Iowa Council of Teachers of English

Episode 5

And So It Begins

Episode 5 of ICTE’s YO TEACH! Podcast

Welcome to Episode 5 of the YO TEACH! Podcast, brought to you by the Iowa Council of Teachers of English. Thank you for having the courage to teach and for supporting this podcast.

Show Notes


Wendy Bollhoefer, Kelly Murley, Nikki Smith, and Kirstey Ewald joined me for a session on book talks and reading during the August Eng Camp put on by ICTE in Ames, IA. Throughout the piece, we discuss the following books:

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street: A Novel by Susan Jane Gilman

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

A special thanks to Britt Jungck for her contribution to the Yo Teach! segment.


Here are the books mentioned in this episode. Do yourself a favor, and add them to your TBR list.

Solo by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess

What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of An All-American Teen by Kate Fagan

Kate Fagan’s original article from ESPNW titled “Split Image”

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