3.13.20 {BOOKflix Friday} SERAFINA series

Today is BOOKflix Friday!

Few things can draw a reader to a new book like a book trailer can.

Get the popcorn ready.





“Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.”

Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of Biltmore Estate.There’s plenty to explore in her grand home, although she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa, the estate’s maintenance man, have secretly lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember.

But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is:a terrifying man in a black cloak who stalks Biltmore’s corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of Biltmore’s owners. Braeden and Serafina must uncover the Man in the Black Cloak’s true identity?before all of the children vanish one by one.

Serafina’s hunt leads her into the very forest that she has been taught to fear. There she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic, one that is bound to her own identity. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must seek the answers that will unlock the puzzle of her past.
















3.6.20 {BOOKflix Friday} Activists: Temple Grandin and the Frog Scientist

Today is BOOKflix Friday!

Few things can draw a reader to a new book like a book trailer can.

Get the popcorn ready.


ACTIVISTS come in all types and for all reasons.

An activist for…
wait for it….
An autistic activist too. Her autism allows her to see and understand things in a different way than most. Her autism turned out to be a gift.

When Temple Grandin was born, her parents knew that she was different. Years later she was diagnosed with autism.

While Temple’s doctor recommended a hospital, her mother believed in her. Temple went to school instead.

Today, Dr. Temple Grandin is a scientist and professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Her world-changing career revolutionized the livestock industry. As an advocate for autism, Temple uses her experience as an example of the unique contributions that autistic people can make.

This compelling biography complete with Temple’s personal photos takes us inside her extraordinary mind and opens the door to a broader understanding of autism.

Here is a trailer for a movie about Temple Grandin. It gives you a pretty good idea of what the book is about. I’ve read this book. It’s fascinating.

If the movie looks good—and it is, trust me—you might be able to find it on one of the streaming services.

Am I the only one who loves catching frogs?


From Goodreads:

The critically acclaimed Scientist in the Field book about how one boy’s interest in backyard science inspired a career in scientific discovery.

When Tyrone Hayes was growing up in South Carolina, he didn’t worry about pesticides. He just liked to collect frogs. Tyrone’s interest in science led him to Harvard University, and though he struggled at first, he found his calling in the research lab of an amphibian scientist.

Meanwhile, scientists discovered that all around the globe, frogs were dying. The decline has many causes, including habitat loss and disease. Tyrone discovered that the most commonly used pesticide in the United States, atrazine, may also play a role. Tyrone tested atrazine on frogs in his lab at Berkeley. He found that the chemical caused some of the male frogs to develop into bizarre half-male, half-female frogs. What was going on? That’s what Tyrone wants to find out.

If this interests you, you might want to listen to Mr. Hayes discuss more about his research and findings.

A discussion with featured Frog Scientist, Tyrone Hayes:


[click to listen}

3.2.20 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? EDUCATED

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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


the titles we are currently reading.}

Reading records are due on THURSDAY. They should filled in completely on the Q3 Weeks 1-5 tab with accurately and with integrity. Let’s look at someone’s reading record…
Also, remember that the online orders for Dee Romito’s books are due by Friday. How cool to be able to get a signed book, right?
There are a couple things I’ve been meaning to show you on Instagram….

An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.


Absolutely captivating. The things that Tara went through and survived with her family is almost unbelievable. I can’t imagine being in a family like that with a father who was all-powerful…and mentally ill. That’s a dangerous combination.

How did she press on?

How did she survive?

It took an immense level of internal strength to pull away from the culture of her family.

I hope someday you listen to or read this.



Period 2&3 read 5 books this past week.

Period 5&6 read 19 books this past week.

Period 8&9 read 10 books this past week.