• Writing, Reading and Teaching

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

    We love M.T. Anderson's non-fiction books. We've read a few, reviewed Symphony for the City of the Dead, and love the historical narrative tales he tells. We just recently discovered the author / illustrator Eugene Yelchin, and enjoyed his historical fiction books and reviewed his historical...
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    We love the DC character origin story of Wonder Woman in Warbringer, and I was tickled pink to find the Marvel Squirrel Girl books, so this was no exception. Plus, we've loved Eoin Colfer's books since reading The Legend Of... series and my kiddos nearly peed their (then-recently transitioned...
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    2020年7月31日
    Once you think you're finished, polished, and ready to go... there's a whole new round of writing you need to do. The Query Letter & Researching Agents and Agencies Querying: It Ain't Easy Read Query Shark. Get familiar with Query Manager and what / how agents use it. Sign up for and use...
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    2020年7月29日
    The giant Newton walks out of the fire sea one day and Jat, the first human he's ever seen, is terrified. Jat usually braves the tides of liquid fire to gather coal to sell so he and his mother can survive.   But Newton decides he's not going to eat Jat, who smells kinda like a giant, especially...
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    This is the most fun I ever had in a classroom -- introducing my students to iambic pentameter through Ian Doescher's William Shakespeare's Star Wars books. Honestly, I have two teens whose 8th and 9th grade teachers attempted introducing Shakespeare via Romeo and Juliet, and it was not ......
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    This is a super-gentle fantasy series for younger readers, featuring an alternative world at the core of ours. One summer, 12-year-old Albert Flynn learns his father isn't just a postal worker in the isolated, desolate town of Herman, Wyoming. A dog with strange, lantern eyes leads Albert...
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    Mentoring Opportunities for Your MS 1st 5 Pages Writing Workshop, Adventures in YA Publishing (Old Site) First Five Pages, Adventures in YA Publishing (New Platform!) Writing Mentor Competitions 1 YA4YA Annual Contest Pitch Wars Dates! Pitch Wars Annual Contest AMM Announces Mentors and...
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    This book is part romance, part Afro-Latinx pride roar, and the part that's missing in the title -- prejudice. In Ibi Zoboi's retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, the main character, Zuri, is prejudiced toward "rich people," as she asserts from the opening, brilliant line:   "It's a...
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    Middle School Teachers: You're planning to start the school year, very probably digitally due to COVID-19, but I still encourage you to address the Common Core English Language Arts standards using a combination of Assigned and Independent Reading. For Novel Units and other ELA book related...
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    We really enjoyed the Wizard for Hire series, by the same author, and while this one was good, it wasn't good enough for us to continue on to the other books. We do recommend it as a summer series starter, however. In the town of Tin Culvert, a very special tree named Geth has watched over...
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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. 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. 
    
    ×
    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.