Category Archive: Middle School (6-8)

Steve Sheinkin and Jim Thorpe Defeat a Non-Sports Reader

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When people find out I’m a librarian or that I work at Mackin, one of their first questions is often “What book would my kids like?” Now, I like to read almost everything,… Continue reading

New Dystopian Fiction

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 As I was preparing for the presentation at the ITEM Conference I was reading many new speculative teen fiction. These are three of my favorite Dystopian/Science Fiction titles that I came across and… Continue reading

I…Robot?

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Recently, I have been fascinated by the television show “Westworld”, which describes a future world where robotics & artificial intelligence have advanced to the point of making the cybernetic beings indistinguishable from the… Continue reading

Exploring Immigration

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Immigrant. Refugee. Migrant. If you follow current events, you hear these words a lot.  But perhaps we don’t stop to think about them.  Francesca Sanna writes in the author’s note of her picture… Continue reading

New Middle School Graphic Novels

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I have always enjoyed reading graphic novels since I was in elementary school when my Dad first introduced me into the world of Marvel. I have recently found a few graphic novels from… Continue reading

Teaching Picture Books in MS/HS

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As someone who has only taught secondary education, I can’t help but see every book through that middle school/high school lens…even picture books. And, oh how fun it is! As an adult, I… Continue reading

Best Of: Historical Fiction & Social Studies Favorites

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Not long ago, I presented some booktalks at the annual ITEM (Information & Technology Educators of Minnesota) conference in Minnesota.  My areas this year included Historical Fiction & Social Studies titles for the… Continue reading

Fascinating STEM Books for Middle School/Junior High

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Ever since I was in elementary school, I’ve enjoyed reading about science, especially the life science areas of animals, human anatomy, and diseases. I still enjoy reading adult popular science (some of my… Continue reading

Take Me Out To The Ball…Park

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Sports teams have a habit of being wildly inconsistent from year to year.  Sometimes they win big…sometimes they occupy the cellar.  The one thing that stays relatively constant, however, is each team’s stadium… Continue reading

Lesson Idea: Salt to the Sea

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What teacher doesn’t love a book that inspires kids to research? With the excitement of a new school year, I can only dream of getting back into the classroom to teach Ruta Sepetys’… Continue reading