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  • Brenda Kahn
    Oops, I forgot another recent read - The Cardturner by Louis Sachar, who somehow pulled off a YA book about bridge. It s a sweet coming-of-age book that isn t
    Message 1 of 21 , Jul 6 6:57 PM
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      Oops, I forgot another recent read - The Cardturner by Louis Sachar, who somehow pulled off a YA book about bridge. It's a sweet coming-of-age book that isn't "issuey."

      I should have recommended another title in my response to Laura earlier. Last Newspaper Boy in America by Sue Corbett - pubbed in Sept. of 2009 and features a likable main character who learns that the newspaper he is finally old enough to deliver is about to cease home delivery. He sets about mobilizing the subscribers and writing letters to the editor. There's also a mystery to solve as a sub-plot.

      bk

      Brenda Kahn MLS, NBCT
      School Library Media Specialist
      Tenakill Middle School
      Closter, NJ
      http://proseandkahn.livejournal.com/

    • RoycenCara@aol.com
      RE: Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer - I heard an interview in which Grisham said he wrote it, in large part, because there was money in YA fiction. ... From:
      Message 2 of 21 , Jul 7 7:19 AM
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        RE: Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer - I heard an interview in which Grisham said he wrote it, in large part, because there was "money" in YA fiction.


        -----Original Message-----
        From: Brenda Kahn <kahnbrenda@...>
        To: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Tue, Jul 6, 2010 2:39 pm
        Subject: Re: [middle_school_lit] Summer reading

         
        Funny you should ask just today Richie. On Sunday, I finished listening to Kathi Appelt narrate her own, Keeper and was so totally entranced that I'm having some trouble leaving the book to finish my other reads and keeping up with my "book-a-day for the summer" challenge. Yesterday and today, I kept flipping through the book to revisit certain scenes that resonated with me. I loved the structure of the book. I adored the characters, including the pets. I thought the strands of the storylines came together for a lovely ending. Sigh.

        I do wonder, just as I did with The Underneath, which I also loved, whom the audience is though. Not that a ten-year-old couldn't read either and enjoy them, but they are so rich and discussion-worthy. I would want to talk about it with eighth graders.

        Other favorites published in 2010 are:
        After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick (perfect sequel to Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie, but can stand alone)
        Countdown by Deborah Wiles
        The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz. I read it as an arc and fell in love and the artwork was almost totally incomplete. When the book came in my Junior Library Guild Subscription, it was a wonder to behold! So, so gorgeous! The illustrations are amazing, but so is the design with the subtly sparkly end papers and the gorgeous heavy-ish paper stock. 

        Not a Newbery contender but totally fun is The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angelberger. I've also been recommending The Popularity Papers by Amy Ignatow. Both are humorous but containing touchingly true middle school moments for those Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.

        I have a number of your faves on my summer reading pile and am really looking forward to getting to them when Keeper lets me go.

        Brenda

        PS; I love reading these lists! I get so many great suggestions and agree with many...but, if I may...I didn't like Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer. At all. The poster spoke of the unbelievable plot line, but was able to forgive it. I wasn't. Plus, I was irked early on by the all boys class that Theo attended in a public school. So much ultimately did not ring true for me. I hope the list members and poster don't mind. Feel free to disagree with me, defend, engage, discuss. 

        bk

        Brenda Kahn MLS, NBCT
        School Library Media Specialist
        Tenakill Middle School
        Closter, NJ
        http://proseandkahn .livejournal. com/

        --- On Tue, 7/6/10, BudNotBuddy@ aol.com <BudNotBuddy@ aol.com> wrote:

        From: BudNotBuddy@ aol.com <BudNotBuddy@ aol.com>
        Subject: [middle_school_ lit] Summer reading
        To: middle_school_ lit@yahoogroups. com
        Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2010, 3:07 PM

         
        What are you reading?  Do you have middle school favorites from 2010?  This is shaping up to be an amazing year.
         
        Richie Partington, MLIS
        Richie's Picks http://richiespicks .com
        author, I Second That Emotion: Sharing Children's and Young Adult Poetry
        BudNotBuddy@ aol.com
        http://slisweb. sjsu.edu/ people/faculty/ partingtonr/ partingtonr. php
        Moderator, http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/middle_ school_lit/
        Moderator http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/EcolIt/



      • Sarah Darer Littman
        Even worse, in an interview with in the UK s Daily Telegraph, it sounded more like it was about an ego trip.
        Message 3 of 21 , Jul 7 12:42 PM
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          Even worse, in an interview with in the UK's Daily Telegraph, it sounded more like it was about an ego trip.


           "Theodore is really an effort to catch Harry Potter. Back in the 1990s I was routinely introduced as the bestselling author in the world. I tried to pretend like it was no big deal.

          "Then along came Harry Potter and suddenly I was number two. I've got to tell you, I really miss being number one. I'm going to catch Harry one way or another."

          I'm SO GLAD the guy is invading the YA space to assuage his BIG FAT EGO. 

           I won't hand sell the book in my bookstore job on principle. If someone asks for it, fine, but I'm not going to promote the work of someone who isn't writing for kids because they love and respect them. 



          On Jul 7, 2010, at 10:19 AM, RoycenCara@... wrote:

           

          RE: Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer - I heard an interview in which Grisham said he wrote it, in large part, because there was "money" in YA fiction.



          -----Original Message-----
          From: Brenda Kahn <kahnbrenda@yahoo. com>
          To: middle_school_ lit@yahoogroups. com
          Sent: Tue, Jul 6, 2010 2:39 pm
          Subject: Re: [middle_school_ lit] Summer reading

           
          Funny you should ask just today Richie. On Sunday, I finished listening to Kathi Appelt narrate her own, Keeper and was so totally entranced that I'm having some trouble leaving the book to finish my other reads and keeping up with my "book-a-day for the summer" challenge. Yesterday and today, I kept flipping through the book to revisit certain scenes that resonated with me. I loved the structure of the book. I adored the characters, including the pets. I thought the strands of the storylines came together for a lovely ending. Sigh.

          I do wonder, just as I did with The Underneath, which I also loved, whom the audience is though. Not that a ten-year-old couldn't read either and enjoy them, but they are so rich and discussion-worthy. I would want to talk about it with eighth graders.

          Other favorites published in 2010 are:
          After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick (perfect sequel to Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie, but can stand alone)
          Countdown by Deborah Wiles
          The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz. I read it as an arc and fell in love and the artwork was almost totally incomplete. When the book came in my Junior Library Guild Subscription, it was a wonder to behold! So, so gorgeous! The illustrations are amazing, but so is the design with the subtly sparkly end papers and the gorgeous heavy-ish paper stock. 

