Tag Archives : Realistic Fiction

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…

Book About Culture, Friends and Family


Today I have a book about culture, friends, and family.  This book has recently received some love from award committees and I can see why.  It tackles some of the loneliness and self-doubt experienced by boys in a really caring way.  I was impressed by this debut novel and can’t wait to see what the author comes up with next.…

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,…

Power of Sharing Your Story


Today I have a book that shows readers the power of sharing your story.  Six students are put in a classroom at the end of the day, every Friday, and their only job is to talk.  What ends up being parceled out are bits and pieces of these kids lives, as they start to understand and sympathize with their struggles they…

When Horoscopes Come True


Today I have a book that explores what happens when horoscopes come true.  Clara thinks that the supernatural is well, not super or natural.  However, when her horoscopes start predicting the actual future, she may have to change her tune! Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or by email so that you don’t miss…

Candid Look at Difficult Kids


Today I have a book that takes a candid look at difficult kids.  There is always a Patrick in our kids class, team or group.  The kid who taunts, annoys or breaks stuff.   When you find out he is coming to the birthday party you have to shore yourself up inside.  Well, this books shares that kid from the…

An Absolutely Charming Chapter Book


Today I have an absolutely charming chapter book.  I have never met a Kate DiCamillo book I didn’t like, but this one ranks right up there with my favorites.  Lousianna Elefante will captivate readers with her willfulness and spunk but her voyage of self-discovery will leave a lasting impression. Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest,…

Book That Encourages Empathy


Today I have a book that encourages empathy.  This is such a powerful story disguised as a fictional memoir by the author whose family also came from China to end up working and living in a motel.  My heart went out to Mia, but her attitude and resilience kept the story moving in such a positive direction that I was…