Browsing Category : Chapter Books

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…

What Makes Someone a Monster?


Today I have a book that begs the question “what makes someone a monster?” Set in Victorian England, a young chimney sweep discovers a golem who may just be the most human character of all. 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 sweep…

Sleeper Newbery Pick


Today I am sharing my sleeper Newbery pick with you.  My hit rate for award predictions is not too bad, but I wouldn’t bet my house on it either.  This one just felt like a great selection.  It is timely, so well written and kids will actually enjoy it.  So we’ll see when the awards are announced on the 28th…

Pakistani Girl Fighting for a Voice


Today I have the story of a Pakistani girl fighting for a voice.  This book will show readers the importance of education and the cultural influences that prevent women from moving forward. We take so much for granted in the U.S. and this narrative will expose kids to a whole different world, far from the comfort of their privilege.  Meeting…

Perfect Book for Getting in the Christmas Spirit


Today I have the perfect book for getting in the Christmas spirit.  This one will take you through a whole gammut of emotions.  You will be sad, gleeful, scared and hopeful but I promise your young reader will enjoy the ride! Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or by email so that you don’t…

Historical Fiction That Tackles Slavery


Today I have a work of historical fiction that tackles slavery.  I can’t lie.  This is usually the type of book I shy away from because it gets me way too emotional.  But I love Christopher Paul Curtis and it is a National Book finalist so I took one for the team and dug in.  Gosh, was I rewarded with…

Book About Making the Most of Your Life


Today I have a book about making the most of your life.  Flint suffers from a disease that may take away his eyesight and McKell has a brother with a terminal illness.  Together they start to take chances that scare them, but that also help them reach for their dreams. Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter,…

Power of Sharing Your Story


Today I have a book that shows readers the power of sharing your story.  Six students are put in a classroom at the end of the day, every Friday, and their only job is to talk.  What ends up being parceled out are bits and pieces of these kids lives, as they start to understand and sympathize with their struggles they…

When Horoscopes Come True


Today I have a book that explores what happens when horoscopes come true.  Clara thinks that the supernatural is well, not super or natural.  However, when her horoscopes start predicting the actual future, she may have to change her tune! Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or by email so that you don’t miss…

Talking Heads Are Only the Beginning


Today I have a book where talking heads are only the beginning of this adventure.  Fovea Munson’s parents own a cadaver lab, and while she hates being referred to as Igor, when three severed heads start up a conversation with her, she suddenly finds herself in the uncomfortable position of doing their bidding.  What ensues is nothing short of quite…