          Not a Newbery contender but totally fun is The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angelberger. I've also been recommending The Popularity Papers by Amy Ignatow. Both are humorous but containing touchingly true middle school moments for those Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.

          I have a number of your faves on my summer reading pile and am really looking forward to getting to them when Keeper lets me go.

          Brenda

          PS; I love reading these lists! I get so many great suggestions and agree with many...but, if I may...I didn't like Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer. At all. The poster spoke of the unbelievable plot line, but was able to forgive it. I wasn't. Plus, I was irked early on by the all boys class that Theo attended in a public school. So much ultimately did not ring true for me. I hope the list members and poster don't mind. Feel free to disagree with me, defend, engage, discuss. 

          bk

          Brenda Kahn MLS, NBCT
          School Library Media Specialist
          Tenakill Middle School
          Closter, NJ
          http://proseandkahn .livejournal. com/

          --- On Tue, 7/6/10, BudNotBuddy@aol.com <BudNotBuddy@aol.com> wrote:

          From: BudNotBuddy@aol.com <BudNotBuddy@aol.com>
          Subject: [middle_school_ lit] Summer reading
          To: middle_school_ lit@yahoogroups. com
          Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2010, 3:07 PM

           
          What are you reading?  Do you have middle school favorites from 2010?  This is shaping up to be an amazing year.
           
          Richie Partington, MLIS
          Richie's Picks http://richiespicks .com
          author, I Second That Emotion: Sharing Children's and Young Adult Poetry
          BudNotBuddy@ aol.com
          http://slisweb. sjsu.edu/ people/faculty/ partingtonr/ partingtonr. php
          Moderator, http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/middle_ school_lit/
          Moderator http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/EcolIt/





          Sarah Darer Littman
          PURGE Scholastic Press
          LIFE, AFTER Scholastic Press July 2010
          WANT TO GO PRIVATE? Scholastic Press July 2011








        • Brenda Kahn
          ... BINGO! I hadn t heard that, but my hackles rise any time I hear about crossover authors and/ or celebrity books.  Here s the link to my post - not that
          Message 4 of 21 , Jul 7 12:50 PM
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            --- On Wed, 7/7/10, RoycenCara@... <RoycenCara@...> wrote:
            RE: Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer - I heard an interview in which Grisham said he wrote it, in large part, because there was "money" in YA fiction.

            BINGO!

            I hadn't heard that, but my hackles rise any time I hear about crossover authors and/ or celebrity books. 

            Here's the link to my post - not that it's particularly well-written...
            http://proseandkahn.livejournal.com/126635.html

            Brenda Kahn MLS, NBCT
            School Library Media Specialist
            Tenakill Middle School
            Closter, NJ
            http://proseandkahn.livejournal.com/

          • Dotti Enderle
            He s definitely not going to catch Harry with that book. I ve never read a Grisham novel, but I tried Theodore. I made it to about page 70. It wasn t so much
            Message 5 of 21 , Jul 7 1:14 PM
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              He's definitely not going to catch Harry with that book. I've never read a Grisham novel, but I tried Theodore. I made it to about page 70. It wasn't so much the story as the horrific writing that made me put it down.
               
              ~d
               
              Dotti Enderle
                 * * *
              GINGERBREAD MAN SUPERHERO! (Pelican Publishing)
              Flour Power!
              http://www.dottienderle.com
               
               
              ----- Original Message -----
              Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2010 2:42 PM
              Subject: Re: [middle_school_lit] Summer reading

               

              Even worse, in an interview with in the UK's Daily Telegraph, it sounded more like it was about an ego trip.



               "Theodore is really an effort to catch Harry Potter. Back in the 1990s I was routinely introduced as the bestselling author in the world. I tried to pretend like it was no big deal.

              "Then along came Harry Potter and suddenly I was number two. I've got to tell you, I really miss being number one. I'm going to catch Harry one way or another."

              I'm SO GLAD the guy is invading the YA space to assuage his BIG FAT EGO. 

               I won't hand sell the book in my bookstore job on principle. If someone asks for it, fine, but I'm not going to promote the work of someone who isn't writing for kids because they love and respect them. 



              On Jul 7, 2010, at 10:19 AM, RoycenCara@aol. com wrote:

               

              RE: Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer - I heard an interview in which Grisham said he wrote it, in large part, because there was "money" in YA fiction.



              -----Original Message-----
              From: Brenda Kahn <kahnbrenda@yahoo. com>
              To: middle_school_ lit@yahoogroups. com
              Sent: Tue, Jul 6, 2010 2:39 pm
              Subject: Re: [middle_school_ lit] Summer reading

               
              Funny you should ask just today Richie. On Sunday, I finished listening to Kathi Appelt narrate her own, Keeper and was so totally entranced that I'm having some trouble leaving the book to finish my other reads and keeping up with my "book-a-day for the summer" challenge. Yesterday and today, I kept flipping through the book to revisit certain scenes that resonated with me. I loved the structure of the book. I adored the characters, including the pets. I thought the strands of the storylines came together for a lovely ending. Sigh.

              I do wonder, just as I did with The Underneath, which I also loved, whom the audience is though. Not that a ten-year-old couldn't read either and enjoy them, but they are so rich and discussion-worthy. I would want to talk about it with eighth graders.

              Other favorites published in 2010 are:
              After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick (perfect sequel to Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie, but can stand alone)
              Countdown by Deborah Wiles
              The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz. I read it as an arc and fell in love and the artwork was almost totally incomplete. When the book came in my Junior Library Guild Subscription, it was a wonder to behold! So, so gorgeous! The illustrations are amazing, but so is the design with the subtly sparkly end papers and the gorgeous heavy-ish paper stock. 

              Not a Newbery contender but totally fun is The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angelberger. I've also been recommending The Popularity Papers by Amy Ignatow. Both are humorous but containing touchingly true middle school moments for those Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.

              I have a number of your faves on my summer reading pile and am really looking forward to getting to them when Keeper lets me go.

              Brenda

              PS; I love reading these lists! I get so many great suggestions and agree with many...but, if I may...I didn't like Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer. At all. The poster spoke of the unbelievable plot line, but was able to forgive it. I wasn't. Plus, I was irked early on by the all boys class that Theo attended in a public school. So much ultimately did not ring true for me. I hope the list members and poster don't mind. Feel free to disagree with me, defend, engage, discuss. 

              bk

              Brenda Kahn MLS, NBCT
              School Library Media Specialist
              Tenakill Middle School
              Closter, NJ
              http://proseandkahn .livejournal. com/

              --- On Tue, 7/6/10, BudNotBuddy@aol.com <BudNotBuddy@aol.com> wrote:

              From: BudNotBuddy@aol.com <BudNotBuddy@aol.com>
              Subject: [middle_school_ lit] Summer reading
              To: middle_school_ lit@yahoogroups. com
              Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2010, 3:07 PM

               
              What are you reading?  Do you have middle school favorites from 2010?  This is shaping up to be an amazing year.
               
