Tag Archives: @cathy_blackler

May 17

Not THAT Top 10 List by Cathy Blackler

It was my original intent to write a “Top 10 Most Pilfered Books from my Classroom Library” post. Teachers and librarians everywhere could easily come up with their own lists, containing the books that you repurchase each and every year, after discovering that they have failed to make their way back to your bookshelves.   […]

April 11

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana – Review by Cathy Blackler

On a recent trip to Las Vegas I observed a trio of adults set out from a Mini-Mart in the early morning for parts unknown. The fact that they were armed with backpacks and dressed in layers of clothing that had definitely not seen the inside of a washing machine in quite some time led […]

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith – Review by Cathy Blackler

Stories connect us. Stories challenge us. Stories heal us. Stories matter. As a parent, a high school teacher and a lifelong reader I can attest to the power of stories. Whether the last turn of the page brings with it tears, exhaustion, laughter, or sadness because the story has come to an end is of […]

A Teacher’s Testimony by Cathy Blackler

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou   Angelou’s simple, yet evocative words resonate with me every single day. Teaching at an alternative high school my students often arrive disillusioned with their educational journey; […]

The Gift of a Reading Life by Cathy Blackler

“You should give it to Max, Liesel. See if you can leave it on the bedside table, like all the other things.” Liesel watched him as if he’d gone insane. “How, though?” Lightly, he tapped her skull with his knuckles. “Memorize it. Then write it down for him.”― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief Books and […]

Paying It Forward (with a little help from some friends) by Cathy Blackler

 “What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?” ~ George Eliot   A new school year begins this week, and with it new opportunities to share my reading life with students & staff alike. While each school year brings with it new students who possess all […]

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green I live a reading life. I book talk, make recommendations and use literary references daily. As a voracious reader I am rarely unable to make a connection with a book, on some level.  With all of this reading, it is a still magic when I find a […]