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Worst Case Scenario Adventure books

Free eBooks for Tween Boys: Worst Case Scenario Novel Adventures

Make Your Own Ending Adventure Books for Boys

I pretty much love everything about this book concept:

  • It’s based on the very popular Worst Case Scenario books.
  • The cast of characters is multi-ethnic, boys and girls, and truly interesting.
  • The illustrator, Yancey Labat, used to draw for Marvel Comics.
  • It’s a novel, a graphic novel, and an If/Then game all in one. Read more…
2108 Eyes Open, K L Glanville, sci fi tween, new zealand fiction

Maximum Ride + Hunger Games = 2108: Eyes Open by K L Glanville

Science Fiction Thriller for Teens

It’s the year 2108. I just turned 16. That means I can access the autopilot on my Aerokopa. So now, I can both fly and scope the Dat-X at the same time. But what good is that when I don’t even have a date to my best friend’s party of the century? Okay, well, one of the Holdouts offered to go with me . . . but there’s NO WAY I’m going with one of them! And then there are the Trollers docked at the quay. They’re most likely spies working with the Aliens, bringing nothing but trouble. But with this visit, they may even bring war. It would be treason to talk to them, let alone . . . befriend one. But what’s a curious girl to do? Did I tell you I have a propensity for trouble? Read more…

Sammy Keys and the Hotel Thief

Josh in 6th Grade Shares His Favorite Books

6th Grade Books Recommendations by a 6th Grade Boy

Hi again! Now that I have permission too, I just thought that I’d give some more book recommendations/reviews. These are just random books that I’ve read some what recently (these are in no particular order). Read more…

Our House is Round

Happy Earth Day! Non-Fiction Books for Kids

Earth Day Books for Kids

In honor of Earth Day and early birds getting worms, I am giving away these fine, newly published non fiction books for kids to the first 5 people who leave a comment. To win, just leave a comment with the book you want to win. I have also been collecting ideas for Earth Day on Pinterest. Read more…

4th Grade Science Study Guides: Weather, Rocks & Minerals, Moon Phases

4th Grade Science Study Guides

I have a beef with elementary school Common Core science. THIS IS NOT SCIENCE. This is memorization. Science is supposed to be about asking questions, testing, and forming conclusions. That is the way science works in the real world. Read more…

osprey, florida, north captiva

Osprey Migration Books for Kids

Osprey Migration in Children’s Books

It all started when I saw the Osprey that Doodles and Jots photographed near her home in Cape Cod. Several weeks prior (5 to be exact), I spotted an Osprey in North Captiva, Florida. Could it be the same Osprey? Probably not, but it was fun to speculate. Read more…

Inside Out and Back Again,

Reader Challenge: Poetry for 5th Grade Girls’ Bookclub

Poetry for 5th Grade Book Club

I love getting book requests from readers. This one came in recently:

Hi There –
I read your blog, especially for inspiration when organizing my daughter’s book club meetings (I’m the host for seven 5th grade girls each month).

I was wondering if you ever discuss or read poetry with your kids and, if so, if you have any recommendations for me. I’d like to focus on poetry for our next book club meeting but am not sure how to go about doing it – whether we should read/discuss a few poems together? or if each girl should bring a poem to share? Read more…

Double Dog Dare, Lisa Graff

Double Dog Dare GIVEAWAY and CONTEST!

I Double Dog Dare You

My 4th grade daughter, PickyKidPix, thinks that this middle grade chapter book, Double Dog Dare by Lisa Graff, is FUNNY! Read more…

The Hunger Games Movie

The Hunger Games and Age Appropriateness

The Hunger Games Age Appropriateness

My 10-year-0ld, PickyKidPix, read The Hunger Games series against my wishes though it’s not like I’m going to go ballistic over something like reading! It’s just that I would have preferred for her to wait, even a year, so that she would get more out of it. No such luck. She challenged her table mates to a reading race. Pretty soon half of her class was powering through the series much to the chagrin of her teacher, who agreed with me about waiting, even half a year. Read more…