Category Archives: Book Reviews

1 Sure Thing a Writer Can Know

*by Jean Foster Akin* I had always written for adults and never had any desire to write for middle readers. It never even occurred to me to write for middle readers until I took a course in college wherein I … Continue reading

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No Perfect First Chapters, a quote from the indomitable Leonard Bishop

In the vast and various realm of ‘how-to-write guides’ there is no law, canon, edict, ukase, tenet or rule that declares that the writer must begin at the beginning of the novel he wants to write. The only fully functional … Continue reading

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Writing Life From Life

by Jean Foster Akin Writers create stories, but nothing we write is ever completely original, meaning that no story arises from just our narrow inner selves. And how could it? We live in this world and we experience the same things … Continue reading

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Black Folks, White Folks and THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett

I just finished reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I know, I know, I’m late in coming to the ball. It’s just that everyone was making such a fuss about it, and then the film released, so it was the hype … Continue reading

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Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White…a book review with enrichment activities

CHARLOTTE’S WEB, by E.B. White Illustrations by Garth Williams Harper Collins, 1952 (ages 8-12) A good read-aloud book? Absolutely. SUMMARY: Young Fern is able to convince her father to allow her to keep the runt piglet just born on their … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hooray! A Pinata! (with enrichment activities)

 Hooray! A Piñata!! by Eliza Kleven Dutton Children’s Books/Penguin 1996 (for ages 6-9) SUMMARY: Young Clara selects a dog-shaped piñata for her birthday but becomes attached to it, pretending it is a real pet, and doesn’t want to see it broken. … Continue reading

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The Velveteen Rabbit…a book review

The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams (Illustrations by William Nicholson), Doubleday, 1958 Age Group: Middle Readers, 7-12; Grade Level: 2nd to 5th; Good Read-Aloud Book for Younger Children? YES! SUMMARY: The Velveteen Rabbit is the touching story of a stuffed toy … Continue reading

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