Category: Middle Grades

Attack of the Black Rectangles : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Attack of the Black Rectangles : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a librarian's perspective review of Attack of the Black Rectangles by AS King.

On one hand, Attack of the Black Rectangles is timely and important. On the other hand, it’s preachy and addresses way too many woke issues at once. I enjoyed the […]

Before the Ever After : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Before the Ever After : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson.

I so enjoyed Before the Ever After! A great story with a sympathetic protagonist. It has SIX (well-deserved) starred reviews, and it won the 2021 Coretta Scott King Award for […]

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 Witch Boy: A Librarian’s Perspective Review

The Witch Boy: A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag.

I’ve had some difficulty focusing on novels during this self-quarantine period, so my boys have been recommending graphic novels and comics for me to read. My 13-year old son recommended […]

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, […]

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 […]

Pumpkinheads : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Pumpkinheads : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks.

Awww, Pumpkinheads was all the cuteness I needed two weeks before Halloween! Put on your PJs and curl up with your favorite pumpkin spice latte because this may be the […]

New Kid: A Librarian’s Perspective Review

New Kid: A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of New Kid by Jerry Craft.

A scene in New Kid reminds me of a scene in American Born Chinese, where a white teacher introduces new student Jin Wang as “coming all the way from China.”  […]

My New Crush Gave to Me : A Librarian’s Review

My New Crush Gave to Me : A Librarian’s Review This is a librarian's review of the YA Christmas book, My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff.

For this year’s YA Christmas book, I’m going with My New Crush Gave to Me, a cute rom-com for teens by Shani Petroff. AUTHOR: Shani Petroff SERIES: none PUBLISHER: Swoon […]

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.

Can you believe, after all my years in the library, I had never actually read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas? I’ve booktalked it and promoted it, but even my […]

Spirit Hunters : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Spirit Hunters : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh.

Every middle school library needs Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh! Seriously, how many requests for “scary” books do middle school librarians get in one day? Sure, we have some really […]

Ghost Boys : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Ghost Boys : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes is a must for all middle school libraries, but I wish the writing had been more powerful. Jerome just didn’t seem very angry to […]

Finding Perfect : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Finding Perfect : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz.

Finding Perfect is a very necessary addition to every school library. I know that after reading, I will never joke about someone who is meticulous being OCD again. It isn’t […]

Love That Dog : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Love That Dog : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Love That Dog by Sharon Creech.

Do you teach upper-elementary or middle school English? This book is a MUST for poetry units! You could plan a whole unit around the poetry references in Love That Dog! […]

Refugee : A Librarian’s Perpsective Review

Refugee : A Librarian’s Perpsective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Refugee by Alan Gratz.

How much did I love Refugee? The 2018 Newbery Medal will be awarded in about two weeks. I’d be shocked if Refugee by Alan Gratz isn’t at least a contender. […]

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: Young Readers Edition : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: Young Readers Edition : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan.

Okay, so this is a book review of The Omnivore’s Dilemma: Young Reader’s Edition, but there’s a lot of story behind why I read this book, and I very much […]

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 […]

Piecing Me Together : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Piecing Me Together : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson.

Considering the tremendous success of The Hate U Give earlier this year (and still going strong), I think Piecing Me Together got a bit…overlooked. Released in February, just two weeks […]

Wesley James Ruined My Life : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Wesley James Ruined My Life : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn.

Wesley James Ruined My Life is a cute, fun romance with a slightly annoying protagonist. Quinn is flawed and can be mean, but I rooted for her anyway. I’ve not […]

The Boy on the Wooden Box : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

The Boy on the Wooden Box : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson.

The Boy on the Wooden Box is, to my knowledge, one of only two memoirs written by a Schindler’s List survivor. The other is I Will Plant You a Lilac […]

The Pants Project : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

The Pants Project : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of The Pants Project by Cat Clarke.

I didn’t love The Pants Project, nor did I hate it. Liv was born a girl but is a boy inside. Unfortunately, Liv’s new school requires girls to wear a […]

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 […]

A Long Walk to Water : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

A Long Walk to Water : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park.

