Coming Soon: 5th Grade Yankee Swap Summer Book Exchange

WHO: 5th grade readers interested in picking up a new book to enjoy over the summer, share one of their favorites, and participate in a fun book exchange with their classmates. WHAT: 5th grade students have been begging for one more book club this year (I can’t blame them – they did such a great […]

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Insta Review: Small as an Elephant, by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! What is it like to be the child of a parent secretly suffering from mental illness? In So B. It, a novel I reviewed earlier this year, mama’s mental illness is obvious, and Heidi gets by with help from […]

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Family Connection: Resources for Talking to Your Child about 13 Reasons Why

Note: This post is intended to be a resource for parents, educators, and students, instead of a personal reflection. If you would like to hear my personal feelings about 13 Reasons Why or engage in a discussion about difficult topics in young adult literature, I invite you to contact me privately via email at fitzbetweentheshelves@gmail.com.  When […]

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Fitz’s Faves Jr: Clara’s review of The Talented Clementine, by Sarah Pennypacker

The story is about a girl named Clementine and there’s a talent show coming up called Talent Palooza Night of the Stars. That’s a pretty long name, right? Then that’s when Clementine gets into a problem and that problem is… Clementine thinks that she doesn’t have any talents but deep inside her she does. But […]

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Cardboard MakerSpace Book Club

Her hair fell into her face and she hunched over, tongue sticking out of the corner of her mouth, fingering an LED light and a strip of copper tape. The cardboard car sat stubbornly askew on the tabletop. She moved silently, in tiny increments, only pausing to wipe her hand on her skirt or tuck her […]

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Insta Review: Honor Girl, by Maggie Thrash

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Young adult fiction with a focus on sexuality and exploration is becoming more and more common, but this is the first graphic novel that I have seen on the topic. Graphic novels that tackle serious issues give me heart […]

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Insta Review: Two Naomis, by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Divorce isn’t easy on kids. There are lots of stories and movies that caricature that, with screaming teens and tearful, apologetic parents. But Two Naomis gives a more down-to-Earth look at life after divorce, and the complications when families […]

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