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Skulduggery Pleasant

Ever hear of it? Me neither, until Harpers 360 suggested this was a must read. A little research led to the reasons this novel published eleven years ago had a less than stellar start in the United States. Irish Author, … Continue reading

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GARBAGE ISLAND

Welcome to another MARVELOUS MIDDLE GRADE MONDAY and the first stop on the GARBAGE ISLAND BLOG TOUR! You’ll find more about this title in the coming weeks at these other blogs: Tue 10/2             Miss Marple’s Musings Wed 10/3           Inkygirl Thu … Continue reading

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BOBS AND TWEETS—Trick or Tweet

Earlier this month a third grade teacher asked me if I knew of any Halloween books she could read out loud to her class. I drew a blank. “Um…I’ll get back to you on that one.” Turns out I had … Continue reading

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THE BOOKSHOP GIRL

Welcome to another MARVELOUS MIDDLE GRADE MONDAY! This title was first released by Scholastic in 2017. This 2018 version from Peachtree Publishers has a new illustrator, with Poly Bernatene adding his own visual feast to accompany the story. For those … Continue reading

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THE LEGEND OF GREG

WELCOME TO ANOTHER MARVELOUS MIDDLE GRADE MONDAY! No, this isn’t my new autobiography. Instead what I’ve been carrying around for a month is a new book by Chris Rylander. I previously laughed my way through his contemporary THE FOURTH STALL. … Continue reading

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THE NEBULA SECRET

There’s something unusual about the newest title from National Geographic. It’s still loaded with science, history, and technology topics we’ve come to expect—ones I’ve championed many times the past few years at ALWAYS in the MIDDLE. What makes THE NEBULA … Continue reading

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THE MISCALCULATIONS OF LIGHTNING GIRL

WELCOME TO ANOTHER MARVELOUS MIDDLE GRADE MONDAY! For several years I taught  in a special program for intellectually gifted students. These were 28 sixth graders who had a variety of strengths in writing, math, and the sciences. They were all … Continue reading

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