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Sierra Dertinger

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I am a 4th grade teacher, middle grade book blogger, avid reader, and founder of an ARC-sharing group called #BookAllies!

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Sarah Journeys West: An Oregon Trail Survival Story book
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Nikki Shannon Smith, Alessia Trunfio
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Rebecca Rides for Freedom: An American Revolution Survival Story book
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Emma Carlson Berne
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Noelle at Sea: A Titanic Survival Story book
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Nikki Shannon Smith, Matt Forsyth
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History Smashers: Women's Right to Vote book
6.3
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History Smashers: Women's Right to Vote
Written by Kate Messner
Another fantastic installment in the History Smashers series! What I thoroughly enjoy is that this series teaches our students/children that everything we read in history books is not always as it seems, or necessarily true. History isn't just easy facts to remember. I mean, think about reality. You don't just accomplish a goal in a single day. There are ups-and-downs, times where we need to revise/rework/redo... sometimes from scratch. This book teaches kids that Susan B. Anthony wasn't the only one to help amend the constitution in favor of women's rights. In fact, there were MANY women, and even men, who helped do so. It took a lot longer than one may think, too. Other than the fact that this book debunks many of the half-truths we come to know nowadays, it shows the truth about racism, intersectionality, and clearly the differences of views many people had during this era. This is not what you read in textbooks now, so I appreciate that this is depicted in the History Smasher series. Again, there are wonderful illustrations, comics, side panels, artifacts, and more embedded throughout this book that makes it even more engaging for young readers. I cannot wait to share this with my students and our school.
Jul 17, 2020
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Recommend Ages: 8-12
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History Smashers: The Mayflower book
6.5
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History Smashers: The Mayflower
Written by Kate Messner
This series is going to be a HUGE hit! I just love that this book compares the myths to the truth, and debunks past paintings, speeches, and other documents that just don't line up with what really happened. Kate Messner is so relatable and made me laugh many times. I know that kids will enjoy this because each time she would say something along the lines of, "So you're thinking that this is when xx happened, right? Well, you're wrong", it makes the reader want to read more and find out the REAL truth. I am all for finding nonfiction books that do more than just share rote facts. I am hoping to read and review the next several books in this series because it will definitely circulate a lot in my classroom and school!
Jul 17, 2020
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Recommend Ages: 8-12
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The Jumbies book
5.5
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The Jumbies
Written by Tracey Baptiste
The absence of reality occurred when I read this fantasy book. The author’s descriptive language lured me in and I felt one with Corinne as she met face-to-face with her first jumbie and all of the destruction there after. The ending was a little odd and seemed random at most, but I knew I needed to read the second book right away. I am glad I did.
Jul 17, 2020
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Recommend Ages: 9-12
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