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Themes in Middle Grade Fiction

22 Jul

I had the funniest realization while I was reading over the past week, each book I read fed into the next in with its theme. I’ll show you what I mean:

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The first title I read of this group of books – it’s about a child growing up as (you guessed it) the warden’s daughter in a prison. Her mother passed away when she was just a baby and now as she heads into middle school, she begins looking for someone to take the role as her mother.

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This title is about boys that are sent to an island to attend a reform school, that is run very much like a prison. Jonathan feels he deserves a dark, damp fortress after what he’s done, but when an accident leaves the group of boys without adult supervision, Jonathan must face his past in order to save the boys on the island from a massive storm.

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This title also takes place on an island where once a year a boat comes through the fog to drop off a new young, orphan child and take away the oldest child. The nine children on the island don’t know why, they only know that it’s always been that way.

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This is the story of Crow an orphan girl who washed up to the shore of small island inhabited by just one mysterious man as a baby. He took her in and raised her as her own, but as she grows up she wants to learn more about where she came from and who her family was/is.

I just thought it was so funny that each story had a theme that carried from one book to the next and then the next book had a theme that carried to another title. By the way, these are all amazing middle grade novels that everyone should read!

 

 

(Unofficial) Top Ten Tuesday: Middle Grade Audiobooks

18 Jul

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My regularly scheduled blog post for Tuesday is on hold until August, so I created my own list – Ten Middle Grade audiobooks – perfect for summer vacation!

  1. Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan, narrated by Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews, Rebecca Soler; music, Corky Siegel
  2. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, narrated by  Rebecca Soler, Jonathan Davis, Marc Thompson
  3. See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng, narrated by Kivlighan de Montebello, Brittany Pressley, Graham Halstead, Michael Crouch, Jason Culp
  4. Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo, narrated by Jenna Lamia
  5. When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin, narrated by Kim Mai Guest
  6. Ghost by Jason Reynolds, narrated by Guy Lockard
  7. Booked by Kwame Alexander, narrated by the author
  8. Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan, narrated by Josh Hurley, Vikas Adam
  9. The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by
    Adam Gidwitz, narrated By Adam Gidwitz, Vikas Adam, Mark Bramhall, Jonathan Cowley, Kimberly Farr, Ann Marie Lee, Bruce Mann, John H. Mayer, Benjamin Bagby
  10. Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh, narrated by Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, Jacqueline Woodson, Kelly J. Baptist

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 7/17/17

17 Jul

I read a lot this week, which probably equates to my stress level! We’re in the midst of hiring two full-time employees and making sure the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed is enough to make anyone crazy. I also finished shifting the entire adult fiction section (all I have left is Large Print!) which was exhausting and pair all of that with additional meetings and short-staffed – it was a heck of a week.

This week I read:

  • Maud: A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery by Melanie J. Fishbane
  • The Castle in the Midst by Amy Ephron
  • The Warden’s Daughter by Jerry Spinelli
  • Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart

I have a small stack to finish up this week:

  • Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
  • Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
  • Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood

Have a great week!


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Weekend Plans

15 Jul

After a long week filled with meetings, a short staff and overall level of work that needed to be completed, this is how I’m spending my weekend:

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(and cleaning the house!)

YA Beach Reads

14 Jul

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I always want to go to the beach (or as they say in Southeast PA – “down the shore”) and then I get there. I don’t care about the sand, I love the ocean… it’s the sun. From the viewpoint of this very pale girl, the beach is such a pain in terms of applying sunscreen. I have to re-apply every half hour to hour if I don’t want to burn, I can’t use the spray (it doesn’t provide enough coverage) and if I’m at the beach, I’m wearing a swimsuit which means there’s a lot of surface area to cover in sunscreen – legs, arms, back, ears, etc. It ends up being more work than anything else! But that doesn’t mean I don’t absolutely love the idea of the beach, so here are ten YA titles that take place on/near the beach.

  1. We Were Liars by e. Lockhart
  2. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
  3. The Summer After You + Me by  Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
  4. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
  5. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
  6. Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton
  7. Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
  8. Be True to Me by Adele Griffin
  9. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  10. Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider
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