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A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter J

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A to Z Blog challenge 2018 – Letter J #atozchallenge J letter

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Welcome to the 2018 edition of the A to Z Blogging Challenge!

All through the month of April, the challenge asks us to blog every day (except Sundays), and to go through the alphabet A to Z, connecting our posts to the letter of each day.

My idea for this time, my 5th to participate, is to showcase a book or two each day, and provide a tiny bit of information about them. These will not be a full book review, but just saying what it is about, and if I liked the book or not.

These books are mostly books that I already have on my shelves, and have read, or are on my to be read stacks. There will be a very few of them that I don’t already own, or have read.

I will also post a quote each day that has something to say about books, or reading.

Hope you enjoy, and maybe see a book or a few that you might want to read, too.

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“Just Another Kid”, by Torey L. Hayden, is just one of the author’s many books. I’ve read them all many times, and can say she is one of my favorite authors.

Her career is in childhood education, more specifically, she teaches special needs children. She writes of the specific children (names changed, of course), and everything that happens in her classes. There are many tears, lots of laughter, and more than that, there is learning, and love.

This book concerns her dealings with one of the children’s mothers. That the mother signs on as a classroom volunteer/aide, is a great help to Ms Hayden. However, she is to find out the mother has many problems of her own. Ms Hayden helps her work through her difficulties, just as she does with the children. So, in a way, she is ‘just another kid’.

If you’ve never read one of Torey L. Hayden’s books, I would highly recommend them.

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“Jeneration X”, by Jen Lancaster, is another of the author’s many memoirs. She uses humor to tell all, about her life.

In this one, she is trying to live the ‘adulting’ kind of life she supposes she should begin. But, it’s hard to break out of her Gen X mindset. We follow along as she navigates adulthood, with her husband, and menagerie of pets.

I’ve read all of this author’s books, and each one is so fun to read.

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Tomorrow is for the letter K, and the MB Chickens will be ready to reveal the letter K book titles.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

 

 

Recycled Book Reading Challenge – Ghost Girl

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Recycled Book Reading Challenge – Ghost Girl

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Recycled Book Reading Challenge!

It’s time for the monthly Recycled Book Reading Challenge.

This is where we take a book we’ve been meaning to read, that has been stacked up in our ‘to be read’ pile for awhile, and actually read it. I know I have a lot like that. We are to give a review of the book, one that has been bought at a discount, at a yard sale or thrift store, or any used book store. There’s where the ‘recycled’ part comes in. Giving these used books a chance can lead to some great reading. 🙂

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This is the recycled book I read for the month of August.

“Ghost Girl”, by Torey L. Hayden, is one I’ve read before. This exact one is from a library book sale, I’m pretty sure. It still has the library stamp inside. It was printed in 1991.  

They have since closed down the Air Force Base here.

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I’ve read a lot of Torey Hayen’s books, and there have been quite a few. She is one of my favorite authors. As a teacher of special education children, she relates her experiences in this area. Her specialty is in elective mutism, where a person is fully capable of speaking, but refuses to do so, due to psychological reasons. She writes of her struggles in teaching those with this problem, and also those with autism, handicaps, traumas, and developmental delays.

All her books are very easy to read, with recalled conversations, and the day to day minutiae of a classroom of children with diverse learning abilities.

In this book, she has a student named Jadie. She does not speak. Ms Hayden keeps working with her, to bring her out of her withdrawn state, and soon discovers, Jadie can speak. This is only to her, in the privacy of the classroom coat closet. There, she tells the most horrible tales of abuse that has happened to her. The thing is, she names those who abuses her as the television characters of the show, “Dallas”. Now, Ms Hayden tries to figure out if all that Jadie is saying is for real, with actual people in her life, or if she is just making all this up. She goes to her principal, and social services, but is hesitant to get authorities involved, if all this that Jadie is saying, is just make-believe. But, she does , and what is found out, is much worse than anyone could imagine.

I know this subject matter is not for everyone, but it is good to know of these kind of circumstances, and that there are those, like Ms Hayden, that are there to help the children, in any way she can.

I recommend all of Torey L. Hayden’s books.

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© 2017 BS