Posts Tagged ‘Wonder’

I’m slightly embarrassed to admit it, but I struggled to find new book to read after we all read Wonder this fall.

I couldn’t help comparing every book to what I still consider a masterpiece of middle grade fiction.

So, how did I dig myself out of my non-reading hole?

I went back to my favorite reader’s advisory tools: NoveList K-8 Plus,, and Goodreads. I scanned  lists, read reviews, wrote some titles down, visited the Bangor Public Library and local bookstores.


One title in particular showed up on lots of “best” lists, and bookstore shelves, Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. But something about the title didn’t hook me. There I stood, in the middle of Briar Patch bookstore downtown, and I thought… these reviewers must know something I don’t…yet. So I bought the book, and needless to say, I’ve found another masterpiece of middle grade fiction.

Readers, please do me a GIGANTIC favor and visit Ms. Sloan’s website and download the first chapter of Counting by 7s, and then tell me whether you are interested in reading the rest of the book by taking the poll, below!

Wonder’s beginning…. just listen!

Posted: November 15, 2013 in Reading
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Wonder NPR Podcast link

Take 8 minutes to listen to this fantastic interview from with the author of Wonder, R.J. Palacio.

Share your thoughts on what Wonder means to you on our book discussion page!

The interview came from National Public Radio’s Backseat Book Club.

Visit this visual guide to our Fall Community Read, Wonder, by R.J. Palacio!

Wonder has been chosen as our JFD Community Read for this fall!

Wonder has been chosen as our JFD Community Read for this fall!

It’s time to talk about the ever popular Maine Student Book Award nominees. You’ve seen the books fly off the shelves– Dark Lord, Giants Beware, Fourmile, and more. This week during ELA book browse , I will be asking each class to choose a name for their Maine Student Book Award team. We invite every ELA class at JFDS to send a team of MSBA readers to our First Annual Intra-school MSBA Battle to be held in April!

MSBA details you won’t want to miss…

– All students are welcome to vote in the statewide MSBA Election by reading THREE titles from this year’s list. You can count a title as being “read” if you listened to it being read aloud, or read the book yourself.

– Voting will take place the week of March 24th, 2014

– Any student who reads ALL 40 books will have their name entered in a drawing for a cool gadget! The last two years we gave away Kindles.

– Our MSBA Battle will take place in April! We will have a series of MSBA team meetings scattered throughout the winter–so stay tuned!

– Visit the Maine Student Book Award website for the full list of titles!