Review: How to Become a Planet by Nicole Melleby

For Pluto, summer has always started with a trip to the planetarium. It’s the launch to her favorite season, which also includes visits to the boardwalk arcade, working in her mom’s pizzeria, and her best friend Meredith’s birthday party. But this summer, none of that feels possible. A month before the end of the schoolContinue reading “Review: How to Become a Planet by Nicole Melleby”

Spotlight: In the Role of Brie Hutchens… by Nicole Melleby

I was fortunate enough to read this amazing new middle grade before publication a few months ago, back when it was slated to publish in April. Due to the pandemic, the release date was pushed back to June 30th, and I was invited to be on the blog tour–which I jumped. Here is the synopsisContinue reading “Spotlight: In the Role of Brie Hutchens… by Nicole Melleby”

Amazing New Queer Middle Grade Reads

Quarantine hasn’t really be that great for my reading, honestly. But early in it, when I was more motivated, I read these fantastic, recent queer middle grade releases that warmed my heart. I’m so excited to share these with my middle school students when I start teaching next year! As far as I can tell,Continue reading “Amazing New Queer Middle Grade Reads”

Review: Chirp by Kate Messner

Genre: middle grade contemporary Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Publication date: February 4, 2020 From acclaimed author Kate Messner comes the powerful story of a young girl with the courage to make her voice heard, set against the backdrop of a summertime mystery. When Mia moves to Vermont the summer after seventh grade, she’s recovering from theContinue reading “Review: Chirp by Kate Messner”

The Year We Fell From Space: Mental Health and Surrealism in Middle Grade

Liberty Johansen is going to change the way we look at the night sky. Most people see the old constellations, the things they’ve been told to see. But Liberty sees new patterns, pictures, and possibilities. She’s an exception. Some other exceptions: Her dad, who gave her the stars. Who moved out months ago and hasn’tContinue reading “The Year We Fell From Space: Mental Health and Surrealism in Middle Grade”

Review: Redwood and Ponytail by K.A. Holt

Genre: Middle grade contemporary, novel-in-verse Publisher: Chronicle Books Publication date: October 1, 2019 Told in verse in two voices, with a chorus of fellow students, this is a story of two girls, opposites in many ways, who are drawn to each other; Kate appears to be a stereotypical cheerleader with a sleek ponytail and aContinue reading “Review: Redwood and Ponytail by K.A. Holt”

Pride Month (and Beyond) TBR + Mostly May Wrap-Up

It’s that time of year!! I’ve been working a lot and I just started an online class, so I’m kind of busy (hence why this post is so late), but I’ve also been loving reading this summer. In fact, I read quite a few LGBTQIAP+ books already in May that I loved and might asContinue reading “Pride Month (and Beyond) TBR + Mostly May Wrap-Up”

ARC Review: The Backstagers and the Theater of the Ancients by Andy Mientus

Genre: Middle grade fantasy Publisher: Amulet Books Publication Date: March 19, 2019 After saving the day and stopping the ghost from taking over their theater, things are quiet for the Backstagers of the St. Genesius School Drama Club. Too quiet. But when that quiet is filled by a mysterious voice that haunts the Backstagers dayContinue reading “ARC Review: The Backstagers and the Theater of the Ancients by Andy Mientus”

Review: Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Hello!! I got super sidetracked by school and theatre and all the stress and anxiety that comes with that, but now I’m back with more time to read and write and blog. This book I actually read a while ago and it came out in September, so…yeah. I’m working on the balancing/time management thing, guys.Continue reading “Review: Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina”

ARC Review: The Backstagers and the Ghost Light by Andy Mientus

Genre: Middle grade fantasy Publisher: Abrams Release Date: September 25, 2018 Synopsis: The stage crew at St. Genesius Prep—or Backstagers, as they like to call themselves—are ready for whatever the theater world can throw their way: the madness of tech week, inevitable prop malfunctions, and all the paranormal activity that goes on behind the scenes.Continue reading “ARC Review: The Backstagers and the Ghost Light by Andy Mientus”