All the Stars for One for the Murphys

Lynda Mullaly Hunt has won me over as a MG author who just really gets it. I absolutely adored Fish in a Tree, and with this book she has created characters that are instantly real and a situation that is all too plausible. I absolutely fell in love with the characters and could have finished … Continue reading All the Stars for One for the Murphys

Spending a Year with Holling Hoodhood and The Wednesday Wars

The Wednesday Wars, by Gary D. Schmidt, is a quiet, subtle middle grade book written in 2007 but set in 1967. It captures your attention from the start, but progresses slowly to show just how the characters, especially Holling Hoodhood, grow during a school year. I never would have picked this book up had it … Continue reading Spending a Year with Holling Hoodhood and The Wednesday Wars

Battle of the Books

Today my 5th grader participated in the North Carolina Elementary Battle of the Books. I love these competitions. They gather a group of kids who love reading, have them read a list of books that are both in and outside of their comfort zones, and then challenge them to a battle quiz bowl style. It … Continue reading Battle of the Books

It’s Monday – What are you Reading?

There is a popular thread among book bloggers with the hashtag #IMWAYR. I don't typically manage to post to this thread, but I just picked my older daughter up from 3 weeks of sleep-away camp yesterday and it seemed appropriate to cover what she has been focused on. So I welcome you to J's edition … Continue reading It’s Monday – What are you Reading?

Wild about The League of Seven

One of the best experiences as a book loving mom is to watch your child go absolutely crazy for a new book. There have been many books that J has devoured in the past - Harry Potter, Land of Stories, and The School for Good and Evil to name just a few. But we have … Continue reading Wild about The League of Seven

The Homework Machine – A story of ethics

What if you had a machine that could do all of your homework for you? Would you share that information? What would you do with all of the extra time? How would you feel about using the machine? These are all questions that come up in Dan Gutman's The Homework Machine. The Homework Machine tells … Continue reading The Homework Machine – A story of ethics

It’s all about Perspective

Last summer when the Battle of the Books list came out, I printed out a copy hoping to encourage J to read some of the books over the summer to expand her reading options even though she knew should wouldn't be allowed to be on the team this year. It was a nice thought on … Continue reading It’s all about Perspective

The Lemonade War – A subtle way to teach about conflicts, resolutions, math and business

As an adult who is obsessed with books, I don't often pay that much attention to how books are categorized by the publishing companies. Young adult books have long been on my radar with no remorse. I will admit, however, that until recently, I hadn't picked up a ton of middle-grade books and read them … Continue reading The Lemonade War – A subtle way to teach about conflicts, resolutions, math and business

Opening yourself to new adventures – Because of Winn Dixie

In our attempt to broaden our reading horizons this summer, I have been encouraging J to read from the Battle of the Books list for the upcoming year. She is not allowed to participate yet, but the list of books is amazing and it definitely removes us from our normal comfort zone of witches, wizards, … Continue reading Opening yourself to new adventures – Because of Winn Dixie