The amazing and lovely Alex Miles popped in to Verso today to say “Hi!” and sign a couple of her cool new books for us. Girl Geeks The Hackathon & Girl Geeks Game On! are for kids 8 to 12. A group of girls are teamed up to work on a school project. They all have unique skills and interests, can they embrace their differences to come up with the goods for the project? A story about unlikely friendships and playing to your strengths. Get your geek on with Girl Geeks! #girlgeeks#alexmiles#middlegradenovels#getyourgeekon
#mustreadin2019#middlegradenovels Two beautifully written books. Sweet Pea is the story of a 7th grade girl learning to navigate through middle school. It’s a moving story of friendship, diverse families and new beginnings. The Unsung Hero of Birdsong takes place during the time of the Jim Crow laws and paints a vivid picture of interactions of people during a difficult time period. It is a book rich in history. I must admit I cried at the end. @Penquinkids
Hello Again Bookstagram! • • • QOTD: What Are Some of Your Favorite Middle School Reads? ⠀ ⠀ I’m hoping to try buddy reading a few books with my nephew this School Year to keep him interested in reading. He is way above his grade in reading and he is a really fast reader, so he often finishes his requirements for reading at the beginning of the year and then stops reading for the rest of it. But I want to help him learn how to analyze and discuss books before he goes into high school. He is still young, so faster moving middle grade books are a better place to start, but I’ll probably try moving into different genres next year, so suggesting after that are appreciated as well 😉 ⠀ . . Look at this spectacular @acrossrealms_shop Tinker Bell Book mark!!! 😍😍😍 It’s called ‘A Sprinkle Of Magic’ and I’m literally obsessed with it. I’m currently using it in Jane Eyre, the begging of which provides a good reason as to why children would choose to stay on a moderately temped island and not grow up rather than return to the UK, just saying 😒. Anywayys, Megan has me floored with all her Disney inspired designs, they are all prettier than the last! 😆 ⠀ . . 🎵SOTD: Don’t Tease Me by SPEED - a test of how long and how deep of a Kpop fan you are is if you know hidden gems like this. The song is great, the choreography is legendary, but the promotion was nonexistent 😑, so if you aren’t looking for it, you probably won’t find it. But it’s definitely worth checking out the choreo video on YouTube. • • • #acrossrealms#reppost#bookishbookmarks#peterpan#peterandthestarcatchers#peterpaninspired#middlegradenovels#middlegradereads • #bookish#bookstagramfeatures#bookishpost#booklover#novellovers#bookstagraming#bookdragon#bookwarrior#bibliogeek#booknerd#booklife#bookishbynature#bookishfeatures#mybookishfeatures
This brave and beautiful story will make readers laugh, and break their hearts at the same time. . Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life, but when his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey, is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven's world is turned upside down. He is forced to deal with his brother's illness and his parents' attempts to keep the family in one piece. This is a heartwarming journey through a year in the life of a family in crisis. . ‘Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie: Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie Series, Book 1’ by Jordan Sonnenblick. Look for this title on your NLB Mobile app! 📲📚
Current read aloud with my kiddos! (Ages 9 and 7). I remember watching the Pippi Longstocking movie as a kid, but I’m not sure I ever read the book. It’s more delightful that I would have guessed, and we are all loving it! Found this copy at a library used book sale - a fun surprise that wasn’t even on my TBR summer list. Now that we’re finishing Pippi up this week, I need to decide on one last read-aloud before school resumes... 📚 #readaloud#readaloudrevival#amreading#summerreading#kidlit#middlegradenovels#raisingreaders#pippilongstocking
Camp by Kayla Miller While I never went to an overnight summer camp as a kid, this graphic novel made me feel like I was there! Olive and Willow are best friends who head off to Camp Acorn Lake summer camp together. Olive is loving all the new activities, new friends, and new adventures, but Willow... isn't so sure. Olive tries to do her best to spend time with Willow AND her the new friends she's making, but it becomes increasingly difficult as Willow latches onto Olive more and more. While this book deals with some real friendship issues, the summer camp setting still kept it fun and light and made it a breezy, summertime read! Camp is a companion to the graphic novel Click, and Kayla Miller has another book in the series coming out in May called Act! #teachersthatread#iteachreading#iteachseventh#middlegradenovels#graphicnovels#misswilsonrecommends#summerreadinglist#clickseries#summercamp
@kidlitexchange #partner Thank you to the #kidlitexchange network and publisher @penguinkids for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. THE BRIDGE HOME by Padma Venkatraman Released Feb 2019 Viji and her sister Rukku run away from an abusive home life to the streets of Chennai, India. They are vulnerable and danger lurks everywhere. The girls find a “home” on a bridge, along with the fast friendship of two other homeless children- Muthi and Arul. The children build a life together, finding ways to make money and find food, along with a stray pup named Kutti. They pick through trash heaps, sell old bottles and scraps, and scavenge for food. Life is hard, but through it all, they have each other. When the youngest children get sick, Viji has to decide whether or not to risk asking strangers for help. This book is on my short list for next year’s read alouds. A beautiful, touching story that will stick with the reader for a long time. Themes of family, resilience, survival, friendship, and trust. Highly recommend for grades 4 and up. 💕#thebridgehome #padmavenkatraman#middlegradenovels#whatimreading
