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#StrikeBack Day 5 (Day 13)

Five days into the #Strikeback Youtube-a-thon here on Claerie’s Tales. I hope everyone is having fun reading all of my posts and feel free to join in if you like. Check out all of the details here.  For today’s shoutout, we have Bree Barton, a YA contemporary author, booktuber, and authortuber who’s debut Heart of Thorns comes out on July 31, from HarperCollins!

Go Bree!

Day 5 

Quick Read Recommendations 


Image description: A dark blue background with the title, “Hoot,” along the bottom in yellow and all caps. In the center are two cartoon eyes made of white circles with smaller black ones inside and an orange triangle below them to resemble a beak.

  1. Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Summary: The site of Coconut Cove’s future Mother Paula’s All-American Pancake House is experiencing a slight problem: survey stakes removed, alligators in the port-a-potties, and painted-over patrol cars. But who’s behind the clever vandalism and pranks? New Florida resident Roy Eberhardt isn’t aware of these goings-on, but he has often noticed a barefoot boy running down the street faster than anything. His curiosity piqued, Roy starts to inquire around and even follows the boy once, only to be told by Beatrice Leep, a.k.a. Beatrice the Bear, to mind his own business. Despite Beatrice’s warning and plenty of bullying from the lunkheaded Dana Matherson, Roy follows the boy, whose name is Mullet Fingers, one day and winds up in the middle of an ecological mission to save a parliament of burrowing owls from being bulldozed. (from Goodreads)

This was the book that I read for the first time in middle school, actually, I think my mom read it to me. Then we watched the movie adaptation in class. I have to say that I think the movie had better pacing than the book, but I still recommend this one, especially if you have kids. It’s a fun story with an important lesson about standing up for what you believe in, even if you think you can’t change it.


Image description: A girl with brown hair in a green velvet dress leaning against a railing and holding onto a red book with her left hand, which rests on the railing. Behind her in an orange curtain halfway open that peeks out over a lake. Ella Enchanted is written at the top of the book in a cursive gold script.

2. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Summary: At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the “gift” of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: “Instead of making me docile, Lucinda’s curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally.” When her beloved mother dies, leaving her in the care of a mostly absent and avaricious father, and later, a loathsome stepmother and two treacherous stepsisters, Ella’s life and well-being seem to be in grave peril. But her intelligence and saucy nature keep her in good stead as she sets out on a quest for freedom and self-discovery as she tries to track down Lucinda to undo the curse, fending off ogres, befriending elves, and falling in love with a prince along the way. Yes, there is a pumpkin coach, a glass slipper, and a happily ever after, but this is the most remarkable, delightful, and profound version of Cinderella you’ll ever read. (from Goodreads)

I probably don’t need to give any explanation for this because anyone who reads a lot of middle grade or YA likely knows what this book is. However, it might surprise some of you to know that I actually saw the movie before I read the book. I know, I know, but before you go lighting your torches and sharpening your pitchforks, let me just say that I think both the movie and the book have equal merit. I watched the movie because I’m a huge fan of Anne Hathaway and have been ever since she did The Princess Diaries. As with most adaptations, they changed a lot in the movie versus the book. One thing that remained consistent is Ella’s spunkiness. I like this Cinderella retelling for its guts and go-after-what-you want attitude. It’s my favorite, second only to Ever After with Drew Barrymore. (And if that’s a book and I haven’t made it yet, somebody please tell me what it’s called because I want to read it right now!)


Image description: A what color painting of a girl with black hair, white skin, and purple clothes sitting crosslegged in in a blue bubble. She has her hand up to her chin as if thinking. Whisper is written in purple cursive along the top, bleeding into the bubble.

3. Whisper by Chrissie Keighery

Summary: I’m always trying to figure out what’s really going on. Always having to fill in the gaps, but never getting all the details. It’s like trying to do a jigsaw when I don’t even know what the picture is, and I’m missing one of the vital middle pieces.

How do you know if your friends are talking about you behind your back or if a boy likes you? They could act innocent, but you’d know from the rumors. You’d hear the whispers. But what if you couldn’t hear those whispers anymore? What if everything you took for granted was gone? Being a teenager is hard enough.

