Tag Archives : Realistic Fiction

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…

Girl’s Basketball Book


Today I have a girl’s basketball book that speaks to kids who are juggling club teams, academics, and friendships. Sound familiar?  It is great to have a book with the ladies at the helm as girl’s sports continues to increase in prominence, although not fast enough, in my humble opinion! Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter,…

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…