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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Thankful For

21 Nov


This list could go on forever, so I tried to force myself to keep to titles that I’m thankful for that were published this year in middle grade fiction. I still had a lot more titles that I would love to highlight, but here’s what I came up with for my list:

  1. The First Rule of Punk by Celia P. Pérez
  2. Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
  3. The Perfect Score by Rob Buyea
  4. The Exact Location of Home by Kate Messner
  5. Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry
  6. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
  7. Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
  8. Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
  9. Refugee by Alan Gratz
  10. Auma’s Long Run by Eucabeth Odhiambo

What books are you thankful for this year?

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish


Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want My Future Children to Read

14 Nov

There are so many amazing books available to kids in this day and age. It was hard to pick just ten, but I focused on ten titles that show a wide diversity in terms of culture, gender, race, ability, socioeconomic status and more. It’s important for kids to see all different type of people in books and I think these titles are a great place to start for middle grade readers looking for diversity.


  1. Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
  2. Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
  3. Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  4. The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
  5. George by Alex Gino
  6. Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  7. Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
  8. The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy
  9. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
  10. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Tuesday: Great Leaders

7 Nov

I decided to go with strong female characters who I think would make great leaders, granted most of these characters are young, so we might need to wait a few years before they’d be of age to become great leaders, but I think they have the characteristics that make great leaders! And don’t forget to vote today!


  1. Princess Elizabeth from The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  2. Molly from Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell, illustrated by David Catrow
  3. Sadie from This Is Sadie by Sara O’Leary, illustrated by Julie Morstad
  4. Rosie from Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beatty, illustrated by David Roberts
  5. Miss Rumphius from Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
  6. Dory from Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
  7. Princess Magnolia from The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
  8. Sophie from The BFG by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake
  9. Kristy from The Babysitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin (these are now available as full-color graphic novels too)
  10. Zita from Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Tuesday: Modern Titles to Pair with Classics

22 Aug


I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a huge fan of classic literature read in high school – I think it’s difficult to teach, it’s difficult to connect to students’ lives and it’s often filled with a lot of old/dead white men. So, this Top Ten Tuesday is devoted to titles that can be paired with classic literature selected in high school for a even more enhanced learning experience.

  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Great by Sara Benincasa
  2. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  4. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    Looking for Alaska by John Green
  5. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  6. 1984 by George Orwell
    Little Brother by Cory Doctrow
  7. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
  8. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    The Giver by Lois Lowry
  9. The Odyssey by Homer
    Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  10. Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
    A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Things On Our Reading Wishlist

9 May
  1. Disabilities (other than Autism Spectrum)
    There are so many titles with characters on the Autism Spectrum, which I think is valuable, but there are so many other disabilities that can be portrayed and these books are not always easy to find.
  2. “Lighter” teen fiction
    I was the “good kid” in high school and didn’t enjoy reading the really heavy and dark material in the young adult department, I’m still not a huge fan of books that deal with such heavy topics in YA lit, probably because the story is too real. At least in middle grade, heavy topics are dealt with and usually have an underlying sliver of hope (which I cling to with a very strong grip) I’ll take Sarah Dessen’s work any day – dealing with heavy topics, but still a little on the lighter side.
  3. Biracial characters
    My boyfriend is biracial and although I’ve asked him about whether or not he missed seeing characters that looked like him in literature when he was young, it’s hard enough to find characters that aren’t white, let alone characters who are Black & Hispanic, Asian & Black, etc.
  4. Magical Realism
    I absolutely adored A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd and loved the sprinkle of magic in a very realistic setting. Whenever I can get a little magic, it’s just the right amount!
  5. Diversity in Fantasy & Science Fiction
    Diversity in realistic fiction has its own difficulties, don’t even try to find diversity in Fantasy and Science Fiction, it’s even more difficult! Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older and a few characters in the popular Hunger Games trilogy are specifically described as not being white, but without it being stated in the text, many people will read characters as white.
  6. Modern Fairy Tales
    Can anyone say The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey or The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill? These are amazing modern fairytales, not retellings of a story we already know, but a brand-new story and I love them!
  7. Sports stories with female protagonists
    There are some solid sports middle grade fiction with male protagonists like Ghost by Jason Reynolds and Booked by Kwame Alexander and while I Loved (with a capital L) these books, I’d love to see strong female athletes as this is a group of kids who are sometimes reluctant readers and it can be difficult to find something they can relate to.
  8. Individual stories that converge at the end
    The easiest example of this concept is Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan, where three seemingly separate stories are connected through the harmonica and in the end all the stories combine and get interwoven together.
  9. Historical fiction for middle grade readers
    I love historical fiction (always have), so things like The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel by Deborah Hopkinson, Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper and The Marvels by Brian Selznick are some of my favorite reads!
  10. Diversity without screaming “THIS IS A DIVERSE BOOK”
    Always on the lookout for the books that are diverse without screaming “DIVERSITY, RIGHT HERE!” I really enjoyed Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate, One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt and All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor have diversity at their core, but you don’t read them thinking, “Of course, I see the diversity staring me in the face.”

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

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