• Writing, Reading and Teaching

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

    Teachers, I know you're busy planning for back-to-school. Here's a few links to resources for books I've taught that will help you hit your 7th / 8th grade Social Studies Common Core standards. If you're lucky, you'll have a colleague across the hall or in the same pod who teaches English...
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    I'm currently drafting, a page-1 rewrite of a MS I wrote a few years ago and that generated some interest at a SCBWI conference, but the plot was ...shudder.   I've compiled all my tools at my fingertips for my WIP. Oh, and I have an adult mystery I'm about 1/4 of the way through that I need to...
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    Ruby's little better than a street urchin when she's dockside, pick-pocketing and swindling marks with Gwath, her favorite member of her father's ship crew. But her mother, who she can barely remember, left her a legacy she must unravel, once others begin to seek it -- and her, as its keeper --...
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    This is a self-published book, and I don't read many of these, but the author's social media postings in the main character's POV caught my attention. I bought it, as my public library would not purchase it for its collection. It's definitely a young adult book, as the main character, Hooper,...
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    This year I'm investigating as many resources as possible for improving my craft. I've had my eye on a local library program, called the Writer-in-Residence, for a while. It makes authors available to aspiring writers during hour-long blocks. Some read and critique your work, others suggest...
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    This was a GREAT new take on wizards. I'm not one for magic books, especially ones where magic seems to solve all the characters' problems, at the drop of a (witch or wizard's) hat. This one does exactly the opposite. It starts with the main character's backstory, a six or seven year old Ozzy...
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    We entered this series on book two and only this past week did I finally read the first book, Squirrel Meets World. Fourteen-year-old Doreen Green was born with a tail, teeth she has to gnaw on wood to wear down, retractable claws, proportional strength and agility of a squirrel, and an...
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    While no beta, CP or my alpha reader has described my polished manuscript's main character as being melodramatic (ok, not in the last 10 versions or so -- early on, yes, my alpha did make quite a few comments about it), I ended up with two big take-aways from Ellen Brock's YouTube Novel Boot Camp...
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    We discovered William Alexander's fantasy middle grade work, his medieval faire-setting A Festival of Ghosts and A Properly Unhaunted Place, a few years ago and read and reviewed them for my annual December, Review-a-Day Countdown to the Holiday. I'd been meaning to read more of his middle...
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    When we tipped this book off the shelf at the library, it landed with a "thunk!" in the book bag. It's a hefty read -- 587 pages! But just like with Tristan Strong, our family really loves reeeaaaally long books, so it was an instant hit. It doesn't hurt that my two kiddos study violin, as well...
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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.