Entertaining Middle Grade Read


Today I have a book that is an entertaining middle grade read.  This one tackles kids with the stigma of “unteachable” and we all have a few of those students in our kid’s classes!  I think these books serve as a wonderful reminder that these kids have challenges we don’t always see or understand.  The message, in this case, is…

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My Young Adult Obsession


My young adult obsession is something I don’t get the chance to indulge in too often.  I have far too many middle school books to read, and if I am being honest, the angst and romance of YA fare are like cake frosting.  I love to indulge but if I eat too much, I start to feel a little off.…

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New Series from the Creator of Big Nate


Today I have a new series from the creator of Big Nate.  My boys devoured all the Big Nate books when they were younger, so I was so excited to see a new series from this very clever author/illustrator.  He has certainly added another quick-witted entrant into the illustrated novel category! Don’t forget to Follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter,…

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Middle School Breakfast Club


Today I have a book that has been deemed the middle school Breakfast Club.  It’s been a while since I have seen the movie, but I have to say that I absolutely noticed the similarities.  While the author has certainly used the film for inspiration, I think the story itself will resonate with kids as it moves from a narrative…

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Breaking Animal Stereotypes


Today I have a book that is breaking animal stereotypes.  Animals can be significantly misunderstood, and this beautiful book seeks to correct this injustice.  Consider yourself educated! Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or by email so that you don’t miss a single story that will have you seriously rethinking your stance on the…

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Caldecott Winner 2019


Today I am sharing the Caldecott winner 2019.  This book was ironically on my desk to be reviewed the day the announcements were made.  You will now have to take my word for the fact that I loved it before the announcement and was planning on writing a glowing review.  Seems a little fishy I know, but hey, procrastination is…

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Fresh Perspective on the Class Divide


Today I have a book that offers a fresh perspective on the class divide.  Zoe is poor and she and her family are struggling with the choice of having a roof over their heads versus the mental abuse being thrust upon her mother by her mother’s boyfriend.  Using your voice when the consequences are so immense is never easy and Zoe…

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Book About Culture, Friends and Family

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Today I have a book about culture, friends, and family.  This book has recently received some love from award committees and I can see why.  It tackles some of the loneliness and self-doubt experienced by boys in a really caring way.  I was impressed by this debut novel and can’t wait to see what the author comes up with next.…

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Middle School Crush

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Today I have a book about a middle school crush.  This third book in the Berrybrook Middle School series focuses on a large but gentle giant who has been quite centered until he meets his biggest foe, a cute girl from the drama department!  Suddenly he isn’t quite sure what to do! Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on…

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