Category Archive: Realistic

Best Friends Forever

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I love a good friendship story. From picture books to teen fiction and everything in between, I have a particular weakness for the stories that portray deep and lasting friendships. I brought this… Continue reading

Class Novel: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Aspects of a great class (or group/book club) read: Strong themes Intriguing discussion points Tough aspects of life faced by teens daily Multi-cultural Page-turner As I was recently devouring Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything,… Continue reading

On Being the New Kid

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It isn’t easy to be the new kid. I know that from personal experience. I attended six different schools in five states before 7th grade, so there was a part of me that… Continue reading

Review: The Fixer Series

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I don’t normally read realistic fiction, and definitely not political thrillers, but I had heard great things about The Fixer books by Jennifer Lynn Barn from multiple sources whose opinions I trust on… Continue reading

24 Hours or less

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One day can change your life. Anything can happen if you keep yourself open to the possibilities. In The Sun is Also a Star, it is Natasha’s last day in the United States.… Continue reading

Transition to Middle School

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As we enter into August it’s time at our house to remind our kids that summer does not last forever and sooner or later that big yellow bus will be back to pick… Continue reading

Review: Little Cat’s Luck

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Little Cat’s Luck by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by Jennifer Bell. 9781481424882. 2016. Gr. 3-6 Though Patches is a full grown cat, she is small and a little bit naïve about life… Continue reading

Tattoo Stories : Family History, Not Just for Photo Albums

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Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee. 9781452119373. 2016. Gr PK-2. Responding to his son’s curiosity, a father tells their family history through the stories behind each of his tattoos.   Tattoos… Continue reading

Author Spotlight: Jason Reynolds

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You have to start somewhere.  Jason Reynolds, now an award winning novelist, started with a dream and a friend/collaborator. Before Jason Reynolds won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent for… Continue reading

Review: Run

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Run by Kody Keplinger. 9780545831130. June 2016. Gr. 9-12 Bo and Agnes are very different. They are hardly the girls you might expect to be friends. Bo has a wild reputation, and Agnes… Continue reading