Tag Archives : Realistic Fiction

What Camp Is Really Like


Today I have a book that shares what camp is really like.  This one hit home for me.  My mom sent me off to camp on my own for several summers, and while I didn’t share all the same experiences as Vera, that feeling of trying to fit in is very real.   In the end, camp is usually a…

What About this Newbery Winner?


Today I am answering the question “what about this Newbery winner?”  Every year the prize is given out and some years I am very happy, think The Crossover by Kwame Alexander and some year not so much (not going to throw a book under the bus here … a big hint for those who follow such things!)  So I have…

Peek Into the World of Young Athletes


The book I am profiling today gives you a peek into the world of young athletes.  Connor is a hockey player with dreams of the NHL.  Hokey is not an inexpensive sport and the grueling workouts and costs can take their toll on a family, even with an incredibly supportive father.  So much of the pressure will resonate with young…

Story for the Young Activist


Today I have a story for the young activist.  It is especially timely as we see that kids really can make an impact on the world around them, and our main character Lily is no exception.  This is also a wonderful story to show the impact of autism on a family.  The love and challenges of this disability abound. Don’t…

Laura Ingalls Is Ruining My Life


How can you resist a book with the title Laura Ingalls is Ruining my Life?  It turns out that life on the prairie may be more therapeutic than originally thought.  Setting down roots in Walnut Grove proves to be just what Charlotte needs to find her way, because growing up is never easy. Don’t forget to follow One Great Book…

Book for the Soccer Lover


Today I have a book for the soccer lover.  This story takes place in Malaysia in the 1980’s when girls were not encouraged to play.  However, Maya loves to cheer for Brazil in the World Cup and finally gets up the courage to ask for a soccer ball for her birthday.  Well, the rest is history as they say.  I…

Heartwarming Story for the Elementary School Crowd


Today I have a heartwarming story for the elementary school crowd.  With a wonderful neighborhood and a strong sense of community, the Vanderbeekers are part of what makes their block tick.  When they get an eviction notice a few days before Christmas, everyone bands together to help them save their home. Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook,…

When Test Scores Mean Everything


When test scores mean everything, the pressure for the perfect score can be overwhelming.  The students in Mrs. Woods class feel their future hangs in the balance if they don’t score well enough on state tests and it causes them to do things they would never have considered otherwise.  This is a look at the substantial load we place on…

For Kids Still Searching for Their Passion


Today I have a book for kids still searching for their passion.  Often times, like Lindy in this story, kids get worried that they don’t have a “thing” that makes them stand out and they are falling behind their peers.  Lindy learns that what brings her joy doesn’t have to be big and flashy, but something she truly loves. Don’t…