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All's Faire in Middle School
really liked it
Highly anticipated second graphic novel from Victoria Jamieson. Nice elements of dealing with family, figuring out the dark forest of middle school, and navigating how life at a Ren Faire can intersect with life in middle school. As a mi…
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graphic-novels
Our Story Begins: Your Favorite Authors and Illustrators Share Fun, Inspiring, and Occasionally Ridiculous Things They Wrote and Drew as Kids
it was amazing
What a fantastic idea for a book! Popular authors & illustrators share their beginnings. Perfect to share with upper elementary students, and will inspire middle and high school students in creative writing/English classes. A must buy. O…
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nonfiction
Patina
really liked it
Really enjoyed it. I appreciated how well developed Patina is as a character and how this second installment of the series built upon Ghost. I think I enjoyed Ghost more, but I loved hearing the continuation of the story that started in …
See You in the Cosmos
liked it
Enjoyable realistic fiction tale of a boy who loves space and is trying to figure out the world around him. Topics include schizophrenia, abuse, and family. Interesting format of chapters being “recordings” for intelligent life on other …
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summer-2017
Exit Strategy
it was ok
Cute. The ending was seriously cheesy, but the overall situation of Ross is something a lot of readers can identify with: trying to fit in and be funny with peers. Eh, certainly not my favorite of the summer, and while I bought a copy fo…
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summer-2017
Blue Sky White Stars
it was amazing
Powerful book that plays on words to communicate patriotism in America. Katie Nelson’s illustrations are on point and truly bring this sparsely worded book to life.
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summer-2017 and picture-books
The Great War: Stories Inspired by Items from the First World War
it was amazing
Yes – amazing! A perfect companion to my students’ study of World War I in history class, as well as for creative writing – writing historical fiction based on an artifact. I also appreciated the end notes of the actual artifacts. My one…
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Volume 1
it was amazing
Amazing backstory to Jason Reynolds’s novel, Miles Morales. While some parts were different, most was spot on. Easy to read afterwards, but also great for students to read before getting the novel. Loved it – so glad I got it from the pu…
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summer-2017 and graphic-novels
The Stone Heart
it was amazing
An excellent sequel to The Nameless City! Full of action, adventure, and heart, this graphic novel combines serious political issues with personal family issues, friendship, and sacrifice. Gorgeous. Great for middle school – the print is…
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summer-2017 and graphic-novels
Lights, Camera, Middle School!
liked it
Cute enough. I can see the appeal, especially for reluctant & emerging readers, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea. Sure, I’ll purchase it for my MS library because I know some of my students will identify with Babymouse’s dilemmas, but it…
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summer-2017 and graphic-novels
The Hate U Give
it was amazing
So realistic, thought provoking, and much needed to spark discussion & activism in today’s society. My middle school librarian brain wasn’t prepared for the consistent profanity, but it was one of the many things that made the situations…
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summer-2017
Miles Morales
it was amazing
Loved it. Loved it, loved it. The perfect amount of realistic issues a teenager is going through, coupled with situations Miles can use his spidey strengths for. I rooted for him the entire time! And Ganke needs to get the Best Sidekick …
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summer-2017
Framed!
it was amazing
Outstanding mystery! There are both boy and girl main characters, which help the readibility and expand the audience for this book. A unique premise, and super helpful in teaching inferences, too! I also appreciated this book because it …
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bob-17-18 and summer-2017
Refugee
it was amazing
Extraordinary. Riveting historical fiction accounts of three different child refugees – one fleeing WWII Germany, one fleeing Cuba in the 90s, and one fleeing Syria in 2015. All three accounts progress at the same time, in the same order…
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summer-2017
When Dimple Met Rishi
it was amazing
Completely wonderful. A great, fun romance I think my middle school students will love. There are a few minor issues that cause me some brief concern, but overall it had a great message. Looking forward to booktalking this to my 8th grad…
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summer-2017
Spaced Out
it was amazing
Loved it. A great mystery, read as a nice sequel to Space Case but also had enough backstory to function in its own. Since Space Case is a VRC this yr, I’ll be ordering quite a few copies. Great Sci-fi but an excellent mystery, too.
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summer-2017
Invisible Emmie
it was amazing
Cute story of a girl whose embarrassing experience helps her become better. Ultimate middle school humiliation – a boy finds out a girl likes him, by way of a love note that should have been for her eyes only but ends up on the floor of …
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graphic-novels and summer-2017
Brave
it was amazing
Brilliant story of a boy who is bullied at school but doesn’t exactly see it until his friends, through the course of an assignment, bring it up. You would think the author is a middle schooler, for how authentic the situations, dialogue…
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graphic-novels and summer-2017
Yes! We Are Latinos: Poems and Prose About the Latino Experience
really liked it
Liked it. This is an important book and the stories it shares are the kind of diversity our students need to see to either relate to or learn something new. My one drawback – giving it 4 stars instead of 5 – is it REALLY needed a differe…
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nonfiction and summer-2017
Love and Roast Chicken: A Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains
really liked it
Cute trickster tale with a unique main character – a guinea pig! It was a bit of an abrupt ending, but other than that, a great story. Good choice for elementary library time during Hispanic Heritage Month, since it’s supposed to be in t…
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summer-2017 and picture-books


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