Category Archives: Reviews

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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24 HOURS IN NOWHERE

WELCOME TO ANOTHER MARVELOUS MIDDLE GRADE MONDAY! Before I get to my featured review let me pause to celebrate. This past weekend was my 6th year blogging anniversary! I gave all the details in last Friday’s post. What better way … Continue reading

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SOMEONE ELSE’S SHOES

WELCOME TO ANOTHER MARVELOUS MIDDLE GRADE MONDAY! As The Middle Grade World Turns. There should be another genre of books called MG soap opera. More and more of these family dramas appear each month. You’ll find stories about divorce, death … Continue reading

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