Category Archive: Realistic

Review: Fish In a Tree

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Fish In a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. 9780399162596.2015. Gr. 4-6. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole… Continue reading

Review: Pointe

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Theo Cartwright is a dancer. She lives for ballet, and she is a star pupil in her dance classes. She has a strong chance for a future in dance. If she can stay… Continue reading

A Place to Call Home

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It occurred to me recently that some of my favorite children’s books are the ones that explore the idea of home and finding a sense of belonging. I think it’s because I moved… Continue reading

Mindy’s Middle Grade Favorites

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As I mentioned at the beginning of the year, my goal for 2014 was to read more middle grade fiction. I’m happy to say that I read several excellent middle grade novels this… Continue reading

We need diverse books

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We need diverse books. The movement that started as a hashtag earlier this year has grown into an organization with a mission to promote diverse books and authors. This is great news for… Continue reading

YA Debuts

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My post from last spring about middle grade debut authors was pretty popular, so I thought I would revisit the topic of debuts. This time let’s look at teen fiction. Jennifer Longo sets… Continue reading

Review : A Little Something Different

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A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. 9781250061454. 2014. Gr 9-12. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall is exactly that, a little something different. It’s a romance about a boy and girl… Continue reading

A Not-So-Different World

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Last week, Tracey shared some great speculative fiction titles that take readers into completely new worlds, and she shared her childhood love for such magical worlds.  For readers, like myself, who prefer contemporary… Continue reading

Reading summer

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By now many Books in Bloom readers and their students are probably on summer vacation. Maybe you’ve looked forward to your summer break for the opportunity to relax and catch up on your… Continue reading

A Few 2014 Debut Authors

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We all have those authors we’re watching and waiting, sometimes anxiously, for whatever they are going to publish next. I know I do. But sometimes I like to make it a point to… Continue reading