Category Archive: Middle School (6-8)

Review: Illusive

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Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones is a fun mash-up of supernatural elements, a realistic dystopian scenario, and an action-filled plot. In 2017, a new virus crept up in Africa that no one took much… Continue reading

2014 U.S. History Hits for the Middle Grades—So Far…

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I’m a history buff, so whenever interesting new titles come across my desk, I’m happily carried away to another place and time for a bit, immersing myself in another era. While I’m often… Continue reading

Traveling to Strange New Worlds

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I enjoy reading all sorts of fiction, but my favorite has always been about anything not real—which now goes by the much more imposing term of speculative fiction. And within this subset of… Continue reading

Review: Princeless

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Is your school filled with children singing “Let it Go” and wishing they could be Queen Elsa or Princess Anna? If so, this new graphic novel series, Princeless, is for girls who are… Continue reading

Learning from Your Mistakes…or Not!

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Here comes another great title from Georgia Bragg. How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous (May 2014) follows her 2011 popular book How They Croaked: the Awful Ends of… Continue reading

Animals Helping People

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Like many of us, I have pets. In the past, when my sons were younger, we had rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, rats, ferrets, birds, snakes, a hermit crab, and a walking-stick bug.… 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

Civil Rights Commemorations

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We are in the midst of 50th anniversary commemorations of the many significant Civil Rights events of the 1960s. While most people would agree that the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme… 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

More—and Still More—Reptiles

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Back in 2011, I wrote about nonfiction books for budding herpetologists and related how I grew up with sisters—no talking about snakes there.  In fact, while my family vacationed in South Dakota, Dad… Continue reading