ghost medicine April 28

Ghost Medicine by Andrew Smith – Retro Review by Jenny Cameron Paulsen

If you are an Andrew Smith fan, you may not have come across this book, his first, published in 2008. There was a copy in my classroom when I inherited it a few years ago, but I didn’t discover it until long after my obsession with Winger began and students of the teacher next door […]

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Adam Gidwitz & Dan Santat Reveal New Covers for the GRIMM Trilogy

I have always been blessed with extraordinary cover art. As most of you publishing-savvy folks out there know, an author has little control over what is put on his or her cover. A debut author—as I was back in 2010 when A Tale Dark and Grimm was first published—has just about zero control. So when […]

elephant and girl April 26

Dear Kate DiCamillo by Lisa Schroeder

Dear Kate DiCamillo,   I’ve always wanted to write you a letter to tell you how much your books inspire me as a writer. So when I got the chance to write a post for the Nerdy Book Club, I decided I’d share my letter with them, too.   I read Because of Winn-Dixie many […]

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Me and the March Family by Padmini Jambulapati

My only friends in sixth grade were Jo, Meg, Beth, and sometimes, Amy.  Okay, truthfully, never Amy, but she came with the March family, so she became my friend by default. In 1994 my family and I had left suburban Boston for Whigham, Georgia—a town with 650 people and one stoplight.  Before my mother and […]

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Call Me Bookworm Or How Alice Munro Saved My Life by Megan McDonald

Call me Bookworm. I grew up reading—at the school library, on the Bookmobile, at the comic book store, at home next to the heater under the piano. I read my mother’s childhood books, torn-cover paperbacks, the books of my four older sisters, the beloved hardcover volume I got as a gift each Christmas. I still […]

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Reading Allowed: Ten Compelling Middle School Read-Alouds by Maggie Bokelman

In today’s teach-to-the-test climate, some administrators discourage or even prohibit classroom read-alouds, especially for secondary students. I don’t have to trumpet the benefits of reading aloud to followers of “The Nerdy Book Club,” but what can you do if you’re told there’s no time because there’s too much “important” material to cover, or because the […]

el deafo April 22

Get Lost by Lauren Jensen

“Mrs. Jensen,” asked *Lily, “How do you get lost in a book?” I hesitated for a moment before asking her to tell me more. “Well like *Liam. He always just likes to read and doesn’t stop. I went home and asked my mom and she told me to just ask him.” “And what did he […]

click clack moo cows that type April 21

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type – A Must-Read for Parents (and kids)! by Cassie Walizer

At first glance, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type seems like a strange board book. Sure, there are plenty of opportunities for animal noises, but the premise is…absurd. Cows don’t even have fingers! The story centers on Farmer Brown and his cows. Once night he hears them making an obnoxious noise, “Click, Clack, Moo.” Upon […]

Ida B April 20

Ida B . . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan – Reviewed by Heather Jensen

“Good friends help you find important things when you lose them . . . things like your smile, your hope and your courage.” ~Doe Zantamata.     Books are like these friendships. I hold my favorite books close to my heart and the characters become like my closest friends. Every spring break, I feel the […]

countingthyme April 19

Forever Nerdy by Melanie Conklin

I’ve always been a nerd. From the very beginning, my favorite time of day was any time spent reading. My parents read Sesame Street Bedtime Storybook aloud so many times that I can still remember the words and pictures. Those scrawled, hairy illustrations were my favorite. So much to look at and think about. So […]