Tag: bullying

Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish

Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish

Lynn: When you’re a six-foot tall, 180-pound eighth-grader known as the Mastodon of Montgomery Middle, what do you do? If you’re cash-strapped Marcus Vega, the titular protagonist of Pablo Cartaya’s second book, Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish, you run an escort service walking kids to school past bully Stephen Hobert for a fee. Responsible and caring, Marcus does […]

Great Minds Don’t Think Alike: Learning Differences in Middle Grade Books

Great Minds Don’t Think Alike: Learning Differences in Middle Grade Books

Lynn: Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s new book, Fish in a Tree, introduces us to 6th-grader Ally Nickerson, who is smart, good at math, gifted at drawing, and has a behavior problem. She’s also hiding a painful secret: she can barely read. Words to her look like a “can of alphabet soup dumped on a plate.” She can’t […]

Classrooms Are Full of Struggling Students Like Albie

Classrooms Are Full of Struggling Students Like Albie

Lynn: Early in Absolutely Almost (2014) Albie confides, “Emails from school are never about good stuff.” Sadly, for Albie, there rarely is much news from school that makes his parents or his teachers happy. In fact, his private school has just kicked him out and he is starting fifth grade in a public school, leaving […]

Stella's Starliner by Rosemary Wells

Stella's Starliner by Rosemary Wells

Cindy: My grandparents hauled a silver Starliner across the country year after year to visit the relatives. They would park the trailer behind our house for the month of June and I would sit on a bench at the small kitchen table and play Scrabble or dominoes with my grandmother every night after dinner. I […]

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

Cindy:  I was cheering loudly when Navigating Early (Delacorte 2013) won a Printz Honor this year. It’s always fun to be in the audience at the announcement of the awards, and it’s even more fun when favorite books are honored. If you haven’t read Navigating Early, you are in for a treat. Thom Barthelmess provides […]

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Lynn:  A zillion years ago when I was a teenager, a group of us would gather on steamy Indiana summer nights, make some popcorn and watch the Creature Feature –  usually a corny ridiculous science fiction movie.  The special effects were terrible, the acting just as bad but we wouldn’t miss it.  Now, the parallel […]

Discussable Duets: Teenage bullies–actual, virtual, and fictional
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Discussable Duets: Teenage bullies–actual, virtual, and fictional

Rare is the person who doesn’t have a painful memory of the teen years to share when the topic comes up in conversation. One place where many folks feel safe talking about the teen years is a book group. Expect lively conversation from readers of this pair of books, Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight and […]

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Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick your Ass by Meg Medina

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick your Ass by Meg Medina

Lynn:  I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that it took me a while to work Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (Candlewick 2013) up to the top of my reading stack.  I know how important the subject of bullying is but shamefully my escapist-reader tendencies kept diverting me this summer.  Fortunately I was getting […]

Bully.com by Joe Lawlor

Bully.com by Joe Lawlor

Cindy: I read this book back in May for Booklist’s Mystery Month but somehow never got it written up in time. It has languished in a stack of read books that try to bully me into writing about them. This one didn’t let go. Bully.com (Eerdmans 2013) is a slim (by today’s book length standards), […]

Phoebe & Digger by Tricia Springstubb

Phoebe & Digger by Tricia Springstubb

Lynn:  It’s pretty exciting when a new baby first comes home but for a toddler, that magic often diminishes as reality sets in and the baby gets a lot of attention.  Phoebe & Digger (Candlewick 2013) is a wonderfully funny, nuanced look at that common situation from the toddler’s point of view.  In our story […]