Category Archive: Middle School (6-8)

New Middle School Graphic Novels

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A collection of new graphic novels for middle school students which have come out in April and May that I think deserve a place in every school library serving this age group. In… Continue reading

Book Review: Birding Is My Favorite Video Game

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Birding is My Favorite Video Game is a book of one or two-page comics showing nature in all its silly, slimy, gross, funny, scary, beautiful glory.  Some of the comics are purely for… Continue reading

How Great Books Can Foster Students’ Voices

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Many students across the county have recently demonstrated to the world that teenagers have the power to use their intelligence, passion, and voice to bring attention to issues important to them and to… Continue reading

Accepting Differences in Gender Identity

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Before Alex and Nathan were born, I spent a lot of time thinking about names—most importantly, the meaning of the name. Only Nathanial means gift of God (he was also born the day… Continue reading

Story In Verse: Poetic Form & Fiction

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Narrative Poet, Teller of tales within verse. A heartbeat’s snapshot. With National Poetry Month just around the corner, reading and writing poetry has been on my mind lately. Humans have been telling stories in… Continue reading

The Duo Behind Fault Lines in the Constitution: Guest Post by Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson

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We have been hearing a lot of debate about the Constitution lately—what the original writers meant, what it means for us today. This blogger remembers learning about the Constitution in history class as… Continue reading

New Middle Grade Series Starters

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My last post was on new middle-grade stand-alone fiction, but there are quite a few new series that have just been published—or will soon. Animal protagonists, oddball families, demons from India, puzzles, and… Continue reading

New Middle Grade Fiction Titles

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Since no one can read all the books that come out each year (though we give it the old college try!), the librarians in Mackin’s Collection Management department divvy up the new books… Continue reading

You Can Do ANYthing! : Women Who Tried, Dared, & DID!

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Back in the mid-1970s, I was debating what I wanted to do after high school. My options seemed to be limited to nursing or secretarial work, and I was not thrilled about either… Continue reading

Black Characters in New Fiction

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Every February, we celebrate the achievements of men and women such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Octavia E. Butler, and Rosa Parks. Most of the lists that I’ve made… Continue reading