Tuesday Teaser, hosted by The Purple Booker, asks readers to copy at random a sentence or so from a current read. This provides a sneak peek at a book one might want to add to their TBR list. My Tuesday Teaser for 11/5/19 is from a middle grades novel, Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya. The selection begins after an especially contentious school board meeting where the adults were fighting redrawing the lines for school distribution because they didn’t want “those people”/riff-raff attending school with their children. Often times, the children have the “best” perspective on things and here is what Emilia Rosa, the main character says,

“I read at the library about how towns used to be divided by train tracks…Living on one side could mean a person was ‘on the wrong side of the tracks.’ Like they weren’t as good as the people living on the ‘right’ side…The only ‘wrong side’ is the side where people don’t care about each other.”

Out of the mouths of babes–or sixth graders!

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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