Tag: Book Reviews

Book Thoughts: White Bird by R.J. Palacio

After reading Wonder for the “ump-teenth” time, I was adding it to my list of “Books of the Decade” today and I WONDERED how this book has stayed at the top of “kids’ favorites” lists for so long. Of course, it’s the story, which… Continue Reading “Book Thoughts: White Bird by R.J. Palacio”

Book Review: 7 Ate 9 by Tara Lazar

I just love using picture books for my middle school classroom! This book will help both math and reading teachers spread the book love. This is 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story, by Tara Lazar, and illustrated by Ross MacDonald, and it is comic genius… Continue Reading “Book Review: 7 Ate 9 by Tara Lazar”

IMWAYR: Roll With It — Rolling Towards Winter Break

Continuing the push to winter break, I read… ROLL WITH IT by Jamie Sumner This is the story of Ellie (Lily, actually), the girl with cerebral palsy who won’t let her wheelchair slow her down. She’s got some attitude and mad baking skills for… Continue Reading “IMWAYR: Roll With It — Rolling Towards Winter Break”

Book PREview: All of a Sudden and Forever by Chris Barton

I was reading some new Net Galley titles tonight, and I came across Chris Barton’s upcoming, All of a Sudden and Forever: Help and Healing After the Oklahoma City Bombing (due February 2020). I felt compelled to write, since the Oklahoma City bombing happened… Continue Reading “Book PREview: All of a Sudden and Forever by Chris Barton”

Book Review: Stargazing by Jen Wang

“Moon is everything Christine isn’t.” The back cover describes this new middle grade graphic novel to a tee. When you’re young, you naturally compare yourself to the people around you, and that’s exactly what happens in this book. Christine is reluctant to meet Moon,… Continue Reading “Book Review: Stargazing by Jen Wang”

Book Review: Jack Kerouac Is Dead to Me (Due April, 2020)

Gae Polisner’s new novel, Jack Kerouac Is Dead to Me, is due in April 2020 from Wednesday Books, but you should pre-order this now. JL Markham’s teen years seem typical, and yet this main character grabs the reader’s attention and holds on for dear… Continue Reading “Book Review: Jack Kerouac Is Dead to Me (Due April, 2020)”

Book Review: Give and Take, by Elly Swartz

I was honored to receive an advanced reader copy of Give and Take by Elly Swartz (thank you, #booksojourn and Macmillan Publishers) and I was inspired! If you haven’t yet, pre-order this phenomenal middle grade novel. You won’t be disappointed. About Give and Take:… Continue Reading “Book Review: Give and Take, by Elly Swartz”

Book Review: Astro-Nuts, by Jon Scieszka

Recommended for ages 8-12, Astro-Nuts is the newest creation by Jon Scieszka , illustrated by Steven Weinberg. In this first book in a planned trilogy, Mission One: The Plant Planet, NNASA (Not-NASA) charges four mutant animals hiding in Mt. Rushmore to travel to outer… Continue Reading “Book Review: Astro-Nuts, by Jon Scieszka”

Book Review: Ordinary Hazards, by Nikki Grimes

Nikki Grimes is one of my favorite writers, gathering beautiful words in her notebooks over the years, which are now mixed with memories in Ordinary Hazards (coming 10/08/19 — thank you for providing ARCs, WordSong/Highlights). The content is dark, yet hopeful. The words are… Continue Reading “Book Review: Ordinary Hazards, by Nikki Grimes”

Book Review: The Tornado, by Jake Burt

        What does it take to avoid the school bully? Fifth grader and innovative thinker, Bell Kirby, has an elaborate plan that works, until the day Daelynn Gower, the new student with rainbow hair and crazy attire, arrives.      Back in 4th grade,… Continue Reading “Book Review: The Tornado, by Jake Burt”