Category Archive: Middle School (6-8)

Series Review : The Virals

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According to Bowker, the number of juvenile titles published in the United States dropped slightly in 2013, from 33,239 in 2012 to 32,902.  Sometimes we feel like most of them are stacked on… Continue reading

YA Goes To The Movies!

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  Regarding cinematic adaptations of literary tales, the phrase “the book is ALWAYS better than the movie” is commonplace.  While not 100% accurate (although, from my own personal experiences, it is pretty close),… Continue reading

Stubby Stories

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I must admit at the start that I am a dog lover–and a fan of history–so when I discovered this trio of books about a dog named Stubby, I found an irresistible match… Continue reading

Review: Bugged: How Insects Changed History

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“Nearly everyone has a strong opinion about insects. But whether you love them or loathe them, they are impossible to avoid. For every pound of us, there are three hundred pounds of insects.”… Continue reading

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