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You see it every school year. Potential success spoiled by a lack of organization. This new and fun Daily Planner from National Geographic Kids could be the first step to uncluttering the mess. Spiral bound so it can lay flat, … Continue reading

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I LOVE YOU, MICHAEL COLLINS for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

1969 will forever be a year that epitomizes what America was all about back then and how we would look at the future. The famous musical festival Woodstock took place on a New York farm with nearly a half million … Continue reading

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REVENGE OF THE GREEN BANANA for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

I was ready for some lighter reading after a summer of heavy duty 300+ page middle grade monstrosities. A story about Jim Murphy’s sixth grade year at St. Stephen’s Elementary School in 1958 Kearny, New Jersey was the perfect remedy. … Continue reading

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Earlier this summer a parent asked me a very important question about her young reader: “Keegan has only read chapter books but wants to make the jump to middle grade. He’s an average reader and I don’t want him getting … Continue reading

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MOON SHADOW for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

When I began reading this book a sense of dread hovered over me. I felt myself trapped in  another MG mini-drama filled with divorce, broken friendships, and confused feelings. But wait…a bit of magic saved the day. The magic here … Continue reading

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Non-fiction readers can rejoice with the release of the sixth book in the Mystery and Mayhem series. In REBELS AND REVOLUTIONS read the true stories of five individuals who chose to rise up and fight injustice in America. Fifteen year … Continue reading

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BEYOND THE DOORS for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

I previously reviewed David Neilsen’s deliciously creepy DR. FELL AND THE PLAYGROUND OF DOOM. This new story may not be quite as creepy, but the level of mystery is off the charts. Doors don’t sound all too interesting, but when … Continue reading

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