Tag Archives : Realistic Fiction

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…

Book to Show Kids They Can Effect Change


Today I have a book to show kids they can effect change.  This story delves into two topics, the ability of students to use their voices to fight for their beliefs as well as the issue of what books should be in a library.  Gratz blew me away this year with his book Refugee, and while this book is absolutely…

Learning to Embrace Your Heritage


Learning to embrace your heritage is one of the themes in the book I am profiling today.  Finding your own place while doing that is really the challenge faced by Malu, our main character.  Blending where you come from with who you want to be is a challenge for any kid and readers will empathize with Malu as she tries…

Play Like a Girl


The book I have today will encourage kids to play like a girl.  Gabby is a ballplayer and female which doesn’t mean she isn’t a good athlete or that she can’t enjoy a cute dress.  As always we have to open our kids up to the possibility that gender roles don’t define us.  We get to decide what interest us and…

The Book Girls Need Right Now


This is the book girls need right now.  Given the influential men in entertainment and politics who are headlining the news for how they have abused their power in an effort to control women, the time is right for this story.  This story will empower readers to feel they are not alone and understand that a group of women speaking…

Charming and Memorable Book for Kids


I love it when I find a book like the one I have today, an absolutely charming and memorable book for kids.  I didn’t know anything about the story when I picked this one up and I was blown away.  Aven is this delightful, funny and optimistic young girl, who also doesn’t happen to have any arms.  Of course the…

Book Exposes Kids to Humanity and Empathy


Today I have a book that will be out the comfort zone for a lot of kids, but this book exposes kids to humanity and empathy.  I have been torn on whether to review this book as well as The Hate U Give on the blog simply because the audience skews older then the one I currently write for.  But…