Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Blog Hop

WINNER: Heidi Robbins!

Welcome to the
MidWinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop!

I am giving away  a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

To enter, be a follower and leave a comment through December 31st. That's it. Winner will be selected at random. 


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Monday, December 19, 2016

MMGM - Adrift at Sea

 Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

A Vietnamese Boy's Story of Survival
by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch with Tuan Ho
November, 2016

It is 1981. In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, a fishing boat overloaded with 60 Vietnamese refugees drifts. The motor has failed; the hull is leaking; the drinking water is nearly gone. This is the dramatic true story recounted by Tuan Ho, who was six years old when he, his mother, and two sisters dodged the bullets of Vietnam’s military police for the perilous chance of boarding that boat. Told to multi-award-winning author Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch and illustrated by the celebrated Brian Deines, Tuan’s story has become Adrift At Sea, the first picture book to describe the flight of Vietnam’s “Boat People” refugees. Illustrated with sweeping oil paintings and complete with an expansive historical and biographical section with photographs, this non-fiction picture book is all the more important as the world responds to a new generation of refugees risking all on the open water for the chance at safety and a new life. 

This is one of the most beautiful and powerful picture books I've seen in a long time. I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy and was blown away by the emotional impact of both the story and the illustrations. It would make a perfect edition to any middle or high school history classroom.

I STRONGLY recommend this one!

Shannon Whitney Messenger decided it was time to give middle grade stories the attention they deserve, and "Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays" was born. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

MMGM - Julie of the Wolves

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

 Julie of the Wolves
by Jean Craighead George

Goodreads Blurb:
Miyax, like many adolescents, is torn. But unlike most, her choices may determine whether she lives or dies. At 13, an orphan, and unhappily married, Miyax runs away from her husband's parents' home, hoping to reach San Francisco and her pen pal. But she becomes lost in the vast Alaskan tundra, with no food, no shelter, and no idea which is the way to safety. Now, more than ever, she must look hard at who she really is. Is she Miyax, Eskimo girl of the old ways? Or is she Julie (her "gussak"-white people-name), the modernized teenager who must mock the traditional customs? And when a pack of wolves begins to accept her into their community, Miyax must learn to think like a wolf as well. If she trusts her Eskimo instincts, will she stand a chance of surviving?

We got 4 inches of snow last night and it's still snowing, so this felt like the perfect book for today. It's a classic, and I love it. It's one of my favorite books--not because it's middle grade, but because it's so wonderful. I love Miyax. She is so brave and resourceful. I fell in love with her wolves and her little, odd bird and the way she made a life for herself in the wilderness. This book ripped my heart to pieces, but I still re-read it every now and then because it is just that good.

If you still haven't read this book, YOU MUST. It's one of those special classics that everyone should read at least once

Shannon Whitney Messenger decided it was time to give middle grade stories the attention they deserve, and "Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays" was born.

 Happy Monday! 
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