Category: Overcoming Adversity

Abuela Don’t Forget Me : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Abuela Don’t Forget Me : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a school librarian's review of Rex Ogle's Abuela Don't Forget Me.

Free Lunch. Punching Bag. Abuela Don’t Forget Me. This YA memoir trilogy by Rex Ogle is both engrossing and absolutely tragic. I can’t fathom the courage it must have taken […]

Watch Over Me : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Watch Over Me : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Watch Over Me by

Watch Over Me has gotten a lot of rave reviews, including four starred professional reviews. Does it live up to the hype? For me, it does not. AUTHOR: Nina LaCour […]

Prairie Lotus: A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Prairie Lotus: A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park.

I’m not going to gush over Prairie Lotus. Practically every review I’ve seen about this title just raves about it. It even received FIVE starred professional reviews. I won’t be […]

The Benefits of Being an Octopus: A Librarian’s Perspective Review

The Benefits of Being an Octopus: A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden.

I needed The Benefits of Being an Octopus when I was 12. Zoey is responsible for her three younger siblings. All day, every day. She does not get a break, […]

Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree: A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree: A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree.

Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree is based on the true story of 276 Nigerian girls kidnapped from school in 2014. I remember the news story, but I’ve hardly heard anything […]

Exit Pursued By a Bear: A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Exit Pursued By a Bear: A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Exit Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston.

Exit Pursued by a Bear is a weird title, to be sure, but it’s a nod to Shakespeare! I really loved how strong the 17-year old protagonist is after she […]

White Bird : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

White Bird : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of White Bird by R.J. Palacio.

Years ago, my family and I visited the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. There’s a section called “Daniel’s Story” that is designed for younger visitors. This is a great […]

They Called Us Enemy : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

They Called Us Enemy : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of They Called Us Enemy by George Takei.

Awhile back, I read a book called Lies My Teacher Told Me, which discusses the many omissions and glorifications in the way history is taught in American public schools. I […]

Rapture Practice : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Rapture Practice : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler.

Rapture Practice is a memoir, which is apparently my new favorite genre. Memoirs give us stories with characters, plot, and dialogue, but the twist is that the characters are real […]

I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of I Am Nujood by Nujood Ali and Delphine Minoui.

Just before school got out in late-June, I discovered I Am Nujood in our storage room of class set books. Curious, I checked out a copy of I Am Nujood […]

Ghost : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Ghost : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Ghost by Jason Reynolds.

Holy-freakin-fantastic! Ghost is easily among 2016’s best, and I can’t think of a more perfect book for seventh graders who “can’t find any books they want to read.” I’m ordering […]

Every Falling Star : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Every Falling Star : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee.

If you are in charge of purchasing for your school or library, Every Falling Star is a must. The vast majority of today’s students know little to nothing about North […]

Outcasts United : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Outcasts United : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Outcasts United Young Reader's Edition by Warren St. John.

Whoa, I didn’t really expect to like Outcasts United as much as I did! This is a great and TRUE story of refugees from all over the world who find […]

The Middle School Rules of Brian Urlacher : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

The Middle School Rules of Brian Urlacher : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of The Middle School Rules of Brian Urlacher by Sean Jensen.

The Middle School Rules of Brian Urlacher presents a biographical account of NFL linebacker Brian Urlacher during his formative middle school years, his failures and successes in school and in […]

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