Braced by Alyson Gerber Genre: middle grade contemporary Release date: March 28, 2017 Publisher: Scholastic Synopsis: The first contemporary novel about a disorder that bends the lives of ten percent of all teenagers: scoliosis. Rachel Brooks is excited for the new school year. She’s finally earned a place as a forward on her soccer team.… Continue reading Braced by Alyson Gerber
So I’m late to this because I’ve been working a lot. I’ve added the “ish” because the first two books here I read in May, but since they were also Pride themed I decided to include them, especially since I haven’t talked about them yet, either! Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli… Continue reading Pride Month(ish) Wrap-Up
Well, it turns out getting a camera is more complicated than I thought, so my foray into videos has come to a standstill. So, I return to some traditional blogging to tell you about two October releases that I’d been looking forward to (and lived up to my expectations)! (Also, yes, this is quite late.… Continue reading Reviews: Still Life with Tornado and Finding Perfect
Sticks & Stones by Abby Cooper Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Publication date: July 12, 2016 Genres/topics: Middle grade contemporary (magical realism?) A feel-good middle grade debut with just a hint of magic about a girl who has a rare disorder that makes the words other people say about her appear on her body. Ever… Continue reading Review: Sticks & Stones by Abby Cooper
I’ve been “studying” middle grade fiction, reading both recent releases as well as older, classic titles I didn’t read when I was younger. My first post on classic MG (and YA) was Madeleine L’Engle’s Austin Family series. The View from Saturday is the 1997 Newbery Medal winner by E.L. Koningsburg. Koninsburg was an established writer at the time, publishing… Continue reading Classic Middle Grade: The View from Saturday by E.L. Koningsburg
George by Alex Gino Publisher: Scholastic Publication Date: August 25, 2015 Genre: children’s/low middle grade, contemporary, LGBT BE WHO YOU ARE. When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl. George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her… Continue reading Review: George by Alex Gino
Today’s discussion was sparked by a recent piece in Publisher’s Weekly, “Middle Grade Books Take on Mature Topics.” It’s a pretty good piece, describing this trend, its history, and its struggles. But the idea of “mature topics” gave me a pause, especially in this description: Though the YA category continues to explore darker and more difficult topics,… Continue reading Discussion: What counts as “mature” content?