              Richie Partington, MLIS
              Richie's Picks http://richiespicks .com
              author, I Second That Emotion: Sharing Children's and Young Adult Poetry
              BudNotBuddy@ aol.com
              http://slisweb. sjsu.edu/ people/faculty/ partingtonr/ partingtonr. php
              Moderator, http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/middle_ school_lit/
              Moderator http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/EcolIt/





              Sarah Darer Littman
              PURGE Scholastic Press
              LIFE, AFTER Scholastic Press July 2010
              WANT TO GO PRIVATE? Scholastic Press July 2011








            • RoycenCara@aol.com
              Tangent to the discussion. Asking your expert opinions... About a year ago, my literary agency suggested (pre-Theodore Boone) that I write a kid lawyer
              Message 6 of 21 , Jul 7 3:29 PM
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                Tangent to the discussion.  Asking your expert opinions...
                 
                About a year ago, my literary agency suggested (pre-Theodore Boone) that I write a kid lawyer series, because I have been a prosecuting attorney for 15 years.  Question for you wise mid-school-lit folk: Would middle schoolers respond to a legal thriller, or would it be better to write for older teens?

                Thanks for you input,
                 
                Royce Buckingham


                -----Original Message-----
                From: Dotti Enderle <enderle4@...>
                To: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com
                Sent: Wed, Jul 7, 2010 1:14 pm
                Subject: Re: [middle_school_lit] Summer reading

                 
                He's definitely not going to catch Harry with that book. I've never read a Grisham novel, but I tried Theodore. I made it to about page 70. It wasn't so much the story as the horrific writing that made me put it down.
                 
                ~d
                 
                Dotti Enderle
                   * * *
                GINGERBREAD MAN SUPERHERO! (Pelican Publishing)
                Flour Power!
                http://www.dottiend erle.com
                 
                 
                ----- Original Message -----
                Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2010 2:42 PM
                Subject: Re: [middle_school_ lit] Summer reading

                 
                Even worse, in an interview with in the UK's Daily Telegraph, it sounded more like it was about an ego trip.


                 "Theodore is really an effort to catch Harry Potter. Back in the 1990s I was routinely introduced as the bestselling author in the world. I tried to pretend like it was no big deal.
                "Then along came Harry Potter and suddenly I was number two. I've got to tell you, I really miss being number one. I'm going to catch Harry one way or another."
                I'm SO GLAD the guy is invading the YA space to assuage his BIG FAT EGO. 
                 I won't hand sell the book in my bookstore job on principle. If someone asks for it, fine, but I'm not going to promote the work of someone who isn't writing for kids because they love and respect them. 


                On Jul 7, 2010, at 10:19 AM, RoycenCara@aol. com wrote:

                 
                RE: Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer - I heard an interview in which Grisham said he wrote it, in large part, because there was "money" in YA fiction.


                -----Original Message-----
                From: Brenda Kahn <kahnbrenda@yahoo. com>
                To: middle_school_ lit@yahoogroups. com
                Sent: Tue, Jul 6, 2010 2:39 pm
                Subject: Re: [middle_school_ lit] Summer reading

                 
                Funny you should ask just today Richie. On Sunday, I finished listening to Kathi Appelt narrate her own, Keeper and was so totally entranced that I'm having some trouble leaving the book to finish my other reads and keeping up with my "book-a-day for the summer" challenge. Yesterday and today, I kept flipping through the book to revisit certain scenes that resonated with me. I loved the structure of the book. I adored the characters, including the pets. I thought the strands of the storylines came together for a lovely ending. Sigh.

                I do wonder, just as I did with The Underneath, which I also loved, whom the audience is though. Not that a ten-year-old couldn't read either and enjoy them, but they are so rich and discussion-worthy. I would want to talk about it with eighth graders.

                Other favorites published in 2010 are:
                After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick (perfect sequel to Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie, but can stand alone)
                Countdown by Deborah Wiles
                The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz. I read it as an arc and fell in love and the artwork was almost totally incomplete. When the book came in my Junior Library Guild Subscription, it was a wonder to behold! So, so gorgeous! The illustrations are amazing, but so is the design with the subtly sparkly end papers and the gorgeous heavy-ish paper stock. 

                Not a Newbery contender but totally fun is The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angelberger. I've also been recommending The Popularity Papers by Amy Ignatow. Both are humorous but containing touchingly true middle school moments for those Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.

                I have a number of your faves on my summer reading pile and am really looking forward to getting to them when Keeper lets me go.

                Brenda

                PS; I love reading these lists! I get so many great suggestions and agree with many...but, if I may...I didn't like Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer. At all. The poster spoke of the unbelievable plot line, but was able to forgive it. I wasn't. Plus, I was irked early on by the all boys class that Theo attended in a public school. So much ultimately did not ring true for me. I hope the list members and poster don't mind. Feel free to disagree with me, defend, engage, discuss. 

                bk

                Brenda Kahn MLS, NBCT
                School Library Media Specialist
                Tenakill Middle School
                Closter, NJ
                http://proseandkahn .livejournal. com/

                --- On Tue, 7/6/10, BudNotBuddy@aol.com <BudNotBuddy@aol.com> wrote:

                From: BudNotBuddy@aol.com <BudNotBuddy@aol.com>
                Subject: [middle_school_ lit] Summer reading
                To: middle_school_ lit@yahoogroups. com
                Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2010, 3:07 PM

                 
                What are you reading?  Do you have middle school favorites from 2010?  This is shaping up to be an amazing year.
                 
                Richie Partington, MLIS
                Richie's Picks http://richiespicks .com
                author, I Second That Emotion: Sharing Children's and Young Adult Poetry
                BudNotBuddy@ aol.com
                http://slisweb. sjsu.edu/ people/faculty/ partingtonr/ partingtonr. php
                Moderator, http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/middle_ school_lit/
                Moderator http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/EcolIt/





                Sarah Darer Littman
                PURGE Scholastic Press
                LIFE, AFTER Scholastic Press July 2010
                WANT TO GO PRIVATE? Scholastic Press July 2011








              • BudNotBuddy@aol.com
                The two related books that immediately come to mind are THE TRIALS OF KATE HOPE by Wick Downing and MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD. I love the legal aspects of
                Message 7 of 21 , Jul 7 3:44 PM
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                  The two related books that immediately come to mind are THE TRIALS OF KATE HOPE by Wick Downing and MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD.  I love the legal aspects of both and I think that both age groups would respond to a legal thriller series done right.
                   
