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Awesome, funny, well-written, young person's book with some adult themes.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham~ historical fiction. Good group novel tying into Civil Rights Movement.

One of the best children's books I've read. Great Christian message for all ages addressing self worth from our Maker vs. the approval of the world. "You are Special" by Max Lucado.

You Are Special by Max Lucado I didn't read this until I was an adult and fell in love with it. It has a great message about being special for who you are and not how other people (or Wemmicks in this case) perceive you.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

7 Favorite Children's Classics from Off the Shelf Readers

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler -- a girl and her brother run away from home to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art with little idea of the mystery and adventure that awaits. One of my favorite books I'm elementary school!

I love the whole series. I wish Tina had gotten interested in them....

Sweet valley twins series

Anne of Green Gables - L.M.Montgomery  Movie and Book!This book reminded me of my Mom~only my Mom never found that wonderful home~

Anne of Green Gables

Re-read of a favorite: Anne of Green Gables (Anne Shirley Series by L. This is the or time I've read Anne of Green Gables and I still love it as much as the first time when I was in the fourth grade. Still reading the same copy, too.

Catherine Called Birdy, a newberry honor award winner, is a historical fiction novel about a girl whose father wants to marry her off to a man ASAP, but she has other ideas. This book is about maturing and coming of age.

The 10 Best Young Adult Books for Grownups

Tried and True Read Alouds for Middle Grades

Ten (Plus Two) Tried-and-True Read Alouds for Middle Grades by Melanie Roy

The BFG by Roald Dahl (Farrar, Straus, Kidsnatched from her orphange by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants.

I'm too old to have read this one in high school but as an adult, I was pretty damn impressed.

Extension Activity: Watch the movie based on the book and discuss the similarities and differences between them.

The homework machine.

The Homework Machine - Dan Gutman; Great read for middle schooler

Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea - Chelsea Handler

I received a Nook for Christmas from Tony and I have all the Chelsea Handler books on it. They are so funny. I love her. She reminds me of myself and of Samira, who is the one who recommended them to me. Thanks Sam!

A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland Indiana (Zippy #1)  by Haven Kimmel:

A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland Indiana (Zippy by Haven Kimmel:

Helping students identify the theme of a text through the use of common themes in literature.

Picture Books for Discussing Themes: Faithful Elephants by Yukio Tsuchiya Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting The Old Woman Who Named .

Number the Stars (1989) by Lois Lowry.  The book is set in Copenhagen during the Holocaust. It follows a family who is good friends with a family of Jews. When the Germans plan to get rid of all the Jews, the family decides to help them to safety. They take them to a family home by the sea and smuggle them off to Sweden until the war ends.

Number The Stars, Lois Lowry I remember reading this back in third grade. A very, very good book.

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