Frank Morelli. Local author. Beloved teacher.

Frank Morelli. Local author. Beloved teacher. A few weeks ago I was visiting with the inspiring Gardner Barrier, head of Forsyth Country Day School. Gardner handed me a book, saying “You can thank me later. You’ll love this.” The book was Frank Morelli’s latest novel for middle grade students: Please Return to: Norbert M. Finkelstein. …

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The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl. New from local author Stacy McAnulty.

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl. New from local author Stacy McAnulty. In early September, Bookmarks hosted their 15th Festival of Books and Authors. I was excited to see that Renee Watson would speak at the festival, promoting her new book, Some Places More Than Others. I am a fan of Watson’s work after first reading…

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Renee Watson. Wow!

Renee Watson. Wow! I’ve been a fan of Renee Watson since I read her novel, Piecing Me Together (Bloomsbury, 2017). Her young adult novel won the American Library Association’s Coretta Scott King Award. Her novel also was a Newbery Honor title. Frankly, I didn’t know of Watson’s work until she won that award. I was…

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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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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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Piecing Me Together.

Piecing Me Together is an award-winning novel by Renee Watson. This book is changing me I read this book because the American Library Association awarded it the 2018 Coretta Scott King Award, and also named it a Newberry Honor Book. First, though, I read the John Newberry Award winner, which is Hello, Universe by Erin…

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