Tag Archives: Back to School

The Fourth Grade Wizards By Barthe De Clements

Jack and Marianne are always in trouble. So how can they become fourth grade wizards? Back to school! Appropriately late this year, but with a cast of characters who have been really familiar to me and this blog over the … Continue reading

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Fast Times At Ridgemont High: A True Story By Cameron Crowe

These kids are, uh, the future of America. Back to school! Slightly late, both in that it is the end of September and that Cameron Crowe is doing it uncover at the age of 22. Like Lyn Tornabene before him, … Continue reading

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Donna Parker Takes A Giant Step (#7) By Marcia Martin

“Senior high!” she whispered. “Can you really believe it? We’ll actually be in tenth grade, going to Summerfield Senior High School!” Back to school! Let’s double down with a good attitude cautionary tale wacky scheme inspirational message epic wish-fulfillment fantasy  slightly anachronistic feminist career romance Eh, … Continue reading

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Down A Dark Hall By Lois Duncan

Why does the exclusive boarding school Blackwood have only four students? Back to school! Time to start the year with a good attitude cautionary tale wacky scheme inspirational message epic wish-fulfillment fantasy  slightly anachronistic feminist career romance Eh, whatever, let’s just do another Lois Duncan… … Continue reading

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Margaret (Sunfire Romance #27) By Jane Claypool Miner

Can her worst student teach her the most important lesson of all? Back to school! Time to start the year with a good attitude cautionary tale wacky scheme inspirational message epic wish-fulfillment fantasy  slightly anachronistic feminist career romance! Background: Scholastic’s … Continue reading

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The Luckiest Girl By Beverly Cleary

Shelley Latham is sure about one thing: The upcoming year is going to be different.  Back to school! Time to start the year with a good attitude cautionary tale wacky scheme inspirational message epic wish-fulfillment fantasy! Background: Beverly Cleary (who turned 99 … Continue reading

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Barbara Nichols: Fifth-Grade Teacher By Bernard & Marjorie Palmer

It had seemed to Barbara that she had always wanted to be a teacher… Back to school! Time to start the year with a good attitude cautionary tale wacky scheme inspirational message! The Plot: I have been pleasantly surprised by the … Continue reading

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Don’t Care High By Gordon Korman

Back to school! Time to start the year with a good attitude cautionary tale wacky scheme! Background: Canadian writer Gordon Korman retains a cultish appeal among a certain segment of Middle Readers (the market category that falls between Juvenile and … Continue reading

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Killing Mr. Griffin By Lois Duncan

Is it back to school time already? Well, the important thing is to start the year with a good attitude: Ok, maybe not a good attitude. The important thing is to start the year with a cautionary tale! And nothing … Continue reading

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