Tag Archives : Realistic Fiction

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…

Modern Retelling of Little Women


Today I have a modern retelling of Little Women.  I am afraid that the faithfuls may be up in arms over this, but I have to tell you that it works.  It is often difficult to get kids to see the magic in the books we loved as kids, but with the contemporary setting and current updates kids will be…

Challenges of Friendship


The book I have today looks at the challenges of friendship.  What do you do when your friend from the neighborhood isn’t really cool enough to be your friend at school?  Mattie wrestles with this problem along with all the other issues around growing up. Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or by email so…

Entertaining Early Chapter Book


Today I have an entertaining early chapter book.  I have enjoyed this series for the last few years and was excited to see there was a book that focused on soccer.  This sport has become so popular that most kids will experience life on a soccer team at some point, and most of them will deal with the same frustrations…

Bittersweet Life in Middle School


Today I have a book that will ring true to kids who have a bittersweet life in middle school.  Victoria Jamieson is the author of the Newbery Honor book Roller Girl and her latest  adventure is also exploring growing up through the eyes of a tween girl.  But this time she shakes things up a bit by writing about a…