Middle School Crush

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Today I have a book about a middle school crush.  This third book in the Berrybrook Middle School series focuses on a large but gentle giant who has been quite centered until he meets his biggest foe, a cute girl from the drama department!  Suddenly he isn’t quite sure what to do! Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on…

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Book for Young Artists and Scientists

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Today I have a book for young artists and scientists.  I have to honest with you guys.  The first time I saw this book I was not particularly enthused to pick it up.  If it hadn’t gotten a lot of positive press it may have stayed in my TBR pile for quite some time.  But I did pick it up…

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What Makes Someone a Monster?

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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…

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Bringing Back the Classics

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Today I am bringing back the classics!  New York Review Books Children’s Collection is a series of children’s books released under the publishing imprint New York Review Books. The series was founded in 2003 to reintroduce some of the many children’s books that have fallen out of print, or simply out of mainstream attention.  Most were originally published before my…

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Timely Story About a Wall

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Today I have a timely story about a wall.  This book is not political in any way, however, it does teach kids that the scary stuff we are trying to keep out by building a wall, may just be what we need to help us when things on our side get overwhelming.  There are great messages about not demonizing people…

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Sleeper Newbery Pick

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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…

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for a kid who wants to be exceptional

For a Kid Who Wants to Be Exceptional

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Today I have a book for a kid who wants to be exceptional.  Hey, there are kids out there who are destined for greatness but just how do they achieve this monumental status?  Well, let Steve the horse be their guide.  I mean this guy has got it all going on. Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter,…

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Pakistani Girl Fighting for a Voice

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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…

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Resolutions for the New Year


I think is is always good to set goals for yourself, and what better time than the start of the New Year!  Now please don’t hold my feet to the fire on these, but hey, giving me a nudge from time to time is always appreciated. 2018 kicked my but.  From a personal standpoint, it really dragged me down and gave…

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Kids Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie

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Kids like big books and I cannot lie.  Without a doubt the size of the present under the tree is important.  The younger the child, the more important the measurements.  My mother in law boasts a “Santa Bag” with significantly large dimensions, and each grandchild secretly hopes that their gift will come in said bag.  Usually that means that books…

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