2.5.18 It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading? GUEST BLOGGER Alexa F.—Emily Windsnap

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week


the titles we are currently reading.}

This meme is originated by Jen and Kellee at TeachMentorTexts. Thanks!


  In the EMILY WINDSNAP series, 12-year-old Emily discovering that she is half-mermaid isn’t the biggest moment of her life. Emily, who has never met her father since he was imprisoned by an angry King Neptune deep under the sea, faces all her problems head on. She makes new mermaid friends, but she also has to learn to live by the rules of the sea, which might mean confronting King Neptune and his terrible decrees about where mermaids should live and who they live with. This all happens in the first book, which means there is a lot of adventure on the way. In each book, Emily and her friends get into lots of adventure and mischief, and learn a lot of new things about their backgrounds and different worlds. Yes, different worlds, as in mermaid worlds.

To me, this series is AMAZING! It’s a combination of fantasy, romance, and adventure. Emily has ups and downs through friendships with her best friend, and boyfriend, but they always come back to work together. If you like the thrill of adventure, with a little romance thrown in there, then this might be a series that interests you. There are six books in the series, with more coming. The author, Liz Kessler, has her own website. Check it out!

Tap the image above to get to Ms Kessler’s site. She has LOTS of books.

She also has an Instagram account (CUTE DOG!):





Did you catch my
this past week?


Description from IndieBound

An Indie Next List Pick”Filled with kindness and hope, but also with the harsh realities of the horrors of war, this heartbreaking book is a necessary reminder of what many people live through every day.” –Booklist (starred review)

Nadia’s family is forced to flee their home in Aleppo, Syria, when the Arab Spring sparks a civil war in this timely coming-of-age novel from award-winning author N.H. Senzai.Silver and gold balloons. A birthday cake covered in pink roses. A new dress.

Nadia stands at the center of attention in her parents’ elegant dining room. This is the best day of my life, she thinks. Everyone is about to sing “Happy Birthday,” when her uncle calls from the living room, “Baba, brothers, you need to see this.” Reluctantly, she follows her family into the other room. On TV, a reporter stands near an overturned vegetable cart on a dusty street. Beside it is a mound of smoldering ashes. The reporter explains that a vegetable vendor in the city of Tunis burned himself alive, protesting corrupt government officials who have been harassing his business. Nadia frowns.

It is December 17, 2010: Nadia’s twelfth birthday and the beginning of the Arab Spring. Soon anti-government protests erupt across the Middle East and, one by one, countries are thrown into turmoil. As civil war flares in Syria and bombs fall across Nadia’s home city of Aleppo, her family decides to flee to safety. Inspired by current events, this novel sheds light on the complicated situation in Syria that has led to an international refugee crisis, and tells the story of one girl’s journey to safety.



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