                  Richie Partington, MLIS
                  Richie's Picks http://richiespicks.com
                  author, I Second That Emotion: Sharing Children's and Young Adult Poetry
                  BudNotBuddy@...
                  http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/people/faculty/partingtonr/partingtonr.php
                  Moderator, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/middle_school_lit/
                  Moderator http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EcolIt/
                   
                  In a message dated 7/7/2010 3:30:23 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, RoycenCara@... writes:


                  Tangent to the discussion.  Asking your expert opinions...
                   
                  About a year ago, my literary agency suggested (pre-Theodore Boone) that I write a kid lawyer series, because I have been a prosecuting attorney for 15 years.  Question for you wise mid-school-lit folk: Would middle schoolers respond to a legal thriller, or would it be better to write for older teens?

                  Thanks for you input,
                   
                  Royce Buckingham
                   
                • RoycenCara@aol.com
                  Thanks Richie. You re a great resource...like an interactive biological card catalog. :) ... From: BudNotBuddy@aol.com To: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com
                  Message 8 of 21 , Jul 7 4:04 PM
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                    Thanks Richie.  You're a great resource...like an interactive biological card catalog. :)

                    -----Original Message-----
                    From: BudNotBuddy@...
                    To: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com
                    Sent: Wed, Jul 7, 2010 3:44 pm
                    Subject: Re: [middle_school_lit] Legal Thrillers for kids

                     
                    The two related books that immediately come to mind are THE TRIALS OF KATE HOPE by Wick Downing and MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD.  I love the legal aspects of both and I think that both age groups would respond to a legal thriller series done right.
                     
                    Richie Partington, MLIS
                    Richie's Picks http://richiespicks .com
                    author, I Second That Emotion: Sharing Children's and Young Adult Poetry
                    BudNotBuddy@ aol.com
                    http://slisweb. sjsu.edu/ people/faculty/ partingtonr/ partingtonr. php
                    Moderator, http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/middle_ school_lit/
                    Moderator http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/EcolIt/
                     
                    In a message dated 7/7/2010 3:30:23 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, RoycenCara@aol. com writes:


                    Tangent to the discussion.  Asking your expert opinions...
                     
                    About a year ago, my literary agency suggested (pre-Theodore Boone) that I write a kid lawyer series, because I have been a prosecuting attorney for 15 years.  Question for you wise mid-school-lit folk: Would middle schoolers respond to a legal thriller, or would it be better to write for older teens?

                    Thanks for you input,
                     
                    Royce Buckingham
                     
                  • Brenda Kahn
                    Judging by the way that particular book sold at the fair, I d say there s an interest. I only got to speak with one kid who purchased the book. He said that
                    Message 9 of 21 , Jul 7 5:20 PM
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                      Judging by the way that particular book sold at the fair, I'd say there's an interest. I only got to speak with one kid who purchased the book. He said that the cover looked cool. I just happen to notice that the pile diminished. 

                      I loved Marcello in the Real World, but would consider it more HS YA, than middle school YA. I had The Trials of Kate Hope at both my schools and booktalked it, but it never circulated. 

                      Royce, I think that you write with respect and affection for your audience. I think you'd make it work.

                      bk

                      Brenda Kahn MLS, NBCT
                      School Library Media Specialist
                      Tenakill Middle School
                      Closter, NJ
                      http://proseandkahn.livejournal.com/

                      --- On Wed, 7/7/10, RoycenCara@... <RoycenCara@...> wrote:

                      From: RoycenCara@... <RoycenCara@...>
                      Subject: Re: [middle_school_lit] Legal Thrillers for kids
                      To: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com
                      Date: Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 6:29 PM

                       

                      Tangent to the discussion.  Asking your expert opinions...
                       
                      About a year ago, my literary agency suggested (pre-Theodore Boone) that I write a kid lawyer series, because I have been a prosecuting attorney for 15 years.  Question for you wise mid-school-lit folk: Would middle schoolers respond to a legal thriller, or would it be better to write for older teens?

                      Thanks for you input,
                       
                      Royce Buckingham


                      -----Original Message-----
                      From: Dotti Enderle <enderle4@earthlink. net>
                      To: middle_school_ lit@yahoogroups. com
                      Sent: Wed, Jul 7, 2010 1:14 pm
                      Subject: Re: [middle_school_ lit] Summer reading

                       
                      He's definitely not going to catch Harry with that book. I've never read a Grisham novel, but I tried Theodore. I made it to about page 70. It wasn't so much the story as the horrific writing that made me put it down.
                       
                      ~d
                       
                      Dotti Enderle
                         * * *
                      GINGERBREAD MAN SUPERHERO! (Pelican Publishing)
                      Flour Power!
                      http://www.dottiend erle.com
                       
                       
                      ----- Original Message -----
                      Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2010 2:42 PM
                      Subject: Re: [middle_school_ lit] Summer reading

                       
                      Even worse, in an interview with in the UK's Daily Telegraph, it sounded more like it was about an ego trip.


                       "Theodore is really an effort to catch Harry Potter. Back in the 1990s I was routinely introduced as the bestselling author in the world. I tried to pretend like it was no big deal.
                      "Then along came Harry Potter and suddenly I was number two. I've got to tell you, I really miss being number one. I'm going to catch Harry one way or another."
                      I'm SO GLAD the guy is invading the YA space to assuage his BIG FAT EGO. 
                       I won't hand sell the book in my bookstore job on principle. If someone asks for it, fine, but I'm not going to promote the work of someone who isn't writing for kids because they love and respect them. 


                      On Jul 7, 2010, at 10:19 AM, RoycenCara@aol. com wrote:

                       
                      RE: Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer - I heard an interview in which Grisham said he wrote it, in large part, because there was "money" in YA fiction.


                      -----Original Message-----
                      From: Brenda Kahn <kahnbrenda@yahoo. com>
                      To: middle_school_ lit@yahoogroups. com
                      Sent: Tue, Jul 6, 2010 2:39 pm
                      Subject: Re: [middle_school_ lit] Summer reading

                       
                      Funny you should ask just today Richie. On Sunday, I finished listening to Kathi Appelt narrate her own, Keeper and was so totally entranced that I'm having some trouble leaving the book to finish my other reads and keeping up with my "book-a-day for the summer" challenge. Yesterday and today, I kept flipping through the book to revisit certain scenes that resonated with me. I loved the structure of the book. I adored the characters, including the pets. I thought the strands of the storylines came together for a lovely ending. Sigh.

                      I do wonder, just as I did with The Underneath, which I also loved, whom the audience is though. Not that a ten-year-old couldn't read either and enjoy them, but they are so rich and discussion-worthy. I would want to talk about it with eighth graders.

