Wednesday, November 2, 2022

First Chapter Friday: new in 2022 #iLoveMG

Last month for #FirstChapterFriday I put together a list of books that are debuted in 2022. I was fortunate enough to receive copies of these books through a giveaway on Twitter hosted by 

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New 2022 Middle Grade


(Whenever possible, I like to include author photos along with book covers when sharing books with kids. It helps reinforce the idea that authors are real people!)




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Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Scary Middle Grade Stories #iLoveMG

This year I've been doing #FirstChapterFriday a little differently. Rather than read a single chapter from a book, I've been sharing more sets of books, united with a common theme. Some have been series or books by the same author, while others are more topical. In honor of Halloween, I put together this round up of spooky stories that are pitch-perfect for middle grade readers. 

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Spooky Stories for Middle Grade


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Saturday, April 16, 2022

Review: The Wanderer by Sharon Creech #iLoveMG

Welcome to #iLoveMG where I share middle grade books that my fifth graders recommend. (Please note that my fifth graders read a wide variety of books across a wide variety of genres, levels, and topics. Do not think that these books are "only" for fifth graders.) Or check out #3rdfor3rd for recommendations from when I taught third grade.

The Wanderer

Recommended by AU


The Wanderer by Sharon Creech is a realistic fiction novel told in ship log entries. It is about a girl named Sophie who goes on a ship journey with some of her friends to visit her grandfather, Bompie. Along the way, she learns how to juggle, goes lobster-catching, and tells the crew some of Bompie’s stories, along with other adventures. I give this book a four and a half star rating because it’s not something I would usually read, but it was worth it.

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Saturday, April 9, 2022

A Snicker of Magic Recommendation #iLove

Welcome to #iLoveMG where I share middle grade books that my fifth graders recommend. (Please note that my fifth graders read a wide variety of books across a wide variety of genres, levels, and topics. Do not think that these books are "only" for fifth graders.) Or check out #3rdfor3rd for recommendations from when I taught third grade.

A Snicker of Magic

Recommended by Arie


My book club book is called A Snicker of Magic and it’s by Natalie Lloyd. It’s a fantasy book and it has 311 pages. 

Let me tell you my summary of the book. So, there is this girl called Felicity Pickle and she is a nomad, she lives in her car and is always moving. She has a problem. She is always hesitant and nervous to socially speak. When she moves to Midnight Gulch, she discovers that there is some magic remaining there. She later uncovers her family’s secret history and learns that her family is cursed. Also nervous for her school’s annual talent show competition, will she be able to find her voice and break the curse, or will she mess up her competition, and will her family be cursed forever? So yeah, that was my summary. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy and a good mystery. I would give this book a 5/5 and once you read A Snicker of Magic, you definitely will too!

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Saturday, April 2, 2022

Recommended: My Jasper June #iLoveMG

My Jasper June

Recommended by Lucy


The book that I read is called My Jasper June, which is a realistic fiction book, and it is by Laurel Snyder. The book is set in Atlanta and starts when 13 year old Leah has just finished school and has a whole boring summer looming ahead of her. Her friends stopped making eye contact with her, “afraid the sadness could rub off on them, or something,” after a horrible day last summer. Her family have all turned to “ghosts,” unlike the fun, laughing, parents she used to have. 

However, one day Leah meets a mysterious girl unlike any other, Jasper who Leah discovers also feels lost. As Leah learns some of Jasper’s secrets, they carve out a friendship and a secret “hideaway” in an overgrown space, away from their parents and hardships. But as the fun and exciting days start to fade away, darker realities become more apparent. Leah and Jasper have to decide whether their friendship can save them both. 

Meanwhile, Leah’s annoyance with how distant her parents are is increasing and might bubble over anytime. Can Leah solve everyone’s problems and keep Jasper safe as well? 

I really enjoyed this book because of how vivid the characters were. The author really conveys how annoyed, sad, and lonely Leah was. Laurel Snyder also does an excellent job showing how different Jasper’s situation is and managing to keep the plot interesting, with many problems in the book, but all surrounding a main type of lesson. Although there is some violence and an alcoholic character, I think Laurel Snyder still manages to keep the book not too dark. 

If you liked the book The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue by Karina Yan Glaser or the picture book A Stone Sat Still by Brendan Wenzel, you will absolutely love this book. All in all, I recommend this book to anyone who wants a story of friendship or just a very eventful plot. A 5 star rating for sure.

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Saturday, March 26, 2022

Review: Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! #iLoveMG

My 5th graders are reading and reviewing their independent reading books, as well as designing a new cover. I love the large baseball on Lauren's version of Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!

Welcome to #iLoveMG where I share middle grade books that my fifth graders recommend. (Please note that my fifth graders read a wide variety of books across a wide variety of genres, levels, and topics. Do not think that these books are "only" for fifth graders.) Or check out #3rdfor3rd for recommendations from when I taught third grade.

Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!

Recommended by Lauren


Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen is a book written by Sarah Kapit, published by Dial Books for Young readers in 2020. It won the Schneider Family Award Honor in 2021. For those who like realistic fiction books, this would be a good book for you! 
 
11-year-old Vivy Cohen has dreams to be a pitcher in the Major League Baseball team, and she is determined to not let anything stop her, not even being an autistic kid or the only girl on a team. She’s had enough of playing catch in the park with her brother, and when a baseball coach sees her throw a knuckleball, she is invited to join a team. But her mom and therapist are worried about her autism, but lucky for her, she’s got an actual major league baseball player, VJ Capello and her dad on her side. When she finds herself in the middle of an accident, she has to fight her way back to stay on the team, especially when she faces a mean bully and her mom trying to get her off the team. 
 
As I said before, for anyone who likes realistic fiction books, this is a great book for you! I personally think this is a great book, and I would give it a 4.5/5 because I generally don’t understand the rules of baseball so it’s kind of confusing. But it’s great book!

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Saturday, March 19, 2022

Starfish - recommended! #iLoveMG

Check out the amazing student cover for Starfish! My fifth graders chose an independent reading book, read it, analyzed the current cover, and designed one based on their interpretation of the story. 

Welcome to #iLoveMG where I share middle grade books that my fifth graders recommend. (Please note that my fifth graders read a wide variety of books across a wide variety of genres, levels, and topics. Do not think that these books are "only" for fifth graders.) Or check out #3rdfor3rd for recommendations from when I taught third grade.

Starfish

Recommended by Smayana



I read the book Starfish, by Lisa Fipps. I would say this book is realistic fiction. Ever since she wore a whale swimsuit and made a big splash at her 5th birthday party everyone started calling Ellie, Splash. She was made fun of for her weight ever since whether it was bullies or her own family. The whole reason was her own sister, Ana├»s! She has to hear the same things every day including from her mom and classmates so she made Fat Girl Rules to help her not stand out. It’s hard enough when her best friend moves but then things start to look up. She meets a new neighbor, Catalina, who surprisingly doesn’t judge her body. Along with her, she has a new therapist who knows just what to say. Will Ellie find a place in the world after all?

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