Author Archives: CBethM

every single second May 01

I Want to See What It’s Like Out There by Tricia Springstubb

Navy blue jumpers and clip-on bow ties, gimlet-eyed nuns in starched white habits, the gravel playground where we jumped rope, May altars decked with lilacs, the catechism I can still recite by heart: my Catholic elementary school looms large in memory. What I remember most keenly is longing to be good. More than good—saintly. When […]

all the bright places April 30

Top Ten YA Books That Address Teenage Suicide by Michele L. Haiken, Ed.D.

Disclaimer –  This article addresses the topic of teen suicide and includes some sensitive information.   Evan was the class president of his high school. He was a solid student with lots of friends. He started an initiative in elementary school called “Cupcakes for a Cause” to raise awareness and money for hospice care after […]

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(Choice Makes a Difference!) April 29

If You Build it, They Will Read by Marjorie Light

After being hired for my current teaching position at J. D. Clement Early College High School (ECHS), I couldn’t wait to jump into my new role. The student-to-teacher ratio is low and applicants are all college-bound, so I was ready to implement some exciting and challenging reading programs. We are a specialized public high school […]

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 […]