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BarbaraJean
One More River | Lynne Reid Banks
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I picked this up ages ago because I liked Lynne Reid Banks when I was a kid. It was my March #BookSpin and a #MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime book and I‘m finally reviewing it now🤦🏻‍♀️ The story follows a Canadian girl whose family moves to Israel just months before the Six-Day War in 1967. It was interesting to see her growth as she adjusts to life on a kibbutz, explores her Jewish/Israeli identity, and questions the implications of the conflict.

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BarbaraJean
We Dream of Space | Erin Entrada Kelly
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I read 5 books for #MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime, and really enjoyed the journey! I met da Vinci‘s assistant Salai in early 1500s Milan, I watched as Dutch children in the early 1900s worked to attract storks to their village, and I traveled with Rifka Nebrot as her family fled the Russian pogroms in 1919. I spent time on a kibbutz in Israel during the 1967 Six Days War, and saw the Challenger explosion through the eyes of middle-schoolers in 1986.

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Read4life
The Boundless | Kenneth Oppel
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I only had 2 books to read for my #BookSpinBingo card in March. They‘ll both be carryover titles for April.
I also read 18 books for #MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime. I enjoyed them and was happy to clear so many books off my owned TBR list.

megnews I loved the Phantom Tollbooth when I read it last year and couldn‘t believe I was just getting to it. I LOVED the Anastasia Krupnik series as a kid. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!! 3mo
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sblbooks
How to Make a Book Report | Jennifer Overend Prior
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The last week of #MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime was a good one. I read 4 middle grade books, they were all four stars. The #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead The Blue Castle was excellent, except for one part toward the end. I knocked off a Star, so four stars for that one also. @megnews @BarbaraJean #BookReport @Cinfhen

Chrissyreadit They all look good 😍 I liked The Blue Castle too. 3mo
Cinfhen Beautiful book covers and they all look like excellent reads 😍 3mo
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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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Johanna414
Red, White, and Whole | Rajani LaRocca
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I had so much fun reading middle grade this month, and I‘ve had great luck convincing students to read these books as I‘ve finished them! I read 10 books today, ranging from 1483 to 2001. My favorite was definitely Red, White and Whole, followed closely by Show Me a Sign. Least favorite was probably All the Greys on Greene Street…
Thanks @megnews for organizing the #Middlegrademarchthroughtime

kellyann28 Wow this is really neat! 3mo
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megnews
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I so enjoyed #MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime! I read these 12 books from 1587 to 2005. My favorite by far was A Place to Hang the Moon.

What did you read for #MiddleGradeMarchThroughTime? What was your favorite?

erzascarletbookgasm Oh I want to read the tagged book! 😭 My favourites are Look Both Ways and Finding Langston. 3mo
Chrissyreadit Agh! I did not get to middle grade books after all- BUT I want to read these! I love this concept- so will put the titles in my book list journal. Can you recommend 3 that absolutely should not be missed? 3mo
mrp27 Great month! Your review of Blue Birds inspired me to read it but I‘m not quite finished yet. 3mo
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sblbooks I think my favorite of the month ended up being, Jefferson's Sons. 3mo
megnews @sblbooks I still think of that book so often. It‘s a top recommendation 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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