Though I know A Long Walk to Water is a popular novel among middle school teachers, it was a student’s recommendation that got me to read it. I loved the […]

The Caged Graves : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

The Caged Graves : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of The Caged Graves by Dianne Salerni.

The Caged Graves has been on my TBR for awhile now. I absolutely LOVED the premise! Author Dianne Salerni wrote this book when she saw the real Caged Graves in […]

Roller Girl : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Roller Girl : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Roller by Victoria Jamieson.

Roller Girl is a cute graphic novel that is a must for any library serving tweens. It’s beautiful, clean, and has many positive messages. Images are colorful, and faces are […]

Sun and Moon and Ice and Snow : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Sun and Moon and Ice and Snow : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Sun and Moon and Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George.

I liked Sun and Moon and Ice and Snow okay, but I’m not jumping out of my chair over it. Middle school students who like fairytale retellings will appreciate that […]

Cherry Crush : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Cherry Crush : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Cherry Crush by Cathy Cassidy.

I don’t think I would have picked up Cherry Crush on my own, so I am very happy that one of my students recommended it to me! It’s a cute, […]

The Magic Finger, The BFG, and 5 reasons you should read Roald Dahl

The Magic Finger, The BFG, and 5 reasons you should read Roald Dahl This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl.

How is it that I am 41, and I have NEVER read a Roald Dahl book? That is a real shame. I have my nine-year old son to thank for […]

A Stolen Kiss : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

A Stolen Kiss : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of A Stolen Kiss by Kelsey Keating.

A Stolen Kiss has everything you would expect from a Disney princess adventure. There’s romance, darkness, secrets, fantasy creatures, castles, evil, princesses, and lots of magic. It’s not the greatest […]

The Metamorphosis Graphic Novel : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

The Metamorphosis Graphic Novel : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and Peter Kuper.

There’s an episode of Seinfeld where George Costanza decides that he will always “go out on a high note.” That is, whenever he does or says something completely brilliant or […]

The Great Hunt : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

The Great Hunt : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins.

The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins was a bit of a roller coaster, and I say that in a good way. After an unforgettable opening scene, the action slows considerably […]

Pokemon Adventures : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Pokemon Adventures : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Pokemon Adventures by Hidenori Kusaka.

I read Pokemon Adventures, book 1 at my 11-year old son’s urging. He loves Pokemon and like many his age, is pretty obsessed with it. I’m just happy he’s reading […]

Cardboard : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Cardboard : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Cardboard by Doug TenNapel.

I’ve only read six books in my 2016 Graphic Novel Challenge, but I think Cardboard by Doug TenNapel is my favorite so far. So creative! AUTHOR: Doug TenNapel SERIES: none […]

Spelled : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Spelled : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Spelled by Betsy Schow.

I was so excited to receive Spelled by Betsy Schow for review. The blurb sounds fantastic, and I always love a good Oz retelling, especially one with a dash of […]

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 […]

The Sweetest Spell : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

The Sweetest Spell : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors.

I loved this book! I’ve seen The Sweetest Spell compared to The Princess Bride, and I totally agree with those comparisons. I was entranced right from the first page, and […]

Sweet Shadows : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Sweet Shadows : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a librarian's perspective review of Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs.

Sweet Shadows is the second book in the Medusa Girls series by Tera Lynn Childs. Is it worth buying for your library? AUTHOR: Tera Lynn Childs SERIES: Medusa Girls, book […]

Sweet Venom : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Sweet Venom : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a librarian's perspective review of Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs.

As a librarian, I get book recommendations from students and teachers all the time. I really do try to read at least some of them, especially if the recommendation comes […]

The Sweetest Thing : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

The Sweetest Thing : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski.

I didn’t love or hate The Sweetest Thing. It’s predictable and follows many common tropes in rom-com style books for middle schoolers. It just feels like I’ve read books just […]

The Sweetheart of Prosper County : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

The Sweetheart of Prosper County : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of The Sweetheart of Prosper County by Jill Alexander.

Jill Alexander’s The Sweetheart of Prosper County is perfect for middle school libraries in Texas! I recommend librarians purchase the paperback rather than the hardcover of this one because the […]

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