Tag Archives : Realistic Fiction

Can Dress Codes Hurt Students?


Today I have a book that touches on a topic that is rarely discussed.  Can dress codes hurt students?  Well-meaning schools are creating rules that target girls disproportionately at a time when body image issues are developing.  This book explores those issues from the perspective of middle school girls and many will be able to relate to the feelings shared…

Middle School in the Time of Social Awakening


Today I have a book that tackles middle school in the time of social awakening.  The author does a marvelous job of capturing the anxiety and nervousness of middle school and the changes in friend groups during a time when social issues that stymie many adults are on the rise. Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter,…

Help your Kids Understand Racism


Today I have a book that will help your kids understand racism.  We are all aware of the blatant examples that present themselves, but what about the subtler ways that black kids are treated differently?  New Kid did a good job of addressing that topic and now What Lane is another book that takcles this issue head-on. Don’t forget to…

Removing the Stigma Around Periods


Today I have a graphic novel aimed at removing the stigma around periods.  A few years ago I might have shied away from this topic, but no more.  Women and girls are at a tremendous disadvantage when we hide or disparage menstrual cycles.  We create a society that doesn’t give women the tools to be successful and taxes them emotionally…

How to be a Muslim American Girl


This book explores how to be a Muslim American girl.  Our identity is composed of so many things, and when your religion is a source of conflict where you live, it’s hard to make sense of who you are.  Allie is exploring all that while trying to be a teenager who struggles with her parents, manages a series of friendships…

How Does a Kid Stand Out?


Today I have a book that begs the question, “how does a kid stand out?”  If you are looking for a last-minute gift for someone grades 3-5, this one is good, so throw it in your cart! Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by email so that you don’t miss a single story that…

Love Is Never Easy


Today I have a book that proves that love is never easy when you are a teenager.  Tack on the cultural issues of a Korean family and you have the makings of a dating scheme that has Frank Li wondering just who he is and what he wants.  I loved this story that wrestles with parental expectations and managing the…

A Fun Read for Tweens


Today I have a fun read for tweens.  It’s another version of Freaky Friday and it shows kids that becoming someone else doesn’t really work to get rid of your problems. Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by email so that you don’t miss a single story where becoming famous isn’t the answer to…

Great Book for Kids Starting Middle School


Today I have a great book for kids starting middle school, or frankly for kids already there.  What tween wouldn’t like a book that gets the challenges of middle school that parents will just never understand! Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by email so that you don’t miss a single story that will…

Middle Grade Book from the Author of Dumplin’


Today I have the first middle-grade book from the author of Dumplin’.  I loved the Netflix movie of Dumplin’ so I was thrilled to see what Julie Murphy wrote for the younger set.  I was not disappointed! Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by email so that you don’t miss a single story that…