Author Archives: Mrs. Mason

Star-Crossed

Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee Grades 4 & up Mattie and her friends are thrilled when they learn that the eighth grade play will be an unabridged version of Romeo & Juliet. Life would be great if she could figure out … Continue reading

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The Goldfish Boy

The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson Grades 4 & up Matty’s fear of germs is taking over his life. He knows that if they win, he will cause someone else to get sick and die. So he washes his hands … Continue reading

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At the Bottom of the World

At the Bottom of the World by Bill Nye Grades 3 & up Jack refers to his two foster siblings as “the geniuses.” The three of them ended up in the same foster home several years back and by working … Continue reading

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Hello, Universe

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly Grades 4 & up This story of four sixth graders is intertwined on the first day of summer. Virgil hates that his parents call him Turtle, even if he is very quiet. He is … Continue reading

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Midnight Without a Moon

Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson Grades 6 & up Rose is thirteen years old in the summer of 1955, living as a sharecropper outside a small town in Mississippi. Her mother remarried several years before, leaving Rose … Continue reading

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The Ethan I Was Before

The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish Grades 4 & up Ethan is having trouble coping after a tragedy involving his best friend. His therapist calls it survivor’s guilt. All he knows is that he can’t stop thinking about … Continue reading

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Real Friends

Real Friends by Shannon Hale Grades 3 & up This poignant graphic memoir takes a hard look at the feelings of loneliness that are all too often glossed over in elementary school. Young Shannon is on the outskirts of the … Continue reading

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Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded

Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood Grades 4 & up Chantel is a pretty talented sorceress-in-training at Miss Ellicott’s School for Magical Maidens. She is good at summoning, and even has a snake as a familiar. … Continue reading

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Dear Miss Karana

Dear Miss Karana by Eric Elliot Grades 4 & up Tishmal is a fourth grader who lives and goes to school on an Indian Reservation near Riverside, California. After studying Island of the Blue Dolphins in school, she starts writing … Continue reading

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See You in the Cosmos

See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng Grades 5 & up Alex loves space, rockets, and truth, and he idolizes Carl Sagan, which is why he named his dog after him. With the help of an online forum, Alex … Continue reading

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