Tag Archives: Teresa Bunner

January 20

All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely – Response by Teresa Bunner & Jillian Heise

A bag of chips. That’s all sixteen-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter, mistakes Rashad’s pleadings that he’s stolen nothing for belligerence, mistakes Rashad’s resistance to leave the bodega as resisting arrest, mistakes Rashad’s every flinch at […]

July 21

The Magic of Author Visits by Teresa Bunner

Magic. Something we find in Harry Potter books or movies about dragons. But we all know magic doesn’t exist in the “real world.” Or does it? I just wrapped up my third summer running a writing institute for high school students. I’ve come to believe magic does exist and that it happens when you bring […]

Our Summer of Reading (and Learning) Freedom by Teresa Bunner

“School’s Out for summer! School’s out forever!” These words reverberated from the mouths of my four boys the last day of school.  There was an added air of freedom and possibility as we entered our first summer in four years with no summer reading assignments. I must confess to having done a happy dance around […]

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick – Review by Teresa Bunner

Forgive Me,Leonard Peacock (Little Brown and Company, August 2013) is a powerfully rendered story by Matthew Quick. We’ve been conditioned to hate those students who become school shooters. Leonard is on his way to becoming just that. At times he is rather unlikeable. But then his story unfolds piece by piece and Quick takes us […]

PINNED by Sharon Flake – Review by Teresa Bunner

I have to start this book review with a few disclaimers. First, if you’ve ever read my reviews on Goodreads, you know I don’t give a lot away nor do I extol the virtues of the book in great detail. Second, my love for this book is totally influenced by the fact that the amazing […]

Top Ten Ways To Get Into The Nerdy Book Club

The following list is what happens when numerous members of the Nerdy Book Club gather in a sleep-deprived state at a national conference and start talking! Please note: This is tongue-in-cheek humor. Laugh a little –  it’s good for you! 10. You have a lexile of at least 1600. 9. You have scored at least 25 […]

Out of Our Minds by Teresa Bunner

Prior to my current job, I was a classroom teacher for 20 years. I love books and reading and watching kids find joy in both. Two years ago I became the Academic Support Specialist for the Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate program. It means being out of the classroom, but I knew I still wanted to […]


I can’t remember a time I wasn’t a member of the #nerdybookclub. I went to kindergarten already a reader. To this day I have my whole collection of Nancy Drew books and sitting on my shelf is the first book I remember receiving as a gift from my parents (although I know there were others!). […]