Browsing Category : Chapter Books

Fast Paced Fantasy Adventure for Kids


Today I have a book that is a fast paced fantasy adventure for kids.  This is really not my genre, but for so many kids these books are the holy grail.  I love it when I find some that allow me to enjoy the premise and expand my reading choices, especially when kids are looking for so many new offerings!  So…

Entertaining Middle Grade Read


Today I have a book that is an entertaining middle grade read.  This one tackles kids with the stigma of “unteachable” and we all have a few of those students in our kid’s classes!  I think these books serve as a wonderful reminder that these kids have challenges we don’t always see or understand.  The message, in this case, is…

Middle School Breakfast Club


Today I have a book that has been deemed the middle school Breakfast Club.  It’s been a while since I have seen the movie, but I have to say that I absolutely noticed the similarities.  While the author has certainly used the film for inspiration, I think the story itself will resonate with kids as it moves from a narrative…

Fresh Perspective on the Class Divide


Today I have a book that offers a fresh perspective on the class divide.  Zoe is poor and she and her family are struggling with the choice of having a roof over their heads versus the mental abuse being thrust upon her mother by her mother’s boyfriend.  Using your voice when the consequences are so immense is never easy and Zoe…

What Makes Someone a Monster?


Today I have a book that begs the question “what makes someone a monster?” Set in Victorian England, a young chimney sweep discovers a golem who may just be the most human character of all. Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or by email so that you don’t miss a single story that will sweep…

Sleeper Newbery Pick


Today I am sharing my sleeper Newbery pick with you.  My hit rate for award predictions is not too bad, but I wouldn’t bet my house on it either.  This one just felt like a great selection.  It is timely, so well written and kids will actually enjoy it.  So we’ll see when the awards are announced on the 28th…

Pakistani Girl Fighting for a Voice


Today I have the story of a Pakistani girl fighting for a voice.  This book will show readers the importance of education and the cultural influences that prevent women from moving forward. We take so much for granted in the U.S. and this narrative will expose kids to a whole different world, far from the comfort of their privilege.  Meeting…

Perfect Book for Getting in the Christmas Spirit


Today I have the perfect book for getting in the Christmas spirit.  This one will take you through a whole gammut of emotions.  You will be sad, gleeful, scared and hopeful but I promise your young reader will enjoy the ride! Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or by email so that you don’t…

Historical Fiction That Tackles Slavery


Today I have a work of historical fiction that tackles slavery.  I can’t lie.  This is usually the type of book I shy away from because it gets me way too emotional.  But I love Christopher Paul Curtis and it is a National Book finalist so I took one for the team and dug in.  Gosh, was I rewarded with…

Book About Making the Most of Your Life


Today I have a book about making the most of your life.  Flint suffers from a disease that may take away his eyesight and McKell has a brother with a terminal illness.  Together they start to take chances that scare them, but that also help them reach for their dreams. Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter,…