                      Other favorites published in 2010 are:
                      After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick (perfect sequel to Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie, but can stand alone)
                      Countdown by Deborah Wiles
                      The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz. I read it as an arc and fell in love and the artwork was almost totally incomplete. When the book came in my Junior Library Guild Subscription, it was a wonder to behold! So, so gorgeous! The illustrations are amazing, but so is the design with the subtly sparkly end papers and the gorgeous heavy-ish paper stock. 

                      Not a Newbery contender but totally fun is The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angelberger. I've also been recommending The Popularity Papers by Amy Ignatow. Both are humorous but containing touchingly true middle school moments for those Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.

                      I have a number of your faves on my summer reading pile and am really looking forward to getting to them when Keeper lets me go.

                      Brenda

                      PS; I love reading these lists! I get so many great suggestions and agree with many...but, if I may...I didn't like Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer. At all. The poster spoke of the unbelievable plot line, but was able to forgive it. I wasn't. Plus, I was irked early on by the all boys class that Theo attended in a public school. So much ultimately did not ring true for me. I hope the list members and poster don't mind. Feel free to disagree with me, defend, engage, discuss. 

                      bk

                      Brenda Kahn MLS, NBCT
                      School Library Media Specialist
                      Tenakill Middle School
                      Closter, NJ
                      http://proseandkahn .livejournal. com/

                      --- On Tue, 7/6/10, BudNotBuddy@aol.com <BudNotBuddy@aol.com> wrote:

                      From: BudNotBuddy@aol.com <BudNotBuddy@aol.com>
                      Subject: [middle_school_ lit] Summer reading
                      To: middle_school_ lit@yahoogroups. com
                      Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2010, 3:07 PM

                       
                      What are you reading?  Do you have middle school favorites from 2010?  This is shaping up to be an amazing year.
                       
                      Richie Partington, MLIS
                      Richie's Picks http://richiespicks .com
                      author, I Second That Emotion: Sharing Children's and Young Adult Poetry
                      BudNotBuddy@ aol.com
                      http://slisweb. sjsu.edu/ people/faculty/ partingtonr/ partingtonr. php
                      Moderator, http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/middle_ school_lit/
                      Moderator http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/EcolIt/





                      Sarah Darer Littman
                      PURGE Scholastic Press
                      LIFE, AFTER Scholastic Press July 2010
                      WANT TO GO PRIVATE? Scholastic Press July 2011









                    • Donna MacKinney
                      My middle schoolers would love a good legal thriller. They love police procedurals and mysteries -- a good handful of them read adult books like those by
                      Message 10 of 21 , Jul 7 8:44 PM
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                        My middle schoolers would love a good legal thriller. They love police procedurals and mysteries -- a good handful of them read adult books like those by Clancy and Grisham because there isn't much targeted for them. 

                        Donna
                        Donna MacKinney
                        214-908-2864



                        On Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 5:29 PM, <RoycenCara@...> wrote:
                         

                        Tangent to the discussion.  Asking your expert opinions...
                         
                        About a year ago, my literary agency suggested (pre-Theodore Boone) that I write a kid lawyer series, because I have been a prosecuting attorney for 15 years.  Question for you wise mid-school-lit folk: Would middle schoolers respond to a legal thriller, or would it be better to write for older teens?

                        Thanks for you input,
                         
                        Royce Buckingham


                        -----Original Message-----
                        From: Dotti Enderle <enderle4@...>
                        To: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com
                        Sent: Wed, Jul 7, 2010 1:14 pm
                        Subject: Re: [middle_school_lit] Summer reading

                         
                        He's definitely not going to catch Harry with that book. I've never read a Grisham novel, but I tried Theodore. I made it to about page 70. It wasn't so much the story as the horrific writing that made me put it down.
                         
                        ~d
                         
                        Dotti Enderle
                           * * *
                        GINGERBREAD MAN SUPERHERO! (Pelican Publishing)
                        Flour Power!
                        http://www.dottienderle.com
                         
                         
                        ----- Original Message -----
                        Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2010 2:42 PM
                        Subject: Re: [middle_school_lit] Summer reading

                         
                        Even worse, in an interview with in the UK's Daily Telegraph, it sounded more like it was about an ego trip.


                         "Theodore is really an effort to catch Harry Potter. Back in the 1990s I was routinely introduced as the bestselling author in the world. I tried to pretend like it was no big deal.
                        "Then along came Harry Potter and suddenly I was number two. I've got to tell you, I really miss being number one. I'm going to catch Harry one way or another."
                        I'm SO GLAD the guy is invading the YA space to assuage his BIG FAT EGO. 
                         I won't hand sell the book in my bookstore job on principle. If someone asks for it, fine, but I'm not going to promote the work of someone who isn't writing for kids because they love and respect them. 


                        On Jul 7, 2010, at 10:19 AM, RoycenCara@... wrote:

                         
                        RE: Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer - I heard an interview in which Grisham said he wrote it, in large part, because there was "money" in YA fiction.


                        -----Original Message-----
                        From: Brenda Kahn <kahnbrenda@...>
                        To: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com
                        Sent: Tue, Jul 6, 2010 2:39 pm
                        Subject: Re: [middle_school_lit] Summer reading

                         
                        Funny you should ask just today Richie. On Sunday, I finished listening to Kathi Appelt narrate her own, Keeper and was so totally entranced that I'm having some trouble leaving the book to finish my other reads and keeping up with my "book-a-day for the summer" challenge. Yesterday and today, I kept flipping through the book to revisit certain scenes that resonated with me. I loved the structure of the book. I adored the characters, including the pets. I thought the strands of the storylines came together for a lovely ending. Sigh.

                        I do wonder, just as I did with The Underneath, which I also loved, whom the audience is though. Not that a ten-year-old couldn't read either and enjoy them, but they are so rich and discussion-worthy. I would want to talk about it with eighth graders.

                        Other favorites published in 2010 are:
                        After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick (perfect sequel to Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie, but can stand alone)
                        Countdown by Deborah Wiles
                        The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz. I read it as an arc and fell in love and the artwork was almost totally incomplete. When the book came in my Junior Library Guild Subscription, it was a wonder to behold! So, so gorgeous! The illustrations are amazing, but so is the design with the subtly sparkly end papers and the gorgeous heavy-ish paper stock. 

                        Not a Newbery contender but totally fun is The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angelberger. I've also been recommending The Popularity Papers by Amy Ignatow. Both are humorous but containing touchingly true middle school moments for those Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.

                        I have a number of your faves on my summer reading pile and am really looking forward to getting to them when Keeper lets me go.

