Bet you can guess: Who's the writer and who's the (young-at-heart) sixth grade teacher?
Here on my author site, I've happily handed over my blog space to Louise Hopping (@HoppingReads), my sister, my two-time coauthor
, and an enthusiastic reading teacher at St. Michael School in Livonia, Michigan.
For two decades, Louise has been evaluating books for tweens (ages 10-12.5) for quality, classroom suitability, and kid appeal. She adds the best titles to her locally famous FREADom classroom library.
This Readalicious! blog is for tweens, parents of tweens, middle school teachers, and anyone else interested in putting good books in the hands and minds of tweens.
—Lorraine (the writer, on the left)
Authors, editors, publishers: YES, you are cordially invited to submit ARCs and review copies of books for tweens (ages 10 to 12.5), fiction and nonfiction, English language only.
Louise only reviews or lists books that she recommends and can add to her classroom lending library—meaning the book must be available in a print edition.
Send materials to:
Louise Hopping, Sixth Grade
c/o St. Michael School
Livonia, MI 48150
Across America on an Emigrant Train, J. Murphy
An American Plague, J, Murphy
The Book Thief, M. Zusak (for mature kids)
Bud, Not Buddy, C.P. Curtis
The Cardturner, L. Sachar
The Cats of Roxville Station, J. Craighead Moore
Chains and Forge (Seeds of America), L. Halse Anderson
The Clockwork Three, M. Kirby
The Giver, L. Lowry
The Graveyard Book, N. Gaiman
Every Soul a Star, W. Mass
The Icefall, M. Kirby
Ida B., Katherine Kannigan
Fever 1793, L. Halse Anderson
The Great Fire, J. Murphy
Gregor the Overlander, S. Collins
Hatchet, G. Paulsen
Hey! Listen to This! J. Trelease
Holes, L. Sachar
Honus and Me, D. Gutman
The Ink Drinker, E. Sanvoisin
Invasion of the Road Weenies, D. Lubar
Last Newspaper Boy in America, S. Corbett
Last Shot (first in a sports mystery series), J. Feinstein
Lincon, by R. Freedman
The Lorax, Dr. Seuss
Moon Over Manifest, C. Vanderpool
Number the Stars, L. Lowry
Oh, Yikes! History's Grossest, Wackiest Moments, J. Masoff and T. Sirrell
Operation Yes, S.L. Holmes
The Pigman, P. Zindal
Rascal, S. North
Read All About It, J. Trelease
Sideways Stories from Wayside School, L. Sachar
Splendors and Glooms, L. Schlitz
Stormbreaker, A. Horowitz
Tangerine, E. Bloor
There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom, L. Sachar
The Watch That Ends the Night, A. Wolf
Whales on Stilts, M.T. Anderson
Woods Runner, G. Paulsen
Wonder, R.J. Palacio
A World Without Fish, by M. Kurlansky
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August 14, 2011
I am a die-hard history fan—gobbling up nonfiction, narrative nonfiction, and historical fiction alike. Other than literature, it’s my favorite subject to teach, and I try hard to rub some of that passion off on my students.
Jim Murphy's An American Plague
(a Newbery Honor Book! a Sibert award winner! a National Book Award finalist!) is an excellent nonfiction book that deserves all those accolades. It's about the deadly yellow fever epidemic
of 1793 that struck Philadelphia, then the capitol city of the new United States of America.
I loved it and planned to use it to talk about current events and the science of staying healthy
(the H1N1 flu epidemic was in full scare). But, I was having trouble getting kids to read it.
What they told me was, “We want to read a story.” How could I argue? They wanted to read
Then, a student clued me in to a "y'gotta-read-this" book on the same historic epidemic.
August 9, 2011
My Dad sure can tell a story! We’ll be on the edge of our seats one moment, wondering if he survived some brutal, post-war military exercise (and, duh, of course he did because he’s telling us the story, 60 years later...), and then laughing hysterically as he explains how he showed off for pretty Fräuleins on the German Alps (one hitch: the handsome American soldier didn’t know how to ski!).
I imagine author Matthew Kirby has a storyteller in his past. After reading his fabulous debut novel, The Clockwork Three
, I was thrilled when my sister Lorraine came home from a middle grade author buzz panel at BookExpo America
with an advanced copy of his second novel, ICEFALL
Whoo boy. What a story!
Set in Medieval Norway, three Viking children have been spirited away to a hidden fortress for safety while their father defends his kingdom against an enemy warlord. The kids are in the care of trusted family servants and soldiers—or so they think. Winter is setting in (no small thing in the mountains of Norway). Supplies are low.
The plot gets spicy early with the arrival of the king’s special forces, a group of about 20 fearsome berserkers
. Tagging along with the soldiers is Alric the skald, the king’s personal storyteller.
August 6, 2011
Wow! Wow! Wow! This is the debut novel of Matthew Kirby
and Wow! (I say again) it is terrific. It reminds me of so many stories, and yet the plot is unique. (My sister Lorraine passed along an ARC of Kirby's next book, Icefall
, which I like even more; review coming soon.)
Three characters, Giuseppe, Hannah, and Frederick all live in a bustling, late-1800s port city bordered by McCauley Park, an area that has never been developed. Parts of the park are so wild that cougars still live there.
Each of the three characters needs something, and they can't achieve their goals without helping each other. Giuseppe (joo-SEP-ee) is a street musician who longs to return home to Italy. Fredrick is an apprentice clockmaker who wants to make journeyman (a step above apprentice) by creating the most amazing clockwork man (a type of automaton
) the world has seen. Hannah has had to quit school to support her family as a maid in a fancy hotel. Her father is seriously ill, and she desperately needs money for the medicine to help him.
Read the sad, moving tale of a peace-loving leader who lost his land, many of his people, and his life-long fight to keep the peace. (FREEBIE history puzzles.)
The true science adventures of Diane France, forensic anthropologist. NSTA Selector's Choice, AAAS/SB&F Subaru finalist, starred reviews!
Adriana Ocampo found her path to science adventure through space-traveling robots and crashing asteroids! (FREEBIE science quizzes and a FREE ebook by Adriana.)
The Body as Evidence (Autopsies) and Crime Scene Investigation!
Venus and Serena, Peyton Manning, Michelle Kwan, and others for ages 6-9. (FREEBIE sports quizzes.)
Outdoor fun for 6 to 8 year olds.
Tornadoes! and Hurricanes! are my two best-selling books with 1.6 million sold
A must-have card game set for English language (ESL/EFL) and language arts teachers and tutors. (FREEBIE ESL materials.)
My top selling game book! (FREEBIE math puzzles.)
Lively games and activities about grammar, vocabulary, and dictionary skills. (FREEBIE word puzzles.)
Great American History Games, 15 Primary Source Activities (plays, games, readings, and more) and more!
Race from Earth to Mars, an orbiting target, by fixing malfunctions and answering intriguing science questions. Endorsed by astronaut Jack Lousma.