Tag Archives: Brian Wyzlic

December 05

True Confessions of the Reading Life of a Toddler by Ezra Wyzlic

Today, we host Ezra, a 17-month old, at the Nerdy Book Club. He typed out his own post, but it didn’t make a whole lot of sense. His parents have done their best to interpret for us. Ezra: “plgtp” Interpreter: “Pre-birth, I knew about books. Listening to them being read to me by my dad […]

October 12

Nothing Ever Really Happens: A Conversation with A.S. King

Today, Nerdy Book Club member Brian Wyzlic talks with Nerdy Book Club author A.S. King. Come, join in the conversation!   Hi, Amy! It’s great to be talking with you today about your work, specifically your newest book, Still Life with Tornado. Thanks for joining me!   Thanks so much for having me around, Brian. […]

November 04

Books and Beards by Brian Wyzlic

Books are important.   I know, I know: preaching to the choir. But really.   Books. They’re important.   Different experts give slightly different amounts, but most agree that a good classroom library should have between 7 and 10 books per student who uses the room. Combine that with growing class sizes over the past […]

October 11

Top Ten Reasons to Marry a Nerdy Book Club Member by Lisa and Brian Wyzlic

We’ve all had that moment. The moment when we’ve found our tribe. C.S. Lewis put it best when he said, “Friendship is born at that moment when one [person] says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .’” For many of us, that last sentence would be “I […]

March 05

Splintered by A.G. Howard – Review by Brian Wyzlic

Many who know me know I have a thing for the dark and mysterious, especially in literature. I enjoy the perilous universes of dystopian books. Edgar Allan Poe is one of my favorite authors, and I’ve worn that on my sleeve. Another favorite of mine whom I haven’t touted as loudly is Charles Dodgson, better […]

Reality Boy by A. S. King – Reviewed by Brian Wyzlic

In the book world, as in the world of many creative arts made for mass consumption, there is often a buzz that will follow particular works. The new Lady Gaga album. The movie of The Fault in Our Stars. The finale to the Mara Dyer trilogy. Sometimes, these meet expectations (The Raven Boys). Sometimes, they […]

How the Nerdy Book Club Changed [Saved] My Life by Brian Wyzlic

For the first three years of my teaching career, I taught high school math. I loved it. I was (and am) well-versed in mathematics pedagogy. Escape from the Textbook and Be Less Helpful were cornerstones of my classroom. We explored, we discussed, we embraced the technology available to us, and my goodness did we learn. […]

Top Ten Reasons We Love Authors by Jillian Heise and Brian Wyzlic

As is seemingly the case with everyone who attended NCTE, great conversations turned into great planning sessions turned into blog posts/new ideas in the classroom/extensive To Be Read lists. On the very first day, we found ourselves a nice comfy couch and that became our hub for planning over the 6 days we were in […]

Blind Spot by Laura Ellen – Reviewed by Brian Wyzlic

Quick: name the last YA mystery that you read that kept you turning the pages all night? I’ll wait. For those of you more up-to-speed on your YA mystery stuff than I am, you might have a list for me (by the way, please leave that list in the comments – I think we could […]

Retro Review: Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson Reviewed by Brian Wyzlic

If you’re familiar with Young Adult Literature over the last 10-20 years, you know the name Laurie Halse Anderson. If you’re familiar with shiny stickers on books, you’ll recognize a few on her 2008 middle grade historical fiction novel Chains: National Book Award Finalist and Scott O’ Dell Award for Historical Fiction Winner. There would […]