                        Brenda

                        PS; I love reading these lists! I get so many great suggestions and agree with many...but, if I may...I didn't like Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer. At all. The poster spoke of the unbelievable plot line, but was able to forgive it. I wasn't. Plus, I was irked early on by the all boys class that Theo attended in a public school. So much ultimately did not ring true for me. I hope the list members and poster don't mind. Feel free to disagree with me, defend, engage, discuss. 

                        bk

                        Brenda Kahn MLS, NBCT
                        School Library Media Specialist
                        Tenakill Middle School
                        Closter, NJ
                        http://proseandkahn.livejournal.com/

                        --- On Tue, 7/6/10, BudNotBuddy@aol.com <BudNotBuddy@aol.com> wrote:

                        From: BudNotBuddy@aol.com <BudNotBuddy@aol.com>
                        Subject: [middle_school_lit] Summer reading
                        To: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com
                        Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2010, 3:07 PM

                         
                        What are you reading?  Do you have middle school favorites from 2010?  This is shaping up to be an amazing year.
                         
                        Richie Partington, MLIS
                        Richie's Picks http://richiespicks .com
                        author, I Second That Emotion: Sharing Children's and Young Adult Poetry
                        BudNotBuddy@ aol.com
                        http://slisweb. sjsu.edu/ people/faculty/ partingtonr/ partingtonr. php
                        Moderator, http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/middle_ school_lit/
                        Moderator http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/EcolIt/





                        Sarah Darer Littman
                        PURGE Scholastic Press
                        LIFE, AFTER Scholastic Press July 2010
                        WANT TO GO PRIVATE? Scholastic Press July 2011









                      • Ginny White
                        Just wanted to add to Donna s encouragement, Royce. Although I am now retired, my middle-schoolers were also asking for good mysteries/legal thrillers. They
                        Message 11 of 21 , Jul 9 7:13 AM
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                          Just wanted to add to Donna's encouragement, Royce. Although I am now
                          retired, my middle-schoolers were also asking for good mysteries/legal
                          thrillers. They loved CSI and classroom investigations. I hope you
                          will consider writing for middle school readers. I think you would
                          please a large audience of both boys and girls.

                          Ginny White
                          Gifted Lang Arts 6-8, Retired
                          ALAN Member

                          On Jul 7, 2010, at 11:44 PM, Donna MacKinney wrote:

                          > My middle schoolers would love a good legal thriller. They love police
                          > procedurals and mysteries -- a good handful of them read adult books
                          > like those by Clancy and Grisham because there isn't much targeted for
                          > them. 
                          >
                          > Donna
                          > Donna MacKinney
                          > 214-908-2864
                          >
                          >
                          >
                          > On Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 5:29 PM, <RoycenCara@...> wrote:
                          >>  
                          >>
                          >> Tangent to the discussion.  Asking your expert opinions...
                          >>  
                          >> About a year ago, my literary agency suggested (pre-Theodore Boone)
                          >> that I write a kid lawyer series, because I have been a prosecuting
                          >> attorney for 15 years.  Question for you wise mid-school-lit folk:
                          >> Would middle schoolers respond to a legal thriller, or would it be
                          >> better to write for older teens?
                          >>
                          >> Thanks for you input,
                          >>  
                          >> Royce Buckingham
                          >>
                          >>
                          >> -----Original Message-----
                          >> From: Dotti Enderle <enderle4@...>
                          >> To: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com
                          >> Sent: Wed, Jul 7, 2010 1:14 pm
                          >> Subject: Re: [middle_school_lit] Summer reading
                          >>
                          >>  
                          >> He's definitely not going to catch Harry with that book. I've never
                          >> read a Grisham novel, but I tried Theodore. I made it to about page
                          >> 70. It wasn't so much the story as the horrific writing that made me
                          >> put it down.
                          >>  
                          >> ~d
                          >>  
                          >> Dotti Enderle
                          >>    * * *
                          >> GINGERBREAD MAN SUPERHERO! (Pelican Publishing)
                          >> Flour Power!
                          >> http://www.dottienderle.com
                          >>  
                          >>  
                          >>> ----- Original Message -----
                          >>> From: Sarah Darer Littman
                          >>> To: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com
                          >>> Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2010 2:42 PM
                          >>> Subject: Re: [middle_school_lit] Summer reading
                          >>>
                          >>>  
                          >>> Even worse, in an interview with in the UK's Daily Telegraph, it
                          >>> sounded more like it was about an ego trip.
                          >>>
                          >>> http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/7819397/John-Grisham-Im-
                          >>> going-to-catch-Harry-Potter-one-way-or-another.html
                          >>>
                          >>>  "Theodore is really an effort to catch Harry Potter. Back in the
                          >>> 1990s I was routinely introduced as the bestselling author in the
                          >>> world. I tried to pretend like it was no big deal.
                          >>> "Then along came Harry Potter and suddenly I was number two. I've
                          >>> got to tell you, I really miss being number one. I'm going to catch
                          >>> Harry one way or another."
                          >>> I'm SO GLAD the guy is invading the YA space to assuage his BIG FAT
                          >>> EGO. 
                          >>>  I won't hand sell the book in my bookstore job on principle. If
                          >>> someone asks for it, fine, but I'm not going to promote the work of
                          >>> someone who isn't writing for kids because they love and respect
                          >>> them. 
                          >>>
