• Writing, Reading and Teaching

    Writing fiction, reading great middle grade & young adult books, and using them to teach the standards.

    Woo-hoo! It's here! Summer is here, the kids are out of school, and I'm having a ball reviewing science-fiction and fantasy books from now until the start of Fall semester. Some will be continuations of books I've already reviewed, like today's. Other will be complete, whole series I've read...
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    May 25, 2020
    When a girl with the exact same name, same skin color, same sense of confidence Jade created and wrote about in her notebook to soothe herself in a town where no one ever stays and every friend she's ever had has "moved on," she does a double-take. Is Zoe real? She is. And she's...
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    I've started recommending, when I beta read for authors, that they "narration strip" their chapters to check for both internal and external dialogue flow.   This is a technique, or an editing tool, if you can call it that, that I stole from screenwriting and screenplay reading. For a while, we...
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    This book is a turny, twisty ride, with plot developments you never see coming, but are enjoyable if you just hold on and keep reading. Rory is bullied at school, mostly by Tommy-Lee Komissky, who he nicknames "Grim" because, well, that's what the boy makes life -- grim, every time he throws...
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    Bell's in middle school and he's an expert at picking up on people's patterns, their habits, the things they do every day, in certain circumstances, and recording them in his notebook for later analysis. He learns to use this data and the ability it gives him to predict what the bullies in...
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    SCBWI is offering its members free digital workshops with industry experts and I have been specifically interested in those that deal with editing. The first digital workshop was with Kate Messner and she offered some amazing editing tips and insights. This next one, with Sara Sargent, senior...
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    May 13, 2020
    Ok, I picked this one up on a whim. It was the upside-down cat-face, I think, that made me giggle.   It's delightful. Ra does everything you'd expect a Pharaoh's cat to do -- nap, eat spiced treats, get brushed & perfumed, nap again.   Except, occasionally he solves mysteries.   This mystery is a...
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    May 11, 2020
    Ben receives a mysterious, magical invitation to the Gee Museum and follows the bees to the front door. But he doesn't go in right away, he goes home and tells his Mom about it, and her reaction is...to not want to talk about it. Her sadness is tied to the Museum and a visit he and father made to...
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    I'm going to be focusing on editing tools for a while, and SCBWI is offering some awesome ones. If you're a SCBWI member, you should be taking advantage of the COVID-19 Digital Workshops being offered on a variety of topics, free to members. For distance-learning reasons, I can't attend the...
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    This book was a delightful library shelf find! It wasn't on the "Newly Released" display, which was empty the day when we returned books. Instead, we went shelf-pulling, and this gem landed in our bag on a total whim. But, once we read it, we loved it because it broke a few common MG conventions,...
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  • Background

    Anita McDivitt Barrios

    Background

    I'm a former newspaper reporter and editor, and middle school teacher. I'm a mother of two teens and I write fiction. We're voracious readers, and I love to promote middle grade novels, writing with excellent storytelling, and stories that speak to my two kiddos. I read every book I review on this site and I never take money or have any sort of relationship with publishers to promote books. The books I read come from my public library, well after publication and distribution to traditional outlets. On the rare occasion I get an ARC, usually through my two teens who participate in teen programs at their library, I clearly identify the copy as an ARC. When I buy a book, which I occasionally do, I'll let you know in the review. I do not accept advertising on my blog.

     

    Email: anita.mcdivittbarrios@gmail.com

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    1.1 This policy explains when and why I collect personal information about subscribers, how I use it and how I keep it secure and your rights in relation to it. 
    1.2 I collect, use and store your personal data, as described in this Data Privacy Policy and as described when we collect data from you. 
    1.3 I reserve the right to amend this Data Privacy Policy from time to time without prior notice. You are advised to check amb.strikingly.com
    regularly for any amendments (but amendments will not be made 
    retrospectively). 
    1.4 I will always comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR ) when dealing with your personal data. For the purposes of 
    the GDPR, I am the “controller” of all personal data I hold about you.
    2. Who am I? 
    2.1 I am amb.strikingly.com. I can be contacted at anita.mcdivittbarrios@gmail.com.  
    3. What information I collect and why.
    What information: Email addresses of subscribers to the personal blog, amb.strikingly.com.
    Purpose: To inform subscribers of weekly updates to the blog.
    Legal basis of processing: Consent. Subscribers may withdraw their consent at any time by contacting me by email to tell me that they no longer wish to subscribe.
    4.How I protect your personal data
    4.1 I will not transfer your personal data to any third party without your consent.
    4.2 I have implemented generally accepted standards of technology and operational security in order to protect personal data from loss, misuse, or unauthorized alteration or destruction. 
    4.3 Please note however that where you are transmitting information to me over the internet this can never be guaranteed to be 100% secure. 
    4.4 I will notify you promptly in the event of any breach of your personal data which might expose you to serious risk.
    5. Who else has access to the information you provide?
    5.1 I will never sell your personal data. I will not share your personal data with any third parties without your prior consent (which you are free to withhold) except where I am required to do so by law.
    
    6. How long do I keep your information?
    6.1 I will hold your personal data on my blog for as long as you are a subscriber and for as long as is necessary to comply with my legal obligations. I will review your personal data every year to establish whether I am still entitled to process it. If I decide that I am not entitled to do so, I will stop processing your personal data except that I will retain your personal data in an archived form in order to be able to comply with future legal obligations e.g. the establishment,
    exercise or defence of legal claims.
    
