Maze Runner activity, a free book, and more...all topped off with Dauntless chocolate cake!
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Cassandra L.
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Just for opening and reading this edition of Bryna's Literacy Leaders, you've earned a hardback copy of Ink and Bone, the newest release from one of my fave authors and all around good person, Rachel Caine. I'm reading this book now and it is amazing. It's all about a world where the Great Library of Alexandria still exists and actual paper books are a rare commodity traded only on the black market. 

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Back to School

I can practically hear the squeaks of new sneakers in the hallway.

Because I know you don't hear it enough. THANK YOU for all that you do to help our young ones discover our world (and beyond) through books. I've heard so many great ideas already. This year will surely be the most creative yet!

If you have a stellar idea for a book-related activity or extra special something in your classroom or school library and would like to share it in a future edition of this newsletter, just drop me a line, and I'll share your brillance with everyone. After all, bragging on teachers is one of my favorite past times; well, that and stuffing my face with Dauntless chocolate cake (don't miss the recipe below).

Until next time...Happy Reading!


Awesomesauce Activity 

Maze Runner Training
While students are at recess or at lunch, re-arrange desks to make a simple maze in the room. Include a dead end or two. The more complex you can make it, the better. Once your students return, keep them in the hallway. Remind them of how the "runners" in Maze Runner ran and mapped the maze. After discussion, tell the group that they are in Maze Runner Training: the hallway is the Glade, and the classroom is the Maze. To make absolutely sure they are ready, training will be conducted at "night" (by this I mean blindfolded). One at a time, the students will be blindfolded and permitted to enter the maze in the classroom for one minute before the wall closes, and they must come back to the glade (hallway). As each student returns to the hallway, they should confer with the others as to what they remember about the maze, just as the runners did in the book. Together the class must attempt to draw out a map of the maze, using nothing but the accounts of the blindfolded maze runners.

Indie Spotlight

The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw book trailer for teens
The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw by Suzy Turner
Suzy is one of the coolest indie authors I know, and she loves-loves-loves hearing from her readers. Your students can ask Suzy their questions directly on Facebook at

Novel Nom Noms: Dauntless Chocolate Cake

The incredible chocolate cake served up in the Dauntless faction is mentioned several times throughout Veronica Roth's Divergent series. I imagine it to be rich and indulgent, much like my favorite recipe below.

2 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. hot coffee
2 tsp. baking soda
1 c. vegetable oil
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp. salt
1 c. milk
2 eggs
2 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

1 c. milk
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. shortening (Crisco)
1 tsp. vanilla
5 Tbsp. flour
1 c. sugar

Sift together dry ingredients. Add oil, coffee and milk. Mix at medium speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat for 2 more minutes. Batter will be thin. Pour into 9x13 pan or use two 8" round pans for a layer cake and bake at 325 for 25-30 minutes. For icing, combine milk and flour in a saucepan on stove and cook until thick, stirring often. Cover and refrigerate. In a bowl, beat butter, shortening, sugar and vanilla until creamy. Add chilled milk/flour mixture and mix for 10 minutes. Frost cake when it has cooled and serve.
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