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The Stars Beneath Our Feet
did not like it
Did not finish. The lack of plot and offensive comments about “turning her gay” and really not wanting to be gay in general made me not want to keep reading. While it seemed like other events and characters were realistic for the setting…
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abandoned
One of Us Is Lying
it was amazing
Incredible. Just when I thought I had figured it out, I was proven wrong. The plot twists, the character development, and everything intertwined made for a book I won’t soon forget. My one critique is that I thought the descriptions of w…
Ronit  Jamil
liked it
Cute verse novel, purchased to round out my verse novel & romance collections. Really liked the overall concept and that it is a modern retelling of Romeo & Juliet while focusing on the constant struggle between Israel and Palestine. Str…
The Blackthorn Key
it was amazing
Loved it. Fascinating storyline, little bit of history, little bit of adventure, lots of mystery. The codes, ciphers, and inclusion of Latin were great additions to an already awesome premise. Will definitely read the next books in the s…
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bob-17-18
It's Shoe Time!
liked it
Silly, fun, and full of puns. Definitely not for my middle school audience, but great for a young reader and parents during bedtime reading. The occasional inserts of Elephant and Piggie were the best parts. Hooray for new Mo WIllems!
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picture-books
Are We Pears Yet?
did not like it
Just was NOT a fan. I think it was because my expectations were completely different from what it ended up being. I expected this book to be something I could hand my middle school science teachers to help them teach the plant cycle and …
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picture-books
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus
really liked it
Definitely a cute book. I appreciated that two of the main characters had disabilities and they were able to support each other in the ups and downs. The mystery as a side story helped keep me intrigued. A good book for kids who also lik…
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives
it was amazing
Incredible, insightful account of an incident that actually happened in Oakland, California when an African-American boy set on fire a skirt worn by a sleeping agender person on a bus after school. Slater was extremely good to the reader…
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nonfiction and parnassusnext-titles
Mr. Maxwell's Mouse
liked it
Found this book on a suggested list of middle school picture books. The idea is that Mr. Maxwell, a cat, goes to a restaurant selling live mice as its entrees. Through the course of the book, the mouse who arrives at Mr. Maxwell’s plate …
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picture-books
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel
really liked it
Really enjoyed this graphic novel adaptation of the classic. The blue hues of the illustrations were incredible – minus the part with the Man with Red Eyes (whose eyes were still blue – it was weird). I appreciate this version to get the…
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graphic-novels and bob-17-18
Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library
really liked it
Was extremely pleased to see all kinds of diversity on the bright, colorful pages (kids, dragons, librarians too!). Wasn’t entirely a fan of the concept of the dragon not being allowed in the library – as we strive for inclusion to all -…
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picture-books
Turtles All the Way Down
it was amazing
Painfully wonderful. I saw parts of me come to life in this book – and it was an acknowledgement I had never seen in another. The complexities of high school life while dealing with familial and personal issues is authentic and extremely…
A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars
really liked it
Great addition to the mathematical picture book world of large numbers. I appreciated the pronunciations of the large numbers at the bottom of each page. Perfect for upper elementary students learning these large numbers!
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picture-books and nonfiction
Miguel and the Grand Harmony
it was amazing
Loved it. The illustrations, the text, everything. Would be a great discussion about who the narrator is and also cause and effect. Will purchase for my middle school library.
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picture-books
Frightmares
really liked it
tbh, didn’t finish the whole thing, just previewed for appropriateness for my MS library. Yep, scary. I would say best for grades 6-7, because they don’t fully flesh out each story and inferences help students figure out the ending. A ni…
Guitar Notes
it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful story of a boy and girl from opposite worlds who begin a friendship through notes left in a practice room. There is no romance, no profanity, and a tree house hiding a guitar. Perfect for boys and girls alike, hand t…
Bruce's Big Move
it was amazing
Loved it. Everything Ryan Higgins does is amazing. Look for the details in the illustrations – they are laugh out loud funny! However, I did feel like this story had the same arc as Hotel Bruce and Mother Bruce. Great story for teaching …
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picture-books
Henny, Penny, Lenny, Denny, and Mike
really liked it
Adorable story of working together, problem solving, and appreciating everyone. Mike Austin’s illustrations are incredible – clean, funny, and bright. Lots to notice! The font is fun and will be enjoyable for younger students. Cute!
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picture-books
Bunnybear
really liked it
Cute. I like the focus is on accepting each other’s differences and how both parents were supportive. Needed an extra scene with the elder bunny & Grizzlybun but it is a nice story about how you should embrace differences and be yourself…
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picture-books
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


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