You know you have found an author to hold on to when you read a trilogy she has written and feel heartbroken when it is over…simply because it is over. This has happened to me after each book of The Chemical Garden Trilogy which consists of Wither, Fever, and Sever.  Those books left me feeling as if I had lost close friends. I couldn’t put the books down and when they were all over, I felt sad. That is when I wrote down the author’s name for future use. Lauren DeStefano.

Good thing I did.

Lauren DeStefano’s next trilogy called The Internment Chronicles does not disappoint either.

As a special education teacher, it is always bittersweet when summer finally arrives. I am beyond ready for the break from IEPs, meetings, and SOL drama. However, the thought of leaving “my 1345dd2bf88196ac03c7636ebe9d3db0kids” is heartbreaking. I call them “my kids” not because they are “sped” but because during those 9-10 months of school I spend so much time with them helping them in their subjects, helping them with their testing anxiety, chatting about their days, giving morning hugs as they walk in the front door from the bus and receiving afternoon hugs as they rush by me to leave school for the day. Some are not “sped”, some are. It really doesn’t matter. They are all reminders of why teachers teach.