Tag Archives : Realistic Fiction

Book That Encourages Empathy


Today I have a book that encourages empathy.  This is such a powerful story disguised as a fictional memoir by the author whose family also came from China to end up working and living in a motel.  My heart went out to Mia, but her attitude and resilience kept the story moving in such a positive direction that I was…

When Your Friends Are Wealthier


Today I have a book that tackles the problem of when your friends are wealthier than you are.  Income disparity and spending differ by family and tweens need to confront the reality that they don’t have all the same things as their friends.  How do kids manage when they are developing their identities and don’t always feel confident?  It’s an…

Can Business and Friendship Mix?


Today I have a book that answers the question “Can business and friendship mix?”  While I won’t give away the answer I will say that this book goes way beyond your neighborhood lemonade stand.  Let’s just say the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well on Poplar Lane! Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or by email…

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…