Category Archive: Middle School (6-8)

Mental Illness Fiction for High and Middle School

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My last post was a review of Neal Shusterman’s Challenger Deep, a story about a teen struggling through his first schizophrenic experience. With the prevalence of news stories on mental illness, I realize… Continue reading

Book-To-Screen Update

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When I’m not reading or cheering on my favorite Minnesota sports teams, I enjoy watching movies.  Whether sitting at home on my couch watching the flat screen, or at the cinema with a… Continue reading

Review: Book Scavenger

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Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman. 9781627791151. June 2015. Gr. 5-8. Sometimes you know that a book is going to be good even before you have reached the title page. What drew me… Continue reading

Celebrating #42 (Jackie Robinson Day)

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On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson trotted out to first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers.  The act itself was a simple one, but its significance was incredible: Jackie was the first black man… Continue reading

Graphic Novel Adaptations of Classic Children’s Books

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A new trend seems to be going around to create graphic novel adaptations of classic children novels that I am all for. I really enjoy that the illustrators and adapters listed below have chosen to… Continue reading

Odyssey Awards part 1

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One of the good things (are there any others?) about an hour commute each day is I get to listen to a lot of audiobooks. I generally prefer adult books, but I recently… Continue reading

Review: Return to Augie Hobble

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Return to Augie Hobble by Lane Smith. 9781626720541. May 2015. Gr. 4-6.   You probably know Lane Smith as a collaborator and illustrator extraordinaire of such great titles as It’s a Book, The… Continue reading

Review: Echo

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Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan. March 2015. 9780439874021. Gr. 5-8 I was not sure what to expect when I started reading Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan. I didn’t know anything about the book… Continue reading

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

Bowl You Over

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Each year, as a sports fan, I go into a bit of a funk during the months of February & March.  I know that basketball and hockey are still being played during this… Continue reading