By the Book: Mindy Pratt, West Valley Elementary

Mindy started working as a media clerk at West Valley Elementary during the 2015-2016 school year.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs and Boundary Born by Melissa F. Olson

What was the last great book you read?


The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey and Wayward Pines by Blake Crouch. Both were equally fabulous.

The last book that made you cry?

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

The last book that made you laugh?

The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling

What kind of reader were you as a child? What childhood books and authors stick with you the most?


I didn’t find a love for reading until I was married and had two children. The childhood books that I remember are Freckle Juice by Judy Blume and Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary.

What is the best book you were required to read as a student?

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

What book did you hate reading as a student?

History books. Now I love them. J

What is your favorite book to recommend to children?

Maze Runner by James Dashner, Beyonders by Brandon Mull, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Shel Silverstein poetry, the Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney, and the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage.

If you could only bring three books to a desert island, which would you pack?

That is a really hard question! There are so many books that I love. I would want to bring books that I hadn’t read before, but by authors that I love. That way, I would be guaranteed not to be disappointed. I would pick three different genres as well. Romance, mystery, and action/adventure.

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3 thoughts on “By the Book: Mindy Pratt, West Valley Elementary”

  1. I enjoyed reading about you and your book choices. I have had The Fifth Wave sitting in my bookcase but have never read it…time to take it off the shelf and read it. Wayward Pines looks intriguing too. I laughed a lot reading The Chocolate Touch too and I am happy it is on the Battle of the Books list for next year. I don’t have the Last Apprentice series at our library. Sounds like one that would be good to have. You gave me lots of books to think about and read…thank you!

  2. Laura Schmidt

    I loved Wuthering Heights as well. You mentioned some books that I am not familiar with and may have to add to my ever growing list.

  3. Teresa Edmunds

    I loved Ramona the Best books as a youngster and would read them with my sisters. Good memories.

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