Review/Discussion: My Year in the Middle by Lila Quintero Weaver

Genre: Middle grade historical fiction Publisher: Candlewick Publication Date: July 10, 2018 Synopsis: In a racially polarized classroom in 1970 Alabama, Lu’s talent for running track makes her a new best friend — and tests her mettle as she navigates the school’s social cliques. Miss Garrett’s classroom is like every other at our school. WhiteContinue reading “Review/Discussion: My Year in the Middle by Lila Quintero Weaver”

Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

I was tagged by Linda over at Linda’s Little Library to do the Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag. I’m a little late for this because I was on vacation, so I’m not going to include anything I’ve read so far in July, since the end of June marked the middle of the year. 1. Best BookContinue reading “Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag”

Review: Kid Authors: True Tales of Childhood from Great Writers

Author: David Stabler Illustrator: Doogie Horner Genre: nonfiction Publisher: Quirk Books Publication Date: October 10, 2017 Synopsis: The series that includes Kid Presidents, Kid Artists, and Kid Athletes now chronicles the lives of Kid Authors! Here are true tales of famous writers, from long before they were famous–or even old enough to drive. Did youContinue reading “Review: Kid Authors: True Tales of Childhood from Great Writers”

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Synopsis: Jacqueline Woodson, one of today’s finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, livingContinue reading “Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson”

Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King

Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King Genre: middle grade, surrealism/absurdism(?) Release Date: January 31, 2017 Publisher: Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic Obe Devlin has problems. His family’s farmland has been taken over by developers. His best friend Tommy abandoned him for the development kids. And he keeps getting nosebleeds, because of that thing he doesn’tContinue reading “Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King”

Braced by Alyson Gerber

Braced by Alyson Gerber Genre: middle grade contemporary Release date: March 28, 2017 Publisher: Scholastic Synopsis: The first contemporary novel about a disorder that bends the lives of ten percent of all teenagers: scoliosis. Rachel Brooks is excited for the new school year. She’s finally earned a place as a forward on her soccer team.Continue reading “Braced by Alyson Gerber”

Pride Month(ish) Wrap-Up

So I’m late to this because I’ve been working a lot. I’ve added the “ish” because the first two books here I read in May, but since they were also Pride themed I decided to include them, especially since I haven’t talked about them yet, either! Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky AlbertalliContinue reading “Pride Month(ish) Wrap-Up”

Reviews: Still Life with Tornado and Finding Perfect

Well, it turns out getting a camera is more complicated than I thought, so my foray into videos has come to a standstill. So, I return to some traditional blogging to tell you about two October releases that I’d been looking forward to (and lived up to my expectations)! (Also, yes, this is quite late.Continue reading “Reviews: Still Life with Tornado and Finding Perfect”

Review: Sticks & Stones by Abby Cooper

Sticks & Stones by Abby Cooper Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Publication date: July 12, 2016 Genres/topics: Middle grade contemporary (magical realism?) A feel-good middle grade debut with just a hint of magic about a girl who has a rare disorder that makes the words other people say about her appear on her body. EverContinue reading “Review: Sticks & Stones by Abby Cooper”

Classic Middle Grade: The View from Saturday by E.L. Koningsburg

I’ve been “studying” middle grade fiction, reading both recent releases as well as older, classic titles I didn’t read when I was younger. My first post on classic MG (and YA) was Madeleine L’Engle’s Austin Family series. The View from Saturday is the 1997 Newbery Medal winner by E.L. Koningsburg. Koninsburg was an established writer at the time, publishingContinue reading “Classic Middle Grade: The View from Saturday by E.L. Koningsburg”