“There are ninety-six reasons why thirteen-year-old Genesis dislikes herself.”

My Tuesday Teaser is from the book I am reading this week for Saturday Mornings for Kids. The following comes from first gym class, first day at a new school:

“Basketball is not my sport of choice. Still, I grab a ball and go to a less occupied net at the far end of the court, hoping not to be checked out as I check out everybody else… I immediately throw my ball, which clearly doesn’t fly anywhere near the net. I chase after it, ignoring the chuckles that are surely happening.”

This YA novel has won The Newberry Honor Book, Coretta Scott King New Talent Award, and the William C. Morris Debut Award Finalist.

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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