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Guys, I had so much fun visiting All Saints School this week. It was my second visit in two years, and while I spoke to the entire middle school the first time around, this time was super cool because I visited first with the 8th graders alone and then with the sixth graders. I love having… Continue reading School Visit: All Saints School
Night of the Living Cuddle Bunnies by Jonathan Rosen My rating: 5 of 5 stars I can’t remember the last time I read a book that was this much fun. I laughed my way throughout, and I found myself genuinely trying to foresee the outcome–with no success. Jonathan Rosen has written a hilarious tale that… Continue reading Book Review: NIGHT OF THE LIVING CUDDLE BUNNIES by Jonathan Rosen
My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights by Brooks Benjamin My rating: 5 of 5 stars I found this book compelling. There’s something really cool about a group of kids doing their own thing, in their own way, and being totally okay with it. While covering topics that will make kids stop and think, it thankfully avoids… Continue reading Book Review: MY SEVENTH GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS by Brooks Benjamin
I am just back from visiting some very impressive 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in Chillicothe, Missouri. With my book, Just a Drop of Water, being a finalist for the 2016-2017 Missouri Association of School Libraries’ Truman Award, I was invited by the middle school media specialist, Laurinda Davison, to come visit for a… Continue reading Chillicothe, Missouri: Home of Sliced Bread and Passionate Readers
This Is Not the Abby Show by Debbie Reed Fischer My rating: 5 of 5 stars I am notoriously tough when it comes to judging a book for its humor content, but I can honestly say I laughed my way through most of this one. Prior to reading THIS IS NOT THE ABBY SHOW, I… Continue reading Book Review: THIS IS NOT THE ABBY SHOW by Debbie Reed Fischer
The First Last Day by Dorian Cirrone My rating: 5 of 5 stars If the cover alone doesn’t draw you to this sweet middle-grade book, Haleigh’s story surely will. Haleigh doesn’t do well with change, and as the best summer of her life comes to an end, she spends her last night at the Jersey… Continue reading Book review: The First Last Day by Dorian Cirrone
Growing up, I’d heard older people tell stories at get-togethers that often began, “I remember exactly where I was when . . .” I knew that whatever happened altered the person’s world in some way, and I hoped I’d never witness an event where I’d say the same thing some day. But then, September 11… Continue reading Where were you on September 11, 2001?
I never dreamed my book would make it to the Huffington Post. This is such an honor, and I’m quite humbled. Thanks so much for including Just a Drop of Water in this article Saadia Faruqi. And thank you, Gae Polisner for letting Saadia know about my book. Readers, I hope you’ll check out each… Continue reading Huffington Post: To Remember 9/11, Read a Book
I not only appreciate the positive review, but Kirin’s insight from an Islamic perspective. Much to think about here–especially in how the cover is interpreted. Review: JUST A DROP OF WATER, from Islamic School Librarian
Hi, Jana! It’s great to have you here as part of our month-long #MGGetsReal initiative where we strive to highlight tough topics in books for kids who might need them most. Thanks so much for all you do in your 5th grade classroom to educate, befriend, and mold today’s students. Now let’s have some fun.… Continue reading Five in Five with 5th grade teacher Jana Eschner
What Flowers Remember by Shannon Wiersbitzky My rating: 5 of 5 stars One day Old Red is training Delia as his flower apprentice, and the next he can hardly remember her. As heartbroken as Delia is when Old Red’s memory starts to slip, she turns her sadness into a town-wide effort to preserve Old Red’s… Continue reading Book review: What Flowers Remember by Shannon Wiersbitzky
Hey there, friends! Thanks for joining me for this Five in Five with Shannon Wiersbitzky, author of both What Flowers Remember and The Summer of Hammers Angels. I’ve been so lucky to get to know Shannon after she invited me to participate in her campaign to highlight middle-grade books that tackle tough topics, which we’ve lovingly titled… Continue reading Five in Five with author Shannon Wiersbitzky
Comfort by Joyce M. Hostetter My rating: 5 of 5 stars Ann Fay is anything but a typical 14 year-old girl. Instead of hanging out with her best friend Peggy Sue at the movies, or playing at recess like the regular kids, Ann Fay—stricken with Polio the year before—works a Saturday job to help support… Continue reading Book review: Comfort by Joyce Moyer Hostetter