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HOPE WINS

Twenty-two authors of children’s books share a personal story about an event in their life. One that changed who they would become and gave them the strength to take on what they loved. Most happened when they were a child … Continue reading

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WAVE

A novel in prose has to have several qualities to capture my interest. Like all story telling formats, there needs to be a connection to the characters. Next, the prose has to go beyond being a collection of poetic lines—a … Continue reading

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REBEL GIRLS—CLIMATE WARRIORS

In paperback format, this eye opening account of 25 woman explains how the world’s leading activists, authors, and scientists are helping combat climate change. I spotted a few recognizable names like Greta Thunberg and Margaret Atwood, but most were my … Continue reading

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SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT

Shirley Chisholm was familiar only in name for me. What a pleasure it was to read the life story of this remarkable lady who blazed new paths and understandings to those less fortunate. Her bold way of speaking led to … Continue reading

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An MMGM Thank You

I’m taking a pause in the MMGM weekly post to enjoy the holidays. It’s been the most viewed year ever and a big thanks go to all the visitors and especially the bloggers who keep the interest in MG books … Continue reading

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EARTH WILL SURVIVE*

*but we may not The title alone will grab your attention. As Middle School science teacher, Katie Coppens, says in this well researched discussion: “We’re in this together.” Yes we are. The book is intended for an upper middle grade … Continue reading

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS’ DAY

At least it is here at ALWAYS in the MIDDLE because I have two enticing new books from NGK to tell you about. First up is ZEUS THE MIGHTY—The Trials of Hairy-Clees, the third book in this fiction series. I … Continue reading

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KEEPING IT REAL

Paula Chase, the acclaimed author of So Done, Dough Boys, and Turning Point, explores betrayal, conformity, and forgiveness—and what it means to be family—in this timely and memorable stand-alone novel. Marigold was the only black kid at her fancy private school until scholarship … Continue reading

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AN OCCASIONALLY HAPPY FAMILY

I’ve been getting quite a few requests from parents and boys looking for books with male protagonists. I have three good ones to share beginning with today’s review of AN OCCASIONALLY HAPPY FAMILY. Theo is 13 and the narrator of … Continue reading

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Weird but True! OCEAN

Dive into these fishy facts: Did you know that the prehistoric shark, megalodon, had jaws so big that it could swallow a car? Or that goats, pigs, dogs, cats, and even an alpaca have all learned how to surf? And … Continue reading

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