Tag Archives : Realistic Fiction

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…

Charming and Funny Early Chapter Book


Today I have a charming and funny early chapter book.  There can never be enough stories that engage children after they have moved up from early readers but aren’t quite ready yet for the middle-grade tomes.  This book fits the bill.  Beatrice will make kids laugh and perhaps give them a new perspective. Don’t forget to follow One Great Book…

Book Filled with Christmas Adventure


Today I have a book filled with Christmas adventure.  When Christa’s parents get divorced, the holiday just isn’t right, even if Christa does get to travel through Europe with her mom.  But when her father sets up 12 dares, well … getting out of her comfort zone helps make everything a little more manageable. Don’t forget to follow One Great…

Girls Who Code


Today I have a book about girls who code.  Women are underrepresented in STEM careers, so anything we can do to encourage girls to start writing code is a win in my book.  This book was sparked by the Girls Who Code program which offers young women a chance to work with computers.  I can’t wait to see how the…

Determination Saves the Day


Today I have a book about a girl who will teach you that determination saves the day.  Vilonia is spunky, willful and a fighter who won’t let the death of her grandmother stop her family from moving forward.  Of course, all this involves a dog and some Little Debbie snack cakes which no meaningful story can be without. Don’t forget…

Dealing with Death in the Family


Today’s book is dealing with death in the family.  When someone dies, not everyone manages the loss in the same way.  In the case of Clayton Byrd and his mother, their different reactions to the death of his grandfather caused him to run away to find his Cool Papa Byrd in the music they played together.  This is a lyrical…