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Donalyn Miller is an award-winning teacher, author, and staff development leader who has taught fourth, fifth, and sixth grade language arts and social studies in the Fort Worth, Texas area.
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The Ogress and the Orphans
Kelly Barnhill - 2022-03-08
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A heartwarming fantasy tale about a struggling town and the power of generosity and love. As Stone-in-the-Glen falls on hard times, the people look to the Mayor for help. But only the clever children of the Orphan House and the kind Ogress can see the true direness of the situation. When a child goes missing and all eyes turn to the Ogress, the Orphans must find a way to prove her goodness and uncover the true villain in their midst.
Donalyn Miller
@caroletaylor21 Such a great book!      source
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Simon Smith
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A Sitting in St. James
Rita Williams-Garcia - 2021-05-25
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This powerful novel by a three-time National Book Award finalist delves into the enduring legacies of slavery on an antebellum plantation in Louisiana. Through intergenerational stories, Williams-Garcia confronts the routine horrors, buried secrets, and tangled bonds that bind those bound to the plantation. Essential reading for anyone grappling with America's long history of racism, this empathetic and brutal tale is a tour-de-force of human experience.
Donalyn Miller
A Sitting in St. James by @OneCrazyRita is a riveting portrait of one decaying plantation family and its children—Black and white. I won’t forget their stories. Incredible book. #bookaday      source
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Sisters of the Neversea
Cynthia L Smith - 2021-06-01
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Embark on a high-flying journey of magic, adventure, and courage with Native American Lily and English Wendy to a fairy-tale island known as Neverland in this beautifully reimagined story by New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith. Follow Lily and Wendy's friendship through a summer of family feuds and mysterious occurrences, all while being watched by a boy who calls himself Peter Pan, and get lost in a world of wild animals, Merfolk, Fairies, and kidnapped children. Partnered with We Need Diverse Books, this story is a must-read for lovers of magic and adventure.
Donalyn Miller
Re-reading Sisters of the Neversea by @CynLeitichSmith during my flight to ATL. Lilly and Wendy are fabulous characters! What are you reading this week? #bookaday      source
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Daisy Jones & The Six
A Novel
Taylor Jenkins Reid - 2019-03-05
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Experience the rise and fall of one of the biggest bands of the rock 'n' roll era in this captivating novel. Follow the story of Daisy, a young woman with a love for music and a heedless beauty that drives people crazy, and Billy, the brooding leader of The Six. Discover how a chance encounter and a producer's idea turned the two into a supercharged success that became the stuff of legend. Written in the form of an unforgettable oral history, this novel by a talented writer captures a time and place in a distinctive voice.
Donalyn Miller
Will finish Daisy Jones & The Six today. Great summer read. Plan to read How It All Blew Up by @arvinahmadi next. What are your reading plans? #bookaday      source
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Brandi Rhodes
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Katie the Catsitter
Colleen Af Venable - 2021-01-05
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This middle-grade graphic novel series is all about growing up, friendship, heroes, and cats (lots of cats!). Katie must earn money for camp, and she takes a job catsitting for her mysterious upstairs neighbor. With 217 cats to wrangle, and suspicious behavior from Madeline, Katie begins to suspect her neighbor may be a super villain. Can Katie save her best friendship, uncover the city's biggest story, and become a hero with the help of her feline friends?
Donalyn Miller
Catching up on graphic novels for #bookaday. Loved Katie the Catsitter by @colleenaf & @quezzie! As a cat guardian, I’ve often wondered about our three cats’ world domination plans.      source
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Farmers Unite!
Planting a Protest for Fair Prices
Lindsay Metcalf - 2020-01-01
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Take a journey back to the late 1970s when farmers united to demand fair prices for their products. Lindsay Metcalf, a journalist who grew up on a family farm, shares the rarely told story of grassroots perseverance and economic justice rooted in the 1980s farm crisis. Join in on this inspiring tale of struggle and triumph that still resonates today.
Donalyn Miller
@lindsayhmetcalf Such a fabulous book!      source
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You Had Me at Hola
A Novel
Alexis Daria - 2020-08-04
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This romantic novel follows the story of soap opera actress Jasmine Lin Rodriguez. After a public breakup, she returns to her hometown of New York City to star in a romantic comedy for a streaming service. However, a casting shake-up pairs her with hunky telenovela actor Ashton Suárez, and they must generate on-screen chemistry despite a disastrous first impression. As they rehearse in private, their romance becomes worthy of a soap opera, but the media spotlight threatens to expose Ashton's closely guarded secret and destroy Jasmine's new image.
Donalyn Miller
2/ I’ve been reading a lot of romance this year because I need happy(ish) endings. Two I’ve enjoyed and recommended a lot are You Should See Me in a Crown by @byleahjohnson & You Had Me at Hola by @alexisdaria #bookaday      source
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You Should See Me in a Crown
Leah Johnson - 2020-06-02
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Small town girl Liz Lighty dreams of escaping her hometown by attending the prestigious Pennington College and becoming a doctor. But when her financial aid falls through, Liz must compete for a prom king and queen scholarship. Despite her fear of the spotlight, Liz is willing to do whatever it takes to win and achieve her dreams. Along the way, she develops a relationship with the new girl in school, Mack, who is also in the running for queen. Will Liz's crush on her competition get in the way of her goals or help her reach them?
Donalyn Miller
2/ I’ve been reading a lot of romance this year because I need happy(ish) endings. Two I’ve enjoyed and recommended a lot are You Should See Me in a Crown by @byleahjohnson & You Had Me at Hola by @alexisdaria #bookaday      source
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Nicola Yoon
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If I Ever Get Out of Here
Eric Gansworth - 2013-07-30
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A touching story about a young Tuscarora Indian living on a reservation, navigating poverty and discrimination. When a white boy named George moves to town, they bond over their love of rock 'n' roll, but Lewis must hide the truth of his impoverished home life. Facing bullying and racism, Lewis must find a way to stand up for himself and keep his friendship with George intact.
Donalyn Miller
@Julie_Hough_ @LeanneC3046 @pennykittle First books that fell into my brain? Eric Gansworth’s If I Ever Get Out of Here and Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John.      source
Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John
When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson
Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
Internment by Samira Ahmed
From Striving to Thriving by Stephanie Harvey
Moxie by Mathieu
The Right Word by Jen Bryant
The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye
Outcasts United by Warren St. John