Category Archive: Middle School (6-8)

Books and Gender

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I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of upper elementary-age boys at a local public school last week. Their wonderful librarian had set up the “guys group” to be a focus… Continue reading

Review : Boundless

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The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel. 9781442472884. 2014. Gr 5-8. In Kenneth Oppel’s Printz Honor book, Airborn, his characters took to the air in a magnificent flying airship; in The Boundless, most of the… Continue reading

Review: The Riverman

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I am going to start off by saying that I committed a book selection faux pas by judging this book by its cover. It was a Friday afternoon and I was looking over… Continue reading

Literary Nonfiction for Common Core

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There has been a lot of conversation, discussion, debate, and yes, even some arguments over the Common Core’s stress on nonfiction.  Though I appreciate literature and love fiction, I personally am glad of… Continue reading

Foodie Bandwagon

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It seems being a foodie has gone mainstream.  With the increase of celebrity chefs and reality TV cooking shows, farmers markets and organics, food websites and blogs, (what’s the deal with taking pictures… Continue reading

Genius and Madness

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There is no great genius without a tincture of madness. –Aristotle I find geniuses and their lives fascinating, and I think Aristotle has identified why that is for me.  It seems that the… Continue reading

Protagonists and Logophiles

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I am a bibliophile.  Most of you reading this blog about books are probably bibliophiles as well, because a bibliophile is a lover of books. But I am also a logophile.  Not only… Continue reading

We (Still) Love You, Yeh, Yeh, Yeh…the Beatles 50 Years On

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OK, I admit that I am a confirmed Beatlemaniac, which probably gives you a clue to my age.  However, greatness endures, and the Beatles have certainly established their place in the sweep of… Continue reading

Series: The Lunar Chronicles

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Fantasy is my favorite genre—though I really won’t turn away historical fiction, science fiction, mysteries, or even realistic fiction.  I especially enjoy a good fairy tale retelling; whether it is spoofed or twisted… Continue reading

Book Review: Leaving China: an Artist Paints HIs World War II Childhood

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Every once in awhile a book comes across my desk that catches my attention and draws me into its story and its mood in a way that I know will stay for a… Continue reading