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mini-review: Mermin (Joey Weiser)

The Deets:

Who it's meant for? MG readers or younger
Pages: 152
Publisher: February 20th 2013 by Oni Press
ISBN: 9781934964989
Source: eARC from NetGalley




"MERMIN the MERMAN from MER!?" That's the question Pete and his friends ask after finding the fish-boy washed up on the beach! Mermin just escaped the undersea kingdom of Mer, and is ready to have some fun on dry land! But why would this aquatic kid be afraid to swim? Perhaps it has something to do with the fishy pursuers who have followed him from the depths below!



This was certainly meant for younger readers! It had a cutesy feel to it, but it was still fun to read.

I thought Mermin was adorable. He looked more like an aquatic frog crossed with the Creature from the Black Lagoon than a mercreature. He was curious and hyper, which often caused a lot of unwanted trouble for his human friends. The story itself was very short and to the point. There wasn't a lot of plot development or twists and turns. I…

Teacher Tuesday: Engage the Brain: Games-- Language Arts grades 6-8 (Marcia Tate)

This week's Teacher Tuesday post is for a book that I treat like my teaching Bible. If you were to come in my classroom, you would notice right away that I love games, crafts, projects. I love hands-on learning. It's pretty clear that I try to make my learning experiences as hands-on and active as possible. (So the kids "get it" and I don't get bored.)





This exciting new resource offers fun, innovative games in language arts. Based on the most recent brain research, the games engage students in becoming active, motivated learners.






When I was at IRA a few years back, I came across Engage the Brain: Games-- Language Arts grades 6-8 by Marcia Tate. It changed my life.

Since then I have been using the activities in this book for all sorts of things-- not just classroom use. I use some of the easier games with my own kids when we need boredom busters (that don't involve electronics). I've even adapted some of the activities for our Literacy Day fieldtrips. Yo…

Minute review (President's Day edition): Americapedia: Taking the Dumb Out of Freedom

In honor of President's Day, I thought I would share a book that has amazed me. It's quirky, interactive, and tons of fun! I'm actually excited about a non-fiction book that doesn't bore you to tears.


Aimed at teens who want to know more about the day-to-day workings of the U.S. government, this unique blend of humor and information is a cross between a textbook and a satire.


A crash course for understanding critical events in America and the world, it touches upon a variety of topics-historical and current-and explains how they unfolded and why they are important in the political and governmental arenas. Funny and intelligent writing, very reminiscent of the Daily Show, provides insight into the American electoral system, the world economy, the role religion plays in world conflicts, and America's place in world. The final chapter provides information about how to get involved.


Authors will have a Web site dedicated to the book where information can be updated, tee…

Announcing March's read-along choice

Here it is... that long awaited moment when I deliver some life altering news.

Well, okay, maybe not life altering like winning the lottery or announcing the discovery of a new solar system, but something pretty awesome all the same-- our first read-along choice for the virtual book club.

Yep, polls have closed and we have a winner (by 1 vote). In March we will be reading, The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna.

I'll be announcing more information about the VBC (virtual book club) on the 25th. That gives you plenty of time to get your copy ready!

The offical read-along will begin on March 4th. If you feel so inclined, I would appreciate the help spreading the word... maybe a Tweet or sharing the button? What ever tickles your fancy.




Eva's life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination--an echo. She was made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her "other," if she ever died. Eva spends every day studying that girl from…