24 April 2016

Author Spotlight: Sarah Sundin

Anyone who knows me well knows that I am absolutely enamored of World War II. There's something about the time period that just calls to me. I've done loads of research, read tons of books, and finally came to the conclusion that I was born in the wrong decade and should have been reaching my 20s in the 40s. If I could go back in time, that's when I'd go to, hands down.

As a WWII aficionado, I try to read as much about it as I can, both fiction and non-fiction. Today, I'd like to bring my very most favorite WWII author to your attention...Sarah Sundin.


Here's a little bit about Sarah Sundin from GoodreadsSarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the author of the Waves of Freedom series (Through Waters Deep, 2015, Anchor in the Storm, coming May 2016, When Tides Turn, coming March 2017), the Wings of the Nightingale series (With Every Letter, 2012, On Distant Shores, 2013, and In Perfect Time, 2014), and the Wings of Glory series (A Distant Melody, A Memory Between Us, and Blue Skies Tomorrow). She also has a novella in the WWII Christmas collection Where Treetops Glisten (WaterBrook, 2014). 

A mother of three, Sundin lives in northern California. She works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women's Bible studies. She enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers' groups.


I've read all of her published books so far, and it's hard to pick a favorite. I love them all! You know they're good books when the average rating on all of them is over 4 stars. As for me, they all get 5 stars! They're meticulously researched, beautifully written, and full of everything that makes me love the WWII era so much. Every time I pick up one of Sarah's books, I feel transported right into the middle of things. I love that! Her characters are alive for me, and she treats difficult issues with love and respect, all the while staying true to the time period. 

For those of you who haven't read any of her books, I'd recommend starting with the Wings of the Nightingale series, and then moving on to Wings of Glory. Then pick up the stand-alone short story collection authored by Sarah and some others. After that, definitely head for Waves of Freedom. That series isn't complete yet (and I'm desperate for the third book already! I got an advance copy of the second, and LOVED it.), so start with the ones that are. If I had to pick a favorite series, I think Waves of Freedom would be it.

Happy Reading!!

To visit the Goodreads page for each book, just click on the link in the caption:

Wings of the Nightingale:
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Wings of Glory:
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Waves of Freedom:
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Stand Alone (short story collection by various authors):
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**all images courtesy of Goodreads**

10 April 2016

Welcome to Fourth Grade Brain

Hi, and thank you for visiting! I'm Emily (or Ems, as most people call me), and I'm a fourth grade teacher in Idaho. I LOVE what I do!

A few weeks ago, my best teacher friend and I were talking about books. I'm always happy to do that, you know. Anyway, she mentioned that she'd love to have a website where teachers could go to find book recommendations from another teacher. I had the immediate thought that, "HEY! I could do that!" I'm an avid reader AND I'm a teacher! Eh voila, Fourth Grade Brain was born!

The idea kind of grew and grew, and I decided to make this more than just about books. I want to include teaching ideas (mine and definitely from more experienced colleagues and people I meet across the web), things that have and have not worked, spotlight great teacher blogs and book blogs, and gather a community of great teachers.

I will have a page set up for books that I recommend. They'll be alphabetized by title, and will include a link to their Goodreads page. I'll also have a page where I'll curate my collection of teacher resources (including links to the creators, of course!). Then there's the page where you can submit your own blog or website for spotlighting. You can find that HERE.

I've got a small online presence, and you can find me at any of the sites to the left. Feel free to follow any (or all!) of them, and I'll return the favor.

I hope to meet lots of new teacher friends and fellow book lovers!