    Your rights explained
    7.1 It is important that you understand what rights you have in respect of the Personal Data and Special Category Personal Data that I hold about you. To let me know that you wish to exercise any of your rights outlined above please contact me at anita.mcdivittbarrios@gmail.com.
    
    a. The right to be informed (knowing how we will use your data) You have the right to be told how we will use your Personal Data, which is 
    set out in This Notice.
    b. The right of access (being provided with copies of your data).
    You have the right to ask for a copy of your Personal Data. I will supply any information you ask for as soon as possible but may take 
    up to 1 month once I am satisfied as to your identity. I will not charge you for this. This is called a data subject access request.
    c. The right to rectification (changing incorrect information). If you believe your records are inaccurate you have the right to ask for those 
    records concerning you to be updated. Contact details for any requests can be found above.
    d. The right to be forgotten (erasure) (requesting deletion of your Personal Data). You have the right to be forgotten (i.e. to have your Personal Data deleted from the database). You will be erased from my list of contacts once you email me requesting to be erased.
    e. The right to restrict processing (limiting how we use your data).
    In certain situations you have the right to ask for processing of your Personal  Data to be restricted because there is some disagreement about its accuracy or legitimate usage.
    f. The right to data portability (moving your data in a useable format).
    You have the right to request the Personal Data you provided to me in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and/or transmit that data to a third party - in certain situations.
    g. The right to object (when we must stop processing your data).
    You have the right to object to us processing data purely for our legitimate interests. If you make such a request, we must stop processing your Personal  Data unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing, which override your interests, rights and freedoms; or the processing is for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
    h. The right not to be subject to automated decision making including 
    profiling (making a decision solely by automated means without any 
    human involvement). The right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing (including profiling) that produces legal effects concerning you or similarly significantly affects you. I do not undertake automated decision making. 
    
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    1. About this Policy
    1.1 This policy explains when and why I collect personal information about subscribers, how I use it and how I keep it secure and your rights in relation to it. 
    1.2 I collect, use and store your personal data, as described in this Data Privacy Policy and as described when we collect data from you. 
    1.3 I reserve the right to amend this Data Privacy Policy from time to time without prior notice. You are advised to check amb.strikingly.com
    regularly for any amendments (but amendments will not be made 
    retrospectively). 
    1.4 I will always comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR ) when dealing with your personal data. For the purposes of 
    the GDPR, I am the “controller” of all personal data I hold about you.
    2. Who am I? 
    2.1 I am amb.strikingly.com. I can be contacted at anita.mcdivittbarrios@gmail.com.  
    3. What information I collect and why.
    What information: Email addresses of subscribers to the personal blog, amb.strikingly.com.
    Purpose: To inform subscribers of weekly updates to the blog.
    Legal basis of processing: Consent. Subscribers may withdraw their consent at any time by contacting me by email to tell me that they no longer wish to subscribe.
    4.How I protect your personal data
    4.1 I will not transfer your personal data to any third party without your consent.
    4.2 I have implemented generally accepted standards of technology and operational security in order to protect personal data from loss, misuse, or unauthorized alteration or destruction. 
    4.3 Please note however that where you are transmitting information to me over the internet this can never be guaranteed to be 100% secure. 
    4.4 I will notify you promptly in the event of any breach of your personal data which might expose you to serious risk.
    5. Who else has access to the information you provide?
    5.1 I will never sell your personal data. I will not share your personal data with any third parties without your prior consent (which you are free to withhold) except where I am required to do so by law.
    
    6. How long do I keep your information?
    6.1 I will hold your personal data on my blog for as long as you are a subscriber and for as long as is necessary to comply with my legal obligations. I will review your personal data every year to establish whether I am still entitled to process it. If I decide that I am not entitled to do so, I will stop processing your personal data except that I will retain your personal data in an archived form in order to be able to comply with future legal obligations e.g. the establishment,
    exercise or defence of legal claims.
    
    Your rights explained
    7.1 It is important that you understand what rights you have in respect of the Personal Data and Special Category Personal Data that I hold about you. To let me know that you wish to exercise any of your rights outlined above please contact me at anita.mcdivittbarrios@gmail.com.
    
    a. The right to be informed (knowing how we will use your data) You have the right to be told how we will use your Personal Data, which is 
    set out in This Notice.
    b. The right of access (being provided with copies of your data).
    You have the right to ask for a copy of your Personal Data. I will supply any information you ask for as soon as possible but may take 
    up to 1 month once I am satisfied as to your identity. I will not charge you for this. This is called a data subject access request.
    c. The right to rectification (changing incorrect information). If you believe your records are inaccurate you have the right to ask for those 
    records concerning you to be updated. Contact details for any requests can be found above.
    d. The right to be forgotten (erasure) (requesting deletion of your Personal Data). You have the right to be forgotten (i.e. to have your Personal Data deleted from the database). You will be erased from my list of contacts once you email me requesting to be erased.
    e. The right to restrict processing (limiting how we use your data).
    In certain situations you have the right to ask for processing of your Personal  Data to be restricted because there is some disagreement about its accuracy or legitimate usage.
    f. The right to data portability (moving your data in a useable format).
    You have the right to request the Personal Data you provided to me in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and/or transmit that data to a third party - in certain situations.
    g. The right to object (when we must stop processing your data).
    You have the right to object to us processing data purely for our legitimate interests. If you make such a request, we must stop processing your Personal  Data unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing, which override your interests, rights and freedoms; or the processing is for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
    h. The right not to be subject to automated decision making including 
    profiling (making a decision solely by automated means without any 
    human involvement). The right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing (including profiling) that produces legal effects concerning you or similarly significantly affects you. I do not undertake automated decision making.