                          >>>
                          >>> On Jul 7, 2010, at 10:19 AM, RoycenCara@... wrote:
                          >>>
                          >>>>  
                          >>>> RE: Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer - I heard an interview in which
                          >>>> Grisham said he wrote it, in large part, because there was "money"
                          >>>> in YA fiction.
                          >>>>
                          >>>>
                          >>>>
                          >>>> -----Original Message-----
                          >>>> From: Brenda Kahn <kahnbrenda@...>
                          >>>> To: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com
                          >>>> Sent: Tue, Jul 6, 2010 2:39 pm
                          >>>> Subject: Re: [middle_school_lit] Summer reading
                          >>>>
                          >>>>  
                          >>>> Funny you should ask just today Richie. On Sunday, I finished
                          >>>> listening to Kathi Appelt narrate her own, Keeper and was so
                          >>>> totally entranced that I'm having some trouble leaving the book to
                          >>>> finish my other reads and keeping up with my "book-a-day for the
                          >>>> summer" challenge. Yesterday and today, I kept flipping through the
                          >>>> book to revisit certain scenes that resonated with me. I loved the
                          >>>> structure of the book. I adored the characters, including the pets.
                          >>>> I thought the strands of the storylines came together for a lovely
                          >>>> ending. Sigh.
                          >>>>
                          >>>> I do wonder, just as I did with The Underneath, which I also loved,
                          >>>> whom the audience is though. Not that a ten-year-old couldn't read
                          >>>> either and enjoy them, but they are so rich and discussion-worthy.
                          >>>> I would want to talk about it with eighth graders.
                          >>>>
                          >>>> Other favorites published in 2010 are:
                          >>>> After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick (perfect sequel to Drums,
                          >>>> Girls and Dangerous Pie, but can stand alone)
                          >>>> Countdown by Deborah Wiles
                          >>>> The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz. I read it as an arc and fell
                          >>>> in love and the artwork was almost totally incomplete. When the
                          >>>> book came in my Junior Library Guild Subscription, it was a wonder
                          >>>> to behold! So, so gorgeous! The illustrations are amazing, but so
                          >>>> is the design with the subtly sparkly end papers and the gorgeous
                          >>>> heavy-ish paper stock. 
                          >>>>
                          >>>> Not a Newbery contender but totally fun is The Strange Case of
                          >>>> Origami Yoda by Tom Angelberger. I've also been recommending The
                          >>>> Popularity Papers by Amy Ignatow. Both are humorous but containing
                          >>>> touchingly true middle school moments for those Diary of a Wimpy
                          >>>> Kid books.
                          >>>>
                          >>>> I have a number of your faves on my summer reading pile and am
                          >>>> really looking forward to getting to them when Keeper lets me go.
                          >>>>
                          >>>> Brenda
                          >>>>
                          >>>> PS; I love reading these lists! I get so many great suggestions and
                          >>>> agree with many...but, if I may...I didn't like Theodore Boone Kid
                          >>>> Lawyer. At all. The poster spoke of the unbelievable plot line, but
                          >>>> was able to forgive it. I wasn't. Plus, I was irked early on by the
                          >>>> all boys class that Theo attended in a public school. So much
                          >>>> ultimately did not ring true for me. I hope the list members and
                          >>>> poster don't mind. Feel free to disagree with me, defend, engage,
                          >>>> discuss. 
                          >>>>
                          >>>> bk
                          >>>>
                          >>>> Brenda Kahn MLS, NBCT
                          >>>> School Library Media Specialist
                          >>>> Tenakill Middle School
                          >>>> Closter, NJ
                          >>>> http://proseandkahn.livejournal.com/
                          >>>>
                          >>>> --- On Tue, 7/6/10, BudNotBuddy@... <BudNotBuddy@...>
                          >>>> wrote:
                          >>>>>
                          >>>>> From: BudNotBuddy@... <BudNotBuddy@...>
                          >>>>> Subject: [middle_school_lit] Summer reading
                          >>>>> To: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com
                          >>>>> Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2010, 3:07 PM
                          >>>>>
                          >>>>>  
                          >>>>>
                          >>>>> What are you reading?  Do you have middle school favorites from
                          >>>>> 2010?  This is shaping up to be an amazing year.
                          >>>>>  
                          >>>>> Richie Partington, MLIS
                          >>>>> Richie's Picks http://richiespicks .com
                          >>>>> author, I Second That Emotion: Sharing Children's and Young Adult
                          >>>>> Poetry
                          >>>>> BudNotBuddy@ aol.com
                          >>>>> http://slisweb. sjsu.edu/ people/faculty/ partingtonr/
                          >>>>> partingtonr. php
                          >>>>> Moderator, http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/middle_ school_lit/
                          >>>>> Moderator http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/EcolIt/
                          >>>>>
                          >>>>>
                          >>>>
                          >>>>
                          >>>>
                          >>>
                          >>>
                          >>>
                          >>>
                          >>>
                          >>>
                          >>> Sarah Darer Littman
                          >>> http://sarahdarerlittman.com
                          >>> PURGE Scholastic Press
                          >>> LIFE, AFTER Scholastic Press July 2010
                          >>> WANT TO GO PRIVATE? Scholastic Press July 2011
                          >>>
                          >>>
                          >>>
                          >>>
                          >>>
                          >>>
                          >>>
                          >>>
                          >>
                          >
                          >
                        • Lori Katz
                          Royce, DOVEY COE by Frances O Roark Dowell is an exciting story about a girl accused of killing her sister s ex-boyfriend.  She s only 12!  I agree that
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                            Royce,

