Tag Archives: @andersongl

April 08

Meet Liz Lawson and THE LUCKY ONES

The pre-publication buzz for Liz Lawson’s debut young adult novel The Lucky Ones (Delacorte Press) was hard to miss. Throughout the winter, non-stop praise flowed from a starred Kirkus review, positive notices from School Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, and glowing individual responses from readers with advance copies. Unfortunately, as the April 7, 2020 publication […]

June 25

Talking about THE ENEMY with Sara Holbrook by Gary Anderson

Many Nerdy Book Clubbers are already familiar with Sara Holbrook through her books of poetry for young readers, including I Never Said I Wasn’t Difficult and The Dog Ate My Homework. We also know Sara through her work with “partner-in-rhyme” Michael Salinger that helps students and teachers from around the world understand how writing poetry […]

March 11

Reading Between the Lines with Jo Knowles by Gary Anderson

Nerdy Book Clubbers can celebrate: Jo Knowles has a new book! And it’s really good! Read Between the Lines, Jo’s sixth novel, gives us a son bullied by his father, a girl suddenly ignored by her friends, the embarrassed children of a hoarder, a star athlete hiding his homosexuality, a “chunky” cheerleader, and other compelling […]

Stephen King: An Appreciation by Gary Anderson

When I was in high school I did not read books assigned for class. I only read books about vampires. Although I have few memories of specific titles, I probably read whatever was available in the horror section at Walt’s Hallmark, the only book store in the small Iowa town where I grew up.  I […]

#NerdyBookClub Retro Review: Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

  One of the best things about elementary school for me was the chance to order Scholastic books. I was always allowed to order a couple of titles each time that little flyer was sent home.  My parents said, “We’ll support your good habits but not your bad ones,” and reading was thankfully considered one […]