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by Gaby Neubert-Luckner

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Mystery Teacher

Who is the Mystery Teacher?
This year I introduced the idea of ‘The Mystery Teacher’ where I’ve asked the teachers and some staff members to tell me which books they loved growing up and why. I usually start the library lesson by telling the class who the mystery teacher was the week before and then giving them clues about the current week’s mystery teacher. I make a display with their favorite books or books about the subjects they like so the kids can see them. It’s been a fun way to share the teachers and staff’s love of reading with the students. Here are the teacher’s favorite books and why!

Ms. Andersen This Mystery Teacher loved reading adventure stories like Pipi Longstocking and The Famous Five by Enid Blyton (just like Ms. Jannie!) and she enjoys traveling and cooking dishes from around the world!

Ms. Angeliki This Mystery Teacher’s parents read her fairy tales before going to bed every night and she loved using her imagination to picture the stories. She especially liked fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen and thinks that her love of reading came from her parents. She also grew up with Aesop’s fables and Greek myths. She liked Pippi Longstocking because she was mischievous. Matilda by Roal Dahl was one of the first books she read by herself and it’s still one of her favorite books. She read Shakespeare when she was studying English and Romeo and Juliet was her favorite play.

Mr. Asanovski This Mystery Teacher loved reading stories about knights and King Arthur. He also loved books about cars when he was young and the adventures of Pipi Longstocking. When he was older he liked the classics like Oliver Twist, King Lear and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Mr. Dicle This Mystery Teacher loved the fairy tales, Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen and Rapunzel. When he got a bit older he liked the classics like Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle, Moby Dick by Herman Melville and Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. He also likes modern classics like The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. He likes fantasy stories like the Harry Potter series and stories by J.R.R Tolkien like, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. He is also a fan of books written by Ernest Hemingway and Neil Gaiman.

Ms. Druitt This Mystery Teacher loved to read stories about animals (like Clifford the Big Red Dog) as a child. As a teenager, she became fascinated by nature, and was especially interested in reading about the weather and how different types of clouds form – and really enjoyed looking at the beautiful photography as well! This teacher also enjoys reading books in, or about, different languages, as learning languages is one of her favorite hobbies.

Ms. Howard This Mystery Teacher’s favorite books as a child were books by Beatrix Potter, especially Peter Rabbit. She loved how cheeky he was sneaking into Mr. McGregor’s garden! She then loved all Roald Dahl books including Matilda – The Twits being her all-time favorite!

As a teenager she began to enjoy classics such as Pride and Prejudice and her favorite was Thomas Hardy’s The Return of the Native – she always wanted to be like the dark and mysterious character Eustacia Vye. She also loved Chaucer’s, The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tales – the old English language is very rhythmic and fun to read aloud! At school she enjoyed Shakespeare, her favorite was Romeo and Juliet.
In her adult life her favorite books include, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Toni Morrison’s Beloved and A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Houssini

Mrs. Fouchard This Mystery Teacher’s favorite books when she was four and five were from the ‘Topsy and Tim’ series. She used to think that Topsy and Tim were her and her big brother, who is 1 year older than her.
When she was about 8 she used to read all the Enid Blyton books she could get her hands on! She loved the sunny days and adventures that the children in these books used to experience.
When she was about 10, her favorite author was Roald Dahl, who was born in the town next to hers where she grew up. She loved his imagination and shocking stories like, The Witches.

Ms. Gaby This Mystery Teacher loved fairytales by Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm when she was growing up. She also liked when her parents read to her stories like, The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Pinkwater and Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. She especially liked Miss Nelson is Missing, by James Marshall because her Dad used to make funny voices for all the characters in the story.
She wasn’t a very strong reader herself though and didn’t really enjoy reading (shocking!) until the 4th Grade! She remembers the book that changed all that – it was Judy Blume’s Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing and since then she hasn’t ever stopped reading!
Other favorite books in middle school were, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. She liked, The Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene and she was obsessed with reading the entire series of Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. She also liked, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis from the Chronicles of Narnia. The list of her favorite books could go on and on….

Mrs. Guvenc This Mystery Teacher was interested in computers growing up and loved the computer game ‘Nancy Drew’. She loved learning about computers because her brother studied IT at school and now works in IT. She enjoys mystery and adventure stories like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and the Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene. She also likes books about art and paints herself!

Ms. Jannie This Mystery Teacher loved fairytales when she was a child, especially those by Hans Christian Andersen. She also loved reading the Pippi Longstocking stories and used to tell her parents that she wasn’t being naughty she was ‘playing’ Pippi! She also loved adventure stories like The Famous Five, by Enid Blyton. When she was older she traveled all over the world and now enjoys cooking International cuisine

Ms. Liz This Mystery Teacher – loved the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk growing up. When she got older she loved the Chronicles of Narnia and Choose your Own Adventure Stories. She loves eating healthy and making arts and crafts like beading.

Ms. McLean This Mystery Teacher loved the story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey when she was growing up. She loved the story of The Little Red Hen and all the stories in the ‘Little Golden Book’ Collection. She loved nature books, especially those about ponds and small animals like, mice, rabbits, foxes, etc. When she got a little older she loved the books, Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little by E.B. White, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, and Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. When she was a young adult she liked the Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis, The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle.

Mr. Mittleman This Mystery Teacher loved Science Fiction and Dystopian Novels growing up. His favorite books include: Lord of the flies by William Golding, 1984 by George Orwell, To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury.

Ms. Moore This Mystery Teacher like reading Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. She also liked reading plays, especially those by William Shakespeare. She is very passionate about art and often read books about artists and art techniques

Mrs. Özyer This Mystery Teacher liked classic adventure stories like The Famous Five by Enid Blyton when she was growing up. She loved painting and drawing most of all and studied art and famous artists.

Mr. Rankin This Mystery Teacher loved reading about dinosaurs when he was a child. He also liked playing sports. He read about WWI and WWII history because his Great-Grandfather and Grandfather fought in both wars, respectively. He also chose a book about cooking because his father is a chef!

Mr. Usta This Mystery Teacher liked to read comic books growing up like: Asterix, Lucky Luke, Donald Duck, Tin Tin and Blueberry. He liked to read Danish authors like Bjarne Reuter, Knud Meister, Carlo Andersen, Jan-Bøgerne and Hans Christian Andersen. He also liked the books Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, The Pearl by John Steinbeck and novels by Graham Green and Jules Verne. He also enjoys reading crime novels.

Ms. Uttenthal This Mystery Teacher liked to read, The Velveteen Rabbit, Things Fall Apart, Mother Goose nursery rhymes and Where the Wild Things Are when she was growing up. Her favorite classic stories were, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain and Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. She also enjoyed The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis and Lord of the Flies by William Golding. One of her favorite books of all time though is Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery which is also one of Ms. Moore and Ms. Gaby’s favorites!

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