Category Archive: Middle School (6-8)

Review: Watch Out for Flying Kids!

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Young performers of Circus Harmony in St. Louis, Missouri and the Galilee Circus in Israel pushed the boundaries of working together. Since  many of us have been in awe of the acrobatic feats… Continue reading

The Greatest

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  Yesterday, Muhammad Ali turned 74 years old.  Known simply as “The Greatest”, Ali transcended boxing to become an important social, cultural, political, and religious figure over the past 50 years. Growing up… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite Fiction of 2015

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Selecting my favorite fiction titles is slightly easier than choosing my favorite picture books—but only because picture books are shorter and I can read more of them. I read a lot. Staying abreast… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite Nonfiction of 2015

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I love nonfiction! And there have been so many wonderful nonfiction titles for young readers this year. Here are some of my favorites—and though my nonfiction TBR list is quite lengthy, I’m always… Continue reading

The Force Awakens

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“Chewie…we’re home!” Today, Han and Chewie are indeed “home” with the release of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.  For the next few days (weeks? months?), Star Wars will be everywhere.  I have… Continue reading

Review: Tommy: The Gun That Changed America

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Tommy: The Gun that Changed America by Karen Blumenthal. 9781626720848. 2015. Gr. 7-10. The Tommy gun became the weapon of choice during the law and order era of the 1920’s and 30’s especially… Continue reading

Review: Goodbye Stranger

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Goodbye Stranger is about 7th grade, and those of you who work with middle school students are probably well aware of the challenges kids that age are facing, and this book covers several… Continue reading

Science Fiction and Dystopias for MS and HS

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Speculative fiction is a fairly new term that encompasses several genres that have one thing in common: their settings are not real. Not just unfamiliar, but really unreal. They take place on other… Continue reading

Review: Lumberjanes

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I am featuring a new graphic novel in which I have become a huge fan of the series and the author. Some of you have may of heard of Noelle Stevenson already with… Continue reading

Review: Thing Explainer

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Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe. 9780544668256. Nov. 2015. Gr. 7-Adult. I am a “science guy”. I am definitely not at the level of Bill Nye THE Science Guy, but I have a natural… Continue reading