Posts in middle school
Adventurers, Grab a jacket. We're Heading to China and It's Wintertime.

Grace Lin has created a lovely world of Chinese characters, blending a little bit of history with a whole lot of Chinese folktales. The story weaves in and out of the folktales until you delightfully aren’t sure which is which. Characters in the tales take on new meaning as the plot thickens. I tried to guess how it would all turn out, but I was still surprised by the ending.

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You've GOT to Meet Cricket

Sometimes when I really delight in a book, when I’m basking in the afterglow of a well written novel, I have a harder time reviewing said tome. I seem to run out of descriptive things to say, instead I just gush, “Oh my gosh, you guys, I loved it!” Today I read Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe and, Oh my gosh, you guys, I loved it! I’ll try to tell you a few reasons why.

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Mom! Phineas and Ferb are Making a Book Review!

There are few cartoons that tickle my funny bone more that Phineas and Ferb. The ways they choose to spend their summer vacation — having epic adventures in their backyard and beyond — and the way Candace is always trying to get them in trouble (“Mom! Phineas and Ferb are making a title sequence!”) makes me laugh every time. The icing on the cake? They own a pet platypus. A platypus who is a secret agent.

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For the Fan of Fractured Fairytales

At our house, fractured fairytales are the soup d’jour. We eat them like candy, and not the weird kinds left over from Halloween, the good candy, you know, like Twix or Dark Milky Way bars or Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. Yum… Candy… Wait, back on track. Fractured fairytales litter our bookshelves and fill our floor space, so it takes quite a bit to impress us.

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A Must-Read for Every Budding Scientist

This story about a 12 year-old, redheaded, genius girl hit all the right notes for me as a mom and as someone who is trying to teach science to her daughters. Max’s character makes science sound interesting and attainable. More than that, though, Max Einstein is also kind, friendly, and humble about her smarts (unlike other people I could mention - I’m looking at you, Klaus!).

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More Graphic Novels Your Kid Should Read

In my last post I wrote about Real Friends and why you should let your kid read graphic novels. In this post I’m giving you a few of my favorites to get you started.

In children’s literature, a graphic novel is defined as “a book written in the style of a comic book… The format is what makes the story a graphic novel, and usually includes text, images, word balloons, sound effects, and panels.” (Source: Scholastic.com Read the full article HERE.)

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The Case of the Missing Moonstone

I have a confession to make. I don’t just read children’s books because my children bring them home (like in the case of One Came Home. Read the review here), sometimes I read them because they just plain look awesome. On the cover of The Case of the Missing Moonstone two girls hover in a hot air balloon over the rooftops of London. Who could resist?!

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