrations are a perfect companion to the topic of monarchs: full of life and color. And do not miss the back matter which digs deeper into the science and research introduced in the book.

To learn more about any of these books, check out my 2022 Goodreads Challenge page or my read bookshelf on Goodreads.

Ricki

I have had to step away from the blog for a bit; I hope to be back soon.

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Kellee

The Final Gambit (The Inheritance Games, #3)

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Tuesday: Quest Kids and the Dragon Pants of Gold by Mark Leiknes

Sunday: Author Guest Post by Amy Hevron

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