Category Archive: Middle School (6-8)

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

A Place to Call Home

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It occurred to me recently that some of my favorite children’s books are the ones that explore the idea of home and finding a sense of belonging. I think it’s because I moved… Continue reading

The Big Game

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In January of 1967, the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in the first ever AFL-NFL championship game.  There were no celebrities in attendance, no week-long events leading up to… Continue reading

Tracey’s Favorite Fiction of 2014

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Finally, here are my 2014 fiction favorites, the most difficult list of all. I am so impressed with people who can narrow their favorites down to ten…or even a dozen. I’ve actually given… Continue reading