These last few years I’ve found myself falling in love with the novels that aren’t quite children’s books and are also not quite young adult. That probably why a lot of readers refer to them as middle grade, myself included (even though many don’t know what I’m referring to half of the time). These stories are full of adventure, love, and often have an important lesson somewhere inside. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This year I read Nevermoor, a new favorite middle grade for me. I would literally recommend it to everyone. The second picture (and one I thought wasn’t quite worthy of my main feed) features other favorites of mine. All of which I 100% recommend. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Stargirl should’ve been included but that book just refused to look good with the rest of the stack. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do you have a favorite middle grade?? Have you read any of these? Let me know! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ◦◦◦ #bookstagrammer#bookstagram#bookphoto#bookphotograph#2019reads#middlegradebooks#middlegradenovels#middlegraderecommendations#bookish#instareads#instabooks
Feeling anxious about the upcoming #la19scbwi Closer Look session (part of the Writer’s Intensive)? Want to instead feel prepared and clear? I’ve coached 100s of writers to prep for these sessions. I’m offering a group workshop and 1:1 coaching. Link in bio. . . . Keys to success: Preparation. Expectations. Mindset. Clarity. . . . Sharing your first 500 words with a publishing professional and a group of your peers can be intimidating, but given the right preparation and mindset, you can make your experience a successful one. I have coached hundreds of people to prepare for these types of sessions, and I’d love help you get the most out of this opportunity. . . . #la19scbwi#closerlook#writersintensive#scbwi#kidlit#picturebooks#middlegradenovels#youngadultnovels#writersofinstagram#writerlife#amwriting#childrensbooks
@kidlitexchange #partner Thank you to the #kidlitexchange network, @scholasticinc and author #lucystrange for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. OUR CASTLE BY THE SEA by Lucy Strange My absolute favorite genre is WWII historical fiction and this book did not disappoint. Petra (“Pet”) and her family tend a lighthouse on the coast of England. At the start of the book, we learn of the Legend that beautifully bookends this book: The Daughters of Stone. Petra and her older sister, Mags, never quite got along. Their family was still a happy one, until the war started. Secrets abound, and the villagers are all nervous. Someone seems to be spying on their village and the blame falls on Mutti- yes, their mother, who was born in Germany. As Pet learns to grow into her full name- Petra Zimmerman Smith- she will also learn about loyalty, sacrifice, and overcoming fear, all while living in wartime England. This book did not disappoint. Highly recommend for mature 5th and up. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #ourcastlebythesea#middlegradenovels#bookstagram#historicalfiction#wwiifiction
Have you listened to our chat with @harlemportland yet? We talk about her brilliant and heartbreaking MG novel What Momma Left Me and the teen activism manifesto that is Watch Us Rise 👊 Make sure you check out Better Words in your fave podcast app. You’re not gonna want to miss this episode! . Our copies of each book were gifted by @bloomsburypublishing.
Our author @nonameisagoodname1 spotted his upcoming book, “Trevor Lee and the Big Uh-Oh!,” at the #ala Annual Conference. We also spy “A Calf Named Brian Higgins,” available now, as well as the upcoming “Red Dove: Listen to the Wind.” These are all part of our new middle-grade imprint, One Elm Books! #alaconference#childrensbooks#middlegradenovels
BOOK REVIEW: Titans (Titans #1) by Kate O’Hearn ⭐️⭐️⭐️ —-—-—-—-—-—-—-—-—-—-— I received a copy of this book from @simonschusterca through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. —-—-—-—-—-—-—-—-—-—-— Fifteen years after her Pegasus series ended, O’Hearn revisits her mythological world. Astraea and her friend Zephyr are about to start at the new school: Arcadia. There, the Titans will mix with Olympians, in hopes that previous differences will be set aside to make way for peace. But there’s a bigger plan in the making. Humans are appearing on Titus, when Earth has been quarantined for years. Astraea will make surprising friends in her quest to save the ones she loves. . If you love O’Hearn books already, go nuts with this one. If, like me, you MG knowledge of mythological novels stricly comes from Uncle Rick, you might wanna start with the Pegasus series. . While this is a spin-off, there is no world-building, and the author seems to love mixing up her Greek and Roman mythology. Which makes for a confusing read if you’re not familiar with all the minor characters. . I was bothered by many things here. Zephyr cannot communicate with Jake (who’s human), and 30% of the book is Astraea translating word for word Zephyr’s word. Like, literally written as a conversation with the same damn words! It becomes real boring real fast. . Zephyr’s specie is also never mentioned, yet she hates whenever someone mentions she’s related to Pegasus or calls her a winged horse. If there’s no alternative, how can you talk about someone specie but the closest description (winged horse)? . I resent the implications the author made on bullies; namely stating that a whole specie (centaurs) can be categorized as bullies, and that bullying is the result of the victim “causing trouble” for the bully... . The story isn’t bad in itself, but you need to be familiar with the world to easily go into it.