Caterpillar Summer.

Caterpillar Summer. A charming summer seaside story for middle graders. Caterpillar Summer is a novel for middle graders written by Gillian McDunn. McDunn takes on family issues of loss, children’s special needs, and extended family dynamics. Cat is the responsible older sister, stepping in to take on more responsibilities – and more and more. Cat…

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The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle. A moving book. Our older son’s English teacher assigned The Glass Castle as their final reading for the spring semester. I had just read Educated, as noted in an earlier blog post, and didn’t relish the idea of reading another story I felt could be overly similar. I was both right and…

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The Crucible.

The Crucible. Our son was assigned Arthur Miller’s classic play about the seventeenth-century Salem witch trials. The timing? His AP US History teacher assigned this reading for spring break. I thought that seemed like a pretty daunting task for spring break. So I decided to read it along with him. I was thinking that if…

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Merci Suarez Changes Gears

Merci Suarez Changes Gears, written insightfully by Meg Medina, won the American Library Association’s 2019 John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature. Some things I expected When I first started reading the book, I expected it to be a growing-up story about a family with a distinctive ethnic background, and I…

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Educated.

Educated. A memoir by Tara Westover. I had heard some buzz about this book, which was hard to miss, given the amount of buzz it generated in 2018. Nonetheless, I was busy, and hadn’t read it. Then I saw it on the list of book award winners from the American Library Association, who named it…

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Book award winners!

Book award winners! Let’s see who won this year’s awards for the best new books. The American Library Association announced book award winners at their recent midwinter meeting. You can see the link to the full press release here. Book award winners cover a range of categories. The John Newbery Medal is awarded for the…

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