                            DOVEY COE by Frances O'Roark Dowell is an exciting story about a girl accused of killing her sister's ex-boyfriend.  She's only 12!  I agree that there is an audience for more.

                            Lori

                            Lori Katz
                            Golden Elementary Library
                            http://goldenlibrarylady.blogspot.com/





                            --- On Fri, 7/9/10, Ginny White <ginnywhitefl@...> wrote:

                            From: Ginny White <ginnywhitefl@...>
                            Subject: Re: [middle_school_lit] Legal Thrillers for kids
                            To: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com
                            Date: Friday, July 9, 2010, 7:13 AM

                            Just wanted to add to Donna's encouragement, Royce.  Although I am now retired, my middle-schoolers were also asking for good mysteries/legal thrillers.  They loved CSI and classroom investigations.  I hope you will consider writing for middle school readers.  I think you would please a large audience of both boys and girls.

                            Ginny White
                            Gifted Lang Arts 6-8, Retired
                            ALAN Member

                            On Jul 7, 2010, at 11:44 PM, Donna MacKinney wrote:

                            > My middle schoolers would love a good legal thriller. They love police procedurals and mysteries -- a good handful of them read adult books like those by Clancy and Grisham because there isn't much targeted for them. 
                            >
                            > Donna
                            > Donna MacKinney
                            > 214-908-2864
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            > On Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 5:29 PM, <RoycenCara@...> wrote:
                            >>  
                            >>
                            >> Tangent to the discussion.  Asking your expert opinions...
                            >>  
                            >> About a year ago, my literary agency suggested (pre-Theodore Boone) that I write a kid lawyer series, because I have been a prosecuting attorney for 15 years.  Question for you wise mid-school-lit folk: Would middle schoolers respond to a legal thriller, or would it be better to write for older teens?
                            >>
                            >>  Thanks for you input,
                            >>  
                            >> Royce Buckingham
                            >>
                            >>
                            >> -----Original Message-----
                            >>  From: Dotti Enderle <enderle4@...>
                            >>  To: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com
                            >>  Sent: Wed, Jul 7, 2010 1:14 pm
                            >>  Subject: Re: [middle_school_lit] Summer reading
                            >>
                            >>  
                            >> He's definitely not going to catch Harry with that book. I've never read a Grisham novel, but I tried Theodore. I made it to about page 70. It wasn't so much the story as the horrific writing that made me put it down.
                            >>  
                            >> ~d
                            >>  
                            >> Dotti Enderle
                            >>     * * *
                            >>  GINGERBREAD MAN SUPERHERO! (Pelican Publishing)
                            >>  Flour Power!
                            >> http://www.dottienderle.com
                            >>  
                            >>  
                            >>> ----- Original Message -----
                            >>> From: Sarah Darer Littman
                            >>> To: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com
                            >>> Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2010 2:42 PM
                            >>> Subject: Re: [middle_school_lit] Summer reading
                            >>>
                            >>>  
                            >>> Even worse, in an interview with in the UK's Daily Telegraph, it sounded more like it was about an ego trip.
                            >>>
                            >>> http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/7819397/John-Grisham-Im-going-to-catch-Harry-Potter-one-way-or-another.html
                            >>>
                            >>>  "Theodore is really an effort to catch Harry Potter. Back in the 1990s I was routinely introduced as the bestselling author in the world. I tried to pretend like it was no big deal.
                            >>> "Then along came Harry Potter and suddenly I was number two. I've got to tell you, I really miss being number one. I'm going to catch Harry one way or another."
                            >>> I'm SO GLAD the guy is invading the YA space to assuage his BIG FAT EGO. 
                            >>>  I won't hand sell the book in my bookstore job on principle. If someone asks for it, fine, but I'm not going to promote the work of someone who isn't writing for kids because they love and respect them. 
                            >>>
                            >>>
                            >>> On Jul 7, 2010, at 10:19 AM, RoycenCara@... wrote:
                            >>>
                            >>>>  
                            >>>> RE: Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer - I heard an interview in which Grisham said he wrote it, in large part, because there was "money" in YA fiction.
                            >>>>
                            >>>>
                            >>>>
                            >>>> -----Original Message-----
                            >>>>  From: Brenda Kahn <kahnbrenda@...>
                            >>>>  To: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com
                            >>>>  Sent: Tue, Jul 6, 2010 2:39 pm
                            >>>>  Subject: Re: [middle_school_lit] Summer reading
                            >>>>
                            >>>>  
                            >>>> Funny you should ask just today Richie. On Sunday, I finished listening to Kathi Appelt narrate her own, Keeper and was so totally entranced that I'm having some trouble leaving the book to finish my other reads and keeping up with my "book-a-day for the summer" challenge. Yesterday and today, I kept flipping through the book to revisit certain scenes that resonated with me. I loved the structure of the book. I adored the characters, including the pets. I thought the strands of the storylines came together for a lovely ending. Sigh.
                            >>>>
                            >>>> I do wonder, just as I did with The Underneath, which I also loved, whom the audience is though. Not that a ten-year-old couldn't read either and enjoy them, but they are so rich and discussion-worthy. I would want to talk about it with eighth graders.
                            >>>>
                            >>>> Other favorites published in 2010 are:
                            >>>> After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick (perfect sequel to Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie, but can stand alone)
                            >>>> Countdown by Deborah Wiles
                            >>>> The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz. I read it as an arc and fell in love and the artwork was almost totally incomplete. When the book came in my Junior Library Guild Subscription, it was a wonder to behold! So, so gorgeous! The illustrations are amazing, but so is the design with the subtly sparkly end papers and the gorgeous heavy-ish paper stock. 
                            >>>>
                            >>>> Not a Newbery contender but totally fun is The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angelberger. I've also been recommending The Popularity Papers by Amy Ignatow. Both are humorous but containing touchingly true middle school moments for those Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.
                            >>>>
                            >>>> I have a number of your faves on my summer reading pile and am really looking forward to getting to them when Keeper lets me go.
                            >>>>
                            >>>> Brenda
                            >>>>
                            >>>> PS; I love reading these lists! I get so many great suggestions and agree with many...but, if I may...I didn't like Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer. At all. The poster spoke of the unbelievable plot line, but was able to forgive it. I wasn't. Plus, I was irked early on by the all boys class that Theo attended in a public school. So much ultimately did not ring true for me. I hope the list members and poster don't mind. Feel free to disagree with me, defend, engage, discuss. 
                            >>>>
                            >>>> bk
                            >>>>
                            >>>>  Brenda Kahn MLS, NBCT
                            >>>>  School Library Media Specialist
                            >>>>  Tenakill Middle School
                            >>>>  Closter, NJ
                            >>>> http://proseandkahn.livejournal.com/
                            >>>>
                            >>>>  --- On Tue, 7/6/10, BudNotBuddy@... <BudNotBuddy@...> wrote:
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>>  From: BudNotBuddy@... <BudNotBuddy@...>
                            >>>>>  Subject: [middle_school_lit] Summer reading
                            >>>>>  To: middle_school_lit@yahoogroups.com
                            >>>>>  Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2010, 3:07 PM
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>>  
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>> What are you reading?  Do you have middle school favorites from 2010?  This is shaping up to be an amazing year.
                            >>>>>  
                            >>>>> Richie Partington, MLIS
                            >>>>>  Richie's Picks http://richiespicks .com
                            >>>>> author, I Second That Emotion: Sharing Children's and Young Adult Poetry
                            >>>>>  BudNotBuddy@ aol.com
                            >>>>> http://slisweb. sjsu.edu/ people/faculty/ partingtonr/ partingtonr. php
                            >>>>>  Moderator, http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/middle_ school_lit/
                            >>>>> Moderator http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/EcolIt/
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>
                            >>>>
                            >>>>
                            >>>
                            >>>
                            >>>
                            >>>
                            >>>
                            >>>
                            >>> Sarah Darer Littman
                            >>> http://sarahdarerlittman.com
                            >>> PURGE Scholastic Press
                            >>> LIFE, AFTER Scholastic Press July 2010
                            >>> WANT TO GO PRIVATE? Scholastic Press July 2011
                            >>>
                            >>>
                            >>>
                            >>>
                            >>>
                            >>>
                            >>>
                            >>>
                            >>
                            >
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                          • Carter Laural
                            One book that stands out to me is The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon. Released in 2009, it is from the perspective of a 14-year old African American boy
                            Message 13 of 21 , Aug 4, 2010
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                              One book that stands out to me is The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon.  Released in 2009, it is from the perspective of a 14-year old African American boy living in 1968 Chicago .  He finds himself caught between his father’s non-violent civil rights approach and his Black Panther brother.  Fascinating! 

                               

                              Laurie Carter

                              Media Clerk

                              Altona Middle School

                              (720)494-3980 ext.#5523

                              [my hours: 9:10 am - 4:40 pm, M-F]

                               

                               


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                              Subject: [middle_school_lit] Summer reading

                               

                               

                              What are you reading?  Do you have middle school favorites from 2010?  This is shaping up to be an amazing year.

                               

                              Richie Partington, MLIS
                              Richie ' s Picks http://richiespicks .com
                              author, I Second That Emotion: Sharing Children ' s and Young Adult Poetry
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