Category Archive: Middle School (6-8)

Hot Dog!

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I love competitive sports.  I also love eating.  One day each year, both passions converge into one glorious event: the Coney Island (NY) Hot Dog Eating Championship. Set on the Fourth of July,… Continue reading

Books for Circus Fans

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I love just about all things circus related.  My family can’t drive through Wisconsin without stopping at the Circus World Museum in Baraboo  and The Ringling Circus Museum in Florida is on my… Continue reading

Teens Who Inspire

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There are plenty of stories in local and national news about children and teens getting in trouble, flunking out of school, and not being good role models. But here I am going to… Continue reading

Engaging Your Struggling Readers

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Here in the Collection Development department at Mackin, we get a lot of requests from librarians for high interest/low reading level fiction for their struggling readers. We often find ourselves pointing these librarians… Continue reading

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