• Writing, Reading and Teaching

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

    August 16, 2019
    I'm working on two new WIPs, both of which have large, diverse casts. To make sure I'm not writing or reinforcing stereotypes, I've researched and read a ton about creating POC and LGBTQ characters. I'm basing most of my characters (loosely) on real-life people I've known and worked with...
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    Summer reading should be swimming in sequels, and this is one to get your hands on before you go back to school! It's the conclusion to the Chronicles of the Dark Star by Kevin Emerson, a series my 14-year-old son has loved. Recap: In the first book, The Last Day on Mars, aliens exploded our...
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    My TBR pile by this point is huge, so when I finished one and slapped a hand on this cover to start reading I had no expectations whatsoever. Knights of the Borrowed Dark, by Dave Rudden, has been the highlight -- the absolute BEST WRITING I've read in a long time -- of the entire summer! Wow,...
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    August 9, 2019
    No matter where you stand on this issue, know it's a THING right now. In many ways, it was a logical "next-step" once publishers began selling authors as a way to sell authors' books. What do you think? Morality Clauses: are publishers right to police writers? Why We Oppose Morals Clauses in...
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    After Max's first adventure, you know that the mystery is based on something his great-great-ancestor, Jules Verne, discovered and kept secret. This time Max and Alex start off rich, from the proceeds of their first adventure, but they quickly discover money can't buy health. At Basile's...
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    This is standard reading in 8th grade English Language Arts in many middle schools. There are plenty of commercially available reading guides with comprehension questions and lots of other activities to do with this book. However, teaching in cash-strapped Arizona taught me to identify free...
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    "SCBWI is pleased to announce the A. Orr Grant, a new award for young adult and middle grade fantasy/science fiction authors. Sponsor Michele Orr, through her foundation Voice Garden, has been a member of SCBWI for several years and when her sister Alice Orr Sprague passed last year from a short...
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    I haven't read a book like this in a long, long time. It's got a Twilight Zone / X-Files feel, with weird crop circle / alien abduction scenes, but it's written in such a way that you never know whether you can trust the narrator, 12-year-old Simon. He's obsessed with alien abductions, and his...
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    This is a second book but it's a great stand-alone read and doesn't require any knowledge of the first book to get totally immersed in the story. I was on pins and needles until the very end. Eric Dinerstein uses the reader's prior knowledge of the ivory trade leading to the senseless killing...
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    Every single one of these mistakes I've made and then some. A first-round beta reader of my MS pegged my MC as a stumbling, crying mess. When I went back and read, I realized oh gods, she was right! He was a disaster! But what to do about it? How to change it? I looked at the dialogue tags....
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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.

     

    Email: anita.mcdivittbarrios@gmail.com

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    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.
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    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.