But being a deaf teenager? (from Goodreads)

I’ll be honest, it’s been a while since I read this book and I don’t remember that much about it.  It was quick and easy to get through though and it left quite the impression on me after I finished. It’s about a girl transitioning from being hearing to Deaf, and as someone born with a disability that confines me to a wheelchair, I have always wonder what it would be like if I could remember how to walk. Though I am fully aware that the disabilities are very different, I think this book resonated with me for the study of transition and it’s look at how one’s worldview can change over time.

7783920Image description: A person’s neck to their wait wearing a blue scarf, brown coat, and purple mittens, molding a snowball in their hands. Because of Mr. Terupt is written in lowercase cream font along the bottom.

4. Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

Summary: It’s the start of fifth grade for seven kids at Snow Hill School. There’s . . . Jessica, the new girl, smart and perceptive, who’s having a hard time fitting in; Alexia, a bully, your friend one second, your enemy the next; Peter, class prankster and troublemaker; Luke, the brain; Danielle, who never stands up for herself; shy Anna, whose home situation makes her an outcast; and Jeffrey, who hates school.

Only Mr. Terupt, their new and energetic teacher, seems to know how to deal with them all. He makes the classroom a fun place, even if he doesn’t let them get away with much . . . until the snowy winter day when an accident changes everything—and everyone. (from Goodreads)

This is the book I really love. Not only did it leave a lasting impression on me, but in spite of it being meant for middle grade, it is not afraid to show tough topics in a way that audience can understand. Each of the main characters in the book is dealing with their own set of unique problems and I love the fact that the author doesn’t sugarcoat their realities while simultaneously tailoring the language to the intended audience.

7818683Image Description: A girl with sunglasses, blond hair and wearing a black shirt, brown pants, and knee-high black boots swats on top of a graffitied wall with the backdrop of a concert behind her. Five Flavors of Dumb is written in chunky red font on the wall.

5. Five Flavors of Dumb by Anthony John

The Challenge: Piper has one month to get the rock band Dumb a paying gig.

The Deal: If she does it, Piper will become the band’s manager and get her share of the profits.

The Catch: How can Piper possibly manage one egomaniacal pretty boy, one talentless piece of eye candy, one crush, one silent rocker, and one angry girl? And how can she do it when she’s deaf?

Piper can’t hear Dumb’s music, but with growing self-confidence, a budding romance, and a new understanding of the decision her family made to buy a cochlear implant for her deaf baby sister, she discovers her own inner rock star and what it truly means to be a flavor of Dumb. (from Goodreads)

This was just a really interesting and unique read about figureing out one’s own idenity and what it means to be part of something bigger. Definately worth a try.


1 Favorite books you’ve read because of booktube (Any number of favorite reads you’d like to mention)

2 5 books you really want to read this year (Any genre no real limits here.)

3 Favorite fantasy reads (Any number just limited to fantasy, YA or NA or Middle Grade it’s all fair game.)

4 favorite music and favorite book (The favorite songs that make you think of particular books)

5 Sequels I want to read (Any number, no big limitations.)

6 bookish merch collection (No real limits here either.)

7 Classic I want to read

8 Book, boyfriends/Girlfriends (Let’s face it we’ve all wanted to date a book character at more than one point)

9 Cover buys

10 “Small” Booktuber shout out 1

11 Series I won’t finish

12 favorite bookish romances

13 quick reads recommendations

14 disappointing reads

15 favorite things about book tube

16 auto-buy authors

17 top 10 TBR books

18 Series I want to finish

19 What is monetization on YouTube/Do I monetize (Choose to talk about either monetization or whether you do/n’t and why.)

20 5 “Small” Channels shoutouts

21 Favorite moments in the last year in the BookTube community?

22 Something you look forward to in the future of YouTube

23 Why did you join BookTube?

24 5 Channel Starting Tips 25 What has been one of the more trying videos to make since you started booktube?

26 Twitter, Goodreads, and BookTube Oh My (Discuss the way the community interacts and some highlights from your perspective)

27 Behind The BookTube (Talk about your setup to film and edit)

28 Channels That Inspire You (not exactly a shoutout video, and it doesn’t need to be just booktube channels.)

29 Bookshelf Tour

30 5 More “Small” Channel Shoutouts

Until tomorrow! And as always, keep making magic, word weavers!

Question of the Day: What’s a book that left a lasting impression on you?

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