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BarbaraJean
The Wheel on the School | Meindert De Jong
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Backing things up a few months to a book I read for #MiddleGradeMarch but never reviewed…😆 This charming children‘s classic has been sitting on my shelves for years, and I‘m glad I finally read it. It follows a group of Dutch schoolchildren in their efforts to bring storks back to their small village. I loved all their discoveries and distractions along the way, and how the whole village grows to know one another better through their efforts.

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BarbaraJean
Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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TWO #BookSpin bingos in March, AND I completed both my BookSpin and #DoubleSpin picks! 🎉 It helped that it was #MiddleGradeMarch and my board was filled with quicker reads. 😁

Some great reads this month, but my favorite was re-reading The Blue Castle. Address Unknown was fascinating & thought-provoking, Wintering was lovely and timely, and I also really enjoyed my #MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime books (I‘ll have to post on those separately!)

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!!! 3mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
Lucky Broken Girl | Ruth Behar
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed some parts of the book, but in the end, a so-so read.

What works for me: rich cultural diversity; family support; reading and drawing helps to overcome loneliness; hopeful.

What doesn‘t work for me: whiny main character; stiff dialogues; writing feels clunky and childish.

#MiddleGradeMarch #MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime

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erzascarletbookgasm
Starfish | Lisa Fipps
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Mehso-so

This book has an important story to tell about learning to accept your body, stand up for yourself, & the negative impact of body shaming to anyone of all ages. But it‘s quite depressing to read- in addition to being made fun of in school & in public, Ellie is verbally abused by her mother. The father, who is supportive of Ellie now, never admonish his wife for bullying their daughter? Also the novel-in-verse format wasn‘t nicely poetic. ⬇️

erzascarletbookgasm …I‘m glad Ellie finds help from the therapist and learns to love herself.
#MiddleGradeMarch #MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime
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megnews I find a lot of novels in verse aren‘t poetic and it makes me wonder why the author chose that format. 3mo
megnews I do love a good novel in verse though. 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm @megnews Jacqueline Woodson‘s Before The Ever After and Brown Girl Dreaming are terrific! 3mo
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Allylu
I Love You, Michael Collins | Lauren Baratz-Logsted
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Another #MiddleGrade finished this month! I love that Mamie (named after the First Lady) chose Michael Collins to write to out of the 3 Apollo 11 astronauts. He was the best - in her words - because he stayed with the ship. Mamie‘s adventures and circumstances that she experienced that summer were also incredible. Her bff Buster really was the best! #32 #BookSpin #15 #BFC22 #20in4 #PANTONE2022 #Blueberry #MGMsrchThroughTime #MiddleGradeMarch

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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Allylu
Genesis Begins Again | Alicia D. Williams
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I really liked this book. I say that a lot, but it gave me a different perspective on how a child feels about how she looks and about her parents. What happens with her parents affects her so much. She loves her father so much but he doesn‘t realize what his words, actions and inactions do to her self-esteem. Another heart-tugging middle grade! #BookSpin #BFC22 #MGMarchThroughTime #MiddleGradeMarch #Pantone2022 Poinciana #20in4

Clwojick Great job! 💚 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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SarahBradley
Turtle in Paradise | Jennifer L. Holm
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“Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.” - Mary Schmich Traveled to Florida, Massachusetts, in South Carolina in the #middlegrademarch reads. #savvysettings @Eggs

Eggs Great books! 3mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
The Legend of Auntie Po | Shing Yin Khor
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Mei is a 13-yr-old Chinese American girl who helps out her father, a cook, at a logging camp. Inspired by the tales of Paul Bunyan, she reimagines them as the Legends of Auntie Po, sort of a guardian figure of the loggers, and tells these made up stories to entertain the workers and to help cope with the difficulties she faces. This is a sweet story about friendship, tradition, and the power of ⬇️

#MiddleGradeMarch #MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime

erzascarletbookgasm …. storytelling. It‘s also very much a story of harsh life at logging camps, the dangers of logging, and incidents of violence, racism and discrimination against the Chinese immigrants, an aspect of American history not much told. 3mo
sblbooks Sounds good, you may like our #overbookedclub pick 3mo
megnews Sounds very interesting. Stacked. 3mo
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Allylu
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I have been wanting to read this series since last year and now I have finally started. I listened to this one on audio and it was great. It would make a very family-friendly movie. The things that happened just made me laugh. Looking forward to #2. #30 #BFC22 #ReadMyRoom #SERIES2022 #Buzzwordathon #20in4 #Pantone2022Colour Snow White #MGMarchThroughTime #MiddleGradeMarch

sblbooks I read this one a few months back and still need to continue this series. You're right it would make a good movie. 3mo
TheSpineView Awesome! 3mo
Clwojick Great match! 😊 3mo
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Allylu
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Just finished listening to this lovely book. These children and Mrs. Mueller - it took half the book to get them together. Oops! Sorry about that. Anyway, as I often do when reading Middle Grade books, I cried at the end. It was wonderful. #28 #BookSpin #14 #BFC22 #Pantone2022Colour Coca Mocha #MGMarchThroughTime #MiddleGradeMarch

Clwojick Great colour match! 🤎 3mo
megnews I absolutely love this book!!!! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
Allylu @megnews Me too. 3mo
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