I’m an avid reader of books for kids – 20 years as a middle school teacher and librarian! Where has the time gone?
At school, I tell only about books I’ve liked and let kids make up their own minds about the rest. Everyone has a right to read what they like! On this blog, I’ll post it all. Much of this has been stored away on notecards and in computer files for a long time. It’s about time for me to get organized! I started this blog in mid-2012, but I will add back posts according to the original review date.
What I really need: contemporary/futuristic African-American fiction. There seems to be a dire need for middle grade fiction for this group. No more books about slavery & civil rights, please. No more high school ghetto dramas. Are the only choices for boys: gangs, drugs, or basketball? I want to read and promote teen lit about modern problems and solutions, school and life, college and career… I WANT BLACK TEEN/TWEEN CHARACTERS IN SCI-FI & FANTASY!! Where are you? I’d love to hear your recommendations or read new authors for this audience.
I’d like to make “movie trailer quality” commercials for books someday. Kids get marketed to for so much other stuff, why not books?
I’ve got a new passion for gardening and permaculture that is “growing” daily, so you might see some books on those topics too! Every now and then I can’t resist reading something that isn’t for work, so here and there I’ve got an adult post.
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I make no promises to review every single request sent my way, my priorities are middle grade focused fiction as capitalized above. I define middle grade fiction as being suitable for students in grades 6, 7 or 8 (kids of age 10/11 to 13/14). I believe that the main characters of those books would also be in middle school or early high school, excepting those non-human species! I review every book with my own honest opinion. You can contact me at the following snail mail address:
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