July 22, 2021 by Esther Keller
Kyle's Little Sister is a sibling story that's also about friendship, misunderstanding, and middle-school angst, with a dose of family drama.
June 7, 2020 by Esther Keller
Twins love each other fiercely, but they also want to be separate beings.
November 20, 2019 by Esther Keller
Esther Keller looks at five graphic novels about navigating the highs and lows of middle school.
December 10, 2018 by Esther Keller
This is my 17th year in middle school. Sure, I should probably graduate, but I do like the age a lot. It makes work exciting most days. When I read certain books, I just feel like the author (artist) has captured what goes on in a given day. The Berrybrook Middle School series just gets […]
November 27, 2018 by Esther Keller
The start of a new school year is always promising. Shiny new school supplies. New teachers. And for many, the promise of something different. For AJ it starts out the same, but soon enough his greatest wish will come true. Fake Blood By Whitney Gardner. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2018. ISBN 9781481495561 […]
November 13, 2017 by Esther Keller
Middle School is brutal. I know. I’ve been there for the last 15 years. (They won’t let me graduate!) Watching the ups and downs of my students is a real eye opener, and though it’s been a long time since I was really that age, it’s hard not to remember that sometimes lonely and confusing […]
October 26, 2015 by Lori Henderson
When my youngest daughter started 8th grade at Cope Middle School and we got the curriculum from her teachers, I was surprised by her English curriculum. The teacher, Mr. Monet Stewart, allowed students to include manga and graphic novels in addition to prose novels as part of the required outside reading assignments. I have personally […]
January 7, 2014 by Brigid Alverson
The shortlists have been released for the 2013 Cybils (the Children and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards), and they should look awfully familiar to our readers—many of the nominated books in the Elementary and Middle Grade category made our list of the best graphic novels of 2